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Feb. 19: Big Idea Speaker Series features Nate Garvis

Former Target executive to speak in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release,

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business is presenting former Target executive Nate Garvis (pictured at right), founder and president of Naked Civics, LLC, for the next installment of the Big Ideas Speaker Series on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The title of Garvis’ presentation is “Social Innovation as the Future of Business and Public.” Garvis’ presentations describe using cross-sector approaches to reengineer communities for better prosperity—a concept Garvis calls “civic design.”

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at a reception from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge prior to the lecture. Parking is available in the visitor pay lot outside of the Centennial Student Union. For more information, call the College of Business at 507-389-5420 or send an email to Elizabeth Johnson at

Garvis, a former vice president for government affairs and senior public affairs officer for Target Corporation, writes that his public affairs consulting company, Naked Civics, LLC, “connects his clients to the most important ideas, people and institutions in their communities of interest.”
Garvis has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of a number of academic, think-tank, business and non-profit boards throughout the country, including Allina Health, the Public Affairs Council and the College of Arts and Science at St. Thomas University. Garvis also serves as social innovator in residence at the Social Innovation Lab at Babson College.

More information on Garvis is available at

The Big Ideas Speaker Series brings business people with transformative and alternative ideas to campus to inspire the Big Ideas of people within our own community. Previous speakers in the series have included Matt Ames, founder of MN Pro Paintball (September 2012); digital change expert Susan Elliott (October 2011); and author Jody Thompson (March 2011).
Sodexo and the Minnesota State Mankato Small Business Development Center are the event sponsors.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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