Keynote / Community Service Project

Keynote Speaker: Coffee, Community and Counting to Zero

  • Wednesday, March 23
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am
  • Complimentary

Start your Wednesday morning off right with a hot cup of joe, complimentary doughnuts and (the most important part) a fresh perspective on life from the incomparable speaker Manny Ohonme.

Manny is a world-renowned keynote speaker and the Co-Founder, CEO, and President of Samaritan’s Feet – a company inspired by a young boy in Nigeria who recieved a pair of shoes over 30 years ago and never forgot the words of hope this Good Samaritan provided him. That little boy was Manny, and today Samaritan’s Feet aims to create a world with zero shoeless children. To date, the humanitarian aid organization and its partners have served more than 6.5 million people in 90 different nations. 

Come listen to Manny’s personal story of inspiration and hope, and be prepared to feel uplifted.

Community Service Project: Shoe Locker Event

  • Thursday, March 24
  • 9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Join us as we team up on the show floor with Meet Minneapolis to fill shoe lockers for Samaritan’s Feet. All shoes that we fill will go to local children in the Minneapolis area that are in need. This voluntary event (details on how to sign up coming soon!) will take place on Thursday, March 24 during the MPF Convention. We look forward to working together to make a difference and leave a lasting impact on those in need!

Submit your note of hope online and we will make sure to include it with a delivery of shoes to a child in need. 

About Samaritan’s Feet:

The Children’s Defense Fund reports in a 2020 study that 1 in 5 children in America live in poverty which can create a lack of access to basic necessities like shoes and socks. Additionally, Columbia University reports that since May 2020, the number of Americans in poverty has increased by 8 million.

Samaritan’s Feet has created the Shoe Locker to help address this growing need.

A Shoe Locker is a way to provide new athletic shoes to children as the needs arise. Kept on-site at a school, a Shoe Locker is a supply of athletic shoes which are immediately available when a student has improperly fitting or worn shoes.

Children in need can receive a new pair of athletic shoes quickly, allowing them to get right back into the classroom and right back onto the playground. We recognize that students’ needs can fluctuate based off their circumstances, but the Shoe Locker is a constant.

This program is built to ensure that children can learn, run, and grow with comfort and confidence. Individuals and organizations have the opportunity to adopt a school and make sure that every student has a pair of properly fitting shoes—that every student has the chance to learn, play, and be a kid.