Conversations of the Valley

St. Croix Valley Foundation puts its mission to work through convening – gathering individuals to address community concerns. The Conversations of the Valley program brings people and causes before our community to spark discussion and, potentially, action.

TALKING ABOUT TOUGH ISSUES is the focus of the 2018-2019 4-speaker series.


“Beyond Polarization: Bridging the Red/Blue Divide in Communities”
Guest Speaker Bill Doherty, Ph.D., Better Angels

We may live in the most divisive time since the 1850s. Join us to hear from Bill Doherty, co-founder of Better Angels, about how people with very different viewpoints can come to understand one another beyond stereotypes and find common ground. You will learn a couple of specific skills for talking with loved ones on the other side of divisive issues. And you will have a chance to link up with the Better Angels local and national effort to show how we can have sharp differences of opinion without denigrating and demonizing one another.

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Speaker Bill Doherty

— NOTE: New Location —

Lake Elmo Inn Event Center 
3712 Layton Ave. N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Cost: $20 — must be paid (by noon, day prior) to guarantee lunch reservation. Limited walk ins accepted per space/lunch availability.

FREE Parking.

Two Ways To Pay:
1. Mail your check to: SCVF, 516 Second St. #214, Hudson, WI 54016, or

2. Make your reservation by credit card online using the PayPal button below.
There is a $1.00 processing fee per person using PayPal.

Come to all or any of the scheduled programs.

Nov 14 –Beyond Polarization
Jan 16 — Using data to Inform Discussions and Identify Issues
Mar 27 — Addiction in the Valley
May 15– Affordable Housing in the Valley

Conversations of the Valley is supported by a generous contribution from First State Bank and Trust.