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Pollen newsletter Volume 34

Networking is a MinnPost section that features Pollen, a networking newsletter for professionals written by Lars Leafblad of KeyStone Search, an executive search firm in Minneapolis.

Lars Leafblad
Lars Leafblad

Pollen vol 34
August 1, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search
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Pollenites,

Thank you for your numerous submissions for Pollen's 2nd Annual "Under the Radar" leaders and "Community Connectors" awareness initiative.


We asked for your nominations in two categories:

1) "Under the Radar" leaders — people making an impact "under the radar" whose work/efforts/impact should be shared more broadly with our community, starting with the Pollen network.

2) "Community Connectors" — people in our community who are getting things done by bringing together ideas, resources, and multiple stakeholders to make things happen.

Pollen members submitted 72 "Under the Radar" leaders and 101 "Community Connectors." Thank you to all nominators and congratulations to all submitted!

Download a PDF of all 173 names via the secure link.

Here is the full roster of all submissions (apologies in advance for any misspellings, please send any corrections to larsl-at-keystonesearch.com):

Under The Radar Leaders
       
First Name
Last Name
Organization
Title
Mike
Ackmann
Ackmann & Dickenson
Co-Founder
Julio
Acosta
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
Board Member
Betsy
Altheimer
Springboard for the Arts
Associate Director
Don
Ball
CoCo MSP
Co-founder
Cynthia
Bemis Abrams
Leadership & PR Consultant
Jacquie
Berglund
Finnegans
Founder
Ross
Bernstein
Bernstein Books
CEO
Ryan
Campbell
Penn Garritano
Account Services Director
Kyle
Coolbrath
CoCo MSP
Co-founder
Jim
Delaney
Engine for Social Innovation
Founder
Andy
Dickenson
Ackmann & Dickenson
Co-Founder
Jane
Eastwood
Office of Mayor Chris Coleman, City of Saint Paul
Education Director
Lars
Erdahl
MN Zoo
Director of Education
Ted
Erhart
Trottbrook Financial
Dr. Marti
Erickson
MomEnough.com & U of MN Children, Youth & Family Consortium
Co-host & Founder/Director
Erin
Erickson
MomEnough.com
Co-host
James
Faghmous
MuslimBuddy, Inc.
CEO
Irene
Fernando
Students Today Leaders Forever
Founder/Co-Executive Director
Mike
Frommelt
KeyStone Search
Principal and Co-founder
Alene
Grossman
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Attorney
Sarah
Gutierrez
Chicks For A Cause
Head Chick
Gavin
Hart
Angel Falls
President
Rachel
Hedrick Greenhouse
Magic Wand Collective
Founder
Wendy
Helgeson
Civic Source
Co-founder
Jill
J. Johnson
Johnson Consulting Services
President & Founder
Mike
Jackson
Project Footsteps
Co-founder
Jennifer
Jones
Ameriprise Financial
Director, Community Relations
Cathy
Jordan
U of MN Children, Youth & Family Consortium, CES4Health.info
Director & Editor
Clayton
Kearns
Andover Cinema
Owner
Rebekah
Kent
BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
VP, Medical Technology Cluster
Kay
King
National Alliance on Mental Illness - MN
Adult Programs Director
Matthew
Kramer
Teach for America
President
Damian
Kussian
North Metro TV
Outreach Coordinator
Stephanie
Laitala
Owl Bookkeeping and CFO Services
President
Taylor
Larson
Reve Consulting
Strategy Consultant
Mike
Linnemann
Minnesota Planetarium Society
Development Officer
Brian
Long
U of MN
Student
Beth
Mammenga
TIES
Software Application Consultant
Joel
Mandel
Sholom Foundation
Executive Director
Jeff
Martin
Collective Genius
CEO and Change Agent
Jeffrey
Martin
Waite Park Community Council & Jeffrey Martin Design
President & Founder
Shannon
Mattson
MN Zoo Foundation
Director of Institutional Giving
Brian
McClung
McClung Communications & Public Relations
President
Luis
Moreno
Twin Cities Business Peer Network & Land O'Lakes
Co-Founder & Dairy Marketing Manager
Dana
Mortenson
World Savvy
Executive Director
Joe
Mosher
Cargill
Process Improvement Project Manager
Jessica
Mueller
Carleton College - Career Center
Associate Director, External Communities
Adaobi
Okolue
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities
Membership & Communications Co-Chair
Liz
O'Neal
Crescendo Project
Executive Board
Cathy
Paper
Rock/Paper/Star
Founder
Anita
Patel
YWCA of Minneapolis
VP for Racial Justice and Social Policy
Tomas
Perez
The Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Board Member
Brian
Peterson
Students Today Leaders Forever
Founder/Co-Executive Director
Jane
Ramseyer Miller
One Voice Mixed Chorus
Artistic Director
Sam
Richter
Know More!/SBR Worldwide & ActiFi
CEO & Chief Marketing Officer
Kelly
Rowan
Charities Review Council & YNPN-TC
Development Manager & Board Chair
Kyle
Rucker
Project Footsteps
Co-founder
Jodi
Sandfort
U of MN - Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Associate Professor
Robyn
Schein
The Minneapolis Foundation
Client Services Officer
Bob
Schoenbaum
KeyStone Search
Principal and Co-founder
Brendon
Schrader
Antenna
President
Dan
Scott
Leonard, Street & Deinard
Shareholder
Spenser
Segal
ActiFi
CEO
Julie
Sjordal
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development
Executive Director
Tina
Smith
Office of Governor Mark Dayton
Chief of Staff
Aaron
Street
Lawyerist.com & BitterLawyer.com
Publisher
Scott
Stullen
Walker Art Center
Sarah
Taylor-Nanista
womenwinning
Executive Director
Diane
Tran
Grassroots Solutions & Minnesota Rising
Consultant & Founder
Bridget
Ulrich
Hammer Residences
Development & Communication Specialist
Sandy
Ulsaker Wiese
Data Recognition Corporation
VP, Government Affairs and Law
Alfonso
Wenker
PFUND
Development Director
       
Community Connectors
       
First Name
Last Name
Organization
Title
Jon
Bacal
Minneapolis Public Schools
Executive Director, Office of New Schools
Don
Ball
CoCo MSP
Co-founder
Marcia
Ballinger
Principal
KeyStone Search
Allison
Barmann
McKinsey & Co.
Itasca Project Director
Jason
Barnett
TheUptake.org
Executive Director
Ross
Bernstein
Bernstein Books
CEO
Sarah
Bjelland
Wells Fargo MN
Communications Consultant
Chadburn
Blomquist
TEDxTC
Curator
Jennifer
Brigham
Brigham Group Staffing
CEO
Susie
Brown
MN Council of Nonprofits
Policy Director
Scott
Burns
GovDelivery
CEO and Co-founder
Jim
Campbell
Wells Fargo MN
CEO (retired)
Kyle
Coolbroth
CoCo MSP
Co-founder
Kathleen
Corley
Minnesota AIDS Project
Interim Director
Don
Craighead
Don
Craighead
DHC Enterprises
Dan
Cramer
Grassroots Solutions
Co-founder
Paul
DeBettignies
MNHeadhunter.com
Founder
Jim
Delaney
Engine for Social Innovation
Founder
Darcy
Douglas
The Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Co-founder
Rebecca
Driscoll
Principal
KeyStone Search
Liza
Etienne
The Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Member
James
Faghmous
MuslimBuddy, Inc.
CEO
Zack
Farley
CARAG
Safety Neighborhood Organizer
Hillary
Feder
Ask Hillary
Founder
Irene
Fernando
Students Today Leaders Forever
Co-founder/Executive Director
J.
Forrest
Employee Strategies, Inc.
Founder
Jeff
Freeland Nelson
MPR
Managing Director, Public Strategy
Nate
Garvis
Naked Civics
Founder
Dan
Grigsby
Drivetrain
Partner
Kelly
Groehler
Best Buy Co, Inc.
Sr. Manager, Corporate Public Relations
Mark
Groves
MN Department of Corrections
Director, Transition Services
Kit
Hadley
Saint Paul Public Libraries
Director
Mike
Harley
Environmental Initiative
Executive Director
Trista
Harris
Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Executive Director
Rachel
Hedrick Greenhouse
Magic Wand Collective
Founder
Wendy
Helgeson
Civic Source
Co-founder
Steve
Helland
Fredrikson & Byron
Partner
Kate-Madonna
Hindes
GirlMeetsGeek.com
Founder
Jeff
Hnilicka
Kulture Klub
Executive Director
Jennifer
Huber
Dale Carnegie Training
Director of Marketing
Tim
Huebsch
General Mills
IS Department Manager
Grover
Jones
Northside Economci Opportunity Network (NEON)
Executive Director
Ann
Kaner Roth
Project 515
Executive Director
Sean
Kershaw
Citizens League
Executive Director
Colin
Kloecker
Works Progress
Co-founder
Chris
Kopka
Thrivent Financial
VP, Long-Term Strategic Development
Patrick
Kuntz
Ignite Minneapolis
Founder
Steven
Ladin
Mary
Lahammer
Twin Cities Public Television
Anchor/Reporter
Megan
Leafblad
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Director, Student Activities
David
Legus
Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Vice President
Brad
Lehrman
MOJO Minnesota
Co-founder
Jeremy
Lenz
BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
COO
Marshall
Lichty
Hallberg & McClain, P.A.
Attorney
Hannah
Lieder
Minneapolis Swims
Founder and Executive Director
Scott
Litman
Magnet360 & Minnesota Cup
Managing Director & Co-founder
Mike
Logan
Founder and CEO
The Public Affairs Shop
Andrea
MacArthur
Community Health Charities
Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations
Dan
Mallin
Magnet360 & Minnesota Cup
Managing Director & Co-founder
Jeff
Martin
Collective Genius
CEO and Change Agent
Shanai
Matteson
Works Progress
Co-founder
Jay
Mayes
Black Sheep Consulting
Founder
Dick
McFarland
Dain Rauscher
CEO (retired)
Beth
McGuire
Target
Group Manager
Jamie
Millard
Paper Darts & Charities Review Council
Co-founder/Editor & Communications Coordinator
Luis
Moreno
Twin Cities Business Peer Network & Land O'Lakes
Co-founder & Dairy Marketing Manager
Kyle
Myre aka Guante
COMPAS & Spoken Word Artist
Canvas Arts Coordinator
Dana
Nelson
GiveMN.org
Executive Director
Kari
Niedfeldt-Thomas
Mosaic Co.
Foundation Manager
Jeff
Nolan
Twin Cities Happy Hours
Founder
Brian
Numainville
Nash Finch Company & Nash Finch Foundation
Sr. Dir of Research & Public Relations & Chairman
Blois
Olson
Tunheim Partners & Morning Take
Principal/EVP & Founder/Publisher
Kate
O'Reilly
CleverKate
Publicist, Producer, Philanthropist
Audra
Otto
MinnPost.com
Coordinator, Young Professionals Network
Cathy
Paper
Rock/Paper/Star
Founder
Beth
Parkill
Mentor Planet
Founder
Rep. Erik
Paulsen
United States House of Representatives
Michael
Peterson
Promoting Brilliance, Inc. & Conundrum, Inc.
Account Leader & Founder/President
Alicia R.
Phillips
Redwood Philanthropic
President
Gene
Rebeck
Twin Cities Business
Senior Editor
Sam
Richer
Know More!/SBR Worldwide, LLC & ActiFi
CEO & Chief Marketing Officer
Bob
Rumpza
Rumpza Consulting
President
Mike
Schardin
Young Professionals of Minnesota
President
Robyn
Schein
The Minneapolis Foundation
Client Services Officer
Jon
Schumacher
St. Anthony Park Community Fndn & Creative Enterprise Zone
Executive Director & Member
Ben
Shardlow
Works Progress
Co-founder
Charles
Shaw
Pinpoint Precision Marketing
Partner
Nils
Snyder
Welsh Companies
Vice President
Cecily
Sommers
The PUSH Institute
Founder
Jon
Spayde
The Line
Managing Editor
Rachel
Stassen-Berger
Star Tribune
Political Reporter
Nena
Street
Dorsey & Whitney
Attorney
Lori
Sturdevant
Star Tribune
Editorial Writer/Columnist
Diane
Tran
Grassroots Solutions and Minnesota Rising
Project Manager & Founder
Bridget
Ulrich
Hammer Residences, Inc.
Development & Communication Specialist
Brad
Von Bank
Reve Consulting
Co-founder
Beth
Wellesley
Promoting Brilliance, Inc.
Founder and President
Drew
Wood
Editor
Thrillist.com Minneapolis
Brian
Woolsey
Cassidy Turley
VP
Mike
Zipko
Goff Public
VP, Strategic Development

Regularly Scheduled Programming:
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Pollen volume 1 was shared with members on December 4, 2009. We've subsequently grown to 1,700+ subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter, 2,700+ members of our Pollen LinkedIn group, and 1,000+ participants on our Facebook page.
 
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Volume 34 Contents:

1) Events
2) Ideas/Inspiration
3) Pollen Props
4) Jobs/Internships
5) Boards
6) Fun/Etc.

Events:

August 2nd - UMN Football Coach Jerry Kill will speak at Carlson School of Management's 1st Tuesday Speaker Series.

August 4th — TEDxTC Remix — with Nate Garvis & Art Rolnick — SOLD OUT but add your name to the Wait List via this link

August 8 — Social Venture Partners Minnesota hosting information meeting for organizations interested in being considered as new investees for Fall 2011. Meeting held at 3 p.m. at The Minneapolis Foundation. Questions to Brad Brown — bbrown-at-svpmn.org.

Additional information for prospective investees

Aug 19th is the biggest Carlson School of Management alumni event of the year — the 14th Annual Day at the Races at Canterbury Park. It's a free event, but registration is required.

August 25th — Hold the date for an evening gathering for Pollen members. Full details to follow. Big thanks to Kate-Madonna Hindes for initiating, organizing, and leading effort to bring this idea to reality.

September 17th - Dads Make a Difference (DMAD) an innovative, award winning, youth development nonprofit organization that promotes the positive involvement of fathers and educates Minnesota youth about responsible parenting is having its second annual Glow Ball Golf Fundraiser Event at Parkview Golf Club in Eagan. Learn more on how to participate and support this tremendous organization.

September 17th-Live SWAT team demonstration, food, dancing, auction and more! Support the St. Paul Police Foundation at the annual gala which funds critical projects of the St. Paul Police Department. Discount tickets @ $110/per person through August 10th, $125 after that date; sponsorships available; event at St. Paul RiverCentre. More information

September 24 - the AMAZING WALK! Join the Säjai® Foundation on Sat., Sept. 24 from 9-11 a.m. at North Mississippi Regional Park for a 5K like no other. Bring the kids, bring your friends, and bring a sense of adventure to try the sometimes challenging, sometimes goofy activities you'll find spread out across the 5K walk. Visit the Sajai Foundation's website, or contact Amy at 952-288-3364 or by email at Amy-at-sajaifoundation.org for more information.

September 25 — Women Run the Cities — Fifth Annual event

Ideas/Inspiration:

Common Grounds, an interdisciplinary group of graduate students from UMN Law School, Carlson School of Management, and Humphrey School of Public Affairs seeks proposals from MN organizations for their free consulting services during the 2011-12 academic year.

More about the group

Click secure link to read the RFP document

The U of MN' Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows alumni network updates

Get your preview copy of Secrets to Success from local attorney, professor, 40 Under Forty alum & Pollen member Al Coleman. The upcoming book substantiates the link between mentoring and the personal, professional and financial success of new and first-generation professionals.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice launching "Social Justice Leadership Institute":

Who?

We're looking for a group of emerging Twin Cities leaders who are interested in investing themselves in the community to better understand local injustices and bring about transformative change. Participants will be part of a group of approximately 25 people coming from diverse backgrounds to learn, reflect, and act together.

What?

The institute is a nine-month discovery process during which participants will work with each other to both understand and address social injustice. With a cohort of 25 people, you will 1) learn about social justice, 2) engage in a group fundraising project and 3) research and give the funds you raise to local social justice causes. At the end of nine months you will leave with your own thoughtfully crafted framework for supporting and actively enaging with the social justice movement in Minnesota!

Learn more

Interested in tracking the Twitter chatter of MN politicians, public affairs folks and related press? Check out Ben Golnik's Tweet MN site, a very helpful aggregation resource.

Jim Delaney shares more about Engine for Social Innovation at GiveMN.org blog

Twin Cities Public Television sponsoring "Capture Minnesota" photo contest

"My Fertility Crisis"
by Holly Finn in Wall Street Journal

A year ago several members of Pollen spoke with then editor of Minnesota Business, Drew Wood, about the "Case for Social Media". Do their arguments still hold true?

Think Quarterly "The Innovation Issue" from Google

Great infographic on the origins of the U.S. National Debt (via WhiteHouse.gov)

Pollen Props:

Andrew Borene on his new role with ReconRobotics

To all who produced, contributed to, and supported Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit

Andrea MacArthur on her new role as Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations with Community Health Charities

Andrew Eklund on his new blog for Twin Cities Business magazine, "Post-Chaos 1.0"

The Nonprofits Assistance Fund (several Pollenites on staff and board) on their $1.5M grant from the US Treasury which was covered by the Star Tribune

Amy Fredregill on her appointment by Governor Dayton to the board of directors for the Center for Rural Policy and Development

To Scott Herold, Nicole Weiler and all other honorees and nominees for the "Look Good, Do Good" contest sponsored by MetroMixTC

Alene Grossman on her new role as Attorney with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Adrienne Peirce on her new blog Porpoise.MN focused on "Business with a Porpoise"

To the Blandin Foundation on their new CEO Dr. Kathleen Annette. The search was conducted by Pollenite Dr. Marcia Ballinger of KeyStone Search.

Jessie Sorensen on her new role as VP, Public Relations for Aging Services of Minnesota

Gwen Freed on her new role as Executive Director at Wallin Education Partners

Mike Logan on his new firm - The Public Affairs Shop.

To the incredibly kind stranger who donated his foul ball at a Minnesota Twins game to the son of Pollenite Lars Leafblad

To Don Ball, Kyle Coolbroth, Jeff Heegaard and CoCoMSP team on their new Minneapolis location. (Pollen visited the space and it's incredible!)

Jobs/Internships:

Artspace Projects seeks a paid Research Intern

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation:
Development Officer
Annual Giving Development Associate
Sr Prospect Research Associate

Cowles Center for Dance and Performing ArtsDirector, Marketing & Communications

Hennepin County Bar AssociationExecutive Director (search being conducted by Pollenites Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad)

Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance InstituteExecutive Director

Nonprofits Assistance FundFinance and Operations Manager

Target CorporationManager, Government Affairs

Boards:

MPR's Twin Cities Community Advisory Council (TC-CAC) is soliciting applications for new members! The purpose of MPR's TC-CAC is to bring listeners/members to MPR's Saint Paul Headquarters to discuss MPR's programming goals, review MPR services, and provide advice to MPR's leadership.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or would like to learn more, please visit the website or email Lisa Radzak at lradzak-at-mpr.org.

"ServeMinnesota, the organization that operates AmeriCorps in our state, is seeking service-minded board members. Our signature program is Minnesota Reading Corps, where some 670 AmeriCorps volunteers are tutoring 18,000 readers age 3 through grade 3 to help them catch up to grade level on their reading skills. See more about the measurable results of this program. Contact Bob Rumpza, bob-at-rumpzaconsulting.com if you're interested in a prospectus about board membership."

Taproot Foundation seeks board members in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or DC

Additional MN non-profit board openings c/o MAP for Nonprofits

Fun/Etc:

Many Pollenites were at the U2 concert. See if you can find them on the U2360 GigaPixel Cam

Definitely tough to beat Pollenites Alisa Blackwood and Jeff Freeland Nelson view of the performance.

How hard was it raining during the U2 concert? This video will give you some clues

Lady Gaga's solo performance of "The Edge of Glory" on the Howard Stern show

Fan of breakdancing? Check out new video from the Jabbawockeez

Reminder to connect with Pollen on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Facebook:
Join 1,000 + fellow Pollenites who are now engaging with one another on Facebook.
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LinkedIn:
Connect w/ over 2,700 fellow Pollenites who are sharing their networks on Pollen's group on LinkedIn.
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Twitter:
Follow Pollen on Twitter by using the hashtag #BePollen
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Thanks again for being part of Pollen!

Onwards and upwards Pollenation!

Gratefully yours,
Lars

Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search
larsl-at-keystonesearch.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/larsleafblad
http://www.twitter.com/larsleafblad
http://www.larsleafblad.com

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