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Pollen is a community comprised of civic-minded connectors who share ideas, career and civic engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition to create positive impact and personal and professional growth for its members.

Rebecca Driscoll: Minnesota connector, creator, pioneer

Rebecca Driscoll has spent her career carving out a redefined and inspirational model of what it means to be a leader. Pollen takes a look at her journey and asks Rebecca a few questions about advice, productivity, and influence.


  1. Best piece of advice you follow?
    Governor Ventura advised me as his Commissioner of Trade and Economic Development to view our state as a world competitor. It allowed me to use his international celebrity status to open doors for many Minnesota businesses in the world market.
  2. What moment in your career are you most proud of?
    My leadership in the 1990's at the Minneapolis Community Development Agency. I was able to turn around an agency that was in disarray and within 8 years set a record for redevelopment, housing and historic preservation work in our community.
  3. When are you most productive?
    I'm most productive when I have lots on my plate and am part of a great team that can help me execute it all.
  4. What is the biggest threat to your productivity?
    I tend to get bogged down if I need to do everything myself.
  5. What activities/hobbies/extracurriculars do you do now?
    Recent shoulder surgery has significantly hampered this triathlete. I am still very active and passionate about my volunteer work for Artspace Projects, the YWCA of Minneapolis, The Cowles Center for Dance, and the Carlson School.
  6. Most influential books you’ve read in the past 3 years?
    Steve Jobs
    by Isaacson.  I'm amazed by his brilliance but very troubled by his treatment of friends, associates, and employees. How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh. It's a great book by a McKinsey Senior Partner on a 5 year research project to support women in leadership.

This piece was originally published at BePollen.com.

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