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Pollen newsletter Vol. 16

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.

Networking is a new 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


Welcome to Pollen vol 16!

For those of you just joining us…a quick recap of just what Pollen is…

“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.”

Pollen Poll: – Helping others lights shine & mapping Pollen’s non-profit connections

This survey seeks your nominations in 2 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

We’re also seeking your input regarding the MN non-profits you share your time with as a volunteer and/or board member. This information will help inform how we might better connect Pollen members with one another and the causes supported within the Pollen network.

All results and nominees will be shared in future issues of Pollen. Thank you!

Share your feedback via this link.

Are you new to the Twin Cities and hoping to meet other minority professionals in the cities? If so, then you do not want to miss the happy hour at The Local on August 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be an open bar and appetizers until they run out, so get there early!

Come ready to mingle and meet others just like you! This event is intended for minority summer professional interns and those who have moved to the Twin Cities within the last 5 years and their friends. If you have questions, do not hesitate to call the organizer, Lori-Ann Jones, Fredrikson and Byron, P.A. at 612-492-7429 or email to  (via Steve Helland and Lori-Ann Jones)

“She’s Geeky: Connecting Women in Tech” unConference August 6 & 7: (via Adrienne Peirce)

Dads Make a Difference (DMAD). DMAD is a Minnesota based not-for-profit focused on the importance of positive involvement of fathers and to educate youth about responsible parenting. As part of my role on the board of directors we are starting a new fundraising event – The 1st Annual Dads Make a Difference GLOW BALL GOLF Event on Saturday, August 21, 2010 starting at 6:00 PM at Parkview Golf Club in Eagan, MN. Register here. (via James Ford)

Lori Jacobwith is conducting a fundraising workshop on August 24, hosted by the Minnesota Literacy Council. The fee is $81 per person for the three hours. Board members, staff and community volunteers are welcome. Here’s the link to the information on my website. (via Lori Jacobwith)

TORCH is hosting an event on August 25th – BYOB: Build Your Own Brand
5:30pm to 8:30pm at International Market Square
Cost: $5 for early birds. RSVP (via Alex Lopes and Jesse Bergland)

The MN Bloggers Conference is set for Sept. 11. (via Griff Wigley)

Arik Hansen has a post about it here.

as does Melissa Berggren, AKA the Marketing Mama

The Minnesota Rising 2010 un/Conference will be held November 13. (via Diane Tran)

AccountAbility Minnesota seeks a bilingual outreach coordinator. (via Adam Faitek)

American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio seeks a new Chief Development Officer (Managing Director, Development) (search being led by Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad, KeyStone Search) Position profile can be accessed here.

BlueZones seeks an Operations/Web Manager – email resumes to (via Blois Olson)

CaringBridge is hiring 7 positions in marketing, finance, and technology (Affiliate Marketing Manager, E-Communications Specialist, Healthcare Marketing Manager, Interaction Designer, Marketing Services Manager, Systems Analyst & User Experience Analyst). View profiles and apply here. (via Sona Mehring)

GovDelivery is hiring 5 positions (Communications Manager, Director of Product Management, Junior Implementation Manager, Marketing Manager, & Technical Support Manager). View profiles and apply here. (via Scott Burns)

Hennepin Theatre Trust is hiring a Director of Resource Development (via Rebecca Yanisch)

Jeremiah Program seeks Director of Development (via Peg Birk & Rebecca Yanisch)

Lutheran Social Services of MN seeks a Data Services Manager (via Ann Kirby McGill)

The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (20th largest in the US w/ assets of $2B+) seeks a new Vice President, Programs (search being led by Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad, KeyStone Search) Position profile can be accessed here.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is hiring an Executive Producer of Digital Media. (via Sarah Phelan)

Tiger Oak Publications is looking for an experienced Account Executive for METRO Magazine and Community Lifestyle magazines. Strong candidates will have advertising and sales experience and a passion for the arts and culture, dining, entertainment and fashion that the Twin Cities has to offer. Please email cover letters and resumes to

Twin Cities RISE! hiring Director of Finance – send resumes to (via Lori Jacobwith)

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is accepting applications for a full time systems manager.  The complete position description can be found here under the “employment opportunity” link. (via Lori Vosejpka)

VocalEssence has internship and employment opportunities now available. Especially exciting are the two outreach positions funded by the new Arts Legacy monies which will create new arts partnerships in greater Minnesota. Follow this link for details and contact me if you have any questions.  (via Mary Ann Pulk)

Youth Frontiers hiring a Communications Specialist (via Ali Sipkins)

A downtown Mpls ad agency is seeking a new senior account executive with experience in managing B2B healthcare, technology or manufacturing clients. Email for more info. (via Elizabeth Laukka).

Pollenites should also bookmark the “Board Openings” posted by the Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (MAP for Nonprofits) organization:

There are currently board member openings for 25+ different MN non-profits at MAP for Nonprofits:

Click here to learn more.

Another way to get engaged – check out TECHdotMN is a passionate group of technology enthusiasts on a mission to serve Minnesota’s high tech ecosystem and the early stage ventures within it. (via Jeff Pesek)

MPR’s Public Insight Network asks Pollen – Minneapolis was recently ranked the 12th most innovative city in the country by Forbes. Last year, the magazine ranked Minnesota as the 7th most innovative state. Still, the state’s big innovators tend to be companies that were formed decades ago. Where are the new Medtronic’s, Best Buy’s and 3M’s? So, based on your experience in your field, what’s the state of innovation in Minnesota? We want more than stats and rankings. We want proof!
Click here below to share your insights about innovation in Minnesota. (via Molly Bloom and Andrew Haeg)

Gary Johnson, president of MSP Communications, reflects on, in a recent blog post.

Inc Magazine recently published their 2010 “30 under 30” list. 30% come from CA or NY. 0% from MN, WI, ND, SD, IA, or IL….hmmm?? Talent issue or geographic myopia?

Check out  Garrick Van Buren’s blog post “What does a successful MN Tech Firm Look Like?”

Entrepreneur magazine recently named its Innovation Nation- 50 cities w/ innovation ecosytems – Mpls/St Paul recognized as a “College Town”, do you agree?

Twin Cities Young Nonprofit Professionals Network works to provide and promote the development of young nonprofit professionals in the city.  Our programming includes monthly happy hours and quarterly professional development events.  Members of our network also have opportunities to engage nationally through our affiliation with the national network of Young Nonprofit Professional organizations.  
Website | Blog (via Leah Lundquist)

If you or someone you know would like to LEARN about community, CONNECT with civic leaders and IMPACT our region you should apply for this 9-month program to examine critical metropolitan issues.

A few of the organizations that have an application submitted are: Comcast, Dorsey & Whitney, Finance and Commerce, Hennepin County Medical Center, KARE 11, M & I Bank, Merrill Lynch, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Vikings Football, Mortenson Construction, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, Perkins + Will, RBC Wealth Management, Rust Consulting , Target, Thermo King Corp, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Vital Images, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy

More information about the program and an application to download can be found on the MRCC website.

The application deadline is August 1st. However, we can offer an extension if genuine interest/intention is indicated. (via Wendy Helgeson)

Steve Helland on his recent election to the Presidency of the MN Film & TV Board.

Mary Weeks on her selection as the new executive director of The Walk-In Counseling Center. (via Chris Roberts)

Liwanag Ojala on joining the Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees (a KeyStone Search placement)

J. Brian Atwood, dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, on his recent visit with Hernando de Soto, as part of the University of MN’s “Great Conversations” program.

Susie Brown on her new role as Director of Public Policy with the MN Council of Nonprofits

Nick Wassenberg on his new role as marketing manager with Reeher

Joe Selvaggio, David Hartwell, Matt Hemsley and all folks profiled in City Pages “Twin Cities Thinkers: Minnesotans Shaping Our Future” article.

Adaobi Okolue, Ashley Schweitzer and Nicole Weiler on being included in a “50 Young Nonprofit Influencers You Should Be Following on Twitter” list from an influential non-profit blogger – Rosetta Thurman.

Follow them on Twitter:
Nicole Weiler –  @nicycle
Ashley Schweitzer – @missashe
Adaobi Okolue – @aokolue

Megan Leafblad (and all selected applicants) on being accepted into the 2010-11 HHH Institute of Public Affairs Policy Fellows program

Joe Keeley on being selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Emerging Category

A special video for all the dads in the Pollen network brings us “Monkeynomics” via Laurie Santos

Not able to make the recent Red Bull Flugtag event held here in the Twin Cities? You can see the new world record flight set by MSP’s very own “Major Trouble & the Dirty Dixies” here.


Are you a really good friend? Very thought-provoking article. From @hbr: Why Friends Matter at Work and in Life

RT @VenessaMiemis Why Changing Somebody’s Mind, or Yours, is Hard to Do [psychology today]

RT @gsbStanfordCSI @MCHammer and @Stanford’s Power of Social Technology class on how you define social @Good

RT @dancosta The Fallacy of Social Influence: Why the @oldspice commercials work and @FastCompany’s Influence Project fails

Pollenites – we need your help!  Do you have a child with special learning needs or know someone who does?  If so, please tell them about The Whole Learning School (TWLS), a small, private school in Plymouth. TWLS enrolls students between the ages of 6 and 18 with a variety of cognitively- or neurologically-based disabilities. Our goal is to provide an integrated, individualized education where every curriculum element is aimed at achieving an independent adult life. Enrollment is available for fall. Visit for more information or call Julie Hoff at 763-231-2700. (via Julie Hoff)

Now Boarding, a pet boarding facility and an affiliate of the Animal Humane Society located near the MSP Airport, is offering all Pollen Members and subscribers a 10% discount on pet boarding through May of 2011.Net proceeds from Now Boarding support the core services and programs of the Animal Humane Society. Questions? Contact Cate Abbott –

Thanks for your continued referrals, forwards, and invitations to your friends and colleagues to join us.

We’ve grown to 1431 Pollen subscribers and 816 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts. Thank you!

Welcome to 108 new Pollenites who’ve joined us since our last issue! Note: this # now includes my best effort to welcome Pollenites who are joining our LinkedIn group only (If I missed you, please let me know! If you’re inadvertently being recognized for a second time, a double welcome to you!):

Jeff Ambroz, Ryan Anderson, Ben Anderson, Jay Anderson, Gail Anderson, Denise Artley, Jeanette Beger, Jim Bernard, Michael Bischoff, Mary Bjorneby, Megan Bobo, Elizabeth Brama, Lindsey Brown, J.D. Burton, Dawn Carlson, Kenna Clark, Christiana Coop, Louise Copeland, David Cournoyer, Deann Delaney, Jane Eastwood, Tracy Elftmann, David Erickson, Amanda Ewald, Dave Folkens, Keesha Gaskins, Becky Girvan, Gene Goddard, Brian Grafsgaard, Carol Greenland, Steven Hatting, Jennifer Hawkins, Matt Heilicher, John Hermanson, Julie Hessler, Kristen Hoplin, Ally Hunkins, Dana Jensen, Soren Jensen, Kristine Jensen, Sara Johnson, Marti Jones, Lori-Ann Jones, Mary Joseph, Frank Jossi, Patrick Kaiser, Nell Kauls, Pamela Kearney, Jen Keavy, Annie Kelly, Chelsea Kimpton, Randall Kroll, Kris LaFavor, Rick Lechtenberg, Candace Lee, Ginny Linehan, Joel Luedtke, Leah Lundquist, Kevin Lynch

Mark Mahon, Steve Markuson, Bonnie Marshall, Jessi McDonough, Kristine Migely, Chris Mikko, Rose Miller, Randy Miranda, Sarah Mollet, Wendy Mortimer, Mike Mulder, Matt Musel, Lin Nelson-Mayson, Patrick Ness, Libby Nickel, Michael Noble, Lance Olson, Lisa Osacho, Jeff Pesek, Lori Peterson, Dan Pfarr, Charlie Pirkl, Jayson Pope, Charlie Quimby, Phil Raines, Leslie Raskob, Mark Ritchie, David Rodbourne, Allison Sandve, Lori Schaefer, Nick Scheibel, Emily Schroeder, Kevin Shannon, Sonja Simpson, Katy Sullivan, Lory Sutton, Jennifer Syltie Johnson, Dania Toscano Miwa, Harry Urschel, Charles Van Nostrand, Molly Wanstall, Elizabeth Weferl, David Welliver, Matt Wells, Jeff Weness, Martin Wera, Ryan Wilder, Joseph Williams, & LeeAnn Wolf.

Huge thank you’s to the 15 Pollenites who directly referred a new member to Pollen! (If you were omitted, please let me know!)

Kari Foley, Lindsay Graves, Julie Gutz Moller, David Hakensen, Steve Helland, Frank Jaskulke, Mary Kloehn, Karen Kodzik, Taylor Larson, Matt McDonough, Sara Rollin, Keith Stout, Ted Thompson, Keiko Veasey, & Stephanie Zawistowski

LinkedIn Pollen Group:
816, yes 816 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group (including 80 new members who joined since our last edition).

Why join Pollen on LinkedIn?
You can share articles, updates, and post questions for immediate comment/feedback from your fellow members in addition to connecting your LinkedIn networks.

Sample member profiles from our Pollen LinkedIn group (if you’d like your LinkedIn profile included next edition, let me know!):

Steve Braker — Worthwhile Films | Nonprofit Media

Lauren Melcher – Neuger Communications Group

Chris Mikko – The Coghlan Group

Adaobi Okolue – ISEEK

You can join Pollen’s LinkedIn group here

Finally, if you find value from Pollen, could you please take a minute and subscribe to Culture Matters, the quarterly e-newsletter produced for our client community here at KeyStone Search.

You can subscribe by clicking here

You can view our most recent issue, which includes a list of our 14 current search engagements here

Thank you!!

Lars Leafblad
KeyStone Search
Ph: 612-375-8989

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