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 newsletter Vol. 17

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 volume 17!

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.”

There are currently 1454 subscribers to the Pollen e-newsletter and 864 members of the Pollen LinkedIn group. Join us on LinkedIn here. Subscribe to the e-newsletter by emailing Lars Leafblad at larsl-at-keystonesearch.com.

Pollen Poll: – Your Nominations for “Under the Radar Leaders” and “Community Connectors”

Congratulations to all who were nominated for an “Under the Radar Leader” and/or “Community Connector” by a member of the Pollen community. All nominees are included below.

“Under the Radar Leaders” – Minnesotans making an impact “under the radar” whose work/efforts/impact should be shared more broadly with our community, starting with the Pollen network.

  • Eric Anderson – Donor Service Officer, The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Michael Anderson – Loan Officer, The Nonprofits Assistance Fund
  • Darlene Bell – Board Chair, Project Diva
  • Beth Loraine Bowman – Visual Artist & Manager, ArtSpace USA
  • Jay Coogan – President, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
  • Don Craighead – Entrepreneur
  • Lisa Braun Dubbels – Publicist, Catalyst Publicity & Promotion Group
  • Wendy Helgeson – Co-founder, Civic Source
  • Mark Hinds – Executive Director, Lyndale Neighborhood Association
  • Yvonne Cheung Ho – President, Metropolitan Economic Development Association
  • Jeremy Iggers – Executive Director, Twin Cities Media Alliance
  • Lori Jacobwith – Founder, Lorijacobwith.com
  • Chris Jenks – Director, Homeless Help Network
  • Darla Kashian – Financial Consultant, RBC Wealth Management
  • Sean Kershaw – Executive Director, Citizens League
  • Ryan Kronzer – Architect, Shea, Inc. & Board Chair, The Soap Factory
  • Mike Logan – Director, Civic Affairs, Target Corp.
  • Erica Mayer – Producer/Owner, WCCO/Puke Rainbows Photography
  • Sona Mehring – Founder/CEO, CaringBridge.org
  • David Motzenbecker – Landscape Architect, Oslund & Associates
  • Jeff Nelson – Managing Director, Public Strategy, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Brian Numainville – Sr. Director, Nash Finch, President, Nash Finch Foundation
  • Blois Olson – EVP, Tunheim Partners, Founder, Morning Take
  • Taylor Pettis – Director, MYMN.org
  • Dean Phillips – President & CEO, Phillips Distilling
  • Daniel Rodriguez – Director, Community Relations, Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Greg Tehven – Co-founder, Students Today, Leaders Forever
  • Diane Tran – Founder, Minnesota Rising
  • Bridget Ulrich – Development Associate, Hammer Residences, Board, The LEAD Project
  • Jeff Urban – Recruiter, Solution Design

“Community Connectors”– Minnesotans who are getting things done by bringing together ideas, resources, and multiple stakeholders to make things happen (and a link to connect with them)

Pollen Poll: – What MN non-profits do Pollen members support as a volunteer or board member?

MN non-profits with a Pollen board member(s):

  • Bridging
  • Calhoun Area Residents Action Group
  • CaringBridge
  • Child Care WORKS
  • Corporate Volunteerism Council
  • Council on Crime and Justice
  • Episcopal Homes of Minnesota
  • Karen Organization of Minnesota
  • MN High Tech Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Northern Clay Center
  • Patchwork Quilt
  • Project Diva
  • Ready4K
  • Saint Paul Tennis Club
  • Springboard for the Arts
  • SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
  • Students Today, Leaders Forever
  • The Salvation Army – Twin Cities
  • University Enterprise Laboratories
  • Whittier Alliance
  • YMCA Camp Warren
  • Special Olympics – MN


MN non-profits with a Pollen volunteer(s):

  • Apple Tree Dental
  • Art Space
  • Ashoka/Youth Venture
  • Children’s Home Society and Family Services
  • Common Cup
  • Community Capital Alliance
  • David Schultz for Ramsey County Attorney
  • Domestic Abuse Project
  • Families Moving Forward
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Free Arts Minnesota
  • Goodwill Easter Seals of MN
  • Homeless Help Network
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Education Chapter
  • Million Meals Miracle
  • Minnesota Business Venture
  • Minnesota Literacy Council
  • Minneapolis Jewish Federation
  • Open Arms Minnesota
  • Partnership Academy
  • PetHaven
  • RESOLVE.org
  • Social Venture Partners
  • Society of Women Engineers – Twin Cities Chapter
  • Special Olympics – MN
  • Temple Israel
  • The Citizens League


I am coordinating a fundraising event for Top Dog Foundation, an organization that provides care for dogs that without their support, would need to be euthanized. We are holding an event on Monday, August 16th at Bearpath Country Club for golf and/or wine tasting. It would be great to get the word out about this great event and organization. People can register here. (via Kim Matheson)

Pollenites on our LinkedIn group have self-organized (thanks to Kate-Madonna Hindes) an inaugural face-to-face networking event for August 20th at 8 p.m. at Joe Senser’s in Bloomington. RSVP and learn more here.

Pollenite and new CEO of the U of MN Alumni Association, Phil Esten, is the featured speaker for the Carlson School of Management’s First Tuesday program on September 7th


AchieveMpls seeks a new Development Director (via Frank Parisi)

American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio seeks Administrative Assistant, Public Strategy (via Jeff Nelson) Email resume and cover letter to careers-at-americanpublicmedia.org. (incl job #115-11)

BringMeTheNews seeks VP, Business Operations and Manager, Distribution Partnerships

Carlson School of Management at the U of MN seeks an Assistant Director of Corporate Relations (via Jon Ruzek)

Emergency Foodshelf Network seeks a new Executive Director (search being conducted by Rebecca Driscoll and Kendall Mines of KeyStone Search). Full position profile.

Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research seeks a Development Officer (via Lori Jacobwith)

Hallberg Engineering seeks Manager of Energy Services (via Amy Anderson)

HealthPartners seeks a Senior Communications Consultant (via Teresa Morrow)

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies seeks a Legal Associate

Minneapolis College of Art & Design seeks Advancement Services Coordinator (via Joan Olson)

Minnesota Community Foundation & The Saint Paul Foundation seeks a new Vice President, Grants & Programs (search being conducted by Marcia Ballinger & Rebecca Driscoll of KeyStone Search) Full position profile.

Minnesota High Tech Association seeks a new President & CEO (search being conducted by Bob Schoenbaum and Rebecca Driscoll of KeyStone Search) Position profile.

Minnesota State Bar Association seeks a Civic Education Manager (via Nena Street)

The Minnesota Public Relations Blog has several MN-based PR/Marketing job postings (via Ryan May)

Philanthrofund Foundation (Pfund) seeks a new Executive Director (via Bill Venne)


Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) – the neighborhood organization representing the area of Minneapolis bounded by Lake St. and W. 36th St to the north and south, and Hennepin Ave and Lyndale Ave to the west and east – is looking for new board members. The nine-member volunteer Board of Directors will be elected by the CARAG membership on September 21 at the CARAG Neighborhood Annual Meeting. The Board is responsible for managing the organization and conducting the business of the neighborhood. Board members must live or own a business or property in CARAG. Renters are especially encouraged to volunteer on the Board. For additional information, please contact Scott Engel, CARAG Executive Coordinator, at (612) 823-2520 or scottengel-at-carag.org (via Julie Cohen)

Resources for Child Caring, a Twin Cities based non-profit dedicated to raising the standard of early childhood care and education in our community, seeks candidates for board positions.  RCC is an established Twin Cities non-profit with a 40-year history and an annual operating budget of $12M.  The organization’s initiatives include providing parents with childcare resources and referrals, delivering award-winning publications and training to pre-K providers and educators, and partnering across the community to develop a comprehensive early childhood system in Minnesota geared toward school readiness.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Carleen Kerttula at Carleen_Kerttula-at-hotmail.com

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.



Fan of TED.com? Then you need to check out ChangeThis, whose mission is “to support and spread great ideas”

If you’re not familiar with Works Progress “A Network of Creative Collaborators” that “designs multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits that inspire, inform, and connect – fostering new relationships that cross creative and cultural boundaries”, you need to check them out. (via Megan Leafblad)

Great article from Peter Lindstrom of MN High Tech Association in Finance & Commerce on “Risk-taking culture needed to unleash state’s potential”

“The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How To Identify Them!)”

A blog post from Harvard Business Review, “Hire Senior Executives That Last”

Idea Peepshow is the Fast Horse agency blog, one of the longest-running and most active marketing agency blogs in the nation. The blog covers culture, media, business, entertainment, food, sports and ideas – in other words, all the things that many creative Minnesotans think and talk about every day. Idea Peepshow is a window into Fast Horse culture and a look at what inspires and informs our creative and strategic approach. Check it out here. (via John Reinan)

“What could Minnesota learn from Texas?” You’ll have to read this blog post from Pollenite Wendy Helgeson to find out more.

The Carlson School of Management’s Phil Miller has a great series on “Networking for Life” on his blog that is a must read for any current, or aspiring, connector.

CEO of Deloitte & Touche, Barry Salzberg, on “Trusting a CEO in the Twitter Age” in BusinessWeek.



The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter seeks outgoing and energetic volunteers for its brand new Public Relations Advisory Committee. The committee will meet quarterly at the Minnesota Chapter office in Minneapolis, and members will be asked to assist with a variety of PR projects throughout the year.

If you have a background in marketing, communications or public relations and are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, please e-mail your resume and a quick note to Anna Kucera at akuceraa-at-MSsociety.org. (via Katy Friesz)

TORCH seeks a volunteer operations director. Interested? Email Jesse Bergland for additional information – jesse.bergland-at-nmfn.com.



Peg Birk on her new role as Interim President of The Fund for Theological Education

Sarah McGarvey on her new role as Manager, Organization & Talent Group, Human Capital Practice, Deloitte Consulting

Drew Wood on his new role as Editor of Minnesota Business magazine

Cecily Sommers on her new role as Director, Team Horizon with Bluedog Design, LLC

Dawn Bryant on the launch of her new website for Simplicity Communications & Consulting

Andrew Borene’s commentary on WikiLeaks was featured on TheHill.com

Jason Von Bank on his new role as Vice President, Client Services with Strategic Fundraising

Jorg Piearch, John Reinan and Fast Horse PR team on being profiled in Minnesota Business magazine

Mandy Tuong on her new role as Counsel – Corporate in the General Counsel’s Office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Teresa Daly and Mary Kloehn (Navigate Forward) on being featured in Star Tribune article by Neal St. Anthony “HR Expert Teresa Daly navigates her own career transition”

Rick Kupchella and the BringMeTheNews team on their recent expansion funding

To HHH Institute of Public Affairs Policy Fellow alumni recognized for recent career or civic achievements (via Lea Chittenden)


Storyhill (formerly known as St. Olaf’s very own Chris & Johnny) stole the show on their August 6th appearance on TPT’s Almanac. You can see their performance here (August 6th show, click “Storyhill Live!” on right hand side)

See how Twitter approaches its recruiting effort in this parody of “Rushmore” (via Dawn Bryant – @simplydawnb)

A cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” from @dan_rodriguez‘s acoustic set tonight at The Beat in Uptown

Crazy story in Esquire about the first person to exactly guess the Price Is Right Showcase showdown price (via Jason DeRusha)


POLLEN on TWITTER via http://www.twitter.com/larsleafblad

Rt @valdiskrebs For social network analysis, organizational network analysis, follow this list of researchers and practitioners — http://bit.ly/14s5Nm

RT @Griff_Wigley New post: @BrianSolis presentation #solismsp – influence, leverage, & question of packaged self http://bit.ly/duHAW9

Great post from @reinan in @MinnPost on #OldSpiceGuy campaign & evaluating social media marketing success; http://bit.ly/Reinan-OldSpice


RT @HarvardResearch Commentary: Does Facebook unite us or divide us? http://ht.ly/2kqEU



Fan of SXSW? Fan of MPR? Fan of Pollen? Then vote to support Andrew Haeg’s SXSW 2011 PanelPicker submission – “Human Centered Journalism: Changing News with Design Thinking”


Thanks for your continued referrals, forwards, and invitations to your friends and colleagues to join us.
We’ve grown to 1454 Pollen subscribers and 816 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts. Thank you!

Welcome to 66 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!):

Terry Anderson, Angie Arnold, Helen Ball, Jim Barrett, Amy Berger, Amy Brugh, Guthrie Byard, Andy Cerio, Joan Cochran, Martin Conover, Michael Coty, Darrell Cox, Barbara Cox, Sayre Darling, Anne Denato, Reena Dhake, Liz Evans, Wayne Freundschuh, Kim Garretson, Josh Grant, Mike Hannon, Mary Harpin, Kathleen Houlihan, Andrew Huber, Debbie Jones, Mary Joseph, Vince Kelly, Carleen Kerttula, Stephan Kieu, Sheila Kim, Audrey Kintzi, Laurie Kowalski, Anna Kucera, Eric Lamplan, Lisa Lane, Erin Lauderman, Brian Lee, Leona Lewis, Katrin Loss, Ann Manning, Louise Muldoon Copeland, Robb Neuenschwander, Lori Peterson, John Pottebaum, Timothy Puffer, Leo Raudys, Sondra Reis, Fred Rose, Kari Ruth, Jason Sandquist, John Schultz, Brian Schweitzer, Alli Shurilla, Mike Stadelman, Denise Stahura, Marissa Stranik, Julie Swiler, Don Taylor, Rosa Tock, Tim Tormoen, Marianne Ventura, Stephanie Weiss, Lani Willis, Drew Wood, and Susan Zoff

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

Laura Bloomberg, Geoff Dutton, Carolyn Egeberg, Katy Friesz, Jennifer Huber, Lori Jacobwith, Jay Kim, Meghan Krause, Chris Lambe, Lisa Lane, Paul Manley, Bonnie Marshall, Dan Moshe, Joel Spoonheim, and Greg Tehven

LinkedIn Pollen Group:

864, yes 864 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group (including 48 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!):

Keesha Gaskins – Executive Director, League of Women Voters

Kate-Madonna Hindes – Owner, GirlmeetsGeek

Chris Mikko – VP, Client & Creative Services – The Coghlan Group

Drew Wood – Editor, Minnesota Business magazine


You can join Pollen’s LinkedIn group via the link here

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Lars Leafblad
KeyStone Search

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Carrie Williams-Noren on 08/16/2010 - 01:42 pm.

    Kudos to all the leaders recognized here.

    Michael Anderson serves on the board of PRG, Inc. and makes a great contribution to our work for affordable housing and stable, prosperous neighborhoods.

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