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. 19

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 19!

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 1,522 subscribers to this Pollen e-newsletter and 1,153 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.

Before we begin our regularly scheduled programming, we’d like to ask for your participation in a quick “Pollen Poll”, remind you of a very special offer from the Citizens League (courtesy of Scott and Sarah Burns), and note that 86 Pollenites have taken up this offer to become new members of the Citizens League.

Pollen Poll # 5 — Taking Pollen’s pulse on the MN Governor’s Race
Please take a minute to share your anonymous feedback regarding the 2010 MN Governor’s Race by participating in a 2-question poll about the election. All votes will be tallied and shared in the next issue of Pollen.

Access the Pollen Poll via the secure web link.

Free One-Year Memberships to the Citizens League
The Citizens League invites any member of the Pollen community who is not yet a member of the Citizens League to join for one year at no cost — a $25 value! To join, please fill out the simple form. Citizens League members network with other engaged citizens and civic and business leaders via reduced admission to select Citizens League events; create thoughtful public policy by participating in citizen-based, multi-partisan initiatives; receive weekly notices about special events and ways to get involved; and stay informed on key public policy issues through a subscription to the Minnesota Journal. This opportunity was made possible by a donation to the Citizens League from Pollenites Scott and Sarah Burns. Thank you Scott and Sarah!!


The Soap Factory’s “$99 Sale” is September 24th and 25th
Full details (via Megan Leafblad)

Hope Rocks 2010 featuring Everclear and benefitting Faith’s Lodge is September 25th
Full details can be found here. See who else is attending here. (via Angie Andresen, Kristin Pardue, Mark Lacek)

Surge is going National with our Chicago launch on September 25th
Opening event will be held at the Primitive Art Gallery in the West Loop of downtown Chicago. We already have a significant Minneapolis representation attending this event – and would welcome more support. For more information: www.SurgeforWater.org (via Shilpa Alva)

Annual St. Paul Police Foundation gala is being held Saturday October 2 beginning at 5:30 pm at RiverCentre in St. Paul. Tickets are $120 per person with dinner, live band, auction and more. Come support the work of the Foundation, which has contributed almost $1.5 million to support the St. Paul Police Department with everything from community outreach, gang suppression, Police Activities League youth outreach, and other public safety initiatives.  To register go to www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com (via Jan Unstad)

Normandale Community College 2nd annual Toast of the Town is at Mall of America on Saturday, October 9. The day will start with a Kick-off Rally at 1:00 pm in the Best Buy Rotunda followed by the challengers hosting their special fundraising events which include climbing walls, a velcro wall and the Dance Dance Revolution challenge.  Money raised provides scholarships and support to the academic programs at Normandale Community College. (via Jeff Meacham)

TEDxTC to host its next program the evening of Wednesday, October 13th. Full program details and ticketing information will be made available the week of September 27th on the TEDxTC website. You can also follow TEDxTC on Twitter.

Citizens League Annual Meeting will be November 10th
at the Minneapolis Hilton, 5:15 doors, 6:30 program. Registration is available here.

2010 Inter City Leadership Visit to Austin, TX is November 7-9
Full details and application information can be found here (Oct 1st deadline). (via Ellen Watters and Wendy Helgeson)

2010 Give to the Max Day is November 16th
Are you ready to do some serious fundraising? Do you think we – by that we mean Minnesota’s collective nonprofit community and ALL generous Minnesotans – can break our record from last year? Help us Give to the Max this Nov. 16, 2010. Read about this year’s exciting prizes and strategize to support your favorite charities. More info here. (via Dana Nelson)


Jostens seeks a new Marketing Director, Scholastic (search being conducted by KeyStone Search):
Full executive position profile here.

Minnesota Business seeks a new publisher (via Dena Alspach)

AchieveMpls seeks a new grants manager (via Frank Parisi)

The Trust for Public Land seeks a MN State Director of Philanthropy. This person will be responsible for guiding philanthropy to support future parks and public lands stretching from Downtown Minneapolis to the Northwoods. A link to the job description is here.(via Tom Evers)

The grassroots strategic development group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be looking for 2-3 individuals to work on a temporary contract basis for projects that focus on faith-based community engagement and development. Ideally, candidates will have background in grassroots organizing, fundraising or community development plus sales, marketing or business operations background. Why that particular combination? These initiatives must create quantifiable social impact while also creating economically self-sustaining business models. Temporary contracts will typically run from 4-6 months. If and as projects mature, there may be longer-term opportunities. Interested candidates should send a resume to Carol.Peterson-at-Thrivent.com. (via Christopher Kopka)

Children’s Hospitals MN seeks a new Major Gifts Officer. Contact Heather Riddle for additional information via heather.riddle-at-childrensmn.org.

Blue Zones seeks a new Media and Office Administrator. Position information here. Interested candidates should contact edie-at-gegax.com. (via Steve Helland)


The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media seeks nominations for its newly formed external Advisory Board. Additional information can be found here.

The MN Film & TV Board seeks a new board member with experience and interest in private fundraising (from business and/or individuals). The MN Film & TV Board is the industry association advocating on behalf of Minnesota’s moving picture production industry, which includes, film, tv, commercials, corporate video, 3-D, and multi-media. Interested candidates should contact Steve Helland (via Steve Helland)
Surge has several Board Member openings – contact rachel.malvin-at-surgeforwater.org for more information. Reference: “Board Openings” in the e-mail title. SURGE is a U.S. based 501c3 non-profit organization that improves access to clean, safe water for life.

“District 202, an 18 year-old nonprofit that empowers LGBTA youth, seeks a board treasurer. Approximate time commitment is 10-12 hrs/month. You’ll be paired with an efficient business manager and well-connected finance committee chair. Persons of color and F500 employees are encourage to apply. Please email Curt Prins (c.prins-at-dist202.org) for more info.”

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.


If you’re not already one of the 1300+ subscribers to Blois Olson’s free daily “Morning Take” email that covers all things MN-political/public affairs/public policy in nature, you should be. You can subscribe to “Morning Take” via this link.

If you missed the MN Gubernatorial debate hosted by BringMeTheNews, Citizens League, and The LEAD Project you can watch it here.

Bookmark as October 5th approaches to learn more about a new collaborative leadership resource and network being supported by the Bush Foundation. “Coming December 2010, InCommons will connect people through local gatherings, engagement and Web networks so they can find and share credible tools, knowledge and resources to solve problems.”

If you’re connected to the legal community, you need to learn more about the MN-based Lawyerist blog. Check it out here.

Track MN-based start-up companies via this service provided by AreaStartups.

Vance Opperman’s editorial in Twin Cities Business about the current searches underway for a new president at the U of MN and the new chancellor of MN-SCU is a must read for anyone with an interest in higher education in Minnesota.


The Salvation Army — Twin Cities seeks volunteers for a wide range of seasonal activity and outreach, including bell-ringers. You can learn more and register via their website here.


Tom Evers on his new role as Twin Cities Executive Director for Playworks – a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. To learn a little more about Playworks, here is a link to a TED – SF speech by Playworks Founder Jill Vialet.
Phil Stalboerger, Scott McMahon and all participants selected for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce 2010-11 Leadership Minnesota program. You can access a full roster of participants here.
Ted Thompson on his new role as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Mission Advancement with the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter

To the “Under the Radar Leaders” and “Community Connectors” nominated by members of Pollen. You can connect w/ dozens of these individuals directly via their LinkedIn profile (scroll down the page)

To Jim Delaney on the launch of a new website and ongoing growth of Engine
Jesse Bergland on his new role as board chair of TORCH

Dr. David O’Fallon on his new role as President of the Minnesota Humanities Center (search conducted by KeyStone Search)

Chadburn Blomquist and Diann Ackard on becoming new partners in Social Venture Partners — Minnesota

Cindy Stemper on her new role as Vice-President of Human Resources with Christopher & Banks, a publicly-traded specialty retail company with more than 800 stores in 46 states, and over 8,000 employees.
Jim McCorkell and all staff, board, and supporters of Admission Possible on the 10 year anniversary of Admission Possible’s founding

Andrea Carruthers on appearing in September issue of Twin Cities Business

Pamela Diamond on her new role as Director of Marketing & Communications for the American Craft Council

Marshall Lichty on his election as the president of the Hennepin County Bar Association Foundation

Sona Mehring on her speaking opportunity at the recent Mayo Clinic “Transform 2010” symposium

Greg Grinley (formerly PFund Foundation executive director) has joined the American Craft Council as the national Director of Development. The Council promotes and educates on contemporary fine craft art and makers.

Jacob Woodard on the founding of his new firm – Woodard Law Office, P.A. His practice will focus on “business and corporate law, environmental law, insurance coverage, litigation and risk management.”

Taylor Carik on his acquisition of Secrets of the City

To the several Pollenites named as “Twin Cities Top 25 Most Influential Social Media Professionals on Twitter” by Kane Consulting — including Erica Mayer, Paul DeBettignies, Nicole Harrison, Albert Maruggi, Jennifer Kane, Mykl Roventine, Keith Privette, Wendy Meadley, and Jennifer Kane. Read full list here.

To all of the 2010-11 HHH Institute Policy Fellows

Kari Canfield on her new role as president of the Midway Chamber of Commerce

Aaron Street on the launching of his new law practice StartUpLawyer.MN

Erin Dady on her new role as chief of staff to Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

Good luck to the 60+ Pollenites who applied for consideration to join MPR’s Twin Cities Community Advisory Council! after it was published last issue. (via Lisa Radzak)

Jim Ericson and Tom Miller on the conclusion of their very successful 23 year run with the Masters Forum. Read their story here.

Pollen Poll # 5 — Taking Pollen’s pulse on the MN Governor’s Race
If you skipped the Pollen Poll upon your first reading, maybe you’ve since reconsidered and are now willing to share your anonymous feedback regarding the 2010 MN Governor’s Race by participating in a 2-question poll about the election. All votes will be tallied and shared in the next issue of Pollen. Thanks!!

Access the Pollen Poll via the secure web link


Videos of the “Top 25 Most Epic Ads That Aren’t 1984

The best cover letter ever?!?

And you thought you’d pulled a pretty good donut that 1 time. Here’s an amazing car stunt performance.


RT @nytimes Medal of Honor for Bravery in Afghanistan Is First for Living Soldier

RT @LeaderChat What Predicts Executive Success? New study shows experiences and leadership style directly linked to performance

RT @generebeck RT @Richard_Florida Young (not small) businesses drive economic growth – TheAtlantic

RT @MinnPost Well-known effect in breakfast cereal helps scientists understand the universe

RT @alignculture Interesting article re: retention and culture

RT @Stanford Stanford does an awesome job matching frosh roomies. Find out how they do it!

RT @StevenLadin @TEDtalks. The New @Harvard

Interesting take on net neutrality from @MPR’s (client) Bill Kling via @dbrauer’s @MinnPost blog

NEW POLLENITES (& representative sample of the companies/organizations they represent)

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

We’ve grown to 1,522 Pollen subscribers and 1,153 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts. Thank you!

Welcome to 156, yes 156, 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!):

New Pollenites:

Dave Allen, Terry Anderson, Adam Axvig, Laura Ayers, Jason Barnett, Anne Barthel, Karen Baumgaertner, Guy Bell, Mike Belzer, Ann Benrud, Jennifer Billig, Tawanna Black, Eileen Bock, Jill Boesel, Steve Boland, Matt Bowe, Andrea Bredow, William Breon, Michael Brink, Jennifer Buck, Scott Burns, Jeanne Carpenter, Susan Carter, Amy Johnson Charest, Imee Clark, Louise Copeland, Bobbi Cordano, Scott Cummings, Bobbi Dahlstrom, Christy Dammen, Jim Davis, Paul DeBettignies, Pamela Diamond, Scott Dodge, Heather Durenberger, Brian Dusbiber, Claire Edmondson, Tawn Eikel, Gordon Ellison, Natalie Fedie, Joe Fickle, Lori Fligge, KC Foley, Richard Fong, Jennifer Ford, Matt Forrest, Andrew Foxwell, Jeff Freeland Nelson, Lori Freeman, Rick Fuentes, Stephanie Fuerniss

Bill Galfano, Megan Gamble, Anne Gaylord, David Gee, Drew Geraets, Shannon Gherty Anderson, Catherine Gray, Katharine Grayson, Angela Green, Kyleen Gregerson, Lindsay Grome, Jocelyn Hale, Tim Hanrahan, Eric Hanson, Cathy Hart, Paula Henry, Ann Herzog-Olson, Tasha Hock, Shaunna Holt, Lenore Hoolihan, Henrietta Hopkins, Dan Hoxworth, Heather Isaacs, Steve Jepsen, Steve Jewell, Andy Johnson, Mike Keliher, Ruth Kewitsch, Christopher Kopka, Jenny Kramm, Kim Kusnier, Janine Laird, Jessica Lee Miller, Bill LeVoir, Phoebe Lipkis, Nancy Lueke, Telly Mamayek, Jenny Manogue, Susan Marschalk, Molly McCartney, Larry McGee, Dan McNeil, Beth Mejia, Yael Mendez, Mary Milla, Patrick Minogue, Jason Mosakowski, Pamela Muldoon, Kris Newcomer, Ray Noble, Paul Odegaard, Steve Olenski, Janae Olinger, Ross Owen

Elliott Payne, Marsha Pitts-Phillips, Sumit Rattan, Don Reeder, Ann Reid, Josh Reimnitz, Jackie Reis, Luke Reisdorf, Giselle Restrepo, Laurence Reszetar, Danielle Ricard, Ryan Richardson, Kasey Ross, Mykl Roventine, Michael Russell, Adam Schiff, Sara Schlauderaff, Jenny Schleich, Emily Schroeder Orvik, Jason Schumann, Lindsey Seavert, Becky Shedd, Sheila Smith, Robin Smothers, Lisle Soukop, Anna Squibb, Kelly Stratton, Russell Strong, Matt Sutton, Scott Swanson, Lorraine Teel, Sarah Tessien, Katie Tharp, Dan Thomas, Joleen Thompson, Hannah Ubl, Pratima Upadhyay, Kyle Uphoff, Casey Vandenoever, Michael VanKeulen, Jeff Velch, Lee Ann Villella, Candi Walz, Pam Wandzel, Teresa Ward, Andrew Westrich, Jacob Wheeler, Bethany Whitehead, Laura Winge, Megan Wolle, Cathy Wurzer, Helen Young

Representative sample of the companies/organizations affiliated with our new Pollen members:

Accenture, Allina, American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio, Ameriprise Financial, AMPERE communications, BioBusiness Alliance of MN, Bremer Bank, Briggs & Morgan, BT Stonearch Consulting, Capella Education Company, Cargill, CaringBridge, Catalyst Community Partners, Century College, Crescendo Project, Cummins Power Generation, Faegre & Benson, Fairview Southdale, Fast Horse, Fredrikson & Byron, Free Arts Minnesota, Fresh Energy, General Mills, Goodwill?Easter Seals of MN, GovDelivery, Grassroots Solutions, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Hawaiian Airlines, IBM, Innovations by Design, InPursuit, LLC. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, International Institute of MN, Inver Hills Community College, Lawson Software, League of MN Cities, Lone Star National Bank

Macalester College, MackayMitchell Envelope Company, Magnet360, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN Citizens for the Arts, MN Chamber of Commerce, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, MN High Tech Association, MN Workforce Centers, Mpls St Paul Business Journal, National Institute on Media and the Family, National Youth Leadership Council, Nina Hale Consulting, Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Northside Economic Opportunity Network, Pentair, Pragmatek, Star Tribune, Target, Taylor Corporation, The Loft Literary Center, The UpTake, The White House Project, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Tiger Sushi, Tunheim Partners, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, W3i, Walker Art Center, WCCO Radio, William Mitchell College of Law

Huge thank you’s to the 13 Pollenites who directly referred a new member to Pollen! (If you were omitted, please let me know!)

Pollen Recruiters:

Marcia Ballinger, Bob Butterbrodt, Julie Cohen, Joanne Henry, Taylor Larson, Megan Leafblad, Beth Mammenga, Blois Olson, Melissa Palank, Breia Schleuss, Katie Sieben, Suzanne Stenson O’Brien, Pamela Wandzel

LinkedIn Pollen Group:
1,153, yes 1,153 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group (including 160+ 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.

You can join Pollen’s LinkedIn group

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You can subscribe by clicking here.

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Thank you!!

Lars Leafblad
KeyStone Search
Ph: 612-375-8989
Em: larsl@keystonesearch.com

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