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Pollen newsletter Vol. 20

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.

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Pollen vol 20

October 11, 2010

Curated by Lars Leafblad

Principal, KeyStone Search


Welcome to Pollen volume 20!

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 volume 1 was shared with members on December 4, 2009. We’ve since grown to 1,544

subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter and 1,243 members of our Pollen LinkedIn group. Become member 1,244 by clicking this secure link: (

If you’re interested in learning more about the roots of Pollen, you can read a post I recently contributed to the Fast Horse PR blog about where it all began, “Everything I Learned About Networking I Learned in 3rd Grade” (thanks to John Reinan for the invitation to write and to Bob Ingrassia for his editing prowess, including the title!).

You can read the blog post here:

If someone has forwarded this to you and you’d like to become a full-fledged Pollenite, join us by emailing

Before we begin our regularly scheduled programming, we’d like to share the results from the Pollen Poll we conducted in our last issue regarding the MN Governor’s Race. Thanks to the 267 member of Pollen who participated in this social, non-scientific, survey exercise.

Results (collected from 9/24/10 to 10/4/10):

Question 1: Who do you support as the next Governor of the State of Minnesota?

Tom Horner – 130 votes (49.8%)

Mark Dayton – 83 votes (31.8%)

Tom Emmer – 41 votes (15.7%)

Other – 7 votes (2.7%)

(6 respondents skipped Question 1)

Question 2: Who do you believe will actually be elected the next Governor of the State of Minnesota?

Mark Dayton – 133 votes (51.0%)

Tom Emmer – 77 votes (29.5%)

Tom Horner – 45 votes (17.2%)

Other – 6 votes (2.3%)

(6 respondents skipped Question 2)

If you’d like to access the full data set, please click the secure link below:

Thanks again to all who participated!


Main auditorium tickets to the next program of TEDxTC ( on Wednesday, October 13th with Jon Foley, Nate Garvis, and William Gurstelle are sold out but one seat has been reserved for a lucky member of Pollen.

If you’re interested in attending, please email and note “TEDxTC Tix” in the subject header by 10 a.m. CST on Tuesday, October 12th. A random respondent will be selected and notified the afternoon of the 12th that they have won the ticket.

For those not selected, you can still attend by purchasing a “Disco Hall” ticket to experience TEDxTC via live feed on-site at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Full details available at You can also follow TEDxTC on Twitter @TedxTC for more updates. Thanks to Chadburn Blomquist, curator of TEDxTC, for sharing this opportunity with Pollen.


Community Action hosts Kitchen Table, an honest dialogue between leaders and decision-makers regarding how lives are affected by poverty, on October 12th. The first in a series, this program focuses on K-12 Education and includes discussion with Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Silva and other education decision-makers. Community Leaders will provide perspective on the hard issues facing them as students and parents. Our goal is a discussion that leads to education and action. For more information, go to (via Denise Stahura)

The Minneapolis Foundation “Fourth Generation” hosts its next event on October 19th for a conversation with Elizabeth Hinz, Minneapolis Public School District Liaison for Homeless and Highly Mobile Youth. Ms. Hinz will provide background on the issue of homeless youth, its implications within schools and the long-term impact, and how it is being addressed locally. Additional event details here: (via Robyn Schein)

YWCA of Minneapolis “It’s Time to Talk Forums on Race” luncheon October 20th and pre-event panel conversation October 19th. Details on both events can be found here: (via Rebecca Driscoll)

The LEAD Project is hosting PhilanthroFAIR II at Thom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen on Wednesday, October 20th. This event brings together nonprofits that are looking for motivated, passionate volunteers. All nonprofits have skill-based volunteer opportunities/board of director/advisory board openings. This is a great way to learn about community needs and how to get involved, while meeting other like-minded young professionals. Meet representatives from: Children’s Theater Company, Free Arts Minnesota, Friends of St. Jude, Hammer Residences, Inc., Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, Minnesota Planetarium Society, Movember, Reach Out and Read, Students Today Leaders Forever, The A-List, Washburn Center for Children, Youth Frontiers and more! More info: (via Steve Helland)

The Bakken Museum’s Monster Mash to benefit our Scholarship Fund will be Thursday, October 28, 6-9pm Hair-raising Halloween fun for grown-ups featuring music, food, wine and Frankenstein! (via Andrea Mac Arthur)

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

The Minnesota Rising Un/Conference is November 13that CoCo coworking and collaborative space. Additional information available here: (via Diane Tran)

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)


BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota seeks a part-time communications intern: is hiring for several positions in marketing, technology, and customer care. For more information, please visit: (via Sona Mehring)

GovDelivery has several roles open in technology and marketing. Learn more: (via Tasha Hock)

Greater Twin Cities United Way seeks a Chief Operating Officer

Full job description here: (via Julie Hessler and Andy Goldman-Gray)

Network Medics is seeking a dynamic Administrative Assistant who thrives in a fast paced and constantly changing environment. They are also searching for an entry-level Technician with superb interpersonal communication skills and experience troubleshooting basic desktop and server issues. For additional information, please contact James Matheson –

Quality Ingredients Corporation ( seeks a Director of Sales (KeyStone Search client) Executive position profile here:

Walker Art Center seeks an Associate Director of Membership (via Scott Winter)


Pollenites should 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 have been involved in an effective collaboration to solve a problem and or advance solution, enter the InCommons Collaboration Challenge from October 5 – 29, 2010. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and three finalists will be put to a public online vote from November 30 – December 10, 2010. The collaboration that garners the most votes will receive $25,000 to continue, expand or replicate the effort described in the entry. Find out more details here:

Sharing a recommendation for the documentary film “Waiting for Superman”. A link to the website for the trailer and synopsis: (via Taylor Larson)

Check out Little & Co’s “Thirty Conversations on Design” project via their Facebook page:

Need donuts? Check out the new YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar in Minnetonka opened by Chris Moquist. (via Patti Jurkovich)

Interesting story in Chief Executive magazine, “The CEO As Candidate” about CEO’s pursuing public leadership roles in the 2010 elections. Read the article:

Twin Cities Business magazine has “created a new e-newsletter that’s exclusively dedicated to introducing you to interesting people in Minnesota business. Called TCB People, the new newsletter will be delivered every Wednesday to your inbox.”

Register for “TCB People” here:

Read profiles of leaders in “TCB People” here:

Check out METRO magazine’s “The Metro 100” list of interesting, innovative, and unique people, places, and things in our community:

Vanity Fair has published the 2010 “The Vanity Fair 100” and it includes St. Olaf College grad & New York Times editor Gretchen Morgenson at #54!

If you’re an accountant, attorney, or professional services provider of any sort, consider connecting with Betsy Buckley and her firm What-Matters – Find her on Twitter @betsybuckley.


Jennifer Champer Huber on her promotion to Director of Marketing for Dale Carnegie – MN

To the “25 on the Rise” selected by The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota:

To the new partners of Social Venture Partners – Minnesota –

Aaron Weber on the launch of Inveni ( which “empowers users to aggregate product and service ratings they’ve made across the Internet to quickly build deep, rich profiles of their tastes.” Here’s a 2-min video, targeted to consumers, that describes Inveni’s value proposition:” (via Aaron Weber)

Alicia Phillips on joining the board of Headwaters Foundation for Justice (an organization led by fellow Pollenite, Trista Harris) –

To the numerous Pollenites mentioned/quoted/featured in Dan Haugen’s Twin Cities Business article “Saving Innovation”: (including Dan Grigsby, Garrick Van Buren, Ben Edwards, Don Ball, Parag Shah, Justin Bacon, Ernest Grumbles, Brad Lehrman, Jeff Pesek)

Phil Hotchkiss on his new role as Chief Product Officer for Klout:

Uri Neren on being mentioned in a recent Harvard Business Review blog post about innovation:

Regina Barr on being honored as a “Top Woman in Finance” by Finance and Commerce for the 2nd time and being included in the TWIF “Circle of Excellence” in 2010.

To those HHH Institute Policy Fellows alumni recognized for career or civic achievements in the past few months:

Dan Pfarr on his new role as Executive Director of The Bridge for Youth –

Julie Donovan on her new role with Robert Half International in Management Resources – Human Resources Services.

Craig Lewis on his new role as President/CEO of People Serving People (KeyStone Search client)

To Admission Possible – Twin Cities on their recruitment of a new Executive Director, Sara Dziuk

Clare Cizek & Lars Leafblad were among the panelists for a Lee Hecht Harrison ( executive briefing on “Social Media & Your Career”:

Emily Seiber on her new role as Annual Giving Manager at Catholic Charities

Brad Lehrman, Ernest Grumbles and their fellow MOJO MN collaborators on another mention via Katharine Grayson’s work in MSP Business Journal:

To Zach Burnett, Megan Leafblad, Ben Schein & their fellow Soap Factory board members and supporters for another successful “$99 Sale” fundraising event. Learn more:

Brad Von Bank on joining Reve Consulting as a co-founder.


Watch how color can transform community: (via Megan Leafblad)

Yes, the Yankees appear to have taken it to our Twins once again, but relieve some of our past glory via this highlight of Kirby Puckett in Game 6 in the 1991 World Series

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s very entertaining “History of Rap” clip:

Dueling Kermit the Frog’s perform “Under Pressure”:


What you can learn from Groupon about building a successful business. via @TheNextWeb

Great advice for ALL job seekers, Tap into Hidden Executive Jobs, by @Megguiseppi:

Buzz about U professor is ‘genius’ — A #UMN bee researcher gets a big surprise: a MacArthur “genius” grant (via @ByJenna)

@jcuene (Gen Mills) quoted in @BW (BusinessWeek) cover story “How Facebook Sells You” –>

The pioneer behind IVF wins Nobel Prize in medicine–>

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 1,544 Pollen subscribers and 1,243 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts. Thank you!

Welcome to 122, yes 122, 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:

Anita Allen, Betsy Altheimer, Jennifer Aspengren, Amanda Axvig, Kristen Barlow, Lisa Barnidge, Heather Baron, Sara Barrow, Rebecca Bergner, Gloria Bergquist, Lisa Bigaouette, Kristin Boorsma, Jacob Brown, Hung Brown Ton, Mark Capaldini, Chad Caruthers, Quinn Cheney, Leia Christoffer, Claudia Cody, Karen Cole, Donna Dalton, Tane Danger, Molly Darsow, Charles Decker, Angela Dee, Michael Dominowski, Kyia Downing, Hillary Drake, Rachel Druker, Jean Edhlund, Julie Esch, Susan Eskedahl, Hanna Fairman, Maureen Fletcher, Dave Frolick, Janine Fugate, David Gee, Michelle Geo Olmstead, Robin Gibson, Ann Gibson, Sheila Gothmann, Tim Gould, Kathy Graves, Catherine Gray, Geoff Grcevich, Dan Grigsby

Linda Hildebrandt, Todd Hill, Emilie Hitch, Bill Hoffman, Bob Ingrassia, Susan Isay, Nancy Iverson, Dana Jensen, Gary Johnson, Jae Jon

Jody Kern, Rima Kiwas, Christian Knights, Kathleen Kvern, Ashley Laflin, Connie Lanphear, Karen Laukkonen, Bob Lehrman, Chuck Lennon, Bill Levin, Mike Logan, Rob Marlotte, Jan McDaniel, Tim McNeil, Paul Mellblom, Glenn Miller, Maureen Mook, Tom Morin, Lou Ann Olson, Kate O’Reilly, J. Joseph Otte, Liz Owen, Caroline Palmer, Mike Paton, Karl Pearson-Cater, Sara Perlman Barrow, Katina Petersen, Bradley Peterson, Chuck Peterson, Cyndy Ranzau, Erin Roach, Chris Roberts, Stacey Roelofs, Vickie Ross, Steve Rudolph, Nicolas Sanchez-Mandery, Rebecca Schatz, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Jeff Shelman, Jan Sickbert, Anne Simons, Mason Sorenson, Lisle Soukop, Jake Spano, Pete Stauffer, Cassandra Stepan, Michael Strom, Ed Stych, Lory Sutton, Jamie Thingelstad, Aaron Tidball, Tom Trow, Tammy Truong, Kate Tucker, Moira Turner, Carrie Vigen, Tara Waldron, Dan Wallek, Jenna Washnieski, Pamela Wheelock, Mike Wilhelmi, Rep. Ryan Winkler, Lucinda Winter, Ellen Wolter, Jenny Woods, & Annalese Wright.

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

1000 Friends of Minnesota, 2 Heads Communications, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Alvenda, AmeriPride Services, AOI Marketing, Ashoka’s Change Your City Initiative, Association for Nonsmokers – MN, Athletes Committed to Educating Students, Augsburg College, Breck School, Bush Foundation, Camp Fire USA MN Council, Carlson School of Management, CleverKate, Collective Genius, Community Involvement Partners, Cook Hill Girard Associates, Courage Center, Dorsey & Whitney, Eide Bailly LLP, EOS Worldwide, Explore Minnesota, Express Track, Inc., Fast Horse PR, Flaherty & Hood, P.A., Fox Cable Networks, Fox Consulting, LLC, Fredrikson & Byron, G-Force Communications, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, GovDelivery, Greater MN Housing Fund, Hennepin County, Hour Glass, Lerner Publishing Group, Luminet Consulting, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP

Metro Transit, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Miller & Associates, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Management and Budget Office, MinnPost, MLG Title, LLC, MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, MN Council on Foundations, MN Department of Agriculture, MN Department of Education, MN Department of Employment & Economic Development, MN Film & TV Board, MN Historical Society, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Mortenson Construction, MSP Communications, MyMeds, Inc.,, National Multiple Sclerosis Society – MN Chapter, Neighborhood House, Nordic Windpower, Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc., Parenteau Graves Communications, Roberts & more, Scholarship America, Springboard for the Arts, St. Jude Medical, Target, The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, The Mortenson Family Foundation, The White House Prjoect, The Works Museum, Thinkers & Makers, LLC., Thomson Reuters, Tonka Times, Tunheim Partners, VA Medical Center, Valtira, Walker Art Center, Wells Fargo, Wenck Associates, Wilhelmi Government Affairs, Willingers Golf Club, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, WomenVenture

Huge thank you’s to the 12 Pollenites who directly referred a new member to Pollen! (If you were omitted, please let me know!)

Pollen Recruiters:

Adam Axvig, Rep. Karla Bigham, Jennifer Champer Huber, Sharon DeMark, Wendy Helgeson, Steve Helland, Jay Kim, Ann Kirby-McGill, Leah Lundquist, Spectra Myers, Blois Olson & Robyn Schein

LinkedIn Pollen Group:

1,243, yes 1,243 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group (including 90+ 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

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 at KeyStone Search.

You can subscribe by clicking here.

You can view our most recent issue here.

Thank you!!

Lars Leafblad
KeyStone Search
Ph: 612-375-8989

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