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Pollen newsletter Vol. 21

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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Lars Leafblad

Pollen vol 21
October 29, 2010
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Welcome to Pollen volume 21!

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 1,563

subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter and 1,350 members of our Pollen LinkedIn group. Become member 1,351 by clicking this secure link: (

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



KeyStone Search (Marcia Ballinger, Rebecca Driscoll (formerly Yanisch), Mike Frommelt, Lars Leafblad, Diane Meskan, and Bob Schoenbaum) are recruiting a new colleague via a Vice President, Research opportunity.

If you, or someone you know, love project management, connecting the dots to build prospect lists, database mining, and working in a team-centric, fast-paced, innovative culture, we’d be grateful if you’d learn more (and share) the position profile below:

All inquiries will be considered confidential. Questions can be directed to

Thank you for helping spread the word!



Get out and support your candidates on Tuesday, November 2nd!

Find your polling place here via the Secretary of State’s office:



What Happened on Tuesday? A Post-Election Analysis with former Congressman Vin Weber, Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, and Professor Larry Jacobs on Wednesday, November 3 8:00-9:30 a.m. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis Please join us for a conversation with leading national and state analysts, including former Congressman Vin Weber, Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher, and Professor Larry Jacobs, who will dissect the results on the morning after the elections. This event is free and open to the public. To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-5340 or e-mail Directions and parking information: (via Kate Cimino)

Fresh Energy and the Science Museum of Minnesota present “A Sea Change,” a multiple award-winning documentary about ocean acidification and climate change. Thursday, November 4, 6:30 PM. $15 regular admission, $10 SMM members, seniors, students. Science Museum Auditorium, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. A panel discussion and dessert reception follow the film. (via Michael Noble)

Strategy for Good Workshop: Call for Non-profit Participants November 6th

Thinkers & Makers, LLC ( is proud to announce the 2nd Strategy for Good Workshop for November 6th, 2010. This workshop will pair non-profit leaders with brand and marketing strategists from agencies around the Twin Cities. At this workshop, teams of planners and non-profit leaders will have time to address strategic issues in their organizations. Topics to tackle through the morning of strategic planning and brainstorming will range from social media initiatives to broader questions about brand awareness and marketing strategy. The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 10am-12/1pm at a location TBD. Please let us know if you think someone from your team might be interested in participating, or if you know of any other potential participant organizations in the Twin Cities area. We look forward to working with you!

Via Emilie Hitch, Paul Isakson and Team S4GMPLS –

Becoming a Person of Influence workshop November 9th at 6 p.m.Women who break into leadership positions get there with a reputation for delivering results. They are comfortable gaining and using power. They come across as credible and strategic. When they speak, others listen. They “have a seat at the table” and use it to make a difference. Facilitator Jo Miller will help you develop an action plan of immediate steps to gain credibility, get buy-in for ideas, and make a larger impact in business by understanding the mechanisms of power and influence. FREE for NAWMBA members, $20 for non-members. Get details and register for the event at (via Nancy Iverson)

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

Over 130 members of Pollen have joined the Citizens League in the past several weeks as complimentary members thanks to Scott and Sarah Burns. Thanks again Scott and Sarah!

Help support economic development of the Untouchables of India by joining Hands of Freedom ( at their annual event on November 12. For more information contact Brian Numainville at (via Brian Numainville)

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)

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota hosting exclusive Twin Cities screening of the award winning documentary “For Once in My Life” on November 15 (5:30-8 pm) at the Heights Theater. This film has received numerous accolades including recognition as the Audience Award Winner at SXSW Film Festival. Tickets are complimentary, however reservations are required. Visit to reserve your ticket. (via Angela Garrett)

TORCH Community hosts “If I Had a Million Dollars” November 18th at 5:30 p.m. (via Jesse Bergland) RSVP:

“Happy Hour at the Guthrie” hosted by Margarette Minor, Liesl Hyde & friends on November 18th at 5 p.m. at Sea Change at the Guthrie (via Margarette Minor)

Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours hosts next event November 18th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in support of Second Harvest Heartland at FACES mears park (via Jeff Nolan)




Pillsbury United Communities seeks new President and CEO (search being conducted by KeyStone Search)

Minnesota Business Partnership hiring a Communications Director (via Charlie Weaver) is hiring for several positions in healthcare 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)

KeyStone Search hiring a Vice President, Research to join their team (via Lars Leafblad)

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (folks who bring you Art-A-Whirl) seek new Executive Director

Minneapolis College of Art and Design hiring new Director of Corporate and Foundation Support and Director of Major and Alumni Giving (via Megan Leafblad)

Woodbury Chamber of Commerce seeks new Executive Director (via Ben Anderson)

Round Earth Media seeks early-career reports for 3 week paid assignments in India in Feb-March 2011…Learn more: (via Tim Morin, Kim Garretson, Mary Stucky)

AccountAbility Minnesota is seeking candidates for three exciting positions: tax program manager, individual giving manager and bilingual outreach coordinator. We hope to fill these positions in the next 4-6 weeks. Please check out our website for the full job descriptions and additional information about how to apply: (via Adam Faitek)

OneVillage Partners seeks Executive Director. Full job description can be found at (via Kari Foley)

Engine is looking for two or three more people who want to engage in a highly-impactful community project for the YMCA of Metro Minneapolis. The goal of the project is to better understand the needs of low-income neighborhoods in South Minneapolis and to create repeatable templates and methodology for YMCAs in the Twin Cities to better meet the social-services requirements newly mandated by the National YMCA.Please email Jim Delaney for a full description of this project and how to get involved. Jdelaney-at-poweredbyengine.com (via Jim Delaney)


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:



MinnPost launches “Young Professionals Network” curated by Corey Anderson

More on the launch of MinnPost YPN:

MN High Tech Association seeks applications for its ACE Leadership Program (Apps due Nov 30): (via Jerome Harrison)

Interesting article in Fast Company magazine on leadership: (via Rob Nordin)

The American Red Cross has a neat new idea for holiday giving. Purchase measles vaccinations for 25 children or a military comfort kit for $25. Or, buy emergency water containers for six families after a natural disaster for $30. These and other great ideas for the “hard to buy for” person can be found at (via Marcia Ballinger, Red Cross Twin Cities board member)

A fascinating take on the future of technology from outgoing Microsoft executive Ray Ozzie:

What Midwest cities have most educated populations? Hint…you’re probably living in one of the top vote getters…

James Surowiecki (author, Wisdom of Crowds) writes about procrastination in The New Yorker…a great piece…I should read…

Time Magazine’s global “40 under 40” list:,29569,2023831,00.html

Fortune Magazine’s own “40 under 40” list:

Great post from Mark Jaffe, one of BusinessWeek’s “World’s 100 Most Influential Headhunters” who lives in MN, on “There Is No Safe Job”:

How did MN’s “Leadership and Community Blog” get started? Learn from Jeff Urban on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network blog:

MinnPost shares insightful assessment of the three primary candidates for MN Governor:



Ann Mulholland on her new role as VP, Grants and Programs with Minnesota Community Foundation/The Saint Paul Foundation (search conducted by KeyStone Search)

Margaret Anderson Kelliher on her new role as President and CEO of MN High Tech Association (search conducted by KeyStone Search)

Uri Neren on another post on the Harvard Business Review blog about innovation underway at the Mayo Clinic

Lars Leafblad visited on-air with MPR’s Kerri Miller about “The Job Interview for Governor” with regards to the 2010 MN Gubernatorial election:

Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad featured on the MPR/Kare-11 “The Job Interview for Governor” on October 26th Streaming video from –>

Founder and CEO of CaringBridge (and Pollenite), Sona Mehring, profiled in Star Tribune by Ernest Grumbles III as “Radical MN CEO”:

Anna Kucera on new role as a board member of Conversation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Jeannine Balfour on her new role as Senior Program Officer at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Beth Kathan on her new role within Cargill as Change, Communications and Education Leader for Plant Operations

Jill Rowlison on her new role as Director of Political Affairs for The Dow Chemical Company

Graham Arntzen on his new role as Business Analyst with Capx2020 (

Anne Krocak on her new role as AchieveMpls’ Director of Operations

Ron Lattin on his new role as a board member of the MN Film and TV Board (a connection facilitated through Pollen thanks to Steve Helland)

Eric Schubert on his editorial in MPR on why he’s supporting Tom Horner for Governor

Patti Dalen Leisinger on her new role as Executive Director of Hope for the City

Amy Fredregill volunteered for a week in Niger for a program funded by U.S. AID called Farmer to Farmer, through a co-op organization called the Cooperative League of the USA

Josh Reimnitz of Students Today, Leaders Forever for his connecting prowess in proactively reaching out to meet many fellow members of Pollen including Jeff Urban, Wendy Helgeson, and Taylor Pettis

Andrew Eklund in Minnesota Business on “5 Essentials for Marketing in 2011”:

Brad Frank on his new role as VP of Marketing for Activeion

Mpls St. Paul Business Journal names “Fast 50” privately held companies. Congrats to Scott Burns, Tasha Hock & GovDelivery team on #21!

Congratulations to all recipients of the 2010 MN Council of Nonprofits Mission and Excellence Award (including GiveMN and Springboard for the Arts)



Harvard University offering free online courses via its “Open Learning Initiative”;jsessionid=OIMFIAJPGFOH

Did you ever doubt everything could be explained through flowcharts? Doubt no longer….

So just what institutions of higher learning produce the most Fulbright scholars in MN? Look no further…


Did you know that Twitter can predict the stock market? Learn more in this article from MIT’s “Technology Review” magazine:

Interesting post from Harvard Business Review blog, “Marketing Can Do Better”:

USC Professor Dave Logan’s speech on “Tribal Leadership” played at TEDxTC:

New list of MN’s largest foundation and corporate grantmakers:


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 1,563 Pollen subscribers and 1,350 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts. Thank you!

Welcome to 130, yes 130, 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:

Azin Adjoudani, Jide Akanbi, Yasin Alsaidi, Maren Amdal, Traci Auger, Martha Ballard, Nicholas Banovetz, Joel Barker, Gloria Berquist, Beth Loraine Bowman, Allison Brummel, Betsy Buckley, Tony Carideo, Kelsey Carver, Lee Cornell, Meghan Cosgrove, Santo Cruz, Sarah Curfman, Molly Darsow, Kristin Dery, Karen DeYoung, Matthew Dietz, Kate Ehlan, Dale Fagre, Heather Farber-Lau, Denise Felder, John Francis, Boo Froebel, Larry Fuchsberg, John Garrigues, Deborah Gelbach, Len Ghilani, Lecia Grossman, Dan Hare, Steve Harper, Jennifer Hawkins, Jean Hill, Bill Hoffman, Shari Kay Hunter, Jenny Huschka, Thomas Jahl, Isaac Johnson, Carolyn Jones, Tom Joyce, Kathleen Just-Bannigan, David Kang, David Kelliher, Ben Kent, Audrey Kintzi, Ann Kirby McGill, Aaron Klemz, Rob Klingberg, Marija Knudson, Tracy Lamparty, Lance Langerud, Jacob Lantry, Karen Law, Mike Leatherman, Susan Lieberman, Rick Linsk

Kathy Magnuson, Tasslyn Magnussen, Rob Marlotte, William Marsella, Liz Martin, Meg Martinez, Sara Masters, Aaron Masterson, Dave Mathews, Emily McAuliffe, Jennifer McDowell, Dennis McGrath, Beth Megas, Sona Mehring, Jamie Millard, Rick Monteith, Katie Nelsen, Julie Nelsen, Jo Nelson, Kristie Nelson-Neuhas, Chris Oien, Kenji Okumura, Jana Oslund, Lee Owens, Sarah Panus, Laura Park, Ramon Pastrano IV, Fran Perpich, Kathy Peters-Martell, Britta Peterson, Kay Pollard, Esther Porter, Yolanda Purdy, Thomas Radio, LeeAnn Rasachak, Marie Reigstad, Hannah Rose, Kathryn Rozin, Thomas Ruter, Nancy Sabin, Paul Schoening, Jan Selby, Dick Senese, Ken Shain, Melanie Shirley, Reuben Singer, Amy Sternberg, Erin Strong, Sarah Strong-Belisle, Stephen Tanghe, Pat Taylor, Karis Thompson, Joci Tilsen, Chris Tomek, Andrea Trombley, Kate Tyler, Bob Van Why, Jennifer Vieth, Carrie Vigen, Al Vredeveld, Jean Vukas-Roberts, Courtney Ward-Reichard, Donna Wells, Clarence White, Cortne Younk, Katrina Zabinski, and Dina Zelikson

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:

Betsy Buckley, Kate Cimino, Kali Cruz, Sharon De Mark, Susan Eich, Bekah Kent, Craig Luedemann, Chris Mayr, Jan McDaniel, Scott McMahon, Spectra Myers, Dana Nelson, and Jodi Williams

LinkedIn Pollen Group:

1,350, yes 1,350 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group (including 110+ new members who joined since our last edition).

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