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 Volume 22

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

Pollen vol 22

November 18, 2010

Curated by Lars Leafblad

Principal, KeyStone Search


Welcome to Pollen volume 22!

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 1,579

subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter and 1,420 members of our Pollen LinkedIn group. Become member 1,421 by clicking this secure link: (http://www.bit.ly/Pollen-LinkedIn)

If someone has forwarded this to you and you’d like to become a full-fledged Pollenite, which provides you with the opportunity to contribute content for distribution to the entire Pollen network, join us by emailing larsl-at-keystonesearch.com.


Thanks to all candidates (and their families) for putting their name on our ballots November 2nd.

MN election results can be found here:



As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, a quick note to thank you for being part of this social experiment called Pollen. It’s truly an honor and joy to build, create, and expand this community with you. Thank you for being part of Pollen!!


Common Grounds (http://www.commongroundsmn.org) is seeking nominations/submissions from MN-based non-profits for their free consulting services in spring 2011. Submissions from potential clients are due December 1st. Read their full RFP via secure link below: (via Chris Hamsher)


TORCH Community hosts “If I Had a Million Dollars” November 18th at 5:30 p.m. (via Jesse Bergland) http://www.torchcommunity.org/ RSVP: http://ifihadamilliondollars.eventbrite.com/

“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)

Details: http://tcthhnov2010.eventbrite.com/

Do you know undergraduate students with entrepreneurial ideas for social change? Event of interest November 20th! The Be a Changemaker Challenge from Ashoka’s Youth Venture, with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, is an opportunity for students to develop and implement a social venture with the support and funding to make it happen. Teams will receive social venture planning assistance; guidance, tools, and support; introductions to allies who provide advice, mentoring and expertise; and seed funding of up to $1,000.Interested students are invited to attend Venture Lab on November 20th at the University of St. Thomas in order to kick-start planning during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Speakers include Ashoka Fellow Terrie Rose, Kirk Ahlberg, Juventino Meza, Brad Slaker, Brian Peterson, and Solome Tibebu. Students can get details and register for the event at www.VentureLabMinnesota.org. Adults interested in serving as Venture Advisors can contact Spectra Myers at smyers-at-youthventure.org.

Paul DeBettignies hosts “Be Your Own Headhunter” sessions on November 17 and November 26


The LEAD Project and United Way Emerging Leaders are hosting a “Board Bootcamp” event on November 30th for young professionals interested in board service. Details and rsvp info below:


Drivetrain’s Launch Party With Heart: Feed A Kid, Get A Drink.

Thursday, December 2, 5:30pm at Pizza Luce Downtown Minneapolis. Details/RSVP @ http://drivetrainagency.com

Drivetrain – an agency that writes software that powers mobile, web and social network applications – is celebrating its launch. We’re celebrating by doing some good: be one of the first hundred attendees at our launch party to donate a non-perisable food item or make a $5 text-message donation to Second Harvest and we’ll comp you two drinks. (via Dan Grigsby)

Ashoka Solutions Forum will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Walker Art Center with a reception following at 8:15 p.m. Details and registration can be found at http://www.usa.ashoka.org/twincities. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Preregistration is required. The first-ever Ashoka Twin Cities Solutions Forum (http://www.usa.ashoka.org/twincities) will bring together leading social entrepreneurs and proven business innovators from the Twin Cities to explore how business principles can be applied to solve social problems. The evening will feature nationally renowned social entrepreneurs and Ashoka Fellows, Andy Lipkis (link: http://usa.ashoka.org/node/110/) and Jill Vialet (link: http://usa.ashoka.org/node/33/). The interview will be hosted by media personality and entrepreneur, Rick Kupchella.

FR*EE interview with Marshawn Evans, author of S.K.I.R.T.S. in the Boardroom on December 8, 2010/ 12 noon – 1:00 CDT (FREE) Registration: http://budurl.com/WATTevans

A former participant on Donald Trump’s Apprentice, Marshawn Evans will provide business-boosting insight on such topics as developing a purpose-driven career, personal branding, strategic information sharing, and much more! (via Regina Barr)


Scholarship America seeks VP, Development (via Lauren Segal)


Scholarship America seeks VP, Strategic Marketing (via Lauren Segal)


The Saint Paul Foundation seeks Community Funds Program Director (via Jennifer Ford Reedy)


Generate Companies seeks a new executive assistant (via Uri Neren)


Email Uri for information – uri-at-generatecompany.com.

Great River Greening, a conservation nonprofit, is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration. (via Deborah Karasov)


Minnesota Education Corps seeks new Executive Director (via Sakawdin Mohamed)


The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts seeks new Executive Director (via Rebecca Driscoll)


Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropiesis hiring a Senior Program Officer, Anne Ray Charitable Trusts


Hennepin County Bar Association/Foundationseeks new Executive Director (via Marshall Lichty)


CaringBridge.orgis hiring for several positions in healthcare marketing, technology, and customer care. For more information, please visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/careers (via Sona Mehring)

GovDelivery has several roles open in technology and marketing. Learn more: http://www.govdelivery.com/about-us/careers/ (via Tasha Hock)

Fast Horse has an immediate opening for a Design Director. (via Jorg Pierach) We are looking for someone smart, creative, versatile and hard-working. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of eight years experience, including a productive stint at an ad agency. Details can be found by clicking here: http://www.fasthorseinc.com/blog/index.php/2010/11/05/fast-horse-is-hiring-a-design-director/

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


The City of Bloomington is seeking a part-time television producer/host to produce the City’s weekly cable television news program. For more information: (via Janine Hill)


Round Earth Media seeks early-career reports for 3 week paid assignments in India in Feb-March 2011…Learn more:

http://www.roundearthmedia.com/indianetwork/ (via Tim Morin, Kim Garretson, Mary Stucky)

MIT Media Lab seeks new Director: (via Kim Garretson)


The Goff Group at Merrill Lynch, downtown Minneapolis, is currently interviewing college students for internships for 2011. Must be able to receive college credit, Please contact us at 612-349-7892 for more information. (via Janel Goff)


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:



New issue of ChangeThis is out:


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):

http://www.mhta.org/about_ace_leadership.php (via Jerome Harrison)

Help Fast Company Find the Most Influential Women In Tech 2011: http://is.gd/h7Oar

If you don’t subscribe to Blois Olson’s “Morning Take”, which provides great daily info on MN politics and public affairs, you should consider subscribing (for free) by emailing him at bolson-at-tunheim.com.

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends presentation is a great read!


Jack Uldrich “What’s On Your Anti-resume?”


Nominate someone you know for Judy Grundstrom’s “Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media”. More info and nomination form below:


5 Ways to Improve Meetings:


Clay Shirky on new role of news audiences:


Young people sharing why they love what they do:


To those who care about education ~ A TED talk by Sir. Ken Robinson (via Maren Leafblad)

CEO Outlook 2011: Twelve CEOs weigh in on the economy, politics and the year ahead. http://bit.ly/bgbHNd

David Brooks in NY Times on role of US as “Crossroads Nation” – human networks as competitive advantage


Betsy Buckley “Reach Out and Touch Someone” article in Minnesota Business magazine:


Knight Foundation “Soul of the Community” project included Duluth, MN. Read results:


CEO Turnover Report c/o Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. (via Liesl Hyde)


From Jen Kane: A look at “The anatomy of a social media firestorm.” http://bit.ly/diBgqQ and the lessons companies can learn from #amazonfail

Utne Reader’s “25 Visionaries Changing the World”



To Dana Nelson, Jeff Achen, Nicole Harrison, and all involved with the GiveMN.org “Give to the Max Day 2010” event! Over 42,000 MN donors contributed nearly $8M in funding to MN non-profits!

You can access full details here:


Thanks to Diane Tran for linking Pollen w/ the highly successful Minnesota Rising Un/Conference! Great work Diane and team!!


Trista Harris – co-author of new book “How To Be A Nonprofit Rockstar” – http://www.tristaharris.org

Jeremy Lenz on his promotion within BioBusiness Alliance of MN and Liz Rammer on her promotion within LifeScience Alley:


Sheila Smith on joining the board of MN Council of Nonprofits

Susan Bass Roberts (belatedly) on her role as new Director of Community Relations with Best Buy

To the InCommons Collaboration Challenge semi-finalists. Read their proposals and vote on your favorite(s) here:


Duane Benson, Ward Einess, Nena Street and all recently elected board members of the Citizens League:


To Wendy Helgeson, Ellen Watters, and all 2010 Inter-City Leadership Visit participants:

Full participant roster (scroll down):


J. Brian Atwood, dean of the HHH Institute of Public Affairs, on his new leadership opportunity as shared by Lori Sturdevant’s Star Tribune piece “Applause for Atwood”:


To Doug Spong for hosting the Mpls St. Paul Business Journal “40 under 40” alumni event and to Drew Schmitz and Rick Brimacomb for organizing this gathering of dozens of alumni.

Betsy Buckley on winning “2010 102.9FM Women of Lite Award”


To the MHTA Tekne Award nominees and winners:


To the 2010 Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute Fellows (funded by the Bush Foundation)



15 ?s from interviews conducted at Google:


Randy Moss “One Clap” mash-up video:


33 riveting photos from the 2010 World Fencing Championships via @brainpicker


Amazing exploding water balloon high-speed photography by Edward Horsford http://is.gd/h9m0y

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

RT @HarvardBiz Six Ways Leaders Can Fuel Excellence At Anything http://s.hbr.org/cnxSn9

RT @RosabethKanter Four Things Groups Want that Leaders Can’t Give — and One They Can http://bit.ly/dwL0fA

RT @larsleafblad career gurus that always deliver ROI–> @ChallengerMpls @alevit @millerphiller @Ljacobwith @wyattjaffe@penelopetrunk

RT @larsleafblad MN media who engage –> @KerriMPR @JohnCroman@jongordon @_taylor_ @p_oshan @Fladung

@McKennaEwen@douglasglass @mlahammer @RachelSB @amypioneerpress @danerobert @coreylanderson@jimhammerand @striblee

@generebeck @sturdevant

RT @larsleafblad boards & governance ROI here –> @BoardSource@BoardroomWomen @PACouncil @NACD @COF_ @BCCCC

@CEB_CLC @Directorship @ChiefExecGrp

RT @larsleafblad innovation & innovative networks –> @TechdotMN @Minnov8@TEDxTC @MojoMN @minnebar @TheBrandLab

@AspenANDE@fteconnect @MinnPostYPN

@TheIdeasEconomy @ChangeTwit @poptech @the99percent

@Push_Institute @NextGenCharity

RT @larsleafblad big brains who give ROI –> @rjmac @KarenTucker@juliakirby @thomasastewart @aaker @brainpicker @AriTeman

@kanter @umairh @scottbelsky@ideafood @RosabethKanter@Ekaterina @jowyang

@ChiefUnlearner @stevenbjohnson@dcgrigsby @PhilipHotchkiss

A Conversation With Jane Goodall: 50 Years of Chimpanzees http://nyti.ms/amkADq

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 1,579 Pollen subscribers and 1,418 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts. Thank you!

Welcome to 90, yes 90, 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:

Chris Amundsen, Ben Andrews, Bjorn Arneson, Lindsay Bacher, Carley Barber, Peter Beacom, Molly Beran, Bjorn Betzler, Robert Bodor, Becky Borsheim, Lindsey Brown, Colleen Byrne, Erin Campbell, Crystal Colby, John Czwartacki, Michelle Davis, Deb Derringer, Amanda Duerr, Kent Eklund, Chris Enstad, Greg France, Michelle Galt, Juliana Geske-Peer, Gene Goddard, Gay Gonnerman, Chuck Grothaus, Anne Hamre, Alissa Harrington, Stacie Haugen, Janine Hill, Rebecca Hodus, Julie Honebrink, Jim Horan, Jane Johnson, Mark D. Johnson, Kathleen Just-Bannigan, Deborah Karasov, Kyle Katoski, Cathryn Kennedy, Robert Koski, Kim Lawler, Dawn Lindgren, Ryan Love

John Manning, Wendy Marko Odeen, Sara Masters, Catrina McAuliffe, Lisa Meddin, Ryn Melberg, Pam Moret, Dan Morin, Dana Nelson, Brian Nelson, Anna Nelson, Marshall O’Brien, Ryan O’Keefe, Ruth Patton, Brian Poe, Nancy Powell, Suzanne Prochazka, Joel Racchini, Erin Rech, Kate Redpath, Gloria Rood, Alyssa Samuelson, Patrick Sarver, Jeff Schmitz, Jim Schowalter, Karen Schultz, Zach Schwartz, Scott Seim, Helene Shear Noyola, Beth Sheridan, Jon Slock, Sue Speakman-Gomez, William Stanton, Sarah Strickland, Joci Tilsen, Lauren Van Schepen, Mark Warpmaeker, Lindsey Wollschlager Johnson, Wendy Wustenberg, Janice Wyder, Amber Young, Hilary Ziols

Representative Companies/Organizations of new Pollen members:

Accenture, AllOver Media, American Craft Council, Best Buy, Bonestroo, Breck School, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN, Cincinnatus, Concordia University-St Paul, Dakota County, Energy Resources LLC, Epic Systems Corp, Four51, Fresh Energy, GiveMN, Housing Link, Inveni, IQ Marketing, Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry, Minneapolis Area Synod of ELCA, Minneapolis Public Schools, MN Food Association, Minnesota Rising, MN Dept of Health, MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development, MN House of Representatives, MN Private College Council, OptumHealth, Polaroid, Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, StoneArch Creative, Talon Performance Group, Target, The Minneapolis Foundation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Triangle Park Creative, U of MN Foundation, U of St Thomas, Verizon, Weber Shandwick, WomenVenture

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

Pollen Recruiters:

Jennifer Chamber Huber, Amy Fredregill, Betsy Hedstrom Khan, Julie Hurbanis, Susan Lieberman, Chris Mayr, Andrew Rosen, and Diane Tran

LinkedIn Pollen Group:

1,420, yes 1,420 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.

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
Em: larsl@keystonesearch.com

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Charlie Quimby on 11/18/2010 - 03:37 pm.

    One word: hotlinks.

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