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Pollen newsletter Volume 26

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 26
March 10, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Welcome to Pollen volume 26!

What is Pollen?

“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 subsequently grown to 1,682 subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter and 1,971 members of our Pollen LinkedIn group. Become member 1,972 by clicking the secure link.
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, become a member by emailing


We begin Pollen volume 26 with an invitation to share your feedback, ideas, and editorial prowess by participating in a new Pollen Poll regarding our format, content, and future editorial direction.

Your input is critical and it should only take you a minute or two to answer the 8 questions.

Please click the secure link below to participate

All responses are confidential and anonymous. Results will summarized and shared with the entire Pollen community in Pollen volume 27. Thank you!


Pollen would like to extend a special thank you to Jon Spayde and The Line for initiating a conversation with our community regarding “Minnesota’s Search for a New Identity”.

You can read Jon’s interview with Pollen published in The Line, and shared in as well, via the secure link.

Jon welcomes your ideas regarding “what image best captures 21st-century Minnesota or contemporary Minneapolis/Saint Paul? We’ll feature a selection of the best in an upcoming issue. Send to” Thanks to Jon and The Line for starting the conversation!


Help support Yinghua Academy by visiting their online auction (via Lars Leafblad)

Solutions Twin Cities volume 4 will be held March 18More info via The Line

Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity will be held March 22-24. The Forum is the nation’s largest workplace diversity & inclusion conference, always held here in the Twin Cities. In its 23rd year, the Forum has grown to have a more national scope and prominence over the past several years, while remaining a great showcase for the Twin Cities professional community. It is also known as the best conference for the learning content that is provided, and the fees are lower than many other conferences. March 22-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. See more. (via K. Jason Bryan)

Journalists and politicans gently skewered at MinnPost’s MinnRoast 2011 on Friday, April 1 at the Pantages Theatre. Gov. Mark Dayton, Sens. Klobuchar and Franken, Don Shelby, Roxanne Battle, Brian (BT) Turner and many more scheduled to appear. Information, silent auction preview, and tickets can be found at the main MinnRoast page. Ticket prices include a show-only option for $25 and a young professionals rate of $60. (via Corey Anderson)

ARTCRANK is on April 2, 2011 Family party 3-5p at Clockwork Active Media, 5-11p at Shelter Studios. Beer sales benefit Andy Theiman’s BloodSweatChemo LIVESTRONG campaign. (via Kate O’Reilly)

Join H20 for Life “Walk for Water” event at Target Field on April 16th — sponsored by the Pentair Foundation (via Susan Carter)

We’re now accepting talk proposals for the April 21 Ignite Minneapolis at The Heights Theatre.

Students Today, Leaders Forever hosting “Glory Days Tour” volunteer trip on April 29

Norway House will host “Dialogue for Peace” on May 4 with former prime minister of Norway


President and CEO, Blandin Foundation (search being conducted by KeyStone Search)

President and CEO, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (search being conducted by KeyStone Search)

President and CEO, Volunteers of America — Minnesota (search being conducted by KeyStone Search) is hiring for several positions in finance, marketing, and product management. For more information. (via Sona Mehring)

The Bush Foundation is hiring 2 positions w/ Educational Achievement & Native Nations Teams

Open Book seeks new Executive Director (via Moira Turner)

Greater Twin Cities United Way currently has 7 open positions including VP, Marketing and Director, Foundations and Special Initiatives (via Christy Christensen)

Ecumen seeks “Talented Storyteller” for “Social Media and Marketing Communications Team” (via Eric Schubert)

University of St. Thomas seeks two positions: (via Jamie Proulx)
Stewardship Program Manager
, IT position in Development


The Science Museum of Minnesota is looking to fill up to six spots on its Young Professional Advisory Council. The mission of the YPro Advisory Council is to create and lead an ongoing engagement strategy to significantly increase the number of young professional visitors, volunteers, members and contributors for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Please email for more information and an application. (via Allison Barmann)

Make-A-Wish Foundation MN & Twin Cities RISE! seek new advisory board members! Click the link to learn more. (via The LEAD Project)

The Mixed Blood Theatre seeks nominations and referrals for new board members. Interested candidates should contact Bob Schoenbaum, board member, directly at Board roster

Avenues for Homeless Youth and Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys are both seeking new board members. Learn more via 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 to Pollen? A must read from our archives – list of MN “Under the Radar Leaders” & “Community Connectors”

Check out “Works Progress” — a MN network of “creative collaborators” which designs “multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits that inspire, inform and connect—fostering new relationships that cross creative and cultural boundaries.”

New networking program “Unleash Your Inner Awesome” from the U of MN College of Continuing Education has networking session at Spill the Wine on the 4th Thursday of the month (via Cecily Sommers and Terri Morawiecki) Info

Zen and the Art of Investment Banking: When Working Right is More Important than Finding the Right Work

52 Cups of Coffee — one girl’s year-long experiment with caffeine and conversation

Forbes list of 20 CEO’s 40 and under (via Bill George)

0 MN companies make @fastcompany “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”

Great blog post regarding corporate culture and leadership — John Kotter (via Mike Frommelt)

Interesting article on the “World’s Best 40 Business School Professors Under Age 40” via @JohnAByrne

How Are You Feeling? (via Harvard Business Review)

Stop blaming your culture.
Start using it instead — to reinforce and build the new behaviors that you want. [s+b]

Why every leader needs a Vulcan sidekick. (via Gregg Litman)

Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders (via Bonnie Holub)

Lori Sturdevant calls for “next-generation leaders” to explore work in the public sector in Star Tribune

Rachel Stassen-Berger profiles Governor Mark Dayton’s senior management team

Interesting info on state of executive search biz
c/o recent investor presentation from Heidrick & Struggles CEO

New time waster –> @LettersOfNote –> Famous & infamous memos, letters, etc shared for free – love it!

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently (via Harvard Business Review)

Bill George column in Star Tribune, “Leadership skills start with self-awareness”

David Brauer shares Taylor Carik’s business plan for “Secrets of the City” in

The Three Networks You Need (via Harvard Business Review)

Attention Oles who are members of Pollen, St. Olaf is trying to better connect the Hill w/ jobs off the Hill via “The Main Street Project”

Lori Sturdevant visits with Charlie Weaver of the MN Business Partnership in Star Tribune

The Most Valuable People in Your Network (via Harvard Business Review)

30 Things We Need — and 30 We Don’t (via Harvard Business Review)

New initiative of the Blandin Foundation, Bush Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, and Saint Paul Foundation

Ecumen’s groundbreaking Awakenings Initiative to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs among Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in nursing homes was recently featured in the New York Times (via Eric Schubert)

Minnesota Community Foundation and Social Venture Partners Minnesota are co-sponsors of the Engaged Philanthropist Award. The Engaged Philanthropist Award recognizes and promotes Minnesota’s most innovative and effective engaged philanthropists, and promotes philanthropy in Minnesota.We seek nominations from nonprofit and foundation leaders, academics working in the field of nonprofit management, public policy leaders, financial advisors and business leaders.For complete Award guidelines and a nomination form, please visit the Social Venture Partners Minnesota website. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 18, 2011.

MN’s Charlie Hartwell presents at TEDxPuget Sound on “The Leader’s Role in Transforming Ideas Into Action” (via Greg Tehven)

Check out the Habitat for Humanity “Twin Cities Entrepreneurs House”: (via Mik Gusenius)


Sona Mehring – February guest for Minnesota Monthly Women of Influence Series

Laura Brod and Steve Sviggum on being appointed as new members of the University of MN Board of Regents

Congratulations to KeyStone Search client Pillsbury United Communities on their new President & CEO, Chanda Smith Baker

To Aaron Street and Sam Glover on the coverage of their venture StartupLawyer.MN in Twin Cities Business

Dia Satori on launch of new website — “Strategic Dreaming” a community of women sharing stories of leadership from around the world. Margaret Anderson Kelliher profiled in inaugural issue

Sona Mehring, Founder and CEO of CaringBridge, named one of Fast Company magazine’s 2011 “Most Influential Women in Technology”

Alisa Miller, President and CEO of Public Radio International, was also named one of Fast Company magazine’s 2011 “Most Influential Women in Technology”

To the four new board members of

Never knew a former contestant on Jeopardy was also a Pollen member, thanks for sharing Dana Bacon

2010 MIMA Summit: Featured Speaker – Cecily Sommers on Vimeo

Laura Brod becomes senior strategic adviser with Mpls-based law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Bi-partisan social innovation at its best. Social Impact Bonds MN style. Thanks for the leadership Steve Rothschild. (via Brad Brown)

MN’s own Mark Jaffe profiled in Business Week’s “Meet our Headhunters”

Kristine Wyant who is MCAD’s new Director of Corporate and Foundation Support

Heidi Pederson on her new role with Chaffee & Associates

Amy Charest is now contracting with various non-profits and small businesses on public relations, social media, and writing projects. Visit her blog

Anne Denato on her new role as Director of Client Services at RedBrick Health

Angie Andresen on her promotion to Vice President with Fleishman Hillard

Lucia Lebens on her new job with Bockorny Group

Kate O’Reilly on her new project to launch this book: Written by Oran Hesterman, a veteran Kellogg Foundation funder of fair food initiatives in the US. Book release is May 31, 2011. Amazon

Bob McFarlin on his new role as VP, Public and Government Affairs with Twin Metals Minnesota

Stephanie Weiss on her new role as Director of News and Media Service with Augsburg College

Jean Edhlund on being recognized with a North Central Cable Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Sarah Curfman on her new role as Managing Consultant – Nonprofit and Government at LarsonAllen

Rohn Jay Miller on his new role as a Partner with Native Instinct where he’ll be opening the Minneapolis office


Re-enjoying the vocals of Van Halen’s “Jump” mashed up with the instrumental of Lennon’s “Imagine.” (via Abraham Piper)

Having a bad day? Check out Caltech basketball team that just won for the 1st time in 26 yrs (that’s 1985!). (via Drew Schmitz)

Carleton College student grows beard for a year [TIME-LAPSE VIDEO]

The ultimate French Fry c/o @wired & Nathan Myhrvold….must…find…french…fries…

Snow got you down? Listen to Cantus perform on TPT’s Almanac – Click “4-Cantus”on the right side of the page.

Awesome profile of @UMNews professor Marla Spivak “The Bee Queen” in @wired



You might have scrolled past this earlier, but want to reiterate our invitation and request to share your feedback, ideas, and editorial prowess by participating in a new Pollen Poll regarding our format, content, and future editorial direction.

Your input is critical and it should only take you a minute or two to answer the 8 questions.

Please click the secure link to participate

All responses are confidential and anonymous. Results will summarized and shared with the entire Pollen community in Pollen volume 27.Thank you!


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

We’ve grown to 1,682 Pollen subscribers and 1,971 members of our LinkedIn group thanks to your efforts including 160+ new members since our last issue.

You can view the names of new members, companies/organizations they represent, and those members who helped recruit a new member(s) via this secure link to a PDF document uploaded to Scribd.

Pollen volume 26 new members list

LinkedIn Pollen Group:
1,971, yes 1,971 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group (including140+ 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.

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful end to winter (it’s coming!)!!

Thanks for being part of Pollen!

Lars Leafblad

Principal, KeyStone Search and Curator, Pollen
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