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 28

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 28
April 20, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Our April 1st issue demonstrated that there’s a very, very healthy sense of humor within Pollenation!

Thank you for the numerous heartfelt e-condolences shared on the apparent passing of Pollen.Your emails illustrated the passion, connection, and sense of community shared within this network and it’s an honor to continue to build this community with all of you. Thanks for being part of Pollen and thanks again for your good humor!

For those of you just joining Pollen, you might be asking, so just 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 1,700+ subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter and 2,200+ members of our Pollen LinkedIn group. Become a new member 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 larsl-at-keystonesearch.com.

Special Thank You:
To Drew Wood, the outgoing editor of Minnesota Business magazine (he’s joining Thrillist.com), and active Pollen member for mentioning Pollen in his “Editor’s Note” in the April 2011 issue of Minnesota Business. Congrats, good luck, and thank you Drew!

You can read Drew’s note as a PDF file

April 21st — TEDxTC Remix (event is sold out) but you can register to be added to the waitlist for any returned tickets here

April 21st — Ignite Minneapolis 3 (event is sold out) being held at Heights Theatre. Several Pollen members are presenting → Irene Fernando, Tim Brunelle, Jennifer Kane, Judy Grundstrom, Jim Bernard, and Mykl Roventine. Learn more here

April 24-30 is National Infertility Awareness Week — 1 in 8 men and women in the US are diagnosed with infertility. Learn how you can help support them by visiting the RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association website. (via Lars Leafblad)

April 28thEconomic Club of Minnesota presents luncheon with Ann Fudge, former Chairman and CEO, Young and Rubicam Brands, member President Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission, Board of Directors — General Electric, Unilever, and Novartis

April 28thCommonGood Breakfast with Second Harvest Heartland and Boston Consulting Group (via Joanne Henry)

April 30th — Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Gala “Safari on the Serengeti” (via Molly Doran)

May 3 — The Saint Paul Foundation, as part of its Facing Race initiative, will host its fifth annual Ambassador Award, an open-to-the-public celebration that honors individuals who are committed to ending racism in our community. At the event, Nathaniel Abdul Khaliq and Velma J. Korbel will each be recognized for his / her work in Minnesota. The keynote speaker of this year’s event is Mohammad Bilal, a musician, a poet, an alumnus of MTV’s Real World, and a diversity consultant who educates audiences about some of today’s greatest social problems. More information (via Naomi Pesky)

May 4th — Athletes Committed to Education present “Mark Rosen’s All-Star Afternoon”

May 4th — Norway House Peace Initiative presents Dialogue for Peace-Empowerment for Women through Education and Economics with Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway.
Co-sponsored by the Minnesota International Center,Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights – US Foundation and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Evening includes a panel discussion (no charge, open to the public) and/or fundraiser dinner benefiting Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights – US Foundation. For reservations, register at www.norwayhouse.net.Via Ertugrul Tuzcu and Elizabeth Plaetz Lori

May 5th — A PEEK INSIDE THE CIA AND THE FBI: STORIES FROM TWO WOMEN WHO ROSE TO THE TOP RANKS WHO: OPEN TO ALL! WID (Women in Defense) welcomes all members, male and female. Woman’s Club Of Minneapolis* 410 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. COST: $10 for students (with ID), $15 for WID members, $20 for nonmembers, $25 at the door TIME: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. PROGRAM: 4:30-5:30 p.m. — Appetizers and networking 5:30 p.m. — Keynote from Deborah Pierce and Patti Webber RSVP: Michelle Schahn at michelle.schahn@adventiumlabs.org (via Bonnie Holub)

May 7 — Prouty Project STRETCH Friendraiser benefitting No Barriers USA and Courage Center, 7 to 10 pm at Bearpath Country Club. $40 per adult. $20 per child. Full event details

May 10th — Young Nonprofit Professionals Network hosts “Land of 10,000 Linkages with Lars Leafblad” networking event. Free tickets. Full details

May 11th — Minneapolis Foundation “Fourth Generation” and Engine for Social Innovation host evening program for next-gen leaders and social entrepreneurs.

May 12th — LEAD Project PhilanthroFair 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Graves 601 Hotel
RSVP We will have over 15 nonprofits all offering skill based volunteer opportunities for young professionals to meet with as well as a Board Bootcamp beforehand (additional charge). (via Bridget Ulrich)

May 17th — Lutheran Social Service of MN is hosting their annual Luncheon to End Youth Homelessness
Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Registration; 11:30am. Lunch; Noon — 1:00 No Charge (via Jim Vos)
More information

June 16th — The Engaged Philanthropy Conference (EPCON) — Social Ventures Partners Minnesota EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference has a simple, yet powerful formula — to accelerate the pace of social innovation in Minnesota by bringing together our most innovative social entrepreneurs with social investors to create solutions to our pressing social problems.



Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs

Greater Twin Cities United Way (via Carole Stodieck)
Vice President, Marketing

Director of Community Philanthropy
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

InCommons (Bush Foundation initiative)
Engagement Specialist: Online Associate
Engagement Specialist: Relationship Associate

Public Radio International
Social Media Manager

Executive Director (via Joe Selvaggio)


Director, Production

Best Buy
SVP, Human Resources Generalists
VP, Integrated Marketing Communications and Promotions Planning

St. Jude Medical
Director, Regulatory

Carlson Hotels
Social Media Manager


ClearWay Minnesota seeks new board member

St. Paul Neighborhood Networks seeks board members

Minnesota State Arts Board seeks “Advisory Panel” nominations (via Wendy Lane)

Jefferson Awards MN seeks advisory board nominations

Founded in 1999 as the Mental Health Collective, Watercourse is a nonprofit agency established to improve the emotional health of our diverse community. We provide clinic services to our local community as well in school services for Minneapolis students. Interested candidates should email Rich Scorza at rscorza-at-vspacepartners.com

Your knowledge and experiences can help someone else succeed. Help someone make positive changes in their life. Become a mentor. Goodwill/Easter Seals is seeking male volunteers for our Second Chance Mentoring Program. Training will be provided. (via Brenna Brelie)

Angel Foundation is a growing nonprofit providing emergency financial assistance, education and support for adult cancer patients and their families. As we accelerate our outreach efforts to help more people in need, we are seeking two advisors: a social media practitioner and a media relations expert—to serve on our volunteer task force to develop the organization’s strategic marketing and communications plan. We anticipate this will be a six-month temporary commitment. For more details contact Deborah Erickson at Angel Foundation, 612.627.9000 ext. 506 or derickson-at-mnangel.org.

Leadership and Community is a local, collaborative blog focused on community and leadership topics. The blog has both regular contributors and guest contributors. If you have a community and leadership topic – and would like to be considered for a guest blog post, please contact jeff.l.urban-at-gmail.com.
30 Additional MN non-profit board openings c/o MAP for Nonprofits


Nominate someone for the 2011-12 HHH Policy Fellows program at the U of MN’s Humphrey School of
Public Affairs
CaringBridge.org seeks volunteer “Advocates”: (via Lars Leafblad)

McKinsey & Co. Quarterly — top 10 articles of Q1

Lars Leafblad article, “Planning For Your Recruitment” written for Association for Fundraising Professionals: PDF download

The Psychology of Being CEO
— interesting blog post from techcrunch.com

“10 Things Worthy of Teaching in Kindergarten” from Jack Uldrich

“Facebook’s Landing Team transports company culture” (via KeyStone Search)

A weekly must read for leadership and management insights → New York Times “Corner Office” with Adam Bryant

(via Ryan Molstad) “Minnesota Business is working on the June 2011 issue which will cover:

The Target Effect – exploring the MN based companies that exist to serve Target.

The Business of Gaming – business, gambling, and legislation

MN Summer activities and destinations (golf, resorts, camps, boating, family vacations, fishing, etc)

We are looking for businesses within any of these features that would want some additional exposure and/or marketing. Interested companies should contact Ryan at Ryan.Molstad-at-tigeroak.com

Dana Severson, who writes “Start Me Up” blog for Twin Cities Business, seeks nominations from Pollen for Minnesota start-ups to profile in his blog. Learn more here

“12 Mind-Blowing Statistics Every Marketer Should Know” (via Ekaterina Walter)

“What Will Your Legacy Be?” from MN’s George Dow

“5 Manifestos for Art, Life and Business”

“MN: The land of GoBots, Pound Puppies, and Care Bears”

Lori Sturdevant writes about Steve Rothschild’s new idea for funding non-profits in MN

Kate O’Reilly on the importance of learning to say “No!”

Molly Sullivan on “Rocking the To-Do Lists” talking about public affairs job search

The Line visits with 4Front MSP — great interview for those who care about design, innovation, and entrepreneurship in MN!

“Effectively Influencing Decision Makers” by Marshall Goldsmith

John Maeda of RISD “Father as Leader”

You can download summary notes of the new book “Practically Radical” by Bill Taylor, co-founder and inaugural editor of Fast Company magazine via this PDF download

MinnPost’s Steve Berg: “The launch of a metro business plan: better late than never”

Wall Street Journal “How To Get a Real Education” by Dilbert creator Scott Adams

“5 Awesome Tips to Write Emails That Won’t Be Ignored”

Peter Thiel “We’re in a bubble and it’s not the internet. It’s higher education”

The Atlantic → “How Genius Works”

Pollen Props:

Drew Wood on his new role with Thrillist.com (Drew was formerly editor, Minnesota Business)

To the several Pollen members profiled in the April 2011 Twin Cities Business cover story “The Innovatives”, written by Pollen member Dan Haugen and others

Jennifer Ford Reedy

Dan Grigsby

Rick Kupchella

To several Pollen members honored as part of the “Women in Business” leadership awards from the Mpls. St. Paul Business Journal — Lynn Casey, Margaret Murphy, Betsy Buckley, Carleen Rhodes, Beth McMullen, and Andrea Kopfmann.

Full roster

To Pollen member Jim Bernard, SVP, Digital for Star Tribune, on the successful launch of the new StarTribune.com! Congrats Jim and team!

Mark Morse and Morsekode on being included in Star Tribune story “Advertising goes social”

Emilie Hitch and Strategy for Good (s4g) network on another successful event

Blois Olson has launched a new Facebook page for “Morning Take.”

Judy Grundstrom on her new role as Director of BD for Pixel Farm Digital

Charlie Flinn on his new role as VP, BD with Gage Marketing Group

Jill Schoer on her new role as VP, Development with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (a KeyStone Search project)

Sara Schlauderaff on her new role with Avanade

Ernest Grumbles on his new role with Adams Monahan law firm

Delinda Rood on her new role as Director of Development with Admission Possible

Nels Leafblad on a successful performance with “Idol Rejects: Minneapolis”

Idol Rejects Concert Pictures

Dan Miller on profile of his business, Mulberrys Garment Care, in the Star Tribune

Scott Herold and Rock the Cause on their Star Tribune write-up

James Elasky on his new role with Target — Senior Buyer, Movies

Kate Cimino on her blog post “When Leadership Isn’t Just About You”


Can you name the Pollen member in this picture with the late Chris Farley?? Email your guesses to larsl-at-keystonesearch.com.

Please won’t you be my neighbor?!

A house just around the corner from Pollenite Lars Leafblad is on the market for 50% off due to foreclosure. Mounds View schools, 3 parks within walking distance, and pretty friendly neighbors….we’d love to welcome another Pollenite to the neighborhood! (via Lars Leafblad)

Click here for the listing and thanks for sharing with your network

Finally, over 100+ new members became part of Pollen’s private LinkedIn community since our last issue bringing our total membership to over 2,200 LinkedIn members. Join them by clicking this secure link.

Thanks again for being part of Pollen and please consider forwarding this to five friends/colleagues/clients who you think might benefit from joining us!

Gratefully yours,

Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search

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