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 29

Networking is a 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 29
May 10, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Two important community updates before we begin our regularly scheduled programming….

1) Pollen’s on Facebook!

Join 730+ fellow Pollenites who are now engaging with one another via Pollen’s new page on Facebook.

You can participate by simply hitting the “like” button on our fan page.

2) Pollen to begin regular publishing on the 1st and 15th every month!

We will be initiating a regular publishing schedule starting next issue with new issues being published and distributed on the 1st and 15th every month (or appropriate corresponding business day). Content you would like to include will need to be shared by noon the day before with Lars Leafblad at larsl-at-keystonesearch.com beginning with Pollen vol 30 which will be published on Monday, May 16th..

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 2,300+ 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 report for Pollen from Pollenite Kate-Madonna Hindes about MinneBar 6:
Minnesota is home to more Fortune 500s companies per capita than any other state, according to Positively Minnesota.The state has also been a magnet for budding tech start-ups, especially in the last few years. Local (un)conference, Minnebar has been giving a platform and voice to the forefathers and mothers of the tech and design community for almost 7 years. This years conference, (held Friday at Best Buy Headquarters in Richfield,) boasted higher attendance than prior years. After selling out of nearly 1200 tickets, (a rise of 33% since 2010,) Minnebar packed the halls of local giant, Best Buy and offered passionate users of all ages a full schedule of discussion topics including: application development, programming, social media, branding and career development.

Minnebar co-founder,Luke Francl explained,

“We tried to do a couple of things differently this year compared to prior years. The Uptake was onsite streaming the largest session and others are going to be placed on YouTube. I loved seeing everyone together, actively engaged in technology and networking; the energy and excitement in the air is the best part.”

Pain points and funding were large emphasis of this years (un) conference. TechdotMN was on-site to facilitate a fundraising session before lunch. While presenting the panel,Jeff Pesek and Mike Bollinger utilized hash-tagging for audience participation. Some staggering numbers ignited the conversation. In 2010 alone, Minnesota tech start-up investments totalled $30M. In the last 45 days $2.62M has been raised for four, individual companies in Minnesota. The companies featured in the panel, (Zencoder,PedalBrain,CaSTT,Workface, INC) shared that most their financing, (a median of 75%,) was raised in Minnesota, alone.

{Minnebar}: Minnesota’s Growing Tech Community: Full report


May 10th — Young Nonprofit Professionals Network hosts “Land of 10,000 Linkages with Lars Leafblad” networking event. Tickets are sold-out but a waiting list is available. Full details

May 11th — The Minneapolis Foundation’s Fourth Generation program is a grantmaking program for young professionals in the Twin Cities. They are awarding $17,000 in grants to two local programs that serve homeless youth. The grants will be awarded at an event highlighting the work of the grant recipients and celebrating a successful first year of the Fourth Generation program. Cathy ten Broeke, Hennepin County Coordinator to End Homelessness and one of the Twin Cities’ most influential voices on ending homelessness, is the featured speaker. The event is open to the public and will be held at Engine for Social Innovation in Minneapolis from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 11. Come and learn about Fourth Generation and youth homelessness, and celebrate these deserving programs.

May 12thMpls St. Paul Business Journal “Women in Business Awards” luncheon (via Tammy Mencel) award recipients include Pollenites Lynn Casey, Betsy Buckley, Margaret Murphy, Carleen Rhodes, Carolyn Roby, Andrea Kopfmann, Beth McMullen and Jodi Standke. Congrats to them and to all recipients!

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 14thBids & Pieces event benefiting The Playwrights Center

May 16th — MinnPost Asks: Ted Mondale — Is there a future for the Vikings in Minnesota? Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted Mondale will be interviewed by MinnPost journalist Jay Weiner to discuss the controversial stadium issue. Monday, May 16, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hell’s Kitchen. Event includes hearty appetizer buffet, dessert and coffee. Cash bar available throughout. Ticket purchase deadline is Wednesday May 11, 2011. $15 for current MinnPost donors, $15 for young professionals, $25 for others. Details and tickets

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

May 17thYouth Frontiers Annual Event: Beyond One Day, Metropolitan Ballroom, For tickets, call 952-922-0222 or email Mindy at mswenson-at-youthfrontiers.org

May 18th — Torch Community Arts Event: Connecting with Creativity. Tickets are available now

May 18thnational screening of the film Race to Nowhere about educational achievement at the Wellstone Community Center, 179 Robie St. E, St Paul, MN, 55107 (651) 789-2542 Tix & info

May 18th13th Annual Allies for Justice Celebration benefiting Headwaters Foundation for Justice

May 19th — Minnesota Zoo’s young professionals group AZUL hosting networking happy hour at Windows on Minnesota

May 19thYouthCARE MN 6th Annual Celebration of Youth

May 22ndAvenues for Homeless Youth — Open House event

May 26th2nd Annual Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours Charity Event benefitting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN NICU (via Jeff Nolan)

June 1st — Steve Helland co-presenting “Social Media — Legal Hot Topics in Health Care”

June 11th — Run for Ralph is a 5K fun run and 1 mile walk to benefit adults and children with developmental disabilities who are supported by Hammer Residences, Inc.
For more details and to register

June 16thThe 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.



American Cancer Society — Midwest Division
VP, Community Relations

American Public Media
Senior Development Officer

Blandin Foundation
Program Associate — Public Policy

CaringBridge.org (via Sona Mehring)
Several open positions in marketing and technology

Children’s Defense Fund of MN

Greater Twin Cities United Way (via Carole Stodieck)
Vice President, Marketing
Several other openings with GTCUW

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

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Program Officer — Environment

Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs

Minneapolis Public Schools (via Eric Molho)
Director, Data Quality

Public Radio International (via Alisa Miller)
Social Media Manager

The Saint Paul Parks Conservancy
Executive Director

Science Museum of MN (via Greg Bonine-Giles)
Prospect Researcher


Media Relations intern
Global Recruitment, On-Boarding, and Employment Brand Lead

C.H. Robinson
Community Relations intern

Employee Strategies, Inc. (via J. Forrest)
Organizational Development Consultant

GovDelivery (via Tasha Hock)
Support Engineer
Senior Systems Administration
Other openings

Xcel Energy
Lead Recruiter/Talent Acquisition Consultant

Additional MN Corporate Jobs Resources:

Public Relations Society of America — MN chapter
Job Board

MN Headhunter
IT Jobs

Recruiting Jobs


ClearWay Minnesota seeks new board member

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


Several Pollenites were among those hosted by the Office of Governor Mark Dayton via Kathy Tunheim, Tina Smith, and Robin Sternberg, to participate in a conversation on May 9th about innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation, and a vision for the state of Minnesota. Attendees included Pollenites Dianne Brennan, Jay Coogan, John Foley, Kim Garretson, Lars Leafblad, Brad Lehrman, Jeff Nelson, Brian Pietsch, Lisa Radzak, Cecily Sommers, Tammy Lee Stanoch, and Lucinda Winter.

Nominate someone for the 2011-12 HHH Policy Fellows program at the U of MN’s Humphrey School of
Public Affairs
Robert Stephens, founder of Geek Squad, shares thoughts on how “A Few Key People in Mpls-St. Paul Can Make A Huge Difference” relative to innovation and entrepreneurship

Pollenite Lars Leafblad recently joined the Civic Caucus for a discussion about a vision for the State of Minnesota. Read a summary of their conversation which was recently shared with the 1,000+ members of the Civic Caucus.

The invitation from the Civic Caucus to visit with Pollen came as a result of this original article in The Line about Minnesota as the “Land of 10,000 Linkages”

Issue 82 of “Change This” — wonderful collection of idea essays (fan of TED & TEDx? you’ll love this)

What planted the seed for creation of Pollen? Read post from Lars Leafblad on the Fast Horse blog

How the Christian Science Monitor drove monthly pageviews from 3 million to 25 million

Spread the word about the 2011 Minnesota Cup where $185,000 is at stake for entrepreneurs in Minnesota! (via Matt Hilker)

The Atlantic — “Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism” from 2010

The 2011 “TIME magazine 100 Most Influential People”

Report on 2010 CEO Transitions

Daniel Pink article “Why we all need a to-don’t list”

Breaking Bin Laden “Visualizing the Power of a Single Tweet”

Great coverage of Ignite Minneapolis in The Line

Canadian Broadcast Corporation “Spark” program

The Economist “What’s Wrong with America’s Economy?”

National Geographic shares why weaver ants may have perfect social networking

Interesting essay on “Leadership 101”

WIRED magazine essay “The Limits of Nudging”

TEDx spreading north in Minnesota via TEDxTwinPorts –> learn more

100 Interviews

John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), discusses leadership challenges he’s facing

Pollen Props:

Congrats to Pollenites
highlighted in Star Tribune feature “The Fixers”, Laura Zabel and Leah Cooper

Congrats to “Famous” Dave Anderson — a competitor on the new Food Network show “Up in Smoke” (via Pollenite Lars Leafblad who used to cook with Famous Dave as a member of his National BBQ Competition Team in summers of ’96 and ’97)

Jon McTaggert is the new CEO of American Public Media Group

Meg Gehlen Nodzon, Luther Ranheim and MacPhail Center for Music team
on a wonderful Music Matters event.
Performers included Pollenite Philip Hotchkiss’ son and table hosts included Pollenites Hudie Broughton, Brian Pietsch, and Mandy Tuong

Ben Golnik on the launch of www.TweetMN.com a new website to track the latest political news in Minnesota. TweetMN provides “tweets” from Minnesota’s lawmakers, Capitol press, and politicos — check out TweetMN to follow the news as it happens.

Pollenite Betsy McDermott-Altheimer explains how Minnesotans can get “Art by the bushel” in Star Tribune

Greg Bonine-Giles on his new role as Director of Major and Planned Giving with the Science Museum of Minnesota

Amy Hertel on her new role with Minneapolis Foundation as manager, strategic development, research, & evaluation

Jackie Aman on new role as Research and Programs Manager for the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of MN

Dr. Jodi Sandfort was recognized as a 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the Council of Graduate Students at the U of MN

Dr. John Bryson was recognized by the American Society for Public Administration with its annual Dwight Waldo Award, presented to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career.

Lindsey Day on her new role with Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP as an associate in their Business & Securities group

Katie Lichty on her new role as an Attorney with Land O’Lakes

Keith Stout on his new role as Senior Development Officer with the Hazelden Foundation.

John Eichten’s new role as Director of BD and Client Relations at Mojo Solo — www.mojosolo.com

Matt Gallivan on his new role as a staff member in the DC office of Congressman John Kline

Congrats Paula Hart, new President and CEO of Volunteers of America — Minnesota (search conducted by KeyStone Search)

Patrick Troska (belatedly) on his new role as Executive Director of the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

To Jim Delaney and Engine for Social Innovation on their new website, office space, and continued growth as they anticipate beginning 10 new projects in June.

Peg Birk on her discussion with Chronicle of Philanthropy on “Leading Organizations in Times of Change”

Thompson Aderinkomi on his recognition as a 2011 “Board Star” from MAP for Nonprofits for his work on the board of WATCH

Pollenite J. Forrest media coverage for an unconventional 20th High School reunion involving volunteer work with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Pollenite Scott Burns “What ‘Job Creators’ Really Need From Government” editorial in MinnPost

Pollenite Catherine Reid Day and the “West Midway Creative Enterprise Zone” covered in Star Tribune by Rochelle Olson

Suzanne Stenson O’Brien on her new role in Marketing and Communications with Ever-Green Energy

Carlson School of Management alumni magazine includes feature on Pollenite Kai Worrell (Worrell Design)

Students Today, Leaders Forever (Irene Fernando, Brian Peterson, and Greg Tehven) also profiled in CSOM magazine

Pollenite Matt Kramer, President of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, profiled in CSOM magazine

Congrats to all Pollenites involved with MinneBar 6 hosted by Best Buy this past weekend. Coverage via Tech.MN

Congrats Pollenite Blois Olson on 1 year anniversary of Morning Take daily newsletter.
Subscribe here

Pollenite Lori Sturdevant interviewed on MPR about her new book on the Pillsbury family in Minnesota

Pollenite Judy Grundstrom editorial on Block E in MinnPost

Pollenite Paul DeBettignies named a “Top 25 Online Influencer in Online Recruiting” by HR Examiner


Pew Research Center “Political Typology” quiz

For those of you who found humor from “Star Wars Day” on May 4th –> “The Economics of Death Star Planet Destruction”

Pollen on LinkedIn:

Finally, over 100+ new members became part of Pollen’s private LinkedIn community since our last issue bringing our total membership to over 2,300 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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