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Pollen newsletter Volume 30

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 30
May 16, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


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

1) Connect with other Pollen members on Facebook and LinkedIn

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

We have instituted a regular publishing schedule with new issues being published and distributed on the 1st and 15th every month (or appropriate corresponding business day).

Due to an early summer vacation, Pollen will be taking a break on June 1st and will resume with the publication of volume 31 on Wednesday, June 15th. Content you would like to include will need to be shared by noon the day before with Lars Leafblad at

Regularly Scheduled Programming:

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, 2,400+ members of our Pollen LinkedIn group, and 800+ participants with our Facebook page.
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Volume 30 Contents:

1)    Events
2)    Ideas/Inspiration
3)    Pollen Props
4)    Pollen Profiles
5)    Jobs/Internships
6)    Boards
7)    Fun/Etc.


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 17th — Youth Frontiers Annual Event: Beyond One Day Metropolitan Ballroom
For tickets, call 952-922-0222 or email Mindy at

May 18 — 2011 Minnesota Business Ethics Awards Luncheon. The Minnesota Business Ethics award recognizes Minnesota businesses that have exemplified and promoted ethical conduct for the benefit of the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community. 12:00 — 1:30 p.m. Nicollet Island Pavilion Registration and information

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

May 18th — 13th 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 19 — Bolder Options Annual Training for Life Dinner. Proceeds support the Bolder Options, an innovative, comprehensive, activity-based mentoring program focusing on healthy youth development.
More information

May 19th — YouthCARE MN 6th Annual Celebration of Youth

May 19th — Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Masters of Public Affairs Information Sessions (online)
The Master of Public Affairs is a mid-career masters program designed for working professionals looking to expand their leadership, management, and analytic skills. With flexible distance learning and evening course offerings, the Master of Public Affairs can deepen your capacity to bring effective solutions to public problems.

May 20 — Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis/St.Paul 36 — Education
We learn more about about social media everyday, but how is it being used by educators and educational institutions? Our panel will explore this issue and answer your questions. Includes several Pollenites -> Phil Wilson, Stephanie Weiss, Mike Walsh, & Jason DeBoer-Moran

May 22nd — Avenues for Homeless Youth — Open House event

May 25th — Carlson School of Management breakfast speaker series
Future of Consumer Driven Health Plans Discussed at Breakfast Speaker Series

May 26 — 2nd 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 5 — Jewish Community Relations Council of MN and the Dakotas Annual Event featuring US Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel Kurtzer discussing “Now What? Prospects for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East”

June 7 — Save the date for the next program of TEDxTC, where we ask the question, “Tell us your thoughts on the future of food?”– more information will be shared in the near future online and on Twitter

June 7th — Carlson School of Management First Tuesday lunch event with Bruce Tait who was recognized as a top 40 global “marketing guru” by Britain’s AdMap magazine. He will discuss “Leadership Brands–How the Right Strategy Wins in any Economy” at the next “1st Tuesday Speaker Series” on June 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center. (via Steve Rudolph)

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 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.

June 18 — UnSummit5 — “Come Together”

June 21st — The Charities Review Council will be having its Annual Forum with keynote speaker Robert Egger. Here’s the link for more information and to register

June 22 — Social Science event at the Science Museum of MN
Come join us for Social Science, a brand new event at the Science Museum presented with The Current! On select Wednesdays from 7-11 p.m., our doors will be open (21+ only). Enjoy cash bars, food samplings, a DJ, adult pictionary, presentations from local science groups, our very own Science Live theater, and much more! And of course, all of our galleries will be open for you to explore.

June 23 — Healthiest Employers of the Twin Cities awards luncheon

June 24th — The Tom Burnett Jr. Charity Golf Tournament

July 14 — Diversity in Business awards luncheon

July 28-29 — Next Generation of Government Summit — Washington, DC
GovLoop and Young Government Leaders (YGL) are joining forces to enrich the lives of emerging leaders in today’s government. The Next Generation of Government Summit will tackle issues the next generation is facing in their daily government lives. By educating, inspiring and transforming the current and future leaders of government through case studies and hands on training they seek to help make government cool! Over 500 emerging leaders from federal, state, and local governments are expected to attend. Pollenite Lars Leafblad is a presenter on July 29th. Full summit details and schedule available here

October 2-4 — 10th Anniversary InterCity Leadership Visit to Portland, Oregon


2011-12 HHH Policy Fellows program at the U of MN’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs seeks nominations
Minnesota entrepreneurs, inventors and anyone else with a great business idea are encouraged to enter the 2011 Minnesota Cup competition at The entry deadline of 11:59pm on May 20 is fast approaching so begin your entry today! The competition’s total prize money just increased to $185,000 and along with many other valuable awards, mentors and entrepreneurial resources, the Minnesota Cup is once again looking to support and develop the next generation of breakthrough ideas. Entries may be submitted in the following divisions: Clean Tech & Renewable Energy, BioSciences, High Tech, General and Student. More information and entry instructions can be found here.
Pollenite Nate Garvis -> “From Strategic Inefficiency to Breakthrough Relationships: Why I don’t think we always need to be so linear”

Very interesting take on the standard “About Me/About Us” webpage via Hugh MacLeod

Gallup organizations shares thoughts on “The Secret to Higher Performance”

Interesting new tool from LinkedIn that allows you to construct a visual map of your LinkedIn network. Example via Pollenite Lars Leafblad LinkedIn network map

Twin Cities Metro magazine “The First Annual METRO Giving Guide”

20 Things Life is Too Short to Tolerate

Learn more about Project Skyway via Elizabeth Millard in Minnesota Business

A wonderful final “Editor’s Note” from Pollenite Drew Wood (former editor, Minnesota Business)

Nominations sought for 2011 “Best Places to Work” in MN from MSP Business Journal

Three Traits Every CEO Needs (via Harvard Business Review blog)

Fast Company visits with Joichi Ito, new head of MIT Media Lab

Pollenite Tim Morin blog post “The 7 Questions of All In” that Seth Godin read and commented on.

Chief Executive magazine “CEO Confidence Index” for April 2011

Get yourself counted in the Minnesota State Arts Board “MN Arts Count”

Pollen Props:

Lynn Casey recognized with a “Career Achievement” award from the Mpls St. Paul Business Journal

Several Pollenites received “Industry Leader” awards from “Women in Business” at MSP Business Journal:
Betsy Buckley
Margaret Murphy
Carleen Rhodes
Carolyn Roby

“Women to Watch” awardees from “Women in Business” event:
Andrea Kopfmann
Beth McMullen

Ginny Steele was recently elected to be a member of the Global Companion Table of the Minneapolis Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America for a two year term! She’ll be working to promote global mission work within the synod and to support all congregations who partner anywhere in the world.

Pat Griswold, Sr. Recruiter with UnitedHealth Group, named new head coach of the Minnehaha Academy boys hockey team

Greg Tehven featured in Australian media for Students Today, Leaders Forever

Scott Burns and GovDelivery highlighted in
as 38th fastest growing inner city business!

Pollen Profiles: (a new section designed to help spur new connections by sharing links to LinkedIn profiles of Pollen members)


Thompson Aderinkomi, Board Chair, WATCH, President, Ader Group

Margie Andreason, Program Associate, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Blois Olson, EVP, Tunheim Partners, Founder & Publisher, Morning Take

Kila Englebrook, US Program, Associate Director, Ashoka

Nate Garvis, Founder, Naked Civics

Kathleen Harrington, Marketing and Government Relations Office, Carol Corp

Jeremy Lenz, COO, BioBusiness Alliance of MN

Paula Hopping, Director, Ethics & Integrity, UnitedHealth Group

Andrea Kopfmann, Director, Walser Foundation

Duchesne Drew, Managing Editor for Operations, Star Tribune

Lori Kratchmer, Executive Director, Emergency Foodshelf Network

Jeff Martin, CEO, Collective Genius

Tammy Mencel, Publisher, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Liz O’Neal, Vice Chair, MN Orchestra Crescendo Project, Section Violinist, Mankato Symphony Orchestra

Jeff Freeland Nelson, Managing Director, Public Strategy, American Public Media & MPR

Dr. Marcia Ballinger, Principal, KeyStone Search, Board Chair, Capella University

Chuck Swensson, President, Creatis

David Ulrich, Vice President, Twin Metals Minnesota LLC

Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Techology Editor, St. Paul Pioneer Press


Citizens League & MPR: Policy and a Pint

Civic Caucus

Common Grounds — U of MN student leadership group at Carlson School, HHH School, and Law School

Engine for Social Innovation



The LEAD Project


Minnesota Rising

Social Venture Partners — Engaged Philanthropy Conference

Solutions Twin Cities — Works Progress




TORCH Community

4th Generation — Mpls Foundation

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Send your suggestions on people and organizations to include in volume 31!



Blandin Foundation
Program Associate — Public Policy (via Sona Mehring)
Several open positions in marketing and technology

East Side Arts Council
Artmobile Intern

FairVote MN
Voter Education Coordinator

Hamline University
Assistant Dean for Administration — Hamline School of Law

Marketing Director

Hennepin County
Chief Enterprise Architect

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Program Officer — Environment

Medica Foundation
Foundation Program Manager

Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs
Office Manager

Sundance Family Foundation
Family Philanthropy — Youth Social Entrepreneurship Intern

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
Director of Programs

Marketing Manager


Carmichael Lynch Spong
Senior Counselors, Senior Associates, & Account Management Professionals

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

Fox Sports North (via Jean Edhlund)
Financial Analyst

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

Modern Storyteller, Sr Account Executive & Business Development Director

Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Community Relations Specialist

Mediacom Communications
Senior Manager, Government Relations

Padilla Speer Beardsley
Account Executive, Health Care and Medical Device
Sr. Account Executive, Health Care and Medical Device
Account Supervisor, Agribusiness
Copywriter, Creative Services
Summer Intern

Additional MN Corporate Jobs Resources:

Minnesota Public Relations Jobs Blog (tons of great summer internship opportunities)

MN Headhunter
IT Jobs
Recruiting Jobs


The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), a 501(c)(4), non-profit neighborhood organization, is currently seeking new Board members. Any person who lives, owns a business or owns property in CARAG is eligible to serve on the Board. CARAG is bounded by Lake St. and W. 36th St to the north and south, and Hennepin Ave and Lyndale Ave to the west and east. The nine-member volunteer Board is responsible for managing the organization and conducting the business of the neighborhood. Those interested in community building, neighborhood improvement projects, and economic development are encouraged to serve on the Board. If interested, please contact Julie Cohen, CARAG Vice President:

Franconia Sculpture Park seeks new board members
Interested candidates should contact Amy Hertel ->

Fresh Energy seeks board members
Information for candidates

Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys seeks board members

SOO Visual Arts Center seeks new board members

Twin Cities Media Alliance seeks board members
Information for candidates

25+ Additional MN non-profit board openings c/o MAP for Nonprofits


A great video capturing Twin Cities residents sharing “Why We’re Here”

An incredible video of Yo-Yo Ma & Lil Buck = Cello + Breakdancing = amazing! Watch it (via Megan Leafblad)

A parody video of “The Social Network” about Twitter

Incredible 14 year-old “beatboxer” — must listen to believe…

A Reminder to Connect with other Pollen members on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join 800+ 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 Facebook page

Connect w/ 2,400+ fellow Pollenites who are sharing their networks on Pollen’s group on LinkedIn.

You can join them by simply clicking the link

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

Gratefully yours,

Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search

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