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Pollen newsletter Volume 31

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.

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 31
June 15, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Two important community reminders before we begin our regularly scheduled programming, a quick note from our partners at MinnPost and a request to participate in another Pollen Poll related to the potential government shutdown in Minnesota ….

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Pollen now 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).

Pollen vol 32 will publish Friday, July 1st. Content you would like to include will need to be shared by noon on Thursday, June 30th with Lars Leafblad at

Another Pollen Poll!!
Please take a minute and answer a 5-question poll related to the potential Minnesota government shutdown and the budget stalemate. All responses will be anonymous and summarized and shared in a future issue of Pollen. Thank you!!

Take the Poll here

MinnPost Sustaining Membership Campaign
Pollenites, if you value MinnPost’s not-for-profit model — support from individual donors, advertisers, sponsors and foundations — and believe it sustains high-quality online journalism, please consider participating in their Sustaining Membership Campaign, which runs from June 14-23.
MinnPost has set a goal is to get 250 or more NEW or EXISTING donors to sign up as sustainers, which means donating automatically a small amount every month, until you cancel or modify. Any monthly amount works, as long as it’s at least $5.

Join here

Questions? Contact Stephanie Johnson, MinnPost membership director,

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 31 Contents:

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

Pollen Interview
Pollen recently visited with Paula Prahl, SVP Communications, Public Affairs, and Corporate Responsibility at Best Buy Co., Inc. about innovation, leadership, and creating change.
Here are some of the ideas and thoughts she shared (secure link to PDF file)

If you’d like to nominate someone (or volunteer yourself) for future consideration for a Pollen Interview, please email Thanks and thank you Paula for being our first participant!


June 16 — 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 16-19 Netroots Nation

June 18 — UnSummit5 — “Come Together”

June 18 — Kids Against Hunger “The Fill Their Plate Run”

June 20 — MinnPost Asks: Minnesota arts leaders Joe Dowling of the Guthrie Theater, Kaywin Feldman of the Mpls Institute of Arts, James Sewell of James Sewell Ballet will be interviewed by MinnPost journalist Max Sparber, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Hell’s Kitchen, 80 South 9th St., Minneapolis MN 55402. Event includes hearty appetizer buffet plus cupcake buffet and coffee. Cash bar available throughout. Ticket purchase deadline is Wednesday, June 15. $15 for current MinnPost donors, $15 for young professionals, $25 for others. Tickets and info

June 20 — U of MN Academic Health Center’s Mini Medical School presents a one-night only summer session, “Heads, Helmets and Health: All about Concussions.” Learn how concussions impact Minnesotans of all ages every day. Instructors are sports medicine expert Suzanne Hecht, M.D. and neuropsychologist Jeff Wozniak, Ph.D., L.P. 6-8:30 p.m., $10, 2-650 Moos Tower, University of Minnesota. Find out more here.

June 20 — Social Enterprise Alliance — Twin Cities is holding a a social finance educational event, “Underwriting a Social Enterprise” with investor Ted Levinson from RSF Social Finance in San Francisco. Monday 6/20 from 3:30-5:30 at Twin Cities Rise! in Minneapolis. $5. RSVP to More info here

June 21 — The Social Innovation Exchange — Forum #1 “Game Changing Innovation” featuring Jeff Martin, Kristin Shardlow, Jeff Weness, Dessa Darling & Maikel van de Mortel — A collaboration between Ashoka and Engine for Social Innovation.

June 21 — Celebrating “Going Viking” with Norway House! Join Norway House in honoring the achievements of Rep. Jim Ramstad (U.S. Congressman), Eric Utne (educator, publisher) and Libby Larsen (composer) as they are presented with the “Going Viking” award. Celebration begins with cocktail reception and Aquavit toast, followed by dinner and awards program. Reserve your spot today

June 21 — 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 — It’s time to dance and play the night away! Casa de Esperanza and Verizon are hosting Viva Esperanza! to benefit Casa de Esperanza–with “vegas-style” games, dancing and live music by Salsa del Soul. Hire a sitter and tighten the straps on your dancing shoes-this is going to be a blast! Tickets are just $35 and are completely tax deductible. GET YOURS TODAY

June 23 — Pollenite Regina Barr webinar, The Power of Thinking Big: Five Steps to Make Your Mark NOW! Pollenites receive 50% off registration. Enter coupon code: POLLEN.

July 7 — National Society of Hispanic MBAs & National Association of Asian MBA Professional Networking Event!

NSHMBA Summer Bash Professional Networking Event (NSHMBA + NAAMBA + TCBPN) Thursday July 7, 2011 5-9PM Twin Cities Business Peer Netowrk: The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) is holding its annual Summer Bash Professional Networking Event in collaboration with the National Association of Asian MBAs and The Twin Cities Business Peer Network.Join us for a night of summer fun. Bring your business cards, a relaxed attitude and your best game because this night is all about growing your network.

This is an exclusive event for the first 300 people to RSVP. Don’t leave it to the last minute. It may be too late as tickets will go fast. RSVP Here (via Luis Moreno)

July 14 — Save the Date — AZUL Exclusive — The Penguin Preview: Come in your black and white to celebrate the completion of the new Cargill Environmental Educational Center and the Zoo’s newest exhibit — 3M’s Penguins of the African Coast. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the Zoo’ newest additions, the Black-Footed Penguin, as well as socialize with other AZUL members. (via Robert Freeman)

July 14 — Diversity in Business awards luncheon

July 15 — Green Energy Art Garden opening at The Bakken Museum

July 21 — Reach for Ralph supporting Hammer Reach for Ralph: A Vintage Evening of Culture, Cocktails and Cars will be on Thursday, July 21 from 5-9:00pm at the BMW Dealership of Minnetonka. Here is a link with a few more details

July 23 — Strategy for Good Workshop #4 – Thinkers & Makers is excited to announce that the fourth workshop in the Strategy for Good series will be held on July 23rd, 2011 (location TBD). We’re looking for ad folks and business minds to join our teams of strategists, and for non-profits and other socially responsible organizations who would like a little FREE branding/marketing/media help from us. Interested?
Sign up for our newsletter, check our new website and then register for the workshop! Any other questions, please email

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

September 19 — TEDx1000Lakes — Grand Rapids, MN — a TEDx event to explore economy, education, and inclusion. (via Bernadine Joselyn)

TEDx1000Lakes Facebook page

October 2-4 — 10th anniversary InterCity Leadership Visit to Portland OR– first time ever accepting applications for delegation. Information can be found everywhere:

Link to apply & general information

Open Facebook group & shared postings on Portland civic news

Open Linked In Group for open civic discussions on PDX-MSP community connections

Follow PDX-MSP civic connections and join the conversation on twitter @ICLV2011 or #ICLV2011

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The Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States seeks nominations.

What is the German Marshall Fund? The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

What is the Marshall Memorial Fellowship? Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) was created by the German Marshall Fund of the United States to introduce a new generation of European leaders to America’s institutions, politics, and people. In 1999, GMF launched a companion program to expose future U.S. leaders to a changing and expanding Europe.

Through formal and informal meetings with a range of policymakers, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to engage with counterparts across the Atlantic in five cities. GMF awards over 100 Fellowships each year to the best and brightest from all professional sectors, including politics, media, business, and nongovernmental organizations.

The MMF program features a network of over 2,000 alumni who remain engaged through annual conferences, regional meetings, online communications, and involvement in other GMF program areas. Beginning with the four original countries — Denmark, France, Germany, and the Netherlands — Fellows now come from across the United States and from 37 European countries. GMF works closely with partners in more than 50 cities on both sides of the Atlantic to make the MMF program possible.

Full details

Nomination form

(Via Pollenites Sean Kershaw and Jeremy Lenz — both alumni of the German Marshall Fund Memorial Fellowship program)

“Bremer Bank is taking action to end hunger during the month of June. Donate and Bremer will match it $1 for $1 up to $50,000. Donations go to Second Harvest Heartland, Feeding America and local foodshelves. Also, watch our flash mob to end hunger. We donated an addition $10,000 for reaching 10,000 views!” (via Susan Beatty)

Learn more about the 2011 Minnesota Cup Semi-finalists

Pollenite Hayden Creque commentary in on mobile devices and consumer protection

A cousin of Pollenite Nils Snyder co-authored a book, “Fly Danny, Fly” to help support the Danny Did Foundation

Interesting research paper from Pollenite & Sr. Fellow at Hamline University School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute Dr. David Larson “Artificial Intelligence: Robots, Avatars, and the Demise of the Human Mediator”

Interesting ideas on innovation, strategy, and creativity from Scott Berkun

5 wonderful commencement speeches from J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Robert Krulwich, Meryl Streep, and Jeff Bezos. Watch them

New York Times visualizes word usage in numerous 2011 commencement speeches

Lori Sturdevant commentary in Star Tribune on the state of politics in Minnesota

MIT Technology Review’s “10 Emerging Technologies” they believe will have greatest impact in our lives

Key Insights from the 2011 99% Conference in NYC attended by 400 creative professionals

“A Scientific View of Why Ideas Go Viral”

Conan O’Brien’s Guide to Creativity via Fast Company

Several Pollenites were part of a conversation hosted by Kelly Groehler and her HHH Policy Fellows team for their project on “Social Media and Political Campaigns”. Pollenites included Ted Davis, Mike Keliher, Jon Austin, Shannan Paul, Rick Mahn, Lars Leafblad, Greg Swan, Kevin Watterson, and Jason DeRusha. Watch video of their conversation

Pollen Props:

Linda Cohen on her election as chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Rand Park on his new role as Vice President with MN Private College Fund

Patti Jurkovich on her new role as Registered Patent Attorney with Clise, Billion & Cyr, P.A.

Jill Johnson on her interviews with the Unexpected Caregiver radio show on Empowering Seniors to Make Their Own Decisions and Touring Senior Housing.
Ted Thompson on his new role as VP, Federal Government Relations for the National MS Society

Dan Grigsby on his interview with The Line “Why We Don’t Need to be Silicon Prairie”

Trista Harris on her recognition by the Council on Foundations in “Profiles in Philanthropy” (scroll down)

Drew Wood and family on the birth of a new daughter

Jim Delaney, Taylor Larson, Terrie Rose, Laura Zabel, Jim McCorkell included in Twin Cities Business cover story by Gene Rebeck (along with Dan Haugen): “Can Capitalism Save the World?”

Paul Rasmussen on his new role as Manager, New Business Development for the Greater Twin Cities United Way

Jack Dempsey on his new role as Senior Advisor Norwest Equity Partners (NEP)

Daniel Wolter on his new role as Director of Public Affairs — US-Midwest for Pfizer

Matt Gallivan on his new role as a Staff Assistant in the DC office of Rep. Erik Paulsen

Kathleen Houlihan Motzenbecker hired as new Director of Membership at the Minneapolis Downtown Council

Chadburn Blomquist and all TEDxTC community on their new partnership with Star Tribune [PDF]

To Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (KeyStone Search client) on their new website

Elizabeth Millard on her role as “Innovation and Jobs” reporter with The Line

Peter Leafblad on his graduation from Bethel University (and to all Pollenites graduating this summer)

The Project Skyway Bootcamp Weekend Finalists

Steve Struthers on his new role as Executive Director of Intercultural Student Experiences and Global Citizens Network

Angela Bushman on her new Kickstarter project

Jacob Wheeler’s “Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan Girl’s Journey through Adoption” reviewed by Star Tribune

“Congratulations to the new, founding board membersof Playworks Twin Cities. Eric Anderson (Chair), Meghan Barp, Slater Crosby, Paul Chestovich, Steve Kelley, Dick McCarthy, and Katie Nyberg. Playworks is recruiting a few more Board members to help the organization grow to serve many more schools in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. To learn more, people can contact any one of the Board members or Tom Evers. Playworks is a nonprofit that promotes and protects recess, making sure every child gets a chance to have fun and be safe every day at school.” (via Tom Evers)

Taylor Larson on his new role as strategy consultant with Reve Consulting, a firm co-founded by Pollenites Kristin Pardue and Brad Von Bank.

Andrew Borene returning to MN from DC to take new role as Director/Assistant General Counsel for Government & Industry Affairs at ReconRobotics

Lars Leafblad mentioned by Drew Wood, former editor of Minnesota Business, in an Editor’s Note

Phil Esten and family on the birth of a new daughter

Brian Bierbaum & Priority Integrated Marketing colleagues on their acquisition by Dowden Health Media [PDF]

Tim Morin on the publishing of his new book, “Love, Your Mother”

Alberto Marzan on his new role as CEO of the International Children’s Heart Foundation in Memphis, TN

Molly Doran on her new role a program administrator with Hamline University

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


Kolina Cicero — Owner, Cicero Media, Agent’s Assistant, Bright House

Hayden Creque — Attorney, Board Member, Blandin Foundation & YMCA of St. Cloud

Laura Goodrich — Co-founder, On Impact

Anika Drystad Hagenson
— Sr. Group Manager, Government Affairs, Target Corp

John T. Lawlor
— Founder & Principal, The Lawlor Group

Chuck Olsen — Co-founder, The Uptake, Founder/Producer, Minnesota Stories, LLC

Shannan Paul — Promotions and Marketing Director, 96.3 NOW, Comedian

Greg Swan — VP, Weber Shandwick Digital, Founder & Managing Editor, Perfect Porridge

Elizabeth Tupper — Co-founder/COO of SieEnt, LLC & Board Member, Girls in Tech — Mpls/St Paul

Daniel Wolter
— Director, Public Affairs US-Midwest, Pfizer & Board Member, MN AIDS Project


Ashoka Twin Cities

HandsOn Twin Cities

Minnesota Rising

Naked Civics

Paper Darts Literary Arts Magazine

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (YPro)

TORCH Community

Works Progress

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network — Twin Cities

Send your suggestions on people and organizations to include in volume 32 —!



Admission Possible — Development Associate and Communications Coordinator

American Cancer Society — VP, Community Relations

American Public Media — Chief Operating Officer

Carlson School of Management — Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Citizens League — Communications Manager

Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation — Executive Assistant

Fresh Energy — RE-AMP Media Center — Director

Great River Greening — Director of Communications and Director of Development

Guthrie Theater — Director of Communications

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits — Communications Assistant

Minnesota Medical Foundation — Development Officers

National MS Society — MN Chapter — SVP, Public Policy & Mission Advancement

Native Americans in Philanthropy — E-Network Weaver

Opportunity Partners — Social Media Intern

Scholarship America — Director, Corporate Relations

University of Minnesota Foundation — several development positions

University of Minnesota — Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Initiatives (Office of the President)

University of Minnesota — Associate Director of Electronic Communications

WomenVenture — Chief Operating Officer


Ameriprise — VP, Global Corporate Security

Best Buy — Director, Social Communications

Buffalo Wild Wings — Director, Risk Management and Insurance

Datacard — VP, Global Solutions & Professional Services

GovDelivery hiring for several positions

Graphic Measures International — Sr. Accountant (via Lisa Curtin)

J & B Food Group — Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Minnesota Timberwolves — Director of Analytics and Research

Supervalu — VP, Independent Sales and Business Development

Other Job Resources:

Minnesota Public Relations Job Blog

Minnesota Recruiter Jobs Blog


Peace Maker Foundation — seeks candidate for a board treasurer (via Dan McNeil)

Teenwise Minnesota seeks board nominations (via Jim Vos and Susan Spiers) Teenwise MN is “the statewide leader in promoting adolescent sexual health, preventing adolescent pregnancy and gaining support for adolescent parents. We achieve this by developing, strengthening and advancing science-based policies and programs.” Interested candidates should email Susan Spiers for additional information ->

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


A Paul Simon fan gets thrill of a lifetime (via Fred Marx)

Center for Disease Control: “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse”

What does Lars Leafblad (and son) look like when a MN Twins homerun lands 7 seats from them at Target Field in 6/12 game against Texas Rangers? Like this

Guns-N-Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” + 2 Cellos = A video you have to see to believe

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Pollen Poll!! (If you skipped over this earlier, please consider taking a minute to share your input)
Please take a minute and answer a 5-question poll related to the potential Minnesota government shutdown and the budget stalemate. All responses will be anonymous and summarized and shared in a future issue of Pollen. Thank you!!

Take the Poll here

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Onwards and upwards Pollenation!

Gratefully yours,

Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search