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Pollen newsletter Volume 32

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 32
July 1, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Thanks for making Pollen part of your day especially as you’re preparing to leave, or just returning from, the holiday weekend. We hope you have, or had, a wonderful 4th!

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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 33 will publish Friday, July 15th. Please share your content by noon on Thursday, July 14th via Lars Leafblad at

Pollen Poll Results on MN Budget Stalemate:

176 members completed our poll last issue regarding the potential (or currently occurring) Minnesota government shutdown and the budget stalemate. 90 shared their own ideas on how they would address the situation. Thanks to all who participated!

Read a summary of the responses and ideas shared (scroll down and click “show replies” under question 5) via this link:

Regularly Scheduled Programming:
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Volume 32 Contents:

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


July 13 — Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Under the Hood Happy Hour
Enjoy a Finnegans and learn more about Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) at the monthly Under the Hood Happy Hour. They’re the second Wednesday of every month so if you can’t make it this time come on board August 10. RSVP here to learn more about the Pay It Forward Tours and the innovative organization!

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 17 — Anxiety In Teens — 5K Walk and Run events

Started by an Eden Prairie teenager in 2006, Anxiety In Teens is here to serve as a resource for youth with mental health disorders & their friends and families- a special place where teens can be themselves, learn from peers and expert, stay up to date on mental health news, and carry a whole-mind-and-body wellness lifestyle. Today, five years later, Anxiety In Teens is COMPLETELY run by local college students at the University of St. Thomas. PLEASE JOIN US!

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in the United States, 1 in 5 teens have a serious mental health disorder severe enough to impact their daily activities and school. Please help us make a difference!

Date: July 17th, 2011, 9:00am 5k Run, 9:10am 5k Walk
Location: Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Adults: $25 early registration before July 13th, $30 until July 17th Children Under 12: $10 early registration fee before July 13th, $15 until 17th FAMILY DISCOUNT: Buy any three registrations, get one free! Mail in all four forms together.

Registration forms for mailing in available. Online Registration is available as well.

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. A link with a few more details.

July 21 — Three Cups of Coffee: Expanding Your Social Capital with Dia Satori & Mary Angela Baker at St. Kate’s Leadership Institute. Three Cups of Coffee explores the practice of networking using the I.D.I. model for building social capital: Invite — Delight — Ignite.
This interactive seminar explores why building social capital is imperative for your professional life and the difference between men and women’s networking practices. We will examine the different types of networks, identify what your current network looks like, and gain a greater understanding of the barriers that keep you from making those necessary connections. Finally, we will clarify the crucial skills required, including listening, asking powerful questions and authentically telling your story to convey key messages about who you are and where you are going. (via Dia Satori)

July 22 — Order out of Chaos: Creating Organizational Systems for Peace of Mind
Center for Changing Lives; 2400 Park Ave S; Minneapolis
8:30 am — 12:30 pm

July 23 — the Tour de Fat in Loring Park, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing. Free beer tokens and t-shirts for Midtown Greenway Coalition volunteers. More info here.

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 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 16 – Students Today Leaders Forever Annual Event STLF is hosting it’s Fifth Annual Fund Raising Event at the Hilton downtown. Come to enjoy a fun program, great networking, and silent and live auctions. Stay past 9:30 and cut a rug with a dance and special activities to celebrate and support youth leadership across the country!

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:
Application & 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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If you find value from Pollen, you should consider joining Morning Take published daily by Pollenite Blois Olson. Morning Take provides insights and insider info on MN politics and public affairs and it’s free!

Learn more via Morning Take’s Facebook page.

If you’re not subscribing to the weekly newsletter from The Line, you’re missing out on a great resource bringing together MN innovation, jobs, art, design, and community building opportunities

Learn more.

Nominate a MN company for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal “Fast 50.”

Check out Daily Numbers from Pollenite David Erickson.

Betsy Buckley offering new free teleseries called “The Coach Is In” starting on July 13th. It’s a series of calls focused on practical strategies for revenue growth. Developed for professionals who are responsible for generating revenue by adding new clients and adding new services for existing clients. No cost, no commitment, participate in one call or all five. The first call is July 13th from 2-3PM CT on “How do I get more clients?” Pollenites can sign up here.

MinnPost YPN launches YPN5Q MinnPost’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) is excited to be launching “YPN5Q,” a weekly Q&A series with talented Minnesota professionals ages 21 to early 40s. “YPN5Q” will spotlight the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds. MinnPost is asking for your nominations of young professionals to profile. If you know of a distinguished or inspiring young professional that we should interview for “YPN5Q,” email Details.

The Minnesota Idea Open is a state-wide problem solving challenge, and we are encouraging people across Minnesota to submit ideas answering the question: How would you use $15K to help your community become aware of and address water issues in Minnesota?

The project is civic engagement oriented- we’re interested in fostering conversations and encouraging thinking about how individuals and communities can impact and improve the water issues they are facing. The winning idea will be determined by a statewide online vote, and the winning idea will receive $15K to make it a reality.

Idea submission is from June 21-July 15th. Website, Twitter: @MNIdeaOpen. talk from e-Patient Dave
(e-Patient Dave attended a TEDxTC program as a guest of Pollenites Carolyn Egeberg and Mike Stadelman from

Great article from Clayton Christensen in Harvard Business Review “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (via Jack Uldrich)

The Virtue of Dissent (via Nate Garvis)

Powerful poetry from Desdamona “We Are A Circle” shared at the 2011 Engaged Philanthropy Conference:

Ever wondered “How Do I Land a Job at Google?” – Great insights here.

7 Ingenious Resumes (via Nate Garvis)

Thoughts from Malcolm Gladwell on need to embrace chaos

Learn about the Fourth Generation Fund initiative at the Minneapolis Foundation engaging a new generation of philanthropists.

Help CoCo MSP build their directory of women entrepreneurs in MN:

David Gillette shares his illustrated essay on his thoughts about policy and politics on TPT Almanac

Nominate someone for the MN Jaycees “Outstanding Young Minnesotans and Outstanding Young Farmers” (via Trisha Hasbargen)

Peek inside the notebooks of several world-class designers and creators

Seven Personality Traits of Top Salespeople (via Harvard Business Review) — they might surprise you!

Fascinating take on what it means to be a CEO from Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter

More than 3,000 executive directors participated in Daring to Lead 2011, the third Daring to Lead national study produced in partnership by CompassPoint and the Meyer Foundation, with previous studies published in 2001 and 2006. Explore this website for reports, current findings, and to learn about the implications for nonprofit executives and boards, philanthropy, and capacity builders.

Nominations sought for MetroMixTC “Look Good, Do Good” contest in support of Children’s Cancer Research Fund:

2010-11 HHH Policy Fellow Group Projects.
Recent alumni updates.

Pollen Props:

To the many Pollenites at Tunheim Partners on their new agency brand and focus. Video 

To Pollenite Rachel Stassen-Berger on the launch of Morning Hot Dish, a new daily political newsletter that will provide national and local coverage of Minnesota politics.

Amanda Brinkman on the birth of a new daughter

Lars Leafblad visits with Bridget Ulrich in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Twin Cities newsletter about “How Can I Become a Networking Superstar?”

Read the interview here.

Jason Zotalis on his new role with United Hospital Foundation

Dan Hoxworth on his new role as President and CEO of Child Family Tennessee

To LSS-MN on their new CEO, Jodi Harpstead. The search was conducted by Pollenite Rebecca Driscoll of KeyStone Search.

To Jim Vos and CresaPartners on their new office location in International Centre.

Meghan Krause on her new role as Coalition Development Manager for EcoBonus

Patrick Ness on his new adventure as a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Michael Belaen on his new role with law firm of Goetz & Eckland

Al Vredeveld on his new role with Shumaker & Sieffert

To C. Scott Cooper and all of the Bush Foundation on their new website.

Luther Ranheim on his new role as Gifts Manager with Greater Twin Cities United Way

Maren Leafblad on completing her first Grandma’s Half-Marathon and to all other Pollenite runners who competed in the Half and Full Marathon!

Soren Jensen on his new role as Executive Director of Midtown Greenway Coalition

Jack Uldrich on his speaking engagements about leadership lessons from Gen. George C. Marshall

Beth Mammenga on her new role as Software Application Consultant with TIES in St. Paul

To Hanni Wenker, Brad Brown and all of Social Venture Partners for a great 2011 Engaged Philanthropy Conference!

To Jamie Millard, Martin Wera, Kelly Rowan, and all of Charities Review Council on their successful 2011 Annual Forum

To the first cohort of companies selected for participation in the Project Skyway tech-accelerator program:


Non-profit/Foundation — Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer — Planned Giving Officer

Carlson School of Management — Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Carlson School of Management — Assistant Director, Business Development – Graduate Business Career Center

ClearWay Minnesota — Public Affairs Manager

Degree of Honor — Community Services Director (via Mitch Traczyk)

Greater Twin Cities United Way — Director, Marketing

Kids Voting Minnesota — Executive Director

Mayo Clinic — Public Affairs Consultant – Media Relations (via Liza Etienne)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts — Foundation Relations Manager

Minnehaha Academy — Director of Institutional Advancement

Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute — Executive Director

Teenwise Minnesota — Executive Director

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra — Individual Gifts Manager

University of MN Foundation — Director of Corporate Giving

Walker Art Center — Director of the Annual Fund


GovDelivery hiring for several positions

Thomson Reuters — VP, Strategy

8th Bridge — VP, Sales and Marketing

Other Job Resources:

Minnesota Public Relations Job Blog

Minnesota Recruiter Jobs Blog


The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) is seeking board members. CHAT nurtures, explores & illuminates the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions. Learn it. Create it. Live it. Art with a Purpose.

If you’re interested, please visit the website. You can also contact Elizabeth J — (via Molly Doran)
One Voice Mixed Chorus seeks new board members to further their social justice mission. The largest chorus of its kind in North America, One Voice has been working for LGBT equality for nearly 25 years. Interested? Contact More information here. (via Earl Moore)

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


A Family Portrait 30 Years in the Making

A nominee for most creative thank you note (from Pollenite Kelly Groehler)

As the US Women’s National Soccer Team plays in the 2011 World Cup, here’s a great video from the 2010 World Cup – “The World’s Reaction to Landon Donovan’s Game Winning Goal” (via Nate Eklund)

Reminder to connect with Pollen on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Join 980+ fellow Pollenites who are now engaging with one another via Pollen’s new page on Facebook.

Connect w/ over 2,600 fellow Pollenites who are sharing their networks on Pollen’s group on LinkedIn.

Follow Pollen on Twitter by using the hashtag #BePollen

Thanks again for being part of Pollen!

Onwards and upwards Pollenation! Have a great 4th!!

Gratefully yours,

Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search