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Pollen newsletter Volume 33

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 33
July 15, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Time for 2nd Annual “Under the Radar” leaders and “Community Connectors” Nominations:

A  year ago we asked for your collective nominations to help illuminate those members of our community who were making impact and building social capital in innovative ways.

We asked for your nominations in two categories:

1) “Under the Radar” leaders –people making an impact “under the radar” whose work/efforts/impact should be shared more broadly with our community, starting with the Pollen network.

2) “Community Connectors”– people in our community who are getting things done by bringing together ideas, resources, and multiple stakeholders to make things happen.

You shared dozens of fantastic nominations which can be read here.

We’d like to ask once again for your nominations for “Under the Radar” leaders and “Community Connectors” that we will share in volume 34 of Pollen.

Please take a minute and submit your nominations via the secure link here.

Thank you!!

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“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, 2,700+ members of our Pollen LinkedIn group, and 1,000+ participants on our Facebook page.

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Volume 33 Contents:

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


July 16 – Dance with Matt from “Where the Hell is Matt” video fame at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at 4 p.m. Learn more.

July 20 – Bush Foundation and InCommons seeks participants for “Time for Citizen Solutions” event from 5:30 to 9 pm.

July 21– “Summer Social at Solera for Young Professionals” hosted by: Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and United Way Emerging Leaders Network.

July 21 – Twin Cities Thursday Hours event at Bloomington ChopHouse (via Jeff Nolan) Learn more and register here.

August 3 — Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities –Learn a basic structure for understanding poverty, a description of the differences between generational and situational poverty, and the hidden norms that govern behavior and decision-making. Featuring aha! Process trainer Jodi Pfarr. 9:00 am — 4:30 pm at the International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave, St. Paul. Cost is $45 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and copy of Dr. Ruby Payne’s book “Bridges Out of Poverty”. Please visit the Twin Cities RISE! web site or call 612-279-5868 to register by July 20.

August 6 – 13 “Knit One/Purl the Other” (written and produced by Pollenite Sharon DeMark) will be performed at Theater in the Round in the Cedar/Riverside neighborhood.  Shows are Saturday August 6 at 1 pm; Monday August 8 at 7 pm; Tuesday, August 9 at 8:30 pm; Friday, August 12 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, August 13 at 4 pm.
Tickets are available at or at 1-866-811-4111.  Our show page is here.

August 25 – Hold the date for an evening gathering for Pollen members. Full details to follow. Big thanks to Kate-Madonna Hindes for initiating, organizing, and leading effort to bring this idea to reality.

September 24 — the AMAZING WALK! Join the Säjai® Foundation on Sat., Sept. 24 from 9-11 a.m. at North Mississippi Regional Park for a 5K like no other. Bring the kids, bring your friends, and bring a sense of adventure to try the sometimes challenging, sometimes goofy activities you’ll find spread out across the 5K walk. Visit the Sajai Foundation’s website,, or contact Amy at 952-288-3364 or by email at for more information.

September 25 – Women Run the Cities – Fifth Annual event —


Check out new “Driving Change” series from MinnPost and the Bush Foundation.

“While covering important issues in our civic and cultural life, journalists typically focus on facts, controversies, issues and their impact. They rarely look through the lens of understanding leaders and leadership: who is leading the causes and creating change, how those leaders were motivated to tackle tough problems and create opportunities for their communities, and how they worked through the challenges that arose.

“In a yearlong series, MinnPost will profile such leaders in order to provide new insights — and, we hope in some cases, inspiration — for our readers. Each profile will be followed by comments from a panel of experienced leaders and scholars of leadership. The project is made possible by a grant from the Bush Foundation.”

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal has made a database available for all of their “Forty under 40” alumni from 1994 to 2011. Learn more and access the database here.

Pollenite Sam Richter’s commentary on the MN Government Shutdown “The Real Issue.”

Pollenite David Gee interviews Pollenite Lars Leafblad for StaffingTalk about innovation and executive recruiting in this article; “Firms That Continue to Innovative and Differentiate Will Win“:

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

Please consider supporting the repair efforts underway at Faith’s Lodge after the July 1st storm devastation. Learn more here, and see the damage here.

Interesting article “What Web 3.0 – “The Age of Expertise” – May Mean for Lawyers (via Aaron Street)

Pollenite Lars Leafblad interviewed for new MinnPost Young Professionals Network “YPN5Q” feature.

Vote on the MetroMix “Look Good, Do Good” nominees by Friday, July 15:

What are some favorite interview questions for CEO’s? Learn via notes from “The Corner Office” written by Adam Bryant of The New York Times.

Sarah Lutman writes “What I Learned from Bill Kling“:

All Hands on Deck: A Do It Together mindset in DIY World” – via Regan Smith and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Nominations sought for the “Judd Jacobson Memorial Award” with Courage Center: Established in 1992, the Judd Jacobson Memorial Award recognizes pursuit or achievement of a business entrepreneurial endeavor by a person with a physical disability or sensory impairment. The award recipient receives a special plaque, a $5,000 cash award to advance their entrepreneurial business endeavor and is honored at a special event at Courage Center.

Pollenites Tom Horner and Tim Penny Star Tribune editorial “Of politics, principles, and pragmatism

How to turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans” – via The Atlantic

6 Clues to Character” from Psychology Today

A Woman’s Place: Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture?” via The New Yorker —

Learn more about Minneapolis Swims a non-profit whose mission is “To bring swimming to inner-city Minneapolis children.” (via Larissa Rodriguez)

Pollen Props:

Happy happy birthday to Megan Leafblad! Make her day with an email to

To all of the 2011 Bush Foundation Fellows.

Kim Borton on her new role as Director of Programs with Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

To Gina Rios, recent MCAD grad, and team on their “Pick*A*Paleta” venture. “Pick *A* Paleta is a street vending ice-cream cart introducing minnesotans to an all natural, traditional, and delicious summertime mexican ice-cream treat. Founded by three woman with a passion for life, culture, and sunshine, Pick *A* Paleta started with the simple idea of summer fun and it’s partner in crime, ice cream. Pick *A* Paleta brings joy to those young and young at heart.  through clean and safe practices, it is our hope that we can gain the trust and support of the community.” (via Jay Coogan)
Learn more.

Sara Barrow on her new role as Director of Investor Relations with Greater MSP (Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership).

Joel Spoonheim and Lani Willis on the birth of a son

Paul DeGeest on his new role as Development Officer with the U of MN’s College of Science and Engineering

To the entire Works Progress team on another successful Give & Take event. Read a summary of the event here.

Pam Wheelock on her new role as interim president & CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN

Ricardo Perez on opening Boxkai Acuarios, ( a store specializing in fresh and salt water aquariums.  Check out all the pretty fish and coral at 410 East Lake St. (on the ground level of the North Star Mini Storage Building) in Minneapolis. (via Dana Nelson)

Taylor Carik on his new role with MSP Communications and to Secrets of the City and MNSpeak on their new homes with Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and Ciceron respectively.

US Women’s National Soccer Team on making the final in the 2011 Women’s World Cup. They will play Japan on July 17th at 1 p.m. CST. Watch on ESPN, or Galavision.



CaringBridge.orgCorporate and Foundation Giving Officer

CaringBridge.orgPlanned Giving Officer

DARTSPresident & CEO (search being conducted by KeyStone Search)

Federal Reserve Bank of MinneapolisCommunity Development Writer/Analyst

FRASERAdvancement Officer

Margaret A. Cargill PhilanthropiesSenior Program Officer — Relief, Recovery & Development

Margaret A. Cargill PhilanthropiesProgram Officer – Anne Ray Charitable Trust

MinnCANPublic Affairs Manager

Minnehaha AcademyDirector of Institutional Advancement

Neighborhood HouseVP, Resource Development

PACERMajor Donor Coordinator

Presbyterian Homes & ServicesGift Planning Officer

Sabes Jewish Community CenterDirector of Public Relations and Marketing

Walker Art Center Marketing Manager

William Mitchell College of LawCreative Director


GovDelivery hiring for several positions (via Tasha Hock)

Marketing Matters – Marketing Coordinator (via Jodi Petrich)
“Marketing that Matters is looking to hire a Marketing Coordinator to assist with office admin, client relations, PR, social media and the like. The ideal candidate has had at least one job since college, is a real go getter, problem solving and multi-tasker with strong communication skills and a desire to learn and grow with our start-up firm. Please forward any ideas or referrals! Immediate part-time with definite room to grow. Job description is here.


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MPR’s Twin Cities Community Advisory Council (TC-CAC) is soliciting applications for new members!  The purpose of MPR’s TC-CAC is to bring listeners/members to MPR’s Saint Paul Headquarters to discuss MPR’s programming goals, review MPR services, and provide advice to MPR’s leadership.  

If you are interested in this opportunity, or would like to learn more, please visit or email Lisa Radzak at  

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


The “Minnesota Shut Down Blues” sung for your viewing and listening pleasure:

A Pollenite wants you to buy her boat – “The 25′ O’Day Sailboat in great condition with fun features. Sails wonderfully with a shallow draft and drop-down centerboard. Perfect for day sailing or overnights. It has sailed Lake Pepin for the past 15 years+ but can easily be moved via its trailer to other locations. Please contact Andrea Mac Arthur at for more information and pictures.”

Yes, we’re late to the party regarding the “Slap Chop Rap” video but this has 13 million views for a reason:

Speaking of “Breakin'” – did you ever wonder what Transformers would look like if they attempted to “pop and lock”? Pollen did and here’s what we found.

What about a break dancing baby? Yep….

A belated Fathers Day gift for all those current/future/aspiring dads out there -> “Dad Life” video:

And finally for the Pollenation Minivan’ers→ “Swagger Wagon” video :

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Thanks again for being part of Pollen!  

Onwards and upwards Pollenation!

Gratefully yours,

Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search