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Pollen newsletter Volume 35

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.

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Pollen vol 35
August 16, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search



Under the Radar Leaders and Community Connectors:

Thanks again for your nominations of over 170 “Under the Radar Leaders” and “Community Connectors” shared in the last issue of Pollen.

If you haven’t yet connected with this group of fellow leaders and connectors, you can download a PDF of the full nomination list via the secure link here.

Pollen social gathering August 25th:

Thanks to Kate-Madonna Hindes for organizing and to The Works for hosting a free evening gathering for Pollen on Thursday, August 25th from 5 to 8 p.m. Questions to Kate via

Full details and registration via secure link here.


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 several hundred members on December 4, 2009. We’ve subsequently grown to several thousand community members thanks to your outreach, connectivity, and cross-pollenation efforts. Thank you!


Become a full fledged Pollenite!

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Volume 35 Contents:

1)     Events

2)     Ideas/Inspiration

3)     Pollen Props

4)     Jobs/Internships

5)     Boards

6)     Fun/Etc.



Aug 16, 17, 18, 25, 30Minnesota Citizens Redistricting Commission Public Meetings (via Matthew Lewis)

August 18 – Find Your Way Greater Twin Cities United Way has set up a unique volunteer event on August 18th that is perfect for groups, businesses and individuals — and it requires as little as 15 minutes of time during the lunch hour! We are working to demonstrate the power of one volunteer and what one person can do to positively affect the community. 


Thursday, August 18th

11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Downtown Mpls: first floor of City Center building

Downtown St. Paul: EcoLab Plaza

Click here to learn more and sign up for shifts from 15 minutes to an hour — whatever you can give. Volunteers will be assembling healthy snack packs for kids, assembling dental hygiene kits for youth and expectant mothers, packaging laundry soap for families in transition and creating early learning kits for families to do together.

August 23Social Innovation Exchange hosted by Engine for Social Innovation and Ashoka Twin Cities featuring panel w/ Dana Nelson, Sec of State Mark Ritchie, Terrie Rose, Lars Leafblad, Diane Tran, and Jay Coogan discussing “Exploring how to engage Individuals from all Sectors”:

August 24TORCH Community — “The Game of Life” evening program w/ partners Aeon, Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis Foundation 4th Generation, United Way TC Emerging Leaders, and YouthFarm & Market — keynote from Lars Leafblad

August 25 Pollen social gathering at The Works — 5 to 8 pm

September 11Open house 11 am to 5 pm for the new Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts.

September 14Twin Cities Business Peer Network “Stand Out by Building Your Personal Brand” lunch program.

September 23-24She’s Geeky unConference at Science Museum of MN

September 24 — Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Did you know that half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s? Or that someone in the U.S. develops the disease every 69 seconds? Join the Alzheimer’s Association on Sat. Sept. 24 at Hyland Park in Bloomington to raise awareness of and funds for Alzheimer’s and related diseases. Click here for more information or call 952.830.0512.

September 24 – the AMAZING WALK! Join the Sajai 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 25Women Run the Cities — Fifth Annual event.

September 30 — October 2 — “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar” leadership intensive in Washington, D.C. with Trista Harris and Rosetta Thurman.

“Did you know that on any given night there are an estimated 400 people living with HIV/AIDS homeless and living on the streets in Minnesota?  I hope you will consider attending a guided one-hour Journey Home tour of Clare Midtown, Clare Housing’s newest HIV-specific housing program. During this short tour, you have the opportunity to see Clare Midtown (recently completed and opened in February) and learn how affordable housing and supportive services improves the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Twin Cities. For information about Clare Housing, please visit their website. If you are interested in attending a Journey Home Tour, please contact Clare Board member, Chuck Peterson at” (via Chuck Peterson) 



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.

The 12 Habits of Highly Connective People” (via Arik Hanson)

More connecting resources via “The HAPPO (Help a PR Professional Out) Report” produced by Arik Hanson.

If you also haven’t checked out Blois Olson “Morning Take” daily e-newsletter on MN politics and public affairs — you should. Learn more.


“Need help telling your nonprofit’s story? Leading PR firm seeks a non-profit pro bono client:

To help meet the needs of Minnesota nonprofits, Bloomington-based Weber Shandwick is seeking applications for its 2012 pro-bono client.

Eligible nonprofits must be based in Minnesota and provide services that improve the lives of Minnesota families and/or children. They are also encouraged to have a specific or timely reason to tell their story — a major milestone, a trend that has an impact on the organization, or a significant change in the way they are structured. Applications are due September 1.

The selected pro-bono client will receive a specific set of communications services, depending on the organization’s needs. The primary goal is to direct the organization on a path to an effective communications program through consulting and training.

Weber Shandwick has been serving Minnesota communities for more than 25 years. The firm’s current pro bono client is Admission Possible, which helps make college admission possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Additionally, Weber Shandwick conducts its annual “Telling Your Story” workshop for nonprofits (held in February) and offers Weber Shandwick on Loan, in which employees volunteer for various service projects throughout the year.

If your nonprofit is eligible, or if you know a nonprofit that is, please learn more and apply here. (via Jackie Gustner)”


League of Women Voters MN – Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) Fellows seek mentors

Harvard Business Review The Big Washington Disconnect

Harvard Business Review — “The Opulence Bubble

Andrew Eklund’s Twin Cities Business blog post “Ambitions Equal Allocation

Issue 85 of “Change This” is a must read.

Wall Street Journal’sThe United States of Venture Capital” (interactive map)

Lucy Marcus of Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post on corporate governance

Greatest Minnesota blog post on “The Brain Exchange” in Mpls St. Paul.

Peter Sims in New York Times “Finding Creativity Through Imperfection”

Thoughts on some of the differences between Contingent and Retained Recruitment approaches

Do you know how much it’s costing (or you’re investing) in an hour-long networking coffee?

Thought provoking article on the future of recruiting:


Pollen Props:

Anne Sample on her new role as Chief Human Resource Officer with Thrivent Financial

Dawne Brown White on her new role as Corporate and Foundation Giving Director for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Karen Louise Boothe, just completed a USAID project assignment in Guyana on civic engagement and strategic communications. Now, in September, she heads to Lebanon for similar work through the end of the year.  Find her on LinkedIn and here.

To the KeyStone Search ( team of Marcia Ballinger, Rebecca Driscoll, Mike Frommelt, Lars Leafblad, Diane Meskan, Nathan Perez, and Bob Schoenbaum, on celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

Lauren Melcher on her new role with Weber Shandwick in their Minneapolis office

Corey Anderson on his four year anniversary with MinnPost; congrats Corey!

To the staff and board of the new Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts

To the staff and board of Youthprise on their new website and rebranding (formerly OST-Minnesota and client of KeyStone Search):

To the 2011-12 cohort of the HHH School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows! Full roster available as PDF here:

To Kate O’Reilly and Charles Youel -> “In the past 4 years, Charles Youel and Kate O’Reilly have grown the locally-born Artcrank poster show from 2 cities to 8. The show revolves around bikes, design, and doing good. Next week, the show will open in London for its second year. In September, the pair have been asked to curate a show at Interbike, the world’s largest bicycle trade show in Las Vegas. Denver, Portland, Bend, & San Francisco will follow, rounding out the 2011 shows. In 2012 the duo will add at least three more cities to their growing roster of shows featuring up and coming artists. All posters sell for $40 or less, guaranteeing everyone the ability to go home with an original piece of art.”

 To Ron Lattin on his new role -> “Long-time Pollen member Ron Lattin has recently started as Development Director for the Youth Performance Company. YPC is a world class, Ivey award winning youth theater company developing and empowering young actors, singers and dancers to reach their artistic potential and become community leaders.”

To Larissa Rodriguez -> “I am launching Swimmunity, a new online swim community dedicated to inspiring and helping adults learn how to swim. Additional details (and statistics about the incidence of adult drownings/swim lesson rates) can be found in my news release here.

Amy Lewis on her new communications blog with Minnesota Business magazine

To MCAD President Jay Coogan on his profile in Minnesota Business

To Dan Grigsby and Drivetrain on their launch of new iPad app for Star Tribune



CaringBridge SEM/Online Advertising Specialist

Carlson School of Management — U of MN Manager, Electronic Communications

Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT)Executive Director

CoCo MSP Instigator in Residence

“Job opening at CoCo Mpls: Brain Exchange Intern. Ongoing. Every three-to-six months we will hire a new Braintern to help out at the very exciting new Minneapolis innovation center. Strong admin/tech, mar/comm/related, outgoing. Please send resume to Kate O’Reilly – for consideration.”

College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences — U of MN Development Officer

Comcast — Manager, Employee Communications (via Mary Beth Schubert)

Faith’s LodgeExecutive Director

Hennepin County Bar AssociationExecutive Director (search being conducted by Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad of KeyStone Search)

iConstituenthiring 4 positions in Washington, D.C. (via Andrew Foxwell)

National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) Marketing & Communications Director

Office of the President, University of MN Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

OneVillage Partners — Executive Director (via Aaron Ackerman)

Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, Humphrey School of Public AffairsDirector

Rock Star Supply Co. — Program Committee members

“Rock Star Supply Co. has a GIG OPENING. We are seeking stellar volunteers to join our Program Committee. On this committee, you will help develop events, centered around the creative arts, to promote and foster the work we do. Ideal Rock Stars will have strong event planning and project management skills. To apply, please write a brief email of intent and send your resume to: We look forward to hearing from you. Rock on!” (via Jessica Conrad)

The BrandLab MinnesotaExecutive Director

The Minneapolis Foundation — VP, Philanthropic Services (search being conducted by Lars Leafblad and Rebecca Driscoll of KeyStone Search)



Minnesota Environmental Fund seeks board nominees (via Greg Seitz)

Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) seeks board nominees.

“Mission:  NEON’s mission is to promote, educate, encourage, and develop businesses by providing training and creating new businesses among northside residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota. NEON was developed to bring community economic development to north Minneapolis generally, and specifically to the West Broadway business corridor.  NEON, in partnership with a collaborative network of economic development organizations, recruits, trains and supports small business and start-up entrepreneurs in an effort to expand economic opportunities and create jobs in the area. Interested candidates should email Pamela Wandzel at”

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



 “Why We’re Here: Twin Cities” video

A gallery of sad Wall Street Traders photos

DJ Spooky + Joshua Roman (cellist) + Radiohead = this video

Coldplay singing “Fix You” live at Lollapalooza August 5, 2011

Picture of a shooting star taken from space:


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Gratefully yours,


Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search

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