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Pollen newsletter Volume 36

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 36
September 1, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Pollen convenes sold-out social gathering August 25th!

Thanks to Pollen member Kate-Madonna Hindes for organizing and to The Works for hosting a sold-out evening gathering for Pollen members on Aug 25th!  

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Volume 36 Contents:

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


Sept 3 — 4 to 11:30 pm — The Nomad World Pub – Rock the Cause benefitting The Link featuring Solid Gold, Desdamona and many other artists.

September 6 – Still time to register for the next Carlson School of Management First Tuesday with Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota who will discuss “Communication, Credibility, and Implementation: Some Thoughts on Past, Current, and Future Monetary Policy.”

September 7 — Noon – Carlson School of Management offers free webinar “Lean Principles for Getting Things Done” with Dean of MBA Programs Art Hill:

The University of MN and the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs hosts Tom Friedman at 5 p.m. on September 9th at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Info.

September 15 — YWCA of Minneapolis launching “GenYWCA” group of young leaders who support the mission of YWCA of Minneapolis with a “fitness social” event at 5 p.m. Details.

September 15 — Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest 2011 JAUM Business Hall of Fame gala honoring Al Annexstad, Lynn Casey, Richard Davis, Randall Hogan, Jim Humphrey, and M.A. Mortenson, Jr. Details.

September 16th — Center for Ethical Business Cultures at University of St. Thomas hosting program  , “Beyond Compliance: Leadership and Core Values” -> Information.
Pollenite Mike Frommelt (Co-founder and Principal, KeyStone Search) will be the conversation starter for this CEBC program.

Sept 17 — 8:30 pm to midnight – Celebrate 125 Years of MCAD. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design turns its 2-story main gallery over to internationally acclaimed musician and video artist DJ Spooky.

September 19 — 5:30 to 7:30 pm — Tracy’s Saloon — YNPN Twin Cities “Networking for People Who Like Bingo

September 20 — 5:30 to 7:30 pm -> MinnPost hosts “Manufacturing Matters” event at Solera with Brad Allen, Tom Stinson, Ben Marks and more.

September 22 – Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours Monthly Networking Event — Thursday, September 22nd at Tiger Sushi 2 in Uptown. Network with other Twin Cities professionals and enjoy great happy hour specials on the outside patio at Tiger Sushi. Many Pollen members are also members of TCTHH, come out and meet them! Register here.

September 24 Heart & Soul Gala benefitting People Serving People — Nicollet Island Pavilion

September 24 — 2011 Hope Rocks! benefitting Faiths Lodge – With Jeremy Messersmith, Rocket Club, and Lynhurst — event information.

September 25 — 6:30 pm Twin Cities RISE! Music on the Mississippi
Please join Twin Cities RISE!, co-hosts Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and Master of Ceremonies Frank Vascellaro, for the 3rd annual Music on the Mississippi fundraising event to support TCR!’s innovative career training program.
St. Anthony Main Event Centre – Online registration available here.

September 27 — 4 — 7:30 pm Building Better Lives Volunteer Expo — St. Croix Valley
Community Thread and the United Way of Washington County-East are hosting the 2nd annual Building Better Lives Volunteer Expo on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011! Stop by to talk with nearly 30 nonprofit organizations about the many volunteer opportunities available in the St. Croix Valley community. There will also be food, games, drawing prizes and more. We hope to see you there!
At Community Thread — 2300 Orleans Street W, Stillwater 55082 Website. Questions? Call 651-439-7434

October 5 — 5:00 to 7:30 pm The Center for Integrative Leadership at UMN hosts book launch and panel conversation with Peter Heegaard, Sarah Caruso (President/CEO, Greater Twin Cities United Way), Gloria Perez (President and CEO, Jeremiah Program), Art Rolnick (Senior Fellow, HHH School of Public Affairs), Paul Vaaler (Associate Professor, Carlson School of Mgmt). Panel facilitated by author and Star Tribune journalist Lori Sturdevant. Program information.

October 12 — 9 am to noon — The Retreat hosts program with Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programs at Betty Ford Center. Event details.

MCAD Art Sale. Mark your calendars for the weekend before Thanksgiving to attend the nation’s largest college art sale — MCAD’s annual Art Sale.


Explore the new Minnesota Angel Network whose mission is “To accelerate the growth of emerging companies in Minnesota by educating entrepreneurs, connecting capital with investments and catalyzing statewide entrepreneurial success.”

Bremer Bank sponsoring “Capture the Community” Video Contest on Facebook: (via Teresa Morrow)

Admission Possible seeks mentors!

Learn more about The Camden Promise initiative: (via Chris Mayr/Mary Cederberg)

Simon Sinek gives great TEDxPugetSound  talk -> “How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Carlson School of Management executive education program offering scholarship program benefitting MN businesses. Learn more here.

Philanthropy meets MBA Programs (via

Check out the Bush Foundation/InCommons “Citizen Solutions Forums” initiative.

Minnesota Rising un/conference seeks RFPs for presenters:

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Twin Cities blog post by Kate Borman “Potholes and Detours: Navigating through career construction”:

Carlson Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management, U of MN is offering a new program this fall, MBA Essentials. This program provides an overview of basic business concepts, language, and practice in just one week — which may give you ideas to improve the operations of your non-profit.  Program taught by many of the same outstanding, award-winning Carlson School faculty members who teach in the regular MBA program.  For more information, go here, or contact Kelly Sherer, Sr. Business Development Manager, at 612-624-3821 or

Elizabeth Millard article in The Line: “Working Together: How Cooperation is Changing the Twin Cities Entrepreneurial Scene” ->

Please help spread the word about the $100,000 Famine Challenge on GiveMN for The American Refugee Committee:
Support the Somali famine relief efforts by donating to the American Refugee Committee and for every $1 you donate through, a $1 will be matched thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from The Mosaic Company! (via Dana Nelson)

Cynthia Boyd in -> “A bright spot for young workers in gloomy economy” which highlights the work of City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Summer Jobs Program and Genesys Works — Twin Cities.

Leadership Saint Paul accepting applications for 2012 program (via MinnPostYPN):

Common Cause MN and UMN/HHH School of Public Affairs Center for Study of Politics and Governance launch “Citizen Mapping Contest” for drawing their own redistricting maps:

Why does Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk give away his music?

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL.  Mini Medical School hosts its 25th session this fall, Battling Cancer: Breakthroughs at the U. From learning the basics of cancer to exploring treatments and therapies considered improbable a short time ago, renowned U of M researchers will share where their research is taking them — and why there is good reason for hope. Mondays, Oct. 10-Nov. 7, 6-8:30 p.m., 2-650 Moos Health Sciences Tower.  For registration and more information visit the website or call 612-626-7072. (via Steve Jepsen)

Some great stories shared at “I am MN Nice” ->

Pollenite Marcia Ballinger, PhD shares insights on executive interviewing for those leaders in career transition with

Fun story via Kary Delaria of Kane Consulting on the impact of social media in real time

The 2011 Beloit College Mind-set List (fascinating!!!)

In honor of our back to school routines, a few talks related to future of education:

Sir Ken Robinson — Bring on the Revolution

Dan Meyer — Math Class needs a makeover

Ali Carr-Chellman — Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

Dave Eggers — Once upon a school

Gever Tulley — 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Dan Pink — The surprising science of motivation

Steve Jobs — How to live before you die

and a written commentary on change and education via Ted Kolderie in

and another from Charlie Weaver of Minnesota Business Partnership:

Thoughts from Jack Uldrich on “unlearning”:

Pollen Props:

Jeremy Lenz for co-founding and launching the MN Angel Network.

Lisa Radzak and team on launch of new Minnesotans for MPR website.

Brent Meyers has been hired by MCAD as director of DesignWorks, the college’s in-house, undergraduate design studio.

To the numerous Pollen members at Dale Carnegie Minnesota on being recognized as #1 Small Business for the Best Places to Work Awards 2011/Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Amy Fredregill on her new role as Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc. (MRETS).

Round Earth Media which received a coveted grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (board members include Pollenite Brad Lehrman)

David Gee for sharing his insights and thoughts on innovation with Pollen. Find him on Twitter, here.

To the 2011 MN Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Minnesota” participants which includes several Pollenites incl/ Thad Hellman and Chris Tiedeman
Lisa Bodine on her new role as Sales Director at Involta

To Jamie Millard, Regan Smith, Meghan Suszynski of for being recognized by Minnesota Monthly in Sept 2011 issue as part of the “6 to make us think”.

To the 2011 InterCity Leadership Visit participants heading to Portland, OR. Many Pollenites included in the delegation. See a nearly complete list via PDF.

Lisa Thalacker Joyslin on her role as Volunteer Resources Director with American Red Cross — Twin Cities.

Tim Huebsch on his new role as Integration Manager for Digital Marketing at General Mills. Find Tim here.

To McClung PR and Goff Public on their new venture Food Integrity Minnesota:

Emilie Hitch on having her art displayed in MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

Brady Gervais on new role with Pioneer Press covering public safety on a temporary assignment

Jim Delaney shares his thoughts on an ideal superpower(s) and other insights in interview with MinnPost Young Professionals Network feature.

Diane Tran shares what it’s like to be an ENFJ and thoughts on future of Minnesota Rising in her interview with MinnPost YPN feature.

To the newly formed search committee to recruit next dean of the Carlson School of Management at the U of MN:

To the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” identified by MIT/Technology Review:

To Kathryn Lohre named ELCA Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations

To Peter Leafblad and Andrea Loecken on their recent engagement (welcome to the family Andrea!!)

To Kirstin Sersland Beach on her new role as Director of Local Government Affairs with CenturyLink


American Craft CouncilDirector of Development hiring several positions in Eagan, MN HQ:

Dale Carnegie MN is  hiring! B2b consultant and Client Development. Visit here. (via Jennifer Champer Huber)

GovDelivery has several open positions in IT and sales:

Greater Twin Cities United WaySocial Finance Intern

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Program Director, Aging Services

Memorial Blood CentersCorporate and Community Relations Officer

MN Council on Foundations Member Services Manager

National Youth Leadership CouncilDirector of Marketing and Communications

Project 515 Communications Director

Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, Humphrey School of Public AffairsDirector

Resources for Child CaringCommunications and Government Relations Manager

Rochester Area FoundationPresident (search being conducted by KeyStone Search)

Second Harvest Heartland seeks Director of Major Gifts and Advancement Services/Donor Relations Manager.

St. Catherine University Digital Communications Manager


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

Fun/Etc (The Magic Edition):

Keith Barry — Brain Magic (via

David Blaine — How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes

Arthur Benjamin — “Mathemagic”

Lennart Green — “Close-up Card Magic”

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Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search