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Pollen newsletter Volume 37

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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Lars Leafblad

Pollen vol 37
September 15, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


What is Pollen?

For those of you experiencing Pollen for the first time, here’s a quick overview of who we are:

“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!

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Pollen Condolences:

Before we begin our regularly scheduled programming, Pollen would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Pollenite Greg Moltumyr, who passed away suddenly on September 3rd.

Additional information.

Volume 37 Contents:

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


September 16 — 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.

September 16 — Students Today, Leaders Forever Annual Gala

September 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 17 — Young Professionals of Minnesota Acoustic Jam with Tim Mahoney

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 21 — Social Enterprise Alliance — Twin Cities event with Esther Kim

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.

September 24Heart & 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 24 — 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, but always fun activities you’ll find spread out across the 5K walk. All ages and activity levels welcome! (Psst–bring your own water bottle. There will be water stations to refill it along the way.) Visit the Sajai Foundation’s website, or contact Amy at 952-288-3364 or by email at for more information. Register here.

October 3 — MinnPost’s Education Reporter Beth Hawkins interviews University of Minnesota President, Eric Kaler at Hell’s Kitchen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

October 6 — John Beardsley Lecture with Michael Chorost, PhD (via Kelly Groehler and Lynn Casey)

The late John Beardsley, APR, was a cerebral, thoughtful man who always kept the next big thing on his radar—from psychology, technology and quantum physics to neuroscience and even pop culture.

Beardsley unabashedly shared his futuristic vision through engaging, dramatic lectures that moved groups to look to the future, themselves. He passed away in September 2010, leaving a lasting legacy to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Minnesota PRSA, Padilla Speer Beardsley and the University of Minnesota will together proudly honor Beardsley’s contributions to public relations and business on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Please join us as we present a lecture by Michael Chorost, Ph.D., a technology theorist with an unusual perspective: his body is the future. Chorost has written two books, including World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines and the Internet and Rebuilt, a memoir about recovering his hearing with a cochlear implant. Register.

October 11 — Youth Frontiers Annual Event — 5:30 to 8 p.m. — The Metropolitan Ballroom

October 13Social Entrepreneurship Symposium at University of St. Thomas

October 13 — Pollenite Mike Frommelt keynotes U of St Thomas alumni networking event

October 14 — 2011 Annual WomenVenture Event w/ Connie Chung

November 10VSA Minnesota fundraiser — 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Melting Pot, 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis  Cost: $25. Appetizers, silent auction. More details to follow. 

November 15 — Empowering Women for the Future: A Forum for Engagement and Mobilization
McNamara Alumni Center – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Discover and connect with Minnesota non-profit organizations that are working to improve the lives of those women and children affected by conflict throughout the world and help contribute to peace. Learn how you can assist and make a difference in their efforts — through volunteerism and other means of support. Join in the discussion about the work that is being done throughout the world to promote peace. Sponsored by: Norway House Peace Initiative, Minnesota International Center, Minnesota International NGO Network and Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights — U.S. Foundation

November 16 — Give to the Max Day 2011 from! Learn more.



Get your FREE copy of Secrets to Success from local attorney, professor, 40 Under Forty alum & Pollen member Al Coleman. The highly acclaimed book substantiates the link between mentoring and the personal, professional and financial success of new and first-generation professionals. Enter coupon code: EJ66Z at checkout for a full discount and check out the reviews here and here.

David Gee shares an innovative take on hiring in “Finding Romance in a Loaf of Bread”

Andrew Eklund in Twin Cities Business -> “At this end of this blog, you will buy me a car.”

“Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance” — or an amazing video showing the impact of

Pollenite Karen Himle shares “The Gift of Scars”

The Secret Life of Pronouns — What our word choice reveals about us

Vanity Fair‘s 2011 “New Establishment” list:

Harvard Business Review blog post -> “Steve Jobs, world’s greatest philanthropist” — thought provoking

The Atlanticsocial media’s slow slog into ivory towers of academia

Blog — “Why the impossible happens more often”

Insights from Pollenite Dr. Marcia Ballinger on interviewing strategy

“The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives” in Discover magazine.

CEO of Ideo discussing potential of apprenticeships on NPR

Pollenite Andrew Foxwell leading effort to bring e-constituent engagement to the Hill in Washington, DC

Powerful aggregation of some of the best writing about 9/11 via Longreads:

Pollenite Virginia Brown shares insights on successful networking in Young Nonprofit Professionals Network blog:

Infographic of how scientists spread and share information.

What CEO’s need to know about social media” according to Chief Executive magazine:

Great piece in The Line on community, sustainability and art:

15% of US population living in poverty, highest level in 27 years according to Wall Street Journal article.

“The Power, Potential and Peril of Networks
” from the Knight Foundation

The Line -> “What’s working in cities: placemaking”

The Line -> “Placemaking/Minneapolis: The arts take the lead on Hennepin”

Pollen Props & Profiles:

Katy Friesz on her promotion to director of community relations for Ameriprise Financial

Jenny Kramm on her new role with Lutheran Community Foundation

Greg Tehven on his new role with the Kilbourne Group in Fargo, ND

Rebecca Haddad on her promotion to director of donor relations with Youth Frontiers

Aaron Street on his new role as COO and General Counsel at Generate Companies (founded by Pollenite Uri Neren)

Tony Morse on his new role in sales and marketing with Digineer

Erin Carlyle, formerly of City Pages, beginning new career chapter as full-time freelancer

Dr. Bonnie Holub on her new role with University of St. Thomas as the Honeywell Endowed Chair in Global Technology Management

Pollenite Nate Garvis of Naked Civics on his visit to Fox News regarding the polarization of politics

Pollenite Lars Leafblad quoted in “Finance and Commerce” article on MN workforce by Pollenite Chris Newmarker

To Tech.MN on launch of inaugural TechdotMN TV program 

To the 2011-12 McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships and Residencies

Andy Cook on his new role as Annual Giving Officer with Regions Hospital Foundation

Sun Banovetz on her new role as director of external relations for University of Minnesota-Duluth

Jill J. Johnson has been invited to join the Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry Foundation.
We broke 3,000 members in our Pollen group on LinkedIn and in recognition of that milestone we thought we’d revisit the “Pollen Profiles” to help you connect with several of our newest LinkedIn group members:

Jamie NafzigerPartner, Dorsey & Whitney

Keith StoutSr. Development Officer, Hazelden Foundation (and actual member #3,000 of the group)

Armando Camacho President, Neighborhood House

Brock Ray Marketing Principal, Circadian

Stefani Pennaz Publisher, Tiger Oak Publications

Nikki CarlsonPresident, Point-C

Christine Rehm-Zola Communications Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Mpls

Jodi BoernerInternational Trade Representative, Minnesota Trade Office

Janna HottingerAdministrative Director, Office of the Mayor, City of Minneapolis

Phil Hansen CEO, American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter

Martha Grant Assistant to the President, Taproot Foundation

Kari Suzuki Director of Operations, Otto Bremer Foundation

Kristin MehrwerthCommunity Relations Assistant, Minnesota Timberwolves

Dave WalstadVice President, Virteva

Jim Tincher Senior Consultant, Gallup

Ronn KrepsPartner, Fulbright & Jaworski

Jeff TollefsonExecutive Director, Genesys Works


AllianzSr. Manager, Interactive Marketing (via Julia Gutz Moller)

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MinnesotaDirector of Child Health Policy and Advocacy — (via Sara Noznesky)

CommonBond Communities — Social Media and Communications Intern and Special Events and Development Intern E-mail Matthew Messerchmidt for more info:

Common Roots CaféFront of House Manager (via Danny Schwartzman)

GiveMN Nonprofit Outreach Volunteer (via Dana Nelson)

MacPhail Center for MusicAssociate Director of Individual Gifts (via Meg Nodzon)

Metropolitan CouncilHousing Policy Planning Analyst (via Libby Starling)

Minnesota Children’s MuseumVP of Growth and Development

MSP Communications seeks Editorial Intern and Online Intern

National Parkinson Foundation — Minnesota — Executive Director (via Eileen Smith)

Project 515 Communications Director (via Erica Mauter)

Rochester Area Foundation President (via Rebecca Driscoll)

The Family PartnershipVP, Development (via Lori Jacobwith)

Twin Cities Public Television — hiring for several positions in production and new media

Twin Cities Rise!Director of Development (via Cynthia Micolichek)


Elimu Africa is seeking board members who live near Minneapolis/St Paul, MN who are interested in supporting schools and non-governmental organizations in Africa working to better education and access to education for children and the economically poor and disadvantaged. We seek Board members that have time and energy for fund raising, reviewing grant applications for funding, and will spread the word about the organization. Additionally, if members have skills such as web design, marketing, writing, event planning or presentations/public speaking, they can choose to work on special projects in those areas. The time commitment involves two meetings yearly and beyond that, members will respond to monthly emails and then choose how much time they are able to devote.

Elimu Africa is a volunteer run non-profit. For more information review our website. (via Amy Greeley) Contact Amy with additional questions ->

VSA Minnesota, the state organization on arts and disability needs to fill several board positions. We seek individuals who have an interest in assisting this 25 year-old nonprofit grow and broaden its programming and funding base. Contact Craig Dunn at 612-332-3888 or To learn more about VSA Minnesota please go to our website.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network — Twin Cities seeks new board members (via Jamie Millard)

Soap Factory seeks new board members (via Megan Leafblad and Ben Schein)
Those who are interested can submit their information via this link:

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


Downtown Journal covers roving Turkey gang in NE Mpls:

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” covered in 5 ways

“Remember Me” poignant tribute to those men and women serving in our military

Bon Iver does solo acoustic piano version of “Beth/Rest” on NPR’s World Cafe:


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Thanks again for being part of Pollen! Go forth and cross-pollinate!


Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search

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