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Pollen newsletter Volume 38

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 38

October 1, 2011

Curated by Lars Leafblad

Principal, KeyStone Search






What is Pollen?

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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 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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Volume 38 Contents:

1)     Events

2)     Ideas/Inspiration

3)     Pollen Props

4)     Jobs/Internships

5)     Boards

6)     Fun/Etc.


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 5 — 23 Youth Performance Company’s MEAN

 Daily there are accounts of students bullying one another, sometimes resulting in tragic consequences. Youth Performance Company tackles this tough subject in the original drama, MEAN.  Three stories are covered in this play: a young woman being teased because of her physical appearance, a young man being harassed for his perceived sexual orientation, and a young devout Muslim woman being tormented by her peers because of her faith. MEAN was featured on the WCCO news on Sept. 30 — For show times and tickets — (via Ron Lattin)

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

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. Recent editorial shared in MinnPost. Register here.

October 6 —The Theater of Public Policy” via InCommons at HUGE Theatre in Uptown

October 7 — Giants Steps interactive conference

October 8 — Normandale Community College Foundation “Toast of the Town” -> a series of events where three student teams compete to see who can raise the most money for the foundation. Money raised helps provide scholarship and funding support for academic and outreach programs at Normandale. More information here.

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

October 13-15 — Social Venture Partners International — Annual Conference being held in Minneapolis

October 13 — Social 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

October 14 — “Meet the Engineers” event at U of St Thomas School of Engineer (via Don Craighead)

October 15 — Springboard for the Arts 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

October 20 — Carlson School of Management breakfast series with Pollenite Jim Bernard, SVP, Digital, Star Tribune

October 22 — Minnesota Rising 2011 Un/Conference ->”Building a network for what’s next”

October 22 — Surge for Water — “A Drop of Gold” event at the Minikahda Club

October 24 — MN High Tech Association CEO briefing event with UMN President, Dr. Eric Kaler

October 27 — Scholarship America: Creating Vibrant Futures for 50 Years at B.A.N.K. Restaurant, The Westin Minneapolis. $75/person, celebratory attire requested. “The event will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and our Annual Awards Program and 50th Anniversary Celebration. Our 90-year old founder, Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, will be joining us for the evening. To register/get more information: Please contact Mackenzie Owens, at mowens-at-scholarshipamerica.org.

November 5 — U of MN College of Education & Human Development “Saturday Scholars” event

November 10 — VSA 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 16 — Give to the Max Day 2011 from GiveMN.org! Learn more here.

November 17 — Robotics Alley hosted by ReconRobotics and MN High Tech Association



Mike Frommelt blog post “Losing Employees? Don’t Fall Victim to the Excuse Machine”

Nielsen: State of the Media -> The Social Media Report (via Brian Numainville)

New York Times “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?”

American Refugee Committee is launching I AM A STAR, its global campaign to build awareness and raise funds for Somalia famine relief. Get engaged here: (via Ann Ulring)

Jack Uldrich “Unlearning Possibilities” presentation at TEDx1000Lakes

Mike Frommelt shares thoughts on “Anchoring Culture in Core Values” for the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at University of St. Thomas:

Tom Vellenga “Completing “We'” presentation at TEDx1000Lakes

“10 Things You Must Know About C-Level Decision Makers” by Arik Johnson

The Nonprofit Quarterly, “Community-Engagement-Governance: Systems-Wide Governance in Action”

Fast Company“The Nine Passions of 3M’s Mauro Porcini”

25 historic spots in MN competing in “Partners in Preservation” program for $1M in grants and your votes

“50 Most Powerful Women in Business” from Fortune magazine includes 2 MN execs

“CEOs Need a New Set of Beliefs” via Harvard Business Review blog

“Corporate culture: the view from the top and the bottom” via The Economist

“9 Things Successful People Do Differently” via Harvard Business Review blog

Naked Civics (and fmr VP, Target Corp) founder Nate Garvis on Fox News & Friends talking about political polarization:

Sasha Dichter‘s “The Generosity Experiment” from TED.com

Check out TECHdotMN TV Episode 2: Entrepreneurs FTW 

Pollen Props & Profiles:

Lindsey Brown on her new role as Philanthropy Writer and Donor Stewardship Manager at Presbyterian Homes Foundation

Karen Louise Boothe, recently completed communications and outreach strategies on projects in Guyana and Lebanon. She continues her work in Lebanon in January.

CaringBridge CEO and Founder, Sona Mehring profiled in Star Tribune article by Jackie Crosby (with quote from board member Lars Leafblad):

Kristen Barlow on her promotion to Prospect Researcher at Courage Center

To the Twin Cities RISE! team on being $50,000 recipient of Ashoka Changemakers award:

To Marie Johnson of AUM Cardiovascular, winner of this year’s Minnesota Cup. StarTribune coverage.

To Chris Georgacas, Morris Goodwin and Tammy Mencel for being nominated to serve on the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors effective January 1, 2012.

Hans Thomsen on his new role as Major Gift Manager with Greater Twin Cities United Way

To the 2011-12 HHH School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows incl/ Pollenites Mike Buttry, Valerie Dosland, Rich Fischer, Anika Hagenson, Sona Mehring, Kathleen Houlihan Motzenbecker, Kenna Poppler, and Laurence Reszetar (if we missed someone, please let us know!)

Brian Hobbins and colleagues for their work on Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) filing at Cargill

Minnesota Idea Open Challenge II Champion –> Minnesota FarmWise

Andrew Foxwell for his recognition in this Washington Post article on Congress and social media

Charlotte Preston presented two seminars on nonprofits/small business (jewelers) this summer on cause-related marketing. The links are on the right hand column.



Ameriprise Financial is seeking qualified interns for 2012 for offices in Boston, New York, and Minneapolis. Please send candidate resumes to Ameriprise.Recruiting-at-ampf.com

Additional Information:

Interns must have a 3.3 GPA minimum and proven leadership skills. The focus for interns is undergraduates, typically juniors. School visits are planned for January and February, so students will have another opportunity to apply in early 2012. Ameriprise Financial has offered internships for many years and has a strong record for placing interns in entry-level positions. Many of those interns go on to successful careers with the company. Leaders in several lines of business rely on the program to bring talent into the company. (via Kelly Stratton)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota — Manager, Compensation and Benefits

Carlson Funds Enterprise — Program Associate (via Jerry Caruso and Chris Mayr)

Comcast — State Director, Government Affairs (Minnesota) (via Madeline Koch)

Enterprise Minnesota — Business Growth Consultant (via Nate Duoss)

Minnesota Ag & Rural Leadership Program — new Executive Director (via Dave Chura)

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities — Vice Chancellor for Advancement (via Christine Roberts)

Rochester Area Foundation — new President (via Rebecca Driscoll)

Twin Cities Public Television has many openings in variety of roles in development and media production (via Kelly Groehler and Mary Lahammer)

Twin Cities RISE! — Director of Develompent

University of MN — Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations (search being conducted by Marcia Ballinger, Rebecca Driscoll, and Lars Leafblad)



Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the premier book arts organization in the U.S., is looking for candidates for board service. Senior managers from arts-friendly corporations preferred, but will consider other experience. For more information, contact board member Pam Johnson at pjohnsonsearch-at-gmail.com.

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



Incredible dance performance from “Nonstop” to remixed version of “Pumped Up Kicks” that has achieved 3M+ views in a week.

More from “Nonstop” and his dubstep/breakdancing colleagues in RemoteKontrol troupe:

Bon Iver live show for free via NPR.

Animated adaption of “The Giving Tree” narrated by Shel Silverstein himself

A letter exchange between Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and a fan that will leave you smiling


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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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