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Pollen newsletter Volume 39

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 39
October 17, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search



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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 39 Contents:

 1)     Events

2)     Ideas/Inspiration

3)     Pollen Props

4)     Jobs/Internships

5)     Boards

6)     Fun/Etc.


October 17 — Minneapolis Parks Foundation fundraiser w/ Wise Acre Eatery

October 18 — Small Business Survival Summit w/ MN Sec of State Mark Ritchie

October 18 — Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce YPro & Mpls St Paul Business Journal “What Makes a 40 under Forty?” happy hour event:

October 19 — “That Used to Be Us” event of MOJO MN & Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at UMN

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

October 20 — Peter Hutchinson at “The Theater of Public Policy” at HUGE Theater in Uptown speaks on “The New Normal”

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 24 — Minneapolis Foundation “Fourth Generation” 2011-12 Launch event at Northern Clay Center with Dean Phillips, President and CEO of Phillips Distilling Company and Trustee of Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation

October 24 — CoMinnesota Co-op Day with MN Sec of State Mark Ritchie

October 24 — MinnPost Asks, “Twin Cities 2041 — What Lies Ahead?” Steve Berg will interview Susan Haigh, Metropolitan Council Chair, and Michael Langley, CEO of the new organization Greater MSP. 

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

October 31 — Public Affairs Series of Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce — lunch program w/ Susan Haigh, Metropolitan Council Chair, will discuss “The Metropolitan Council and the Future of the Twin Cities Region”

November 1 — Non-Profit Young Professionals Group lunch event

November 2 — TORCH Community “What’s Your Story?” event

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

November 5 — AC Johnson Photography Lake Superior Art Show benefitting DesignWise Medical

November 7 — MinnPost’s fourth Birthday party will feature appetizers, drinks, a silent auction and more. Tickets here.

November 8 — Carlson School of Management “First Tuesday” with John Stumpf, Pres/CEO/Chairman of Wells Fargo

November 9 — Citizens League 2011 Civic Celebration

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 11 — “Celebrate the Journey” dinner and fundraiser for ThreeSixty Journalism celebrating 10 year anniversary:

November 12 — Jeremiah Program Bullfrog Bash and Late Night Leap gala

November 12 — The Works museum grand opening

November 15 — Economic Club of MN hosting event with Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst

November 15 — 2011 Dialogue for Peace event

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

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



Read about the recent work (and current searches) of Pollenites Marcia Ballinger, Rebecca Driscoll, Mike Frommelt, Lars Leafblad, and Bob Schoenbaum at KeyStone Search in their quarterly client update, “Culture Matters” via this link.

Learn more about the 2011 Give to the Max Day on November 16th

Congrats to Common Grounds and the Bush Foundation on their new partnership effort this fall!

Learn more via Pollenite Leah Lundquist here

Read about current Common Grounds cohort

Learn more about United Front initiative of Greater Twin Cities United Way

Steve Jobs “How To Live Before You Die” speech

Great ideas on “how to manage your personal brand online” via Geek Girls Guide

Special welcome to new Pollen member, Nilofer Merchant. Follow her work here

Learn more about “Fourth Generation” initiative of Minneapolis Foundation in this video and see how many Pollenites you can recognize!

Good nonprofit/philanthropy counsel from “The Good Counsel” blog of Toscano Advisors

Steve Jobs “Oral History” transcript from 1995 (via Jeff Heegaard)

The Qualitative Manifesto” by Tom Osenton

NY TimesGDP Doesn’t Measure Happiness

TechdotMN TV Episode 6 now available

MinnPost has launched its fall sustaining member campaign! Join Bill Moyers, Vin Weber and Lars Leafblad and several other Pollenites in becoming a member…..(via Stephanie Johnson)

Carlson School of Management launches new Carlson Global Institute

“What it Means Today to be ‘Connected'” by Lucy Marcus in Harvard Business Review blog

New University of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Kaler, in cover story of Twin Cities Business“Can Eric Kaler Retool the Engine?”

Tom Friedman in NY Times “Something’s Happening Here”

Betsy Buckley in Minnesota Business, “Ask Yourself First” blog post

Andrew Eklund in Twin Cities Business “Are We Entering a Post-Advertising Age?”

The MBTI Personalities visualized as a Subway Map

15 Learnings on “networking” by Pollenite Lars Leafblad 

The United Way has set out on an important and ambitious project to support social enterprises in the Twin Cities. They have asked Engine for Social Innovation to start by helping to define what a social enterprise is and then to find all of the social enterprises operating in the Twin Cities. We are working on this project in collaboration with Social Venture Partners and Social Enterprise Alliance to cast a wide net.

Please see click this link to help us identify organizations doing important work and help the United Way foster the social enterprise movement in the Twin Cities. Also, there is an incentive – we will draw five names from those who respond to each win a case of Finnegans Irish Amber! (via Jim Delaney)

Pollen Props & Profiles:

Michelle Geo Olmstead on her new role as Campaign Director for Breck School

Meghan Murphy Suszynski, Jamie Millard, and Regan Smith of Paper Darts on their interview with METRO magazine

To the 2011 Leadership Saint Paul cohort!

Katrina Zabinski on her participation as a 2011-12 HHH Policy Fellow

To the Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation on their rebranding as Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Richard Proudfit, the founder of Kids Against Hunger and Feed My Starving Children to be featured on KARE 11 on Oct 20 at 10:00 pm.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell on her new role as President of the Wal-Mart Foundation

Pollenite and St. Olaf grad Paul Minkler on his engagement to Staci Fick

To the 20 named as “Leaders on the Rise” by MN Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Chuck Swensson on his new role as President of Morsekode

Lars Leafblad joins Advisory Board

Jennifer Foth on her new role as Planned Giving Officer with

Bill Sternberg on his new role as Vice President, Philanthropic Services with the Minneapolis Foundation

GreaterMSP on launching with a bang

Megan Leafblad on her new role as Assistant Director, International Programs for Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD)

Nate Garvis on being the featured TEDxTalk for his presentation at TEDxTC:

To the WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx!

Nathan Magel on his new role with The Brand Lab as program director



American Public Media — Director of Development Services (via Jen Hanlon Ash)

Hammer Residences, Inc. — CEO (via Mike Frommelt and Lars Leafblad)

InCommons — Interactive Coordinator (via Lars Leafblad)

Minneapolis College of Art & Design — Advancement Intern (unpaid) (via Lars Leafblad)

Minnesota Education Corps — Program Coordinator (via Christine Fankhanel)

Minnesota State Fair Foundation — Associate Director of Development (via Lars Leafblad)

MinnPost — Web Producer (via Jordan Hansen)

People Serving People — Director of Development (via Lars Leafblad)

Teach for America — Twin Cities seeks Director, Growth Strategy & Development (via Daniel Sellers)

University of Minnesota Alumni Association — VP, Outreach (via Phil Esten)

Works Progress — Project Assistant (via Colin Kloecker)

Yinghua Academy — Executive Director (via Lars Leafblad)



Community Shares of MN seeks board members (via Kate Cimino)

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition seeks board members (via Parker Mullins)

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 (via Pam Johnson)

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



Pollen uniform suggestion by Frank Steck

Autumn in northern MN via Duluth News-Tribune

Apple’s “The Crazy Ones” ad narrated by Steve Jobs

Pictures of “Scared Bros At A Haunted House”


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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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