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Pollen newsletter Volume 41

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

Pollen vol 41
November 15, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


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Volume 41 Contents:

1)   A special contribution from Pollenite Dana Nelson of

2)   Events

3)   Ideas/Inspiration

4)   Pollen Props

5)   Jobs/Internships

6)   Boards

7)   Fun/Etc.

Tomorrow, November 16, is the Give to the Max Day — the Great Minnesota Give Together. 

As a Pollenite, by definition, you are an engaged, civic-minded connector. And if you are anything like our curator, Lars Leafblad, your email inbox has already exploded with emails from nonprofits asking you to Give to the Max! 

You probably already know why giving on November 16 is such a great deal:

  • You can win a “Golden Ticket” and add $1000 to your donation (or the Super Size Golden Ticket for $10,000!)
  • You can double your dollars by leveraging over $4M in matching funds secured by nonprofits
  • You can help your chosen nonprofits or alma mater land on the leader board and win prize grants

But you’re Pollenites, you already knew that. You serve on nonprofit boards, you’re active alumni, you care about your community. And tomorrow we need you more than ever. One of the greatest values of Give to the Max Day is to expand the audiences for charitable giving. To find people who aren’t normally asked to make charitable contributions and ask — will you give? 

So I ask you, fellow Pollenites, please take a few minutes to look through your contacts and think about who you know who isn’t getting inundated with Give to the Max Day emails. 

Your dentist? Your hairdresser? Your neighbors? Forward them the Give to the Max Day PSA and let Lindsay Whalen, Garrison Keillor, and Owl City ask them to give. And consider these ideas:

  • Take a few minutes to walk around your office or neighborhood and ask people if they have heard of Give to the Max Day and explain why it’s a great day to give.
  • Do you have a meeting, event or gathering on Wednesday, November 16? Start with a quick announcement that today is Give to the Max Day and encourage people to participate.
  • Are your kids in sports or evening activities? Ask other parents if they have heard of Give to the Max Day and explain why it’s a great day to give.
  • And of course…. GIVE to your favorite nonprofits and then tweet and post updates on Facebook throughout the day.

Remember, it is easy and secure to give on — on a computer or mobile device. GiveMN stores all of your online giving in one convenient location so when it’s tax time, you have all of your receipts in one place.

Thank you Pollenites for helping with this historic event. Together we have the power to raise millions of dollars for Minnesota nonprofits in one day.

Remember to check out Pollen LinkedIn and Facebook pages tomorrow for fun Give to the Max Day trivia and to win a GiveMN Giving card! (via Dana Nelson)



November 152011 Dialogue for Peace

November 16 Give to the Max Day 2011

A great PSA for Give to the Max Day 2011 (from Owl City to Lindsay Whalen to Garrison Keillor, check it out here)

November 16Ashoka Solutions Forum (an evening presentation by innovative social entrepreneurs, followed by a community cocktail reception) — Wed 11/16 @ 7:30pm — Minnesota Public Library

November 17 — French-American Chamber of Commerce Festival of Wines

November 17 — Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hour Event at Thom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen

November 17 — The LEAD Project Harvest Happy Hour at Bar Lurcat

November 19 — Minneapolis District Charter Compact School Leadership Summit

November 20TEDxTC Play, Learn, Build & Share event featuring several Pollenites including Solome Tibubu and Greg Tehven.

November 20 — “The Wisest of Investments” a presentation by Art Rolnick

Senior Fellow & Co-Director, Human Capital Research Collaborative, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 11:30 am — 12:30 pm Linden Hills United Church of Christ 4200 Upton Ave South, Minneapolis. Free and open to the public. On-site childcare will be provided.

November 30 — MAP TechWorks Happy Hour at Honey

December 1 — MN Adoption Resource Network Gala

The MARN gala includes a silent auction (hot air balloon ride, tickets to Ordway, and more…), wine tasting, entertainment, and most importantly, it is an opportunity to meet some of the youth who we represent and to hear their stories. Our Giving Tree at the gala allows contributions to purchase holiday requests from foster children and older youth. To purchase tickets and attend go to our secure site here. (via Chris Tiedeman)

December 1 Chamber 101 by Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce 3 — 4 p.m.

December 1 — Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce YPro Holiday Celebration 5:30 — 8:30 p.m.

December 4 — Youth Frontiers Integenerational Women’s Brunch: Choosing to Respect Our Authentic Selves. Sunday, Dec 4 at noon-2 p.m. at Calhoun Beach Club. To RSVP email Mindy at

December 6 — Carlson School of Management First Tuesday with UMN President Dr. Eric Kaler

December 8 — Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Open House

December 10 — Thinkers & Makers is excited to announce that the fifth workshop in the Strategy for Good series will be held on December 10th, 2011 at the ST PAUL location of CoCo. We’re looking for ad folks, creative thinkers and business minds to join our teams of strategists, and for non-profits and other socially responsible organizations who would like a little FREE branding/marketing/media help from us.

The format this time around will include some presentations from experts in social media and community outreach as well as brainstorm and workshop time for marketing and branding issues such as ideas for fundraising and earned income.

Interested? Sign up for our newsletter, check our our new website to see the full details and then register for the workshop! 

Any other questions, please email

February 4, 2012 — Save the date for the Second Annual Yinghua Academy Lantern Festival Gala featuring the music of DJ Jake Rudh and the New Standards (via Maren Leafblad)


 Pollen visits with MN business and civic leader Karen Himle about leadership, talent, and civic capacity building in Minnesota and beyond. Notes from their conversation.

“Who really runs your company? Keyhubs can help you find out” via The Line.

“Why Competing Through Culture Matters More Than Ever” — Chief Executive magazine

“The Path to Peak Performance” from Harvard Business Review (via Peg Birk)

TEDxBloomington “The Happiness Advantage” (via Jack Uldrich)

Booz & Co. “Social Media & Marketing 2011” report (via Andrew Eklund)

Same Game, Same Players, Same Results: Engaging with the Political Machine” — by Cat Beltmann

The Priceless Path to Press Buzz — Why Relationships Matter” by Vikas Narula of Keyhubs

Occupy the Business Model” by Tim Morin

The Real Lessons from Steve Jobs’ Career” from Chief Executive magazine

The Resume is Dead, The Bio is King” via The 99%

13 Crowdfunding Sites for Social Enterprise” via The Nonprofit Quarterly

Be Your Own Hero” by Nilofer Merchant in HBR blog

Daniel Pink has 4 questions for author of “The Rare Find” on how to find great talent


Pollen Props:

To Pollenites Nicholas Banovetz, Jeff Bauer, and Megan Leafblad on their recognition (along with MN Twin Michael Cuddyer) as part of the “Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans” by the Minnesota Jaycees

To the TEDxUMN team on their inaugural event

To Jeremiah Program on their new website

Melissa Palank on her profile in University of St. Thomas alumni magazine

To the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management on being ranked #1 Best MBA Job Placement program in 2011 by BusinessWeek

Gene Rebeck on his new blog for Twin Cities Business focused on the design industry: “The Other Thing” 

To the Works Progress team on their latest venture — “A Public Thing

Mike Zipko on his recognition as 2011Volunteer of the Year by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Al Coleman Jr.’s book receives coverage on

Nena Street will be board chair of the Citizens League during their 60th anniversary year in 2011-2012

Daniel S. Johnson on his new role as VP, Public Policy & Mission Advancement with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Minnesota Chapter.

Karen Louise Boothe, based in Minneapolis, recently completed an assignment in Lebanon and now is in Kyrgyzstan on a USAID project: Strategic Communications and Civic Engagement.

To MinnPost on their new logo (special props to designer extraordinaire Corey L. Anderson)

Chandra Kavati on her new role as VP of Development for The Family Partnership

To the new Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce board members for 2012: Brian McClung (McClung Communications and PR), Bill Coleman (Symantec), Kelly Larson (Summit Brewing), Tammy Mencel (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal), David Quigg (Wells Fargo), Lenny Russo (Heartland Restaurant), Tom Whaley (Saint Paul Saints), Andrea Satter (Coffee House Press) and Ingrid Christensen (INGCO International 

Anna Kucera on her promotion to Director, Marketing and Public Relations with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter. 

Dan Wade on his piece being published in

We are thrilled to announce that, in recognition of her decades of service to the nonprofit community, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will recognize Pollenite and longtime Project SUCCESS board member Karla Ekdahl as Minnesota’s 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser at the Philanthropy Day Awards Event on Friday, November 18.
As part of KARE 11’s 11.11.11 Day of Sharing, Project SUCCESS was selected as one of eleven non-profit organizations to participate in a public vote to win an $11,000 grant.  Please vote on KARE 11’s Facebook Page daily, now through Give to the Max Day, Wednesday, November 16, and help Project SUCCESS serve 11,600 kids this year!


“Church: Dr. of Administration. This position is set to be part time and oversees a total budget of $6million — 1.3million is operating. The responsibilities include managing Staff, Facilities, IT, Finance and is involved with outreach. The comp range is $45 — 75K plus benefits. The denomination is Methodist. This position directly reports to the Head Minister. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Jodi Standke at 952-767-1231 or” (via Jodi Standke)

“I’m looking for someone to play a supporting role in my day-to-day work. Part assistant, part proofreader, part researcher. Here is a list of things they would have helped me with today:

• research the popular price points of a class of ebooks on

• create some articles in WordPress

• test the rendering of HTML emails in Windows

• some quick QA on a development site

Ideally, this person is; early in their career, curious about how the how the web works, and has a passion for being organized. for more. Thanks — Garrick van Buren” (via Garrick van Buren)

Generate Companies — Member Services Director (via Uri Neren and Aaron Street)

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

Minneapolis College of Art & Design — Vice President of Academic Affairs (via Megan Leafblad)

Yinghua Academy — Executive Director (via Lars Leafblad)

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies — Program Officer, Arts Education

The Minneapolis Foundation – Human Resources Manager


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


Murmuration video (don’t want to give it away but it’s related to nature):

Branding 10,000 Lakes (thanks David Gillette and TPT”s Almanac for the heads-up!)

Notorious B.I.G. calms down screaming baby

More incredible breakdancing….


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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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