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Pollen newsletter Volume 42

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.

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Pollen vol 42
December 1, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


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Volume 42 Contents:

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


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

December 6 — “Citizenship in a Sound Bite Era” at Macalester College with World Savvy & MN Humanities Center

December 7 — Lori Jacobwith workshop “Sustainable Strategies” for non-profits

December 8 — Open Conversation on the MN Marriage Amendment with Rep. John Kriesel and Rep. Tim Kelly at Shamrocks in Saint Paul

December 8 — WomenVenture 1st Annual Client Showcase [PDF]

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)


KeyStone Search and The Line launch “Faces of Leadership” collaboration

Lars Leafblad notes on “The Rare Find: Spotting exceptional talent before everyone else” by George Anders

Harvard Business Review’s “Thinkers50” -> World’s top 50 business thinkers

A career counselor puts his skills to the test and shares results in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Media’s Twitter use is mostly one way

National Geographic photo collection of “Japan’s Nuclear Refugees”

Phil Miller’s (of Carlson School of Management) Career Blog

Outgoing CEO of the Blandin Foundation, Jim Hoolihan, shares his insights on leadership

Daniel Goleman in Harvard Business Review “The Must-Have Leadership Skill”

2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellows

10 Awesome Inspirational Manifestos (via Dan Wallace)

“The Entrepreneurial Generation” in New York Times

“Social entrepreneurship and the next generation of giving” in Washington Post

Bill George editorial “Extraordinary collaboration can rebuild Minnesota Miracle”

“What ever happened to the Twin Cities?” by Steve Berg

When Einstein wrote to Gandhi (via Letters of Note)

“How technology can improve political dialogue” – Andrew Foxwell speaking at Vanderbilt University

Lee Schafer covers innovation in MN non-profits with Kate Barr and others

Gratitude from “Leadership & Community’ blog

Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers

Worth magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People in Finance” (includes St. Olaf College alumna Gretchen Morgenson at #99)

Leonardo da Vinci’s to-do list (via NPR)

Minneapolis entrepreneurial community gets recognition in USA Today by way of CoCoMSP

Lars Leafblad shares 21 insights he’s gained from four years of conducting executive interviews and networking meetings

Minnesota Business seeks nominations for “Top 50 Marketers of the Year”

“Social commerce with a conscience”

Minnesota Public Health Association: Minnesota’s independent voice of public health for over 100 years seeks new members (via Guthrie Byard)

“The Minnesota Public Health Association is a professional association for people interested in promoting and protecting the public’s health. We are an affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and have been around since 1907. Our membership is diverse in background, geography, and expertise. We work in many sectors, and our members range in experience from students to retirees.

Benefits include networking, advocacy and leadership opportunities, educational and professional development through forums, conferences and other community events, and involvement through committee work or meeting attendance.

MPHA Website
MPHA November 2011 Newsletter
Membership Application

Great stocking stuffer idea from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN (via Brian Lucas)

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Awards seek nominations:

There are three categories in which you can nominate a volunteer —

HOBY Outstanding Youth Award: An award given to an outstanding Minnesota youth, 13 to 18 years old, who has a consistent track record of volunteerism and clearly demonstrates a sense of social responsibility. This teen does not have to be a HOBY alumnus.

HOBY Outstanding Community Leadership Award: Given to an adult who makes a difference in the lives of youth, with a focus on developing leadership and integrity in children. This person can work with children of any age — from infants all the way up to high school kids. The nominee must be 18 years of age or older and does not have to be a HOBY alumnus.

Outstanding HOBY Alumnus Award: An award given to a HOBY alumnus who continues to give back to his/her community. This person must be a HOBY alum but does not need to be an alumnus of the Minnesota program.

You can go online to make your nomination. You may also fill out the nomination form and mail it to: HOBY Nominations, 3058 Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis MN 55418.  

Nominations are due December 31! This year’s awards dinner will take place March 10, 2012, at Saint Paul Student Center, U of M Saint Paul Campus – North Star Ballroom. Winners will be notified by February 1. All nominees will be recognized at the dinner and are encouraged to attend. We’d also like to invite representatives from your organization to attend.

(via Jim Tincher)

Pollen Props:

To the entire team on helping raise $13.4M+ for Minnesota based non-profits!

Trisha Reinwald on her new position as Director of Member Services with MACC Commonwealth

Martin Wera on his new role as Community Relations Manager with Ameriprise

Cullen Sheehan on new role [PDF] with Lockridge Grindal Nauen on their State Government Relations team

Kate O’Reilly on news she will begin a new column for Metro magazine “Ask CleverKate: Living Modern Life Well”

Gene Rebeck on his new blog “The Other Thing” in Twin Cities Business about the design industry in MN

To the MCAD community on their 2011 MCAD Art Sale which raised $223,000 from 4,700 attendees

Greg Tehven, Solome Tibebu and fellow TEDxTC presenters at most recent TEDxTC event

Becky Ewert and Morsekode for honors in Print magazine design awards and to the other MN design firms/designers recognized: (via Gene Rebeck blog “The Other Thing”)

The Minnesota Jaycees proudly recognizes a select group of young leaders with the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans and Outstanding Young Farmers Awards. The honorees will be recognized at a special awards celebration held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders who have made major contributions to our state through volunteer service, community involvement, singular expertise, innovative thought or entrepreneurship. TOYM honorees reflect the vast diversity of young people making a difference in the community through business, nonprofit and community organizations, education or government service.

Started in 1950, past honorees include U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Marlene Johnson, Congressmen Tim Penny and Martin Sabo, television journalists Jason DeRusha and Jason Matheson; meteorologist Paul Douglas, Vikings’ linebacker Matt Blair, and Twins’ outfielder Dave Winfield.

Kate Madonna Hindes, Joel Carlson, and Erica Mayer profiled in piece by Julio Ojeda-Zapata

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Learn more about each 2011 TOYM Honoree by watching their video:

Jeffrey P. Bauer, The Family Partnership, Minneapolis

Nicholas Banovetz,  Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now, Saint Paul

Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis

Megan Leafblad, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis

Nekima Levy-Pounds, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Brooklyn Park

Savannah Leyde, Little People’s Daycare, South Saint Paul

Kari Mitchell, Charity Events of Minnesota, Rosemount

Ross Alan Monten, U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer, Apple Valley

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Ni Suphavong, Jade Logistics, Eagan

Ryan Thomas, Snowshark Publications, Bemidji

Several Pollenites recognized in the Twin Cities Business 2011 “200 Minnesotans You Should Know”

Don Ball/Kyle Coolbroth – CoCoMSP

Brad Brown — Social Venture Partners MN

Scott Burns — GovDelivery

Lynn Casey — Padilla Speer Beardsley

Jay Coogan – MCAD

Andrew Eklund — Ciceron

Kristina Halvorson – BrainTraffic

Matt Hemsley — LEAD Project

Peter Hutchinson — Bush Foundation

Margaret Anderson Kelliher – MHTA

Joel Kramer —

Rick Kupchella — Bring Me the News

Lars Leafblad — KeyStone Search & Pollen

Brad Lehrman/Ernest Grumbles — MOJO Minnesota

Jeremy Lenz — BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota

Sona Mehring —

Dana Nelson – GiveMN

Uri Neren — Generate Companies

Blois Olson — Tunheim Partners

Jeff Pesek/Mike Bollinger — Tech.MN

Jen Ford Reedy — Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Joe Selvaggio – MicroGrants

Kathy Tunheim — Tunheim Partners

Kai Worrell — Worrell Design

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Paula Prahl on her new role on the senior management team of Data Recognition Corporation where she will lead marketing and communications

Scott Hippert on his new role as President & CEO of Parents as Teachers (PAT) National Center in St. Louis, MO

Cynthia Piette helped organize a flash mob -> “In an effort to have a fun public health awareness campaign, the American Lung Association in Minnesota hosted the COPD Flash Mob Sunday November 13, 2011 at the Rosedale Shopping Center in Caribou Plaza. Over 50 flash mobbers sang and danced to a COPD rendition of the YMCA. Here is the link.

Jill N. Johnson being named a “Top Woman in Finance” by Finance & Commerce magazine

Darla Nemec of on being named CFO-of-the-Year in the non-profit category by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Neighborhood House on receiving the Deubener Small Business Award from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC)

Kathryn Lohre on her installation as the 2nd youngest president ever of the National Council of Churches

Andrew Eklund, Gary Smaby, B. Kristine Johnson, and Lars Leafblad recognized as “Oles in Business” by St. Olaf College


Carlson Family Foundation seeks Program Officer (via Curt Nelson)

Comcast hiring several positions in Government Affairs (via Emmett Coleman)

Director, Government Affairs

Sr Manager, Government Affairs

Integrative Growth — Project Manager (via Carmen Baker Lemay)

KeyStone Search — Internship (paid) to expand marketing/communication efforts (via Lars Leafblad/Mike Frommelt)

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies — Program Officer, Arts Education

The Minneapolis Foundation — Human Resources Manager

Minnesota Jaycees – Executive Director

“Employee Strategies, Inc (ESI) is looking to hire a new Organization Development Consultant to join our great team. In this full or part time position, you will engage our clients through onsite embedded assignments or during various projects and opportunities in the areas of change management, project management, and organization development.

The successful applicant will have 3-5 years of progressive HR experience in the above areas and must be adaptable to changing priorities and work environments. Someone who is collaborative by nature but able to work independently will thrive in this role.

This position offers a base compensation package that also lets you monetarily share in the success of working with our clients. To learn more about ESI, please visit our website. If you are interested in adding your strengths to the ESI team, please send resume and salary expectations to EOE” (via J. Forrest)

Internship opportunity with Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).


Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies seeks board members. Pollen member Cathy Schmidt chairs the nominating committee would welcome inquiries at or 763-258-6667.

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


“Welcome to Greater MSP” video from GreaterMSP (save this for mid-February viewing!)

Jimi Hendrix shares notes on what he wants album cover for “Electric Ladyland” to look like

Bon Iver’s new video for “Holocene” filmed at Gooseberry State Park in MN

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Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search