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Pollen newsletter Volume 43

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 43
December 15, 2011
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search



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Volume 43 Contents:

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

December 16th — Social Media Breakfast #42 “Entrepreneurship”
Featuring Kareem Ahmed, Sarah Burt, Davis, Meghan McAndrews, and Kate O’Reilly. Moderated by Don Ball. Learn more and buy your ticket(s).

February 4, 2012 — Save the date for the Second Annual Yinghua Academy Lantern Festival Gala & Silent Auction featuring the music of DJ Jake Rudh and The New Standards. (Via Lars and Maren Leafblad) Tickets now available for purchase online.

David Gee “Great Talent Isn’t Hard to Find” in StaffingTalk.com

Help eliminate the achievement gap in Saint Paul by supporting Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation where your gifts will be doubled through December 31 thanks to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

Minnesota Business magazine seeks nominations for:

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal seeks nominations for 2012 “40 Under Forty”

A different kind of holiday gift idea -> giving cards from GiveMN.org 

Forbes Impact 30: 30 Top Social Entrepreneurs

Futurist and Pollenite Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2012

Your Use of Pronouns Reveals Your Personality” from Harvard Business Review (via Ruth Sylte)

 Creativity is a force multiplier” retiring president of BBDO, Denny Haley, visits with Star Tribune

Greater Twin Cities United Way launched Give5Now to help end poverty for Twin Cities’ children

Playworks seeks your nominations for “Most Playful CEO 2012”

Why I Hire People Who Fail” in Harvard Business Review

Grassroots Solutions seeks nominations for “Organizer of the Year”

 Lessons learned while pushing for pre-school” by Duane Benson in Star Tribune

20 Insights from the Retained Executive Search Business” by David Gee w/ Lars Leafblad in StaffingTalk.com

The best of TED 2011

A Roadmap to a Life That Matters” via Umair Haque in Harvard Business Review blog

Foreign PolicysThe Wisdom of the Smart Crowd

The Economist obituary of master watchmaker George Daniels

Pollenites Stacy Becker, Beth McMullen, & Eric Schubert part of conversation w/ Lori Sturdevant in Star Tribune for “Older Minnesotans need a new way to afford care

New York Times three part series on the life and death of former MN Wild player Derek Boogaard

The Economist on reinvention of MBA curriculum

The 45 most powerful photos of 2011

The Chronicle of PhilanthropyHelping Nonprofits Benefit From Fresh Ideas

Brian Lucas shares “Holiday Wish List” for Minnesota public policymakers

McKinsey & Co. “How social technologies are extending the organization

Nilofer Merchant “What Ideas Are You Fighting For?

How Dungeons & Dragons Shaped Me Professionally — part 1” by Driss Zouak

Pollenite Sen. Geoff Michel shares what he believes will grow Minnesota’s economy in the Star Tribune

Can the People’s House become a social platform for the people?” (via Andrew Foxwell)

Donate your time by volunteering with one of many options profiled by HandsOn Twin Cities

The most read piece on Harvard Business Review blog in the last 30 days “I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore” by Dan Pallotta

Looking for an informative and fun activity over the holidays? Check out Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and experience The 1968 Exhibit. (via Dave Kelliher)

Pollen Props:
Mary-Margaret Zindren on her role as new Executive Director of the Hennepin County Bar Association

Devin Driscoll on announcement he will be leading President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Rhode Island

Emy Johnson on her appointment to the board of the Shoreview Economic Development Authority

Cyndi Lesher on her new role as Executive VP & CAO of SheerWind, Inc.

Chris Ganzlin on her new role as Vice President for Girls and Youth at YWCA of Minneapolis.

Michelle Edgerton, new Director of Development for Twin Cities RISE!

Marcia Ballinger singled out for her approach and philosophy to connecting and helping others

Nils (& Alyssa) Snyder on the birth of their daughter Mette

Terra Cole on announcing her candidacy for State Rep in MN House District 58B

To the five finalists announced for the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Ben Tregoe on his new job as SVP, Business Development with Nanigans

Mike Linnemann on his new role as Associate Art Coordinator for Fantasy Flight Games

To the many Pollenites featured in Twin Cities Business200 Minnesotans You Should Know

To the 2011 “Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans” honored by Minnesota Jaycees

Robyn Schein mentioned in Metro magazine piece on family philanthropy

 Nate Garvis on role as “Social Innovator in Residence” at Babson College’s The Lewis Institute

CoCo on being recognized in Inc. magazine “6 Reasons to Build Your Start-up in a Coworking Space

Jason Rohloff on his new role as Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations at the University of Minnesota

Kim McGuire and other new reporters at the Star Tribune (via David Brauer)

Andrew Foxwell on being mentioned in Roll Call for “Political Campaigning Enters Age of Technology

American Public Media/MPR has numerous internships and full-time openings in Saint Paul

Bentz Whaley Flessner — Senior Analyst

Graphic Measures International, LTD — Vendor Service Specialist (via Lisa Curtin)

Hazelden seeks Social Media/Community Manager (via Lars Leafblad)

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation — Senior Program Officer

Modern Survey seeks Software Support Specialist and .NET Developer (via Marcia Ballinger)

Minnesota Business magazine — part-time Assistant Editor (via Sheri O’Meara)

Qualified editorial candidates should email resume, letter & three samples to sheri.omeara-at-tigeroak.com

The Minneapolis Club — Development Director (via Margaret Leto)

Minnesota Recovery Connection seeks Director of Development (via Nell Hurley)

Opportunity Partners — Vice President, Human Resources (via Marcia Ballinger)

Padilla Speer Beardsley seeks Director of Research and Insights

University of Minnesota — College of Liberal Arts — Development Officer

EDIT (Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. Together.) seeks board members

Interested prospects should contact Molly Seaver, chair, board of directors — molly@edittheworld.org

Emergency Foodshelf Network seeks 2 board members with operations and marketing backgrounds

Minnesota Center for Book Arts seeks board members

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

Pollenite Nels Leafblad and friends “The Sota Boys” release new holiday tune “Christmas Forever”

500,000+ views of Carlson School of Management’s flash mob rendition of “Deck the Halls”

DJ Steve Porter “Tim Tebow — All He Does Is Win” mash-up

Will Ferrell’s free ads for Old Milwaukee in Davenport, IA

Reminder to connect with Pollen on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
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Happy Holidays
Pollen will be taking a break for the holidays and will return to our regular publishing schedule beginning January 15, 2012. Have a great end to 2011 and wonderful holiday season! Thanks again for being part of Pollenation!!

Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search



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