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Pollen newsletter Volume 44

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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Volume 44 Contents:

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

January 12 — Please join Breakthrough Saint Paul and other community members committed to closing the achievement gap for a discussion with Teach For America President, Matt Kramer. Matt will share a brief historical perspective on the nation's movement toward educational equity and provide an overview of the work that is being done today toward that end. All individuals and groups from all professional sectors are invited to ask questions and share their perspectives. Registration and additional information.

January 12 — EDIT youth present "Of Sadness and Hope: Images from the Northside Tornado" Photography Exhibit at U of M UROC Gallery at open house from 5 to 7 p.m.

January 12 — 4th Annual Long-Term Care Financing Solutions (PDF) — experts from Minnesota and across the nation will gather to tackle one of the most complicated and important challenges we face: how to pay for long-term care. All are welcome to join the discussion, which will focus on new data, trends in public attitudes and a look at the most promising public policy solutions out there today. The event is co-sponsored by Aging Services of MN, the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the HHH School, and AARP Minnesota.

January 18 — GenYWCA Happy Hour — Uptown Cafeteria

January 19 — GreenBiz Forum 2012

January 22 — Prof. Mark Seeley: Climate Trends and Climate Change in Minnesota: A Review

Community Speaker Forum — Linden Hills United Church of Christ 11:30-12:30 pm (via Keiko Veasey)

January 25 — Citizens League Emerging Leaders "Civic Trivia Happy Hour". 5:30–7:30 p.m., Sweeney's Saloon. Join the Citizens League for some MN Civic Trivia on January 25 at Sweeney’s Saloon in St. Paul. Show off your knowledge of all things Minnesota while meeting and networking with other Citizens League members. This Happy Hour is hosted by the Emerging Leaders Committee and is open to all current and potential Citizens League members. New members are encouraged to attend!
No registration is required. For more information contact Cat Beltmann at cbeltmann[at] or 651-293-0575.

January 26 — Minnesotans United for All Families fundraiser at Orchestra Hall (via Matt Lewis)

January 27 — Social Media Breakfast — #43 "Public Media". 8–10 a.m at Twin Cities Public Television. Moderated by Phil Wilson. Panelists: David Brauer (MinnPost), John Daenzer (tpt), Jonathan Kealing (PRI), Mary Lahammer (tpt), John Moe (APM/MPR), Julia Schrenkler (APM/MPR).

January 27 — Young Nonprofit Professionals Network — Twin Cities and Theater of Public Policy present "Sunshine and Showers: A Nonprofit Forecast for 2012". 8–10 p.m. at Lowry Lab Theatre — 350 St. Peter Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Guests include Marcia Avner of MN Council of Nonprofits and Sheila Smith of MN Center for the Arts.

January 28 — PACER Rocks 4 Kids gala event. More info on Facebook page.

February 4 — 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.

February 18 — LEAD Project's "A Toast to LEAD" — 5 Year Anniversary Party — Le Meridien Chambers Hotel

March 3 — St. Olaf College Black & Gold Gala

March 3 — Minnesota's World Savvy Challenge

April 20 — Save the date for an event with Margaret Wheatley at Loyola Spirituality Center (via Lisa Negstad)

Pollen included in Daniel Pink's "More newsletters worth reading" blog post.

Pollenite Nate Garvis TEDxTC talk "Change our culture, change our world" was selected by editors of to be featured on the homepage.

"22 Game-Changing Job-Search Tips from a Recruiter" by Lars Leafblad on

Jim Toscano writes on "The Ten 'Must' Agreements Between Boards and Executive Directors"

Joe Nathan commentary in Star Tribune on education as "letter of the day"

Nominations for "40 under Forty 2012" due January 16th for Mpls. St Paul Business Journal

"Minnesota: The Land of 10,000 Ideas" by Doug Spong in Star Tribune

Vikas Narula of Keyhubs "Networks eat strategy for breakfast….everyday"

Nominate a MN company for the "MN Business Ethics Award". Nominations due 1/27!

Bush Foundation now seeking applicants for Bush Fellowship program

Laura Zabel of Springboard for the Arts, "Love Something. Do Something."

Joanne Henry's "365 Days of Thanks" blog

The Line "2011: The Year of Coopetition" featuring CoCoMSP, GreaterMSP, Project Skyway et al

Volunteers needed for World Savvy Challenge on March 3rd

"Help Wanted", Tom Friedman in New York Times on collaborative leadership

Gov. Arne Carlson "Bedford Falls or Pottersville" in

Adaobi Okolue "Innovate or Die: The Fight to Establish A Culture of New Thinking" in Young Nonprofit Professionals of Twin Cities blog

Mike Frommelt visits with David Gee in on "Five Question Friday"

Peter Hutchinson stepping away from the Bush Foundation

David Gee "Great Talent Isn't Hard to Find"

"What Young Leaders Want" via Harvard Business Review

"Planning For Your Recruitment" by Lars Leafblad

"Meet the 2011 Innovation Agents"Fast Company

Beth Kanter "Thank You To the Max: Minnesota Give to Max Day" blog post

Pollenite & American Idol contestant Nels Leafblad seeks investors via Kickstarter to produce his 1st EP

"Minnesota's nonprofits are in survival mode" — Patrick Kennedy & Neil St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Forbes publishes numerous "30 under 30" lists in various industries

Brene Brown talk "The Power of Vulnerability"

"11 Best Business Books of 2011" by Todd Sattersten

"5 Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012" via Harvard Business Review

"The Joy of Quiet" by Pico Iyer in New York Times

"5 Stories from 2011 That Will Keep Giving Us Headaches in 2012" — Tom Horner

Colle + McVoy Pres/CEO Christine Fruechte visits with "The Corner Office" in New York Times

"Minnesota's political parties are facing big changes, big challenges" by Cyndy Brucato
"Moving on" by Peter C. Hutchinson of Bush Foundation on his recent decision to step away from the foundation

Pollen Props
Tim Huebsch on his profile in Maple Grove magazine for his leadership contributions in the community

Jen Hanlon Ash on her promotion to Director, Talent Acquisition for American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio

Irene Fernando of STLF for her profile in MinnPostYPN

Sue Berg on her new role as Executive Director of Yinghua Academy

Rep. John Kriesel on being named Lavender's "Person of the Year". Rep. Kriesel's speech on MN House floor regarding the gay marriage amendment

MayKao Hang on her appointment to the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

JoAnn Sturmer on her new role as president of the Rochester Area Foundation

Bridget Ulrich on her recognition in Plymouth magazine for her "Volun-tweeting"

Kate O'Reilly on her new column for Metro magazine — "On Living Modern Life Well". Connect with her on her FB page as well

Paper Darts — Jamie Millard, Regan Smith, and Meghan Suszynski — on being named "Smartest Website" by Mpls. St. Paul magazine

Rep. John Kriesel named one of the Politics in Minnesota "Politicos of the Year"

Jim Meffert on his new role as Executive Director of the Jefferson Center (PDF)

Jen Westpfahl is the new social media editor at Pioneer Press

Tom Basquill and Cat Beltmann on their leadership contributions to the YNPN-TC board!

To Don Ball, Kyle Coolbroth, Jeff Heegaard, Kate O'Reilly and entire CoCo community on this recognition in Star Tribune

Kara McGuire on her seven years as personal finance columnist for Star Tribune and on her new role with Iconoculture as consumer strategist. Connect with Kara on Twitter

Jim Accurso on his new role as Media and External Relations Manager for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Ann H. Barkelew, founding general manager of Fleishman-hillard Mpls/St. Paul office honored by University of Alabama Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations for her contributions as a mentor in the public relations field

Angel Foundation — Director of Development

APEX — Area Partnership for Economic Development (Duluth, MN) — Pres/CEO (via Rebecca Driscoll)

Ashoka Twin Cities — entrepreneurial leader (via Kila Englebrook)

Blandin Foundation — Director of Grants

Enterprise Minnesota — PR Manager (via Nate Duoss)

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches — President & CEO (via Marcia Ballinger)

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation — Senior Program Officer

Meals on Wheels — Fundraising Internship — Ad Salesperson

Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) — Operations Manager

Teach for America — Director, Growth Strategy & Development

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness — Regional Homeless Coordinator

Baby's Space — Executive Director (via Terrie Rose): Baby's Space is seeking an Executive Director with high energy and passion for early education and family services, proven management skills as an Executive Director, a fundraising track record, and the ability to work with a diversity of organizations and people. Please email Dr. Terrie Rose at for a complete job description.
Social Enterprise Alliance — Chapter Services Leader (via Jim Delaney)

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


Google "Zeitgeist 2011: Year in Review" video

Cantus Live from Westminster Presbyterian Church

Humpback Whale Shows Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

Winners of the National Geographic 2011 Photo Contest

Breakin' on the Great Wall of China

AdWeek's 10 Best Commercials of 2011

"Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla" video

"2011 Told Through Twitter — Year in Review" — video

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Lars Leafblad
Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search

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