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Pollen newsletter Volume 45

Pollen is a community of civic-minded connectors who share ideas, career and civic engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition.

February 1, 2012
Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


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Volume 45 Contents:

1) Events
Pollen Props

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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 8 — Minnesota 2012 Entrepreneur Kick-off to support entrepreneurship in MN.

February 9 — MN Facilitators Network event w/ Catherine Reid Day.

February 9 — 26 Youth Performance Company announces its latest mainstage production:

“And A Child Shall Lead” (day and evening shows)

And a Child Shall Lead is a heroic story of children coming of age in Terezin, the “Jewish City” established by the Nazis as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty — playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper — all at the risk of being killed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war. Recommended for Grades 4 and up

For more info, contact Ron Lattin at or 612-272-5312

February 11 — Telling Your Story — A communications workshop for non-profit organizations hosted by Weber Shandwick. Features panel with Pollenites Jeff Achen, Joel Kramer, and Jamie Millard.

February 14 — 5th Annual Best Practices Youth Summit

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Connect with youth-serving movers and shakers to learn about ideas that are working in area nonprofits and see how your organization can collaborate to create a better service for all. February 14 from 7:30-9:00am at Base Camp. Hosted by Don Craighead, the C. Charles Jackson Foundation, and Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). RSVP.

February 17 — Minnesota Zoo’s AZUL 2nd annual “Warm Up in the Wild” fundraiser.

February 18 — LEAD Project’s “A Toast to LEAD” — 5 Year Anniversary Party. Le Meridien Chambers Hotel.

February 21 — HHH Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center hosts evening panel discussion on “The Non Nonprofit” with Steve Rothschild, Jay Kiedrowski, Sona Mehring, and Sandra Vargas.

February 25 — Wishes & More “2012 Winter Ball: A Night on the Red Carpet” (Via Christiaan Engstrom.)

February 28 — Women Entrepreneurs Conference hosted by Mansfield Tanick & Cohen (Via Jeff O’Brien.)

February 29 — MN Council of Nonprofits “Philanthropy Leaders Series” w/ Wokie Weah, president of Youthprise.

February 29 — ThreeSixty Journalism “Mid-winter Mixer”.

March 1-3 — Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

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March 3 — St. Olaf College Black & Gold Gala.

March 3 — Minnesota’s World Savvy Challenge.

March 4 — Save the date for Fourth Generation’s “Graze for Good” on Sunday, March 4th at 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Spill the Wine. Support Fourth Generation’s grantmaking to local organizations addressing Food Justice in the Twin Cities and get a sampling of food by amazing local chefs from Piccolo, Tilia and Travail Kitchen and Amusements. Watch for more details coming soon on the website or Facebook page.

March 12 — “Recovery Day on the Hill” [PDF] — MN Recovery Connection (Via Julia Parnel.)

March 16 — Youth Frontiers 3rd Annual “Cultivating Ethics in Business” Luncheon, featuring Chuck Mooty and Chris Coborn. Sponsor a table or RSVP to Mindy Plewacki at 11:45 a.m., Graves 601 Hotel

March 24-25 — “The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge”

March 24 — Early-career and mid-level women wanting to accelerate their transition into leadership roles are invited to a high-impact, high-intensity, one-day seminar, A Women in Leadership Event: “Poised for Leadership” at Concordia University, St. Paul from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Presented by International Speaker & CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc. Jo Miller. Sponsored by Concordia’s Alumni Association and Thrivent Community Crossroads of Minnetonka, Minn. Registration opens Wednesday, Feb. 15.

April 19 — “Dish — Cuisine for Change” gala supporting Second Harvest Heartland.

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

April 27 — The 2012 MinnRoast supporting

June 5-8 — Eyeo Festival. (Registration opens Feb 1st and will sell-out quickly.)

“Pollinators: The New Breed of Innovators”Forbes written by MN-based Patrick Hanlon

McKnight Foundation announces 4th-quarter 2011 grants and announces election of new chair and two new board members

New president and CEO of Volunteers of America-MN, Paula Hart, profiled in The Line

Pollenite Jeff Heegaard interviewed by The Line’s “The Big Picture 11: Jeff Heegaard on the Next Economy”

The Christian Science Monitor “30 under 30” list

“From City Pages to the ‘billionaire beat'” — David Brauer’s story on Erin Carlyle

Premack Award for Public Affairs Journalism seeks nominations and entries (deadline Feb 3)

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman of Carlson, “The marriage amendment, from all angles”

“Teach for America teachers moving into policy positions” — Beth Hawkins in

Star Tribune’s “10 business newsmakers to watch in 2012”

“Cargill Foundation builds legacy quickly, carefully” via Star Tribune

“Creative man of letters finds fascination in fonts” — Chank Diesel in Star Tribune

“The Four-Year Career” via Fast Company

Center of the American Experiment and Minnesota Free Market Institute merging

Hiring tips from

“12 Things Successful People Do Differently”

“Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector” via Entrepreneur

“Will Path be the breakout social app of 2012?” by Arik Hanson

Minnesota seeks delegates to join Governor Mark Dayton on China trade trip

“Peter Hutchinson steps down as leader of Bush Foundation” via Star Tribune

“Battling Entitlement, the Innovation-Killer” via Harvard Business Review

“St. Olaf students build contraption for Target” by Jenna Ross in Star Tribune

Three Equations That Can Change Your Life — via

Desdamona on Unique Techniques

“The Rise of the New Groupthink” New York Times

“The Power of Networks” via

“Sometimes, You Need to Blow the Fuses”, Bill Kling, founder and president emeritus of American Public Media Group interviewed for New York Times “Corner Office”

Pollenite Jim Rettew’s innovative job-search strategy in action

“When You Don’t Have 90 Days to Listen” via Harvard Business Review

CoCo named as one of “16 Cool Coworking Spaces” in Inc. magazine

Office of Small Business Administration — whitepaper on Small Business Development Centers (via Jill J. Johnson)

Minnesota Idea Open launches 3rd Challenge: “Working Together Across Cultures & Faiths”

Ashoka launches “Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters”

The Theater of Public Policy — An MSP org that uses live improv comedy to bring public policy issues and debates to life. Learn more about upcoming programs

Who is using social media in the US House of Representatives?

“The 1968 Exhibit” at Minnesota History Center runs through Feb 20 (via David Kelliher)

“High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage Into Gas” via Wired

Pollen Props:
John Estrem on his new role as CEO of Hammer Residences, Inc. [PDF] (Search was conducted by Pollenites Mike Frommelt and Lars Leafblad of KeyStone Search).

Pollenites Kelly Groehler, Dave Ladd, Greg Swanholm and Bass Zanjani have published a new book, “LIKE: Seven Rules and 10 Simple Steps for Social Media in Your Campaign (in Politics, Business, or Otherwise)”

Nancy Lyons and Clockwork Active Media Systems on their 10 year anniversary

Lars Leafblad (bearded one) and Jim Rettew (clean-shaven one) mentioned in this “Withering Glance: Men and Beards” story in Star Tribune

Mark Johnson and profiled in The Line

Lori Sturdevant on her nomination as a finalist in the MN Book Awards for “The Pillsburys of Minnesota”

Steve Ladin quoted in Wall Street Journal story on e-mail disclaimers

Pollenites Dana Nelson, Laura Zabel, Don Ball, and Kyle Coolbroth recognized in the Minnesota Monthly “Minnesota Revolutionaries” feature.

Nels Leafblad on a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund his 1st EP!

Nate Garvis and Tom Wiese on their launching of new consultancy ear.n

Mary-Margaret Zindren profiled as new ED of Hennepin County Bar Association

Randy Ross on his role as new Chief HR Officer at G & K Systems

Allison Rojas on her new role with Aurora Consulting

Lan Freitag on the birth of her son Dakota

Brant Skogrand on being elected 2012 President of the MN Chapter of Public Relations Society of America

Becky Hennen on her new role in Events and Corporate Giving at Hazelden Foundation

Karen Louise Boothe on joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) MN State Council in the new full-time position of Communications Director.

Carley Stuber on her new role as VP, Major Gifts and Special Campaigns at MN Children’s Museum

Kristin Pardue, Brad Von Bank, Taylor Larson & Rêve Consulting on their new website

Pollenites Hudie and Sarah Broughton on the birth of their son, Walter (Walt)!

Dan Moret on his new role with Thrivent as Sr. Communications Associate

Michelle “Mitch” Hedlund on her selection as an Ashoka Fellow

Jan Unstad on her new role as philanthropic associate at Lutheran World Relief, working on the Lutheran Malaria Initiative.  

Dan Grigsby on being appointed to the Advisory Commission of the MN Science and Technology Authority

Mike Doyle on being named “Rising Star of the Year” by MN Commercial Association of Realtors

Nicole Nicklin on her role as Senior Communications Specialist position in the Corporate Responsibility group at UnitedHealth Group

Danny Nicklin on his new role as Outreach Coordinator with

Matt and Heather Clark on the birth of their son Henry

American Public Media/MPR — “The Daily Circuit” — Associate Producer

Baby’s Space — Executive Director (via Terrie Rose) — Development Specialist (via Lars Leafblad)

Charities Review Council — Nonprofit & Outreach Specialist (via Jamie Millard)

CoCo — FT Host/Concierge position at CoCo — Coworking and Collaborative’s St Paul Lowertown location. Communications, innovation, marketing, tech, nerdiness, goodness, and coffee all wrapped into one amazing working environment. Contact for details/consideration. (via Kate O’Reilly)

College Possible (formerly Admission Possible) — Chief Advancement Officer (via Lars Leafblad and KeyStone Search)

General Mills — Real Estate Portfolio Coordinator (via Andrea Carruthers)

The Minneapolis Foundation — Vice President, Community Philanthropy (via Rebecca Driscoll and KeyStone Search)

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation — Director of Communications

Minnesotans United for All Families — Press Secretary

NeuroScience — Vice President, Sales & Marketing — (via Marcia Ballinger)

Playworks — Elementary School Program Coordinator

Policy Innovators in Education Network — Sr. Director, Communications

Renodis — Client Engagement Manager

Social Enterprise Alliance — MN Chapter Services Leader (via Jim Delaney)

Social Venture Partners — MN — Partner Engagement Coordinator (via Brad Brown)

Students Today, Leaders Forever — seeks co-executive director (via Irene Fernando) More info:

World Savvy — Program Director (via Dana Mortenson)


AIGA Minnesota

Cura Earth:

“Cura Earth is a start-up nonprofit dedicated to public health, wildlife conservation, and research in the developing world. We have a board vacancy for treasurer to we need to fill as soon as possible. Please contact for more information. We are also looking for advisors in several other capacities. We will be shortly launching our full website at” (via Aubrey Tauer)

Emergency Foodshelf Network

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

MN Center for Book Arts

The Salvation Army — Twin Cities:

Via Pollenite Amanda Brinkman, “If you are interested in helping launch a Young Professionals group to further the mission of the Salvation Army please join us for an initial meeting on February 28th at 4pm at Yum! in Minneapolis (

We’ll share a brief background of the work the Army does, and discuss potential options for the focus of a Young Professionals group. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Amanda Brinkman at


Youthprise seeks interested board members (via Lars Leafblad and KeyStone Search)

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

“Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Yo Gabba Gabba”
via Mental Floss

A very unique “Coffee Break”….

Bon Iver and the Chieftains “Down in the Willow Garden”

“The Joy of Books”….

“Everything Counts” (via Megan Leafblad)

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Thanks for growing and spreading Pollen together!

Lars Leafblad
Curator, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search