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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.

Pollen newsletter Volume 48: coming soon debuts April 1st, best wishes for the recovery of Chris and Sara Tiedeman, jobs, events, jobs, props and more.

PollenFounded by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


That special announcement from Pollen – again!

Pollen is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the award-winning creative design team of Paper Darts.

“On April 1st, help usher in a new era of Pollen with the launch of, a beautifully designed website dedicated to further evolving, expanding, and engaging the Pollenite community. Featuring new in-depth articles and member profiles, eye-popping graphics, and enhanced navigation, takes the professional community building that Pollen is known for and douses it in color, throws it on the Jumbotron, and injects it with a triple shot of espresso to boot.

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Building on Pollen’s existing partnership with MinnPost, will provide members with a timely and dynamic resource to share jobs, internships, civic events, board openings, and career updates with each other and with the broader community.”

Read the full press release at Pollen’s new web home:

The full launch of comes April 1st.  No joke this year!

A second special announcement

Pollen joins thousands in sending our best wishes to Pollenites Chris and Sara Tiedeman as they work to recover from the injuries they suffered in a serious car crash on March 3rd.

Visit their CaringBridge site here:

Their story was also shared by Fox9.

We’re thinking of you Chris and Sara!!

What is Pollen?

For those of you experiencing Pollen for the first time, here’s a quick overview of who we are:

“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.”

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Pollen Archives on MinnPost

Check out Pollen’s home on where you can access the archives back to Pollen vol 16.

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Volume 48 Contents:

  1. Events
  2. Ideas/Inspiration
  3. Pollen Props
  4. Jobs/Internships
  5. Boards


March 20 – Memorial service for Gary DeCramer

Pollen joins in mourning the passing of Gary DeCramer of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. His memorial service will be held March 20th at 4 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall. An online memorial guest book can be accessed via this link.

March 15-23 – ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’, a Project SUCCESS-produced musical at Marcy Open School

March 20 – The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis hosts viewing and discussion of “Bernanke Lectures”

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March 24 – FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) Mpls Dinner

March 24 – ICA Food Shelf attempting “Guinness World Record” for “Largest Food Drive in a 24 Hour Period”

March 27 – Common Grounds gathering of integrated leaders. 5 to 7 pm at Republic at Seven Corners.

March 27 – Citizens League Inter-generational roundtable: The Minnesota Miracle

March 28 – Greater Twin Cities United Way “Flight of Fashion”

March 28 – Citizens League Morning Coffee

March 29 – Independents United for All Families event (via Matt Lewis)

April 18 – Home Tour of Donaldson Mansion, a fundraiser for Project SUCCESS

April 19 – Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference

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April 19 – 2012 Premack Award Ceremony

April 24 – Hear from Ashoka Fellows Kathryn Hall-Trujillo and Josh Nesbitt at the Solutions Forum about how social entrepreneurs are developing and transforming health systems.  April 24th at the Minneapolis Public Library.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

April 25 – MN Council on Foundations – “Tips and Tools for Grantseeking Success”

April 27 – The 2012 MinnRoast supporting

April 29 – Breakthrough Saint Paul Graduation Dinner – 6 to 9 pm – James J. Hill Library (Via Amy Stolpestad.)

May 5 – The Basilica Landmark presents “Setting the Stage”

The 5th Annual Emmanuel Masqueray Ball benefits needed capital improvements for The Basilica and its Campus.

May 19 – The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Remembering Our Stars Gala raises funds to support the many programs and services of the Association and is also a time to celebrate the lives of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

May 22 – Minnesota Social Innovation Lab (via Michael Bischoff)

August 23 – Social Venture Partners MN – Engaged Philanthropy Conference 2.0


Bush Foundation seeks applications for the Bush Fellows program. Application deadline is May 4 for this round of applicants.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Policy Fellows program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Now in its 22nd year, the Policy Fellows program brings together rising leaders from business, government, and nonprofit sectors to hone their leadership skills, build their professional networks, and learn how to tackle the “common good” challenges facing our state and nation. As part of a 35-person cohort, Fellows meet monthly between September and June for full-day workshops and seminars; design and implement group projects on topics of their choosing; and participate in a three-day study trip to Washington, D.C.

Emerging and mid-career leaders throughout the state of Minnesota are welcome to apply. The application and two recommendation letters are due June 1, 2012 for the nine-month program beginning in September.

More information about program costs and content can be found on our website

Please forward to colleagues and friends. Questions? Contact Kate Cimino, 612-625-8330 or

“The Minnesota Cup, the largest statewide new venture competition in the country, is once again seeking to support and accelerate the development of the best breakthrough ideas from across the state.  This year we have $200,000 in cash plus many other prizes to award in six divisions: Clean Tech & Renewable Energy, BioScience & Health IT, Student, General, High Tech and Social Entrepreneur.  Anything from an idea to a new venture generating less than $1 million in revenue is eligible to enter.  The 2012 competition launches on March 26th at and entrepreneurs may enter through 11:59pm on May 18.” (via Matt Hilker)

Mpls. St Paul magazine seeks nominations for new “Outstanding Nurses” awards

Pollenite Kelly Rowan shares “What’s so scary about fundraising?” in Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Twin Cities blog

Pollenite Katie Clark participated on a panel at Brookings Institution on “Export Nation 2012: How U.S. Metros Are Driving National Growth”

TED launches TEDEd

Arik Hanson’s “15 up-and-coming PR pros to watch in 2012” includes several Pollenites

Major League Soccer coming to Minnesota?

Several Pollenites featured in new issue of Minnesota Business magazine

Shakopee enjoys “Saturday Night Live” fame. So just how did that happen? One guess: St. Olaf graduate Shelly Gossman who is a writer with SNL.

Lan Freitag profiled in MinnPost YPN5Q feature

Harvard Business Review blog “Career Plans Are Dangerous”

Jane Leonard of Bush Foundation “What will the future of leadership development look like?”

World Economic Forum names 2012 “Young Global Leaders”

Robert Stephens, founder of Geek Squad, shares why he is leaving Best Buy

Carlson School of Management names a new dean, Sri Zaheer

Regan Smith shares “Changing Ain’t Easy” in Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Twin Cities blog

Rinal Ray profiled in MinnPost YPN5Q feature:

MIT Management Review “IKEA: Hiring on Values As Well As Skills”

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board shares preliminary visioning of “Water Works” project near Stone Arch Bride and the former Fuji Ya restaurant site.

In celebration of National Philanthropy Day the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter (AFPMN) is accepting nominations for individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and generosity of time and resources in our nonprofit community. Any community member may nominate someone for an award. All nominations must be received by no later than May 11, 2012. Award recipients will be honored at the 2012 National Philanthropy Day Celebration on Friday, November 16, 2012, at Minneapolis Marriott City Center. For further information please contact Susan Wineland at or (612) 275-9372.

Join art & design studio Works Progress & Friedman Iverson law firm for this free series of workshops exploring legal issues that artists and other creative entrepreneurs often face. Each workshop will begin with a broad theme, but will be tailored to the unique experiences and questions of participants. Curious about legal issues, but don’t know how to talk to lawyers or where to begin? This is your chance to get to know the legal landscape in the fun and supportive environment of Intermedia ArtsHub! Adult beverages and otherwise will be available!

March 20: I Fought the Law // Creative Law Crash Course
April 3: Get it in Writing // Legal Contracts 101
April 17: Protect Yourself // Intellectual Property Basics

Erik’s Ranch and Retreat – Riding Programs for Individuals with Special Needs (via Christine Tsang)

Pollen Props

To the finalists for the Premack Public Affairs Reporting and Opinion Writing Awards

To Stephanie Devitt on the launching of her own public affairs, communication and advocacy consulting practice, SDK Communications, LLC

To Mike Logan on his new role as Director, Government Affairs for Comcast

To Nena Street on founding a new company, Robotics Innovation, LLC, which will be leading efforts to build a research park for the robotics industry in Minnesota. Her website will be live April 1st at

To Cathy Schmidt on being named new president of CEORoundtable

To Faith McGown on her new role as Manager of Fund Development with Minnesota AIDS Project

To Matt Gallivan on his promotion to Legislative Correspondent/Legislative Assistant in the office of Congressman Erik Paulsen. Matt shares that he will be “handling education, agriculture, the environment, immigration and space/technology issue areas.”

To David Edgerton, Jr. on his new role as IT Strategic Business Partner at National Marrow Donor Program and on being named to Carlson Liaison role on the Medical Industry Leadership Institute Affiliate Board at the Carlson School of Management.

To Kate Barr, Rich Cowles and Laura Zabel on being mentioned in Chronicle of Philanthropy story “Why Nonprofit Leaders Tweet

To the 2012 Mpls. St Paul Business Journal “40 under 40” honorees (and
to the 350+ other nominees).

Special props to the Pollenites included in the 2012 “40 under 40”
cohort (apologies to anyone unintentionally omitted):


The A-List – Executive Director

Angel Foundation – Director of Development (via Vicki Stute)

Community Health Charities MN – Donor Services Specialist (via Andrea Mac Arthur)

GoKart Labs – several positions (via Rick Kupchella)

Hamline University – School of Law – Director of Development (via Nathan Laible)

The Minneapolis Foundation – Manager of Investments

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce – Director of Communications (via Todd Klingel)

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners – Program Officer

Rotary Club of Minneapolis – Paid Internship (via Judy Kirk)

Sabes Jewish Community Center – CEO – (via Brad Lehrman)

Search Institute – President & CEO (via Dr. Marcia Ballinger of KeyStone Search)

St. Olaf College – Founding Director, Center for Vocation and Career

Students Today, Leaders Forever – seeks co-executive director (via Irene Fernando)

Textile Center – Executive Director (via Diane Matson)

William Mitchell College of Law – Development Officer

The Works – Manager of Individual Giving


The partnered Boards of Global Citizens Network and Intercultural Student Experiences have two board openings and are seeking qualified applicants who reflect the organizations’ values of deep respect for cultures, diversity, and learning. In particular, the Boards hope to more closely reflect the communities and countries visited by GCN and ISE. (via Paul Ernst)

Become a sustaining member today

Toscano Advisors launches new “Nonprofit Board Search” web resource

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

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Thanks for growing and spreading Pollen together! Make sure to bookmark for our launch on April 1st!!


Lars Leafblad
Founder, Pollen, Principal, KeyStone Search