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YPN5Q: Lars-Erik Leafblad

YPN5Q is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders. This week: Lars-Erik Leafblad.


“YPN5Q” is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds — professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement. This week, we hear from Lars Leafblad, a principal at the Minneapolis executive search firm KeyStone Search and the founder and curator of Pollen, a networking newsletter for professionals.

Lars-Erik Leafblad
Courtesy of Lars Leafblad
Lars-Erik Leafblad

Name: Lars-Erik Leafblad
Age: 34
Residence: Roseville
Current job title: Principal
Current employer: KeyStone Search

1. How would other people describe you — using only adjectives?
Accessible. Adhesive. Busy. Curious. Imperfect. Inquisitive. Outgoing. Synaptic.

2. Why have you chosen to live and work in the Twin Cities/ Minnesota?
Family. Friends. Fall. Education. Arts. Cabins. The North Shore. Engaged citizenry. Jobs. Spirit of innovation. And we believe the best days are still ahead for Minnesota.

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3. Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years…. I would like to have more: humility, perspective, gratitude, peace.

I would like to have less: weight, stress, distractions, anxiety.

In my work I would like to be: helping others, making a lasting impact, always learning, building networks.

In my life I would like to be: an engaged father, a loving husband, a faithful friend, a responsible citizen, a servant leader.

4. Which websites do you visit every day?

5. What’s one cool fact most people don’t know about you?
I spent two summers traveling across the Midwest cooking and competing with the Famous Dave’s of America National BBQ Touring Rib Team in 1996 and 1997.

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