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Pollen: Volume 7

February 12, 2010

Greetings PolleNATION*!

Thanks for taking the time to read this issue of Pollen.

Last issue we included the names of 190 organizations represented within the Pollen community.

Dozens of Pollenites called/emailed sharing the names of their organization which were not
included in the first pass; thank you!!

Here are 128 additional companies/non-profits/foundations/media organizations represented

within the Pollen community:

5th Bridge, African Development Center, alwaysBEthere, Ambrion, Ameriprise Financial,
Appareo, Artemis Strategy Group, Asset Recovery Corporation, BestPrep, Blue Octopus, Brain
Traffic, BrightPlanet, bswing, Canadian Consulate, Carlson Capital Management, Center for
Public Integrity, Cincinnatus, Co2 Partners, Community Capital Alliance. Compellent, Cooperative
Network, Corporate Facilities Management, Cox Insurance, Cultivating Careers, D.E. Winter &
Associates, Dolan Media, Dougherty & Co, Dunwoody College of Technology, Employee
Strategies, EOS, Ernst & Young, ESBEE Public Relations & Marketing, Ewald Consulting, Faith's
Lodge, Feed My Starving Children, Fender Bender, Foundation for Minneapolis Parks, Four51,
FreeArts Minnesota, Generate Companies, Glacier Bay Financial, Goff Howard, GreenMark,
Gustavus Adolphus

Hamline University, HandsOn Twin Cities, Heartland Institute, Hennepin County, Henry Schafer
Partners, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship – CSOM, Hope
Academy, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, HousingLink, Integrated Governance Solutions,
Intrinzia Family Office, Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation, Johnson Consulting Services, JTM
Vision, Jump the Curve, Kelly & Lemmons, P.A., Key Investment, Lexis Nexis, Luther Seminary,
Macalester College, Mason Public Affairs, Masters Forum, mCapitol Management, McKnight
Leadership Academy, Meagher & Geer PLLP, Microsoft, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnehaha
Academy, MN AIDS Project, MN Jaycees, MN National Guard, MN Twins, MxApp, Navigate
Forward, Nelson Tietz & Hoye, Nonprofit Solutions, Nonprofits Assistance Fund, North Memorial,
Northland Securities, Northwestern Mutual, Old Arizona Theatre, Park Nicollet, Peace House
Africa, Pfizer, Pfund Foundation (Philanthrofund), Presbyterian Homes & Services, Priority,
Promoting Brilliance

Red Ladder, Redwood Philanthropic Advisors, RJF Agencies, Rock the Cause, RockPaperStar,
Roll Call, RT Design, SDQ Janitorial, Share Save Spend, Smith Partners, Soap Factory,
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Spell Capital, Spotlight Corporate Entertainment,
Spring Point Project, St. Cloud State University, Stanford University, Stiles Financial, SURGE,
The Collabrium, The Minneapolis Club, Think House Group, Tipping Point Strategies, Top Talent,
TORCH Community, ULI Minnesota, UND Foundation, UrbanWorks Architecture, Villanova
University, Vital Images, Wellstone Action!, Whidbey Institute, WomenWinning: MN Women's
Campaign Fund, World Savvy, YouthVenture

Thank you for your engagement, involvement, and investment in Pollen!!

*-PolleNATION - copyright my sister Megan Leafblad, thx Megan!

Welcome new Pollenites (my sincere apologies to anyone I've missed - if I have, let me know so
you can be welcomed next edition):

Mark Andrew, Anita Berg, Karina Briski, Maddie Brooks, Noreen Buhmann, Laura Chin, Babs
Coler, Nick Cross, Alex Cutler, Nes De Rotstein, Mike Doyle, Susan Eich, Diane Esch, Laura
Fenstermaker, Jenny Flinn, Kari Foley, Louise Harris, Mark Hiemenz, Matt Hilker, Tyler Hoch,
Tasha Hock, Shelley Jacobson, Mary Kiedrowski, Jay Kim, Colin Kloecker, Lenny Koupal, Ethan
Martin, Betsy McDermott Atlheimer, Rohn Jay Miller, Kim O’Connell, Lorraine Parker, Naomi
Pesky, Anne Marie Rooney, Bob Rumpza, Stephen Tanghe, Elizabeth Trumble, Abby Yosch,
Laura Zabel

Thank you Pollenite recruiters (if I missed you, please let me know):

Regina Barr, Tom Basquill, Tom Corbett, Emily De Rotstein, Jennifer Ford Reedy, Katy Friesz,
Joanne Henry, Barbara Hensley, Beth Kathan, Meghan Krause, Taylor Larson, Megan Leafblad,
Jeremy Lenz, Margarette Minor, Dana Nelson, Dave Pinto, Katharine Poindexter, Channing
Riggs, Eric Schubert, Nils Snyder, Christine Swanson, Greg Tehven, Jason Van de Loo, Diane
Walters, Andrea Wood, Ryan Zerwer

And thank you Pollenites creatives who shared content, comments, or ideas for this edition:

Karen Anderson, Megan Astry, Dirk Bak, Jeannine Balfour, Stacy Bee, Charmagne Campbell-
Patton, Karla Ekdahl, Kent Eklund, Greg Grinley, Andrew Haeg, Scott Herold, Nathan Hubbard,
Kelly Irvine, Jill J. Johnson, Karen Kodzik, Lucia Lebens, Margaret Leto, Anna Lloyd, Alex Lopes,
Chris Malecek, Paul Manley, Katie Nadeau, Uri Neren, Justin Noznesky, Dan Nygaard, Britta Orr,
Melissa Palank, Cathy Paper, Lisa Radzak, Andrew Rosen, Kelly Scanlan, Chris Sheffert, Frank
Steck, Don Taylor, Darcy Winter, Jacob Woodard

Please forward to your network; truly, the more the merrier! Please join fellow members in
sending along job leads, internship leads, board openings, volunteer opportunities, and news
about professional promotions/recognition (yours or others in your networks) so that we can
share with fellow 1144 Pollen members.

Over 235 Pollenites have subscribed to our LinkedIn group where updates and relevant content
will be shared in real-time and where you can submit ideas, information, and updates for future
editions of Pollen.

A great example of how this group can enhance Pollen community has unfolded over the past
week via a LinkedIn discussion started by Pollenite, Spectra Myers, and the 9 other Pollenites
who responded.

Check it out here:


Are you on Twitter too?? If so, let’s connect at http://www.twitter.com/larsleafblad so that we can
add you to a Pollen Twitter list.
Jobs (forwarded by Pollenites):

Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi L.L.P. has openings for mid-level Intellectual Property Litigation
Associates and Business Litigation Associates. More information can be found here:
http://www.rkmc.com/careers/Associate_Apply_Online.aspx Interested candidates can contact
Pollenite Mary Kiedrowski directly via mekiedrowski-at-rkmc.com.

Coffee House Press seeks new development manager (via Don Taylor) More information:

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN seeks Stewardship Manager (via Megan Astry)

Fast Horse seeks talented marketers: “Greetings: Do you know any extremely talented
marketers who might want to join the growing Fast Horse stable? We’d love to know about
them. We have a specific need for someone with 5-8 years agency experience, but are casting a
wider net as we attempt to deepen our bench on interactive (strategy, design and development),
account planning, social media, sports sponsorship activation, etc. More details can be found
here: http://www.fasthorseinc.com/blog/index.php/2010/02/03/were-not-done-hiring/
Resumes can be directed to jorgp@fasthorseinc.com.” (via Jorg Pierach)

Internships (forwarded by Pollenites):

ESBEE PR & Marketing (http://www.esbeepr.com) seeks a Graphic Design Intern for 2

days/week (partial pay) – Info via esbeepr-at-esbeepr.com. (Stacy Bee)

Boards (forwarded by you – not board searches being conducted by KeyStone Search):


Open Book Minnesota seeks new board members (via Chris Malecek – chris.malecek-at-
gmail.com) – Learn more at: http:///www.openbookmn.org

Partners for Violence Prevention seeks Board of Director candidates (via Anita Berg)

New board positions shared via e-newsletter from The LEAD Project (subscribe for the e-
newsletter from The LEAD Project here: http://www.theleadproject.org/involved2.html)

“MinnPost, a not-for-profit providing high-quality journalism online for people who care about
Minnesota, is looking for one or two board members. The MinnPost board works with the
founder/CEO Joel Kramer on strategy and major tactics to help this two-year-old enterprise grow
and ensure its sustainability. One major focus is to increase our connections with Minnesotans
who are under 40, so a board member who has a broad network in that age group and is willing
to help us tap into it would be a great asset. We are also looking for a chair of the board finance
committee. This person should be knowledgeable about financial reports, and would work
primarily with our business manager, Bryan Powell, in reviewing MinnPost’s finances and
reporting to the board about them. For more information, contact Joel Kramer, jkramer-at-
minnpost.com. For information about MinnPost, visit www.minnpost.com,”
“Global Citizens Network/Intercultural Student Experiences seek 2 board members: In the
fall of 2009, GCN and ISE formed a strategic alliance. The new structure operates with two
boards, yet the same individuals serve on both boards and the meetings are held jointly. One
Executive Director leads both organizations.

GCN: Global Citizens Network seeks to create a network of people who are committed to the
shared values of peace, justice, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation,
to the preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies, and to the enhancement of
the quality of life around the world. GCN facilitates short term, cross cultural travel for
participants (individuals, groups and families) in 1-3 week small scale community development
projects in 15 indigenous communities around the world.

ISE: ISE inspires and educates students of the world through experiential learning across
cultures. ISE sends high school students on short term language immersion trips abroad. ISE
students travel to Spain, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Mexico. New
programs in development or being considered are in China, Taiwan, Ecuador and Africa.

Board Search Specifics:

The skills and capabilities desired in board candidates include:

• International and/or intercultural experience, a second language, and/or international

network a plus.
• Commitment to the mission of peace, justice and the societal value of intercultural and
international experiences.
• Sales and marketing experience, particularly with respect to youth and social networking.
• Experience in the training, education, and/ or travel marketplace.
• Workplace experience in change management and work with various generations.

See both websites at: www.globalcitizens.org and www.isemn.org. Please contact Peter Wagner
(peter_c_wagner-at-yahoo.com) if you are interested or have questions.”

“Kantorei seeks 1 board member. Kantorei is a nonprofit, professional, a cappella choral

ensemble based in the Twin Cities and conducted by Dr. Axel Theimer. Kantorei specializes in
singing unaccompanied choral music from Austria and Germany, and has collaborated with a
number of organizations and ensembles in the Twin Cities. Recently, Kantorei was featured as
part of Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Holiday Sampler.

Kantorei’s board is structured as a “working board,” which means that much of the work is done in
between board meetings. Kantorei is looking for one new board member. Please contact Raj
Chaphalkar (raj.chaphalkar-at-kantorei.net) if you are interested or have questions. More
information: www.kantorei.net”

Touchstone Mental Health seeks Board of Director candidates (via Katie Lichty)

Allina Hospice Foundation seeks Advisory Board candidates (via Ron Bagnall and Jason Von

FirstStep Initiative seeks Board of Director candidates (via Katherine Poindexter)

Props to the following Pollen members (please consider sharing good news about a
friend/colleague/volunteer for next issue):

- Congrats to Ben and Robyn Schein on the birth of their new daughter, (name to be
shared after her Simhat Bat/Jewish naming ceremony next Monday evening)

- Common Grounds (http://www.commongroundsmn.org) – an organization with multiple

Pollen connections was profiled in the HHH Institute of Public Affairs newsletter in story
by Pollenite Anne Mason; Adam Faitek, current chair, Brian Bell (MN State Bar
Association) and First Lady Hon. Mary Pawlenty (Children’s HeartLink) share thoughts:

- Congrats to ACES (founded by Pollenite Dr. Raj Shah) on their hiring of a new executive
director, Chad Caruthers! (via Greg Tehven)

- Congrats to the U of MN Alumni Association (several Pollenites work at UMAA) on their

hiring of a new executive director, Chad Esten

- Congrats to Andy Brehm on profile of his work with The Churchill Society in the final
issue of Minnesota Law & Politics: http://bit.ly/LP-AndyBrehm

- A very belated congrats to Jenny Gassman-Pines on her recognition with a “Arthur T.

Pfefer Memorial Award” from the Twin Cities Cardozo Society:

- Cindy Calderon and her firm, Intrinzia Family Office, profiled in current issue of Minnesota
Business: http://bit.ly/Calderon-MnBizMag

- Congrats to Brian Thomson on his election as a shareholder with Leonard, Street &
Deinhard: http://www.leonard.com/news/2010/leonard-street-and-deinard-elects-four-

- Congrats to Social Capital (http://www.iamsocialcapital.org) on a very successful event

held January 30 . 450 civic minded professionals from across the Twin Cities raised
nearly $8,000 for ACES, Kitegang, and Breaking Free! (via Alene Grossman and Rajni
Shah) – Follow on Twitter @SocialCapitalMN

- Congrats to Alicia Phillips and her launch of new podcast series with her firm, Redwood
Philanthropic Advisors. View list here: http://www.redwoodphilanthropic.com/id11.html
Engaging – Events (chronological)

The Citizens League has several events of note coming up in February. If you’ve ever wanted to
meet the executive editor of Wired magazine, Thomas Goetz, you can on February 18 when he
discusses his new book The Decision Tree.

Get full event details and RSVP via Citizens League website: http://www.citizensleague.org

If you haven’t checked out “Give & Take” held at Intermedia Arts, you need to spend 2 minutes
learning more about this “Monthly Event for Curious People” – next program Feb 24

The U.S. Bank Skyway Open is being held from Feb 25-Feb 27 in downtown Mpls; check it out!
http://www.skywayopen.org (via Mike Doyle and Nils Snyder)

There are many Oles in the Pollen community, so thought it appropriate to relay this invitation to
attend the St. Olaf Black & Gold Winter Gala on February 27 (via Gary Perkins)

Leaders of Today & Tomorrow (LOTT) Women’s Leadership Conference, an event with the
League of Women Voters of MN being held April 9-10 and featuring keynote from Pollenite Pam
Wheelock (Bush Foundation). The vision of LOTT is to strengthen women’s leadership in MN by
developing, connecting, and inspiring emerging women leaders. The LOTT Conference is an
exciting 2 day event of speakers & workshops on women’s leadership topics and ample
opportunity for young women to connect with other inspirational female leaders in our community.
(via Greg Tehven)
More info: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=800979

Engaging – Ideas/Volunteering

Interesting presentation from Blois Olson, David Erickson & friends w/ Tunheim Partners sharing
MN Legislators currently using Facebook to connect w/ constituents:

Community Capital Alliance seeks new members and leadership contributors. “Founded in 1998,
CCA is a volunteer-led, Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization committed to developing
community leaders through engaged philanthropy. Members contribute time and money to make
positive and meaningful impacts in the community through small grants to local nonprofits. Those
interested can contact me.” – (via Megan Powers)

“In Minnesota, we have an unusual opportunity (and I noticed many of the Pollen members are
Minnesotans). The Minnesota Reading Corps (an AmeriCorps program) can reach every
Minnesota child who needs help to become a successful reader by third grade. We have a unique
opportunity to double the impact of gifts right now – only through March 1: Every donation will be
matched dollar-for-dollar by The McKnight Foundation.” (Via Bob Rumpza) More information
here: www.bit.ly/MNReadingCorps

“Here's the most thought provoking trend I've read about recently: "just good enough" products.
These are products which are deliberately low quality in order to crush down the price point. From
Wired: http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous/magazine/17-09/ff_goodenough” (Via Rohn
Jay Miller)
“How does the stress from The Economy impact your employees and productivity in your
organization? Provide the employees at your organization with tools that reduce stress and
increase productivity by attending this free Leadership Learning Lunch. You will learn tactics to
create a more positive and productive workforce from a mental health professional. Presenter:
Diane Ferreira, M.A., M.H.C., CPRP, LPC Associate Director of Mental Health Services,
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. Diane is a Relational Therapist and Trainer who has created
rehabilitative and therapeutic programming for many businesses in the Twin Cities. Feb. 18, 2010
at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota Corporate Office553 Fairview Ave. N.,
St. Paul, MN 55104 RSVP to Matt Oquist moquist-at-goodwilleasterseals.org” (via Matt Oquist)


From Pollenite Angela Garrett, director of development w/ Goodwill/Easter Seals of MN: “I am

trying to move through my Master's capstone and have chosen diversity recruitment and retention
strategies in the nonprofit sector as a topic. I'm challenged to find good/solid information about
strategies to recruit & retain development officers . . . Any suggestions from you or Pollenites?” If
you have info to share, please email Angela directly at agarrett-at-goodwilleasterseals.org.

From Pollenite Christine Swanson, “I am a co-chair of the Minnesota Women Lawyer's Annual
Silent Auction. Our auction takes place on March 16, 2010 in conjunction with our Annual
Minnesota Women Lawyer's dinner. There are typically between 500-700 attorneys at the event.
All funds raised from our action go support scholarships for low income women who are in law
school. We are currently seeking donations (restaurant gift certificates, salon gift certificates,
sports tickets, etc.) for our event. If anyone has questions, they can email me at cswanson-at-
kellyandlemmons.com or christinemswanson-at-yahoo.com.”


Sorry no Freebies again this issue…who’s going to help break this streak? Thanks to Abigail
Garner for providing copies of her new book to Pollen members in a previous edition.

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It’s an honor to be building this community with you. Thanks for your time, energy, and ideas!

Onwards and upwards,


Lars Leafblad
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