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Pollen: Volume 8 - March 3, 2010

Lars Leafblad, curator - http://www.larsleafblad.com


Thanks for taking the time to read this issue of Pollen. Our community has grown to 1186
members thanks to your continued efforts, thank you! To date we have shared the names of 318
organizations represented within the Pollen community and here are additional companies/non-
profits/foundations/media organizations represented within PolleNATION:

Accenture, ACTivation LLC, Catshot Group, Cherry Tree, Crystal Fresh, Hallberg Engineering,
Hazelden Foundation, Interim Solutions, JP Morgan, Latino Communications Network (LCN
Media), Lutheran Community Foundation, MN AIDS Project, Monkey Island, Nemer Fieger,
Partners for Violence Prevention, Praeeo, Reuter Law, Round Earth Media, Schwans, Signature
Concepts, Solution Builders, The Link, The 3 Place, TORCH, The Trust for Public Land,
Slingshot Fund, YouthCARE MN

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

Welcome 39 new Pollenites (my sincere apologies to anyone I've missed - if I have, let me know
so you can be welcomed next edition):
Diane Anastos, Mark Andrew, Justin Bacon, Rebecca Baumann, Cathy Brudzinski, Stephen
Devereux, Kristin Fischer Rosel, Katelyn Fullmer, Colin Gause, Jennifer Greiber, Julia Gutz
Moller, Jaclyn Hallstrom, Louise Harris, Daniel Holmgren, Claudia Holt, Jay Kim, Robin Lackner,
Carlye Landin, Brandon Lerch, Meghan Lerch, Ethan Martin, Tracy Moore, Dan Moshe, Jen Patti,
Heidi Pedersen, Cheryl Pray, Denise Reuter, Alicia Richman, Jessica Schaeppi, Lauren Segal,
Charles Seymour, Jennifer Shofner, Jill Smith, Susan Smoluchowski, Kari Swan, Mary Stucky,
Molly Thorpe, Rebecca Westermeyer, and Eloise Wilkinson

Thank you to our 18 Pollenite recruiters (if I missed you, please let me know):
Peg Birk, Amy Brenengen, Martha Carlson, Catherine Gunsbury, Anika Hagenson, Steve
Helland, Emily Hutchinson, Craig Luedemann, Morgan Kinross-Wright, Michael Krueger,
Catherine Murphy, Dana Nelson, Jennifer Niemela, Dave Pelka, Ali Sipkins, Jessie Sorensen,
Greg Tehven, and Andrea Wood

And thank you 24 Pollenites creatives who shared content, comments, or ideas for this edition:
Shilpa Alva, Amy Anderson, Josh Becerra, Anita Berg, Karla Bigham, Peg Birk, Robert Bitzan,
Geoff Dutton, Tom Evers, Greg Grinley, Mik Gusenius, Ron Lattin, Andy Leafblad, Alex Lopes,
Craig Luedemann, Chris Malecek, Alberto Monserrate, David Nelson, Alicia Phillips, Melissa
Rubel, Rachel Schaefer, Mary Stucky, Greg Tehven, and Collin Weekly

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 1186 Pollen members.

289 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.

Join us here:
Notes from the Pollen curator:

In Pollen Vol 7, the new executive director of the University of MN Alumni Association, Phil Esten,
was incorrectly welcomed as Chad. Thanks to the many sharp eyes that caught that test; great
work! Apologies to Phil and once again, congrats on new role!

The family affected by the gas leak explosion in Edina in late February are relatives of Pollenite,
Nils Snyder. Nils shares, “North American Banking Company will host a fund to aid the family of
Matthew and Jeanette Auguston, whose home at 5000 Arden Ave. was leveled Feb. 23 by an
explosion following a gas leak in the area. Donations can be made to the Auguston Fund in care
of North American Banking Company, 4999 France Ave., Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55410.
Please write "Auguston Fund" in the memo line of the check.”

Finally, if you’d like to thank the entity that provides the resources to make Pollen possible,
KeyStone Search, you can do so by subscribing to our quarterly e-newsletter “Culture Matters”
here: http://www.keystonesearch.com/subscribe.php Thank you!

Germination (a new feature to highlight and share the real-time connections and opportunities
that are unfolding thanks to the collective efforts of the Pollen community):

- Aaliyah Shafiq who works at General Mills learned about YouthCARE through Pollen,
and was elected to the YouthCARE Board of Directors in January! (all started w/ info from
Shilpa Alva, thanks Shilpa and congrats Aaliyah!)

- Several members have had exploratory conversations regarding the advisory board
opportunity with the Allina Hospice Foundation (via Jason Von Bank and Ron Bagnall)

- Member has had exploratory conversation regarding board opportunity with FirstStep
Initiative (via Katharine Poindexter)

- Member has had exploratory conversation regarding board opportunity with Open Book
(via Chris Malecek)

- Several members have had exploratory conversations regarding the board opportunity
with MinnPost (via Joel Kramer and The LEAD Project)

Jobs (forwarded by Pollenites):

Famous Dave’s of America seeks Director of Marketing Innovation (via Aric Nissen)

CaringBridge seeks Software Engineer and Interactive Marketing Specialist (via Sona Mehring)
Software Engineer: http://www.bit.ly/CB-SoftwareEng
Interactive Marketing Specialist: http://www.bit.ly/CB-InterMktgSpec

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce seeks new President (via Lars Leafblad, this is a search
being conducted by KeyStone Search)
President position profile: http://bit.ly/d15LOh
Internships (forwarded by Pollenites):

MN AIDS Project seeks summer interns (via Robert Bitzan)


Boards (forwarded by Pollenites):


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)

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

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

- To Ben Edwards, Luke Francl et al on another successful MinneDemo:


- Laurence and Nancy Reszetar on the birth of their son, Liam.

- Jane Rodriquez on her new role as Senior Strategic Writer in New Business Services
division at Optum

- Dana Severson has launched a new blog for Twin Cities Business magazine, “Start Me
Up” and he seeks your ideas on “MN start-ups” to cover. Find him via Twitter at

- Congrats to Christy Eichert and her firm Regreet, which was featured in Dana Severson’s
first blog post, http://tinyurl.com/ygwl2f6

- To several Pollenites and friends of Pollen selected to present at the upcoming, sold-out,
Ignite Minneapolis, being held this Thursday, March 4 : Paul DeBettignies, Kristina
Halvorson, Ryan Barnett, Jared Lukes, Trista Harris and Garrick Van Buren.
More info: http://www.ignitempls.org/

- To Peg Birk whose letter to the editor about “Power of the Pause” was published in Star
Tribune: http://bit.ly/PowerofPause

- Uri Neren and his company, Generate Companies, on their launch of "The World
Database of Innovation" Find Uri on Twitter via @urineren

- Keith Halleland on the launch of his new, yet-to-be named, law firm,

- Amy Anderson on her new role as Director of Marketing and Business Development for
Hallberg Engineering
- Jim Delaney on his Star Tribune letter to the editor: http://bit.ly/jdfreearts

- Kent Eklund on his recognition as “Trustee of the Year” from Aging Services of MN:

- Sara Noznesky on her new role with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN:

- Hon. John Tunheim on his election as the new chair of the HHH Institute of Public Affairs
Dean’s Advisory Board http://www.hhh.umn.edu/features/JudgeTunheim.html

- Andrea Kaufmann on her acceptance to fall ’10 MPP cohort at HHH Institute of Public
Affairs at UMN

- Andrew Eklund’s new blog on Minnesota Business magazine


- To Faith’s Lodge Anna Stier and Faith’s Lodge Junior Advisory Board on their successful
Fish Fry, which raised over $7,000 for Faith’s Lodge (www.faithslodge.org)

- Cathy Paper on her great work helping launch Harvey Mackay’s new book, “Use Your
Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You”
Follow her on Twitter at @cathypaper and @rockpaperstar

Cross-pollenating (several members are in the midst of moving & a few have asked that their
home journeys be shared with the Pollen community)

Jeremy Lenz home-for-sale:


Peg Birk home-for-sale:


Cecily Sommers seeks new Mpls office work space: “seeking 500sq ft, $400/mo incl parking in
prime location, happy to share workspace.” Contact her csommers-at-pushthefuture.org

Engaging – Events (chronological), Ideas, Leadership Opportunities

The 2010 Entrepreneurs House is hosting its kickoff breakfast event on March 4 at the Town &
Country Club in St. Paul. Each year a group of entrepreneurial companies comes together to
build a Habitat house.This year Habitat is focusing on their foreclosure program, so we will be
rehabilitating a foreclosed property in the Twin Cities, beginning in May. Learn more at www.tc-
ehouse.org or contact Mik Gusenius (mgusenius-at-cherrytree.com) for more info. (Via Mik

The 15th annual Nobel Peace Prize Festival will take place on Friday, March 5, 2010 from
11:00am to 1:30pm at Augsburg College. Former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari will be
honored for his important efforts to resolve international conflicts. President Ahtisaari will be in
attendance at this year’s festival. Students throughout Minnesota study the work of a Nobel
Peace Prize recipient and then create an interactive exhibit, art, or performance to showcase their
learning at the Festival. 1,000 students, teachers, parents and community members are expected
to attend. Please contact Ron Lattin, Co-Chair at ronlattin-at-gmail.com with any questions.
If you’re looking for a fun road trip idea this weekend March 6-7, head down to Northfield for the
monthly opening of Studio Elements, which will feature work from potter and friend of Pollen, Joel
Froehle. You can find more info here: http://studioelements.net/retail.html Find more info about
Joel’s work here: http://www.northernclaycenter.org/learn/instructors.php

MATINEE AT THE CAPRI: A Fundraiser for Redeemer Center for Life

Featuring Live Entertainment * Silent Auction Popcorn and Other Refreshments
Fun for the Whole Family. Please Join Us! Sunday, March 7, 2010 2:00—5:00 PM
The Capri Theater 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411
$10/person; $25/family of 4 Reserve Tickets Today!
Call 612.377.5385 or email rcflfundraiser-at-gmail.com Be sure to indicate your name, #
attending, and phone number *Performances by the incomparable RACHEL KURTZ, the
one-and-only RJC (Redeemer Jump Crew), & the amazing Rap Kids (via Annie Lovejoy Elasky)
Join TORCH Community for their March 8 “Fashion Show: Celebration of Diversity & The Arts”
featuring remarks from Anita Patel and Emma Berg (via Alex Lopes)
Check out March 18 “Intersections: How Design is Changing Your World”, a collaborative
program of the UMN Carlson School of Management and UMN College of Design:

The Mpls St Paul Business Journal is seeking 2010 "Women in Business" nominations and are
due 3/19. Nomination info here: http://bit.ly/MSPBJ-WIBNomination. Full alumni list available here
(via Kathy Grayson): http://bit.ly/MSPBJ-WIBAlums

MPR's @publicinsight seeks to convene online forums on #education #healthcare #economy &
involve on-the-ground experts. Please contact Michael Caputo for additional information. You can
find him on Twitter via @MCaputo_MPR

Social Ventures MN has issued call for applications for their 2010 Social Entrepreneurs Cup.
Applications are due April 23. Additional information here: http://tinyurl.com/yax8n3c
(via Brad Brown)

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)

From Geoff Dutton: “My friend Chase Franzen is doing fund raising run for McKenna Johnson
(http://www.caringbridge.org/mn/mckenna). The funds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society. He has a write up about it here (as well as a way to donate via credit card):
http://pages.teamintraining.org/mn/rnr10/cfranzen.” Grateful for any help Pollen can provide.

Round Earth Media is reinventing global journalism. We all know that the business of journalism
is changing dramatically. Who will tell the stories about our interconnected world – now more
important than ever before? Our award-winning veteran correspondents partner with early career
journalists to cover important issues from overlooked parts of the world. Round Earth's reporting
reaches a broad audience via the world's most respected journalism outlets. And, our base in the
United States is right here in the Twin Cities. For more: www.RoundEarthMedia.org (via Mary

(Via Josh Becerra)

I just wanted to get you information about the latest concept that my co-founders and I launched
on January 4 ( http://the3rdplace.us ). 1- I’d like to offer a free day of co-working to any Pollenite
who wants to come in and check out our digs. 2- We also have a Mac Expert (@patrickrhone)
who is offering Free walk-in Mac tech support on Thursday’s from 1-4.

(Via Anita Berg)

“A colleague of mine developed and produced a book of poetry about domestic violence that is
intended to help victims recognize the violence and move beyond it. It is available as a free “e-
book” via her website, and she has printed copies available for free also (while supplies last).
Here is the website: http://www.beyond-the-mirror.org/”

(Via Rebecca Yanisch)

La Piana Consulting launched NonprofitNext, a research initiative intended to identify and explore
ways in which five key trends will converge to shape the nonprofit sector of the future. Access
their report here: http://www.lapiana.org/downloads/Convergence_Report_2009.pdf

(via @Lafcurve on Twitter)

Warren Buffett's 2009 Investors Letter http://tinyurl.com/y8uq6qc

Finally, Pollen extends heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Pollenite Ann Ulring on the tragic
loss of her nephew, Ben Larson, who was killed during the Haiti earthquake. You can hear his
poignant story, as told on MPR, via the link below (via Ann Ulring):

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Thanks SO much for your time and as always, please let me know if there's ever anything I can
do for you or yours.

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

Onwards and upwards,


Lars Leafblad
Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search

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