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Pollen vol 10

March 31, 2010

Curated by Lars Leafblad – http://www.larsleafblad.com


Thanks for taking the time to read our 10th edition of Pollen. We’ve grown this talent commune to 1251
members thanks to your continued efforts, thank you!

We’re trying something new this issue, an anonymous readers survey (thanks to Pollenite Dave
Richardson w/ Artemis Strategy Group for the suggestion) to try and gain insights into our
continued evolution as a communal information exchange.

Can you share 3 minutes to complete 6 questions? Results (all responses are anonymous) will be
tabulated and shared next issue.

Pollen reader survey:

Thank you!!

Welcome 29 new Pollenites (my sincere apologies to anyone I've missed - if I have, let me know so you
can be welcomed next edition):

Chris Burque, Mark Cross, Cindy Decker, Greg Dehn, Dani Fisher, Shannon Gherty, Nina Hale, Nicole
Harrison, Amanda Hawn, Nica Horvitz, Wade Humphreys, Dave Jarvis, Kayla Johnson, Sadie LaFrance,
Nathan Laible, Isabel Ludcke, Lauren Melcher, Mara Milne, Marian Moore, Sandy’Ci Moua, Kaarin
Nelson, Emily Porter, Adam Robbins, Maria Ruud, Becki Skelton, Molly Sullivan, Keith Tanski, Michael
Vandevoort, and Morgan Wright

Thank you to our 14 Pollenite recruiters (if I missed you, please let me know):

Megan Astry, Regina Barr, Cat Beltmann, Kate Cimino, Mark D. Johnson, Ann Kaner-Roth, Elizabeth
Dehn, Karla Ekdahl, Chris Lambe, Ali Lozoff, Jan McDaniel, Margarette Minor, Christine Swanson, and
Greg Tehven

And thank you 23 Pollenites creatives who shared content, comments, or ideas for this edition:

Ian Alexander, Chadburn Blomquist, Noreen Buhmann, Zach Burnett, Andrea Carruthers, J. Forrest, Katy
Friesz, Alene Grossman, David Hakensen, Wendy Helgeson, Matt Hilker, Hayley Hontos, Jennifer Huber,
Andrea Kaufman, Alex Lopes, Dana Nelson, Brian Numainville, Erin Sapp, Katie Selby, Nils Snyder, Joel
Spoonheim, Patrick Troska, and Jake 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 1221 Pollen

443, yes 443 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
Join us here:

Notes from the Pollen curator:

Twitter: Many Pollenites maintain residency on Twitter. If you’re on Twitter, let’s connect at
http://www.twitter.com/larsleafblad so that I can add you to a Twitter list we’ve created for Pollen

Apologies to Andrea Kaufman for dropping the ball on both the correct spelling of her name and her new
employer. Andrea will be joining the Bakken Museum (not part of the U of MN) as corporate partnerships
coordinator. – http://www.thebakken.org

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):

- Has anything happened in your life or career as a result of a Pollen connection/introduction? –

We’d love to share it with the rest of the community.

Jobs (forwarded by Pollenites):

Project SUCCESS seeks new director of development and communications (via Karla Ekdahl)

Best Buy seeks new director of community relations (via Kelly Groehler)
Community Action of Ramsey & Wash Counties seeks new Senior Director, Head Start & Early Head
Start (this is a search being conducted by KeyStone Search): http://www.bit.ly/CAPRW-SrDir-HeadStart 

Lutheran World Relief seeks a Social Media Specialist to be based at LWR’s office in Baltimore, MD (via
Hayley Hontos):

A leading MN-based venture capital firm seeks part-time administrative assistant (via Alene Grossman):
Email me at larsl-at-keystonesearch.com for additional information

WomenVenture has openings for two full-time staff: Development Director and Communications
For Development Director: Check our website www.womenventure.org and look in the right-hand corner
on the home page for WomenVenture is Hiring - and you'll find the job description.. Here's a hint - it would
be REALLY good if you are applying to include in your cover letter the ways your experiences/skills meet
the requirements we are seeking. We have received a whole bunch of just resumes without any cover
letters - so, a word to the wise. Anyone interested should send a cover letter and resume (both required!)
to: hr-at-womenventure.org or via mail to: Human Resources, WomenVenture, 2324 University Ave.,
#120, St. Paul, MN 55114. Application deadline has been extended to April 1, 2010. WomenVenture
is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.

For the Communications Director - deadline is April 12. Anyone interested should send a cover letter
and resume (both required!) to: hr-at-womenventure.org or via mail to: Human Resources,
WomenVenture, 2324 University Ave., #120, St. Paul, MN 55114. Application deadline is April 12,
2010. Women Venture is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please. Job description
attached. (via Katie Selby)

Padilla Speer Beardsley is hiring for several positions (via Teresa Morrow)

Teach For America – Twin Cities is hiring a Manager of Development, District & School Partnerships
http://bit.ly/TFA-DevJob (via Daniel Sellers)

AchieveMpls seeks new CEO (via Kent Eklund)

Learn more at http://www.achievempls.org and email Kent at kent-at-cincinnatus.com for additional

CAPI, (http://www.capiusa.org) a community-based social justice organization that serves African and
Asian refugees and immigrants in MN, has an opening for an Impact and Innovation Manager. If you want
information please email Kari Ruth at klr-at-saintpaulfoundation.org.

Fleishman-Hillard seeks contact position for “a person who would be a sort of 2.0 version of our traditional
community organizer – well connected with local groups and influencers, well connected and fully
participating in the local social media scene, young, high energy, and a natural “connector.” While this is
not a full-time position, it would be a great opportunity. I can get more details about it, but if you know
people who are interested, they can contact me at angie.andresen-at-fleishman.com (via Angie

Children’s HeartLink (http://www.childrensheartlink.org) seeks development director (via Angie Andresen)


Internships (forwarded by Pollenites):

HOPEworks internships (via Dan Olson)

“HOPEworks internship: call for intern mentors

Hope Academy, an inner city, faith-based school, is piloting a four-week summer internship program for
its high school students. The vision of HOPEworks is to equip urban teenagers with work experience and
leadership skills by serving alongside urban Christians in their businesses, ministries, etc.. Eleven 10th
graders are excited about this four-week internship (dates and time below). Could your workplace use
an intern? And would you represent your business or ministry and serve as a HOPEworks mentor to an
inner city youth? We hope to have a variety of careers represented.

HOPEworks intern hours:

9:15am-11:45am, Monday-Thursday, June 14-17, June 21-24, June 28-July 1, July 6-9
If you're interested in meeting to talk about this opportunity further, e-mail Rebekah Adair, HOPEworks
coordinator, at radair-at-hopeschool.org.”

Boards (forwarded by Pollenites):


Patchwork Quilt (via Don Taylor)

“I'd like to put out a call for nominations to a board I'm on--and afterschool program in North Minneapolis
called Patchwork Quilt. We have re-built our programs through a strategic planning effort and are on the
move! Our program serves approximately 25 African American boys and girls from an area within
the Northside Acheivement Zone. We are particularly interested in candidates who have interests in
literacy, technology and cultural competencies related to the seven principles of Kwanza. We are a
working board--we all roll up our sleeves and fundraise, help to create program and support a small staff.
Interested folks can contact me at dtaylor-at-mplsfoundation.org. PQ's website is

HandsOn Twin Cities Youth Advisory Board (via Tom Basquill)

“HandsOn Twin Cities is looking for teens (14-18) who have a passion for volunteerism to apply for our
new Youth Advisory Board. Great leadership opportunity for youth who live or attend school in the Twin
Cities metro. http://www.handsontwincities.org/AboutUs/index.php/youth/index.html”

New Foundations (via Marcia Ballinger/Fran Lyon-Dugin)

New Foundations is a nonprofit in St. Paul whose mission is to provide permanent, supportive, affordable
housing and comprehensive on-site services for homeless dually diagnosed chemically dependent and
mentally ill adults in recovery and their families (www.newfoundationsinc.org ). We are in need of good
board candidates who are CPAs, interested in possible combination roles as members of the board
and/or finance committee and/or audit committee. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to get
experience on a board, utilize his/her professional skills, and make a difference in the lives of others.
Anyone interested should email Fran via fran0005-at-hotmail.com.

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 the 2010 MSP Biz Journal "40 under 40":


Special props to Pollenites selected:

Stacy Bee

Hudie Broughton

Kelly Groehler

Tim Huebsch

Mike Logan

Dana Nelson
Laura Zabel

Rob Zeaske

Special props to MSP Biz Journal Publisher Tammy Mencel, and Mark Reilly, for their great work!

You can see pics from the reception here:


To Jeff Peterson on his new role as director of strategy and innovation with General Mills Community

To Jennifer Ford Reedy and Jeff Peterson (Gen Mills) on their appearance on TPT Almanac to discuss
MN Idea Open

To Mike Frommelt on his inclusion in MSP Business Journal story on "Executives respond to healthcare
To all the folks at the Nerdery for their awesome 24 hour web challenge:

To Marcia Ballinger (who's daughter was a starting point guard) and all supporters of the 2A State
Champion Minnehaha Academy Girls Basketball team

To Eric Schubert on his Pioneer Press op-ed on the future of public policy innovation in MN:

To Robert Stephens on his front page profile in the Sunday Star Tribune

To Amy Hertel on her new role with Target on their vendor negotiations & strategy team

Greg Tehven profiled in new blog of The LEAD Project:


Ian Alexander founded the Alexander Law Firm, LLC located on West Broadway Avenue in North
Minneapolis. The small botique firm primarily works within the areas of family law, criminal defense and
dabbles in government relations / advoacy. www.ianalexanderlaw.com

To Ted Davis on his recognition by MN PRSA with the 2010 Donald G. Padilla Distinguished Practitioner

To several friends of Pollen and actual Pollenites listed by Twin Cities Business Magazine
(http://www.tcbmag.com) in the "200 Minnesotans You Should Know" cover story: (If there are folks that
you thought should have been included on the list, TCBM has asked you to email their nominations –
name, title, organization and 150 words why you think they are deserving – to 200plus-at-tcbmag.com.
Selected additional nominees will be added to digital edition shared in the “Superstars” section of the
TCBMag.com website.)
Collin Barr, Mary Brainerd, Jim Campbell, Lynn Casey, Bill George, Michael Gorman, Deb Hopp, Philip
Hotchkiss, John Himle, Scott Litman, Peggy Lucas, Harvey Mackay, Dan McElroy, Dan Mallin, Russ
Nelson, Kate Rubin, Steve Shank, Kathy Tunheim, Dale Wahlstrom, Charlie Weaver

To all Pollenites (raise your hands for next issue!) who work at Best Buy, Ecolab, General Mills, and
Target; your companies were each selected as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by
Ethisphere Institute:
Jennifer Champer Huber on joining the board of directors for Torch (http://www.jointorch.com)

Brian Numainville and Nash Finch Foundation on their recognition with a Jefferson Award from the MSP
Business Journal 

Several Pollenites are mentioned in the Spring issue of Culture Matters, the client e-newsletter of
KeyStone Search. You can read it here: 

Cross-pollenating (Pollen members helping Pollen members)

Jeremy Lenz home-for-sale:


Peg Birk home-for-sale:


Katie & Marshall Lichty condo-for-sale:

Jason Van de Loo home-for-sale:

Jake Woodard condo-for-rent/sale:


Engaging – Events, Ideas, Leadership Opportunities 

As part of the Citizens League’s work on the public participation component on the DNR’s Parks and
Trails Legacy project, we’re hosting a Mind Opener TONIGHT to gather input on the process we’re
planning to use (Is this the right way to engage Minnesotans? Does the information make sense? What
recommendations do you have?), in addition to gathering input on the issue itself. Here’s the link to more
info, and to sign up:  
http://citizensleague.org/events/past/2010/03/mind_opener_dnr.php (via Erin Sapp)
TORCH (www.jointorch.com) is having inaugural launch event May 12 at International Market
Square from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
http://torchcommunity.com/Torch_Community/Events.html Tickets are $5 from right now until April 12th (2
weeks left). Then they go up to $10 dollars until May 12th. They are $15 at the door. (via Alex Lopes) 
Social Venture Network seeks innovation award nominations (via Andrea Carruthers)

MSP Biz Journal seeks nominations for Minority Corporate Executive awards:
Three Rivers Park District seeks HS aged volunteers (via Noreen Buhmann):
Three Rivers Park District is offering opportunities for high school aged youth to participate in Global
Youth Service Day activities April 23, 24, and 25. Service projects are available throughout the Park
District and include trail maintenance, trail and golf course clean-up; barn and garden preparation; and
light painting.
For more information or to register your groups visit the Park District web site,
www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/volunteer. Click on the Global Youth Service Day link.
MN Idea Open (via Meggan Ellingboe): 
Ever had one of those light-bulb moments where you solved a major problem? Enter the Minnesota Idea
Open, the gathering space for all Minnesotans to learn about an issue, discuss solutions, share ideas and
vote on the best ones. Minnesota Idea Open is hosting its first statewide Idea Open Challenge this
spring. We invite everyone to bring your best thinking to help us address the issue of obesity in

Tell us how your community could use $15,000 to help people eat smart and be active. Visit
www.MNIdeaOpen.org to sign up, enter your idea, and join a new community of citizen thought leaders.
You could receive $500 and see your idea become a reality.Minnesota Idea Open is a collaborative
initiative led by Minnesota Community Foundation and its partners, Ashoka Changemakers, Citizens
League, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Minnesota Public Radio.

MPR's @publicinsight seeks to convene online forums on #education #healthcare #economy & involve
on-the-ground experts. Please contact MPR's 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) 

Minnesota Cup:
The 6th Annual Minnesota Cup is a statewide business plan competition that seeks out entrepreneurs,
inventors, small business people and students – in short, anyone whose dreams include creating the next
breakthrough business success story in Minnesota. The competition is organized around six divisions:
High Tech, Biosciences, Clean Tech and Renewable Energy, Social Entrepreneurship, Student and
General. With more than $130,000 in prize money and support from the state’s leaders in finance,
accounting, legal and management, there has never been a better time to enter. The entry period runs
from March 29 – May 21, 2010; entries are accepted online at www.minnesotacup.org. (via Matt Hilker)

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) 

May 4: Bethlehem Speaker Series

Chris Farrell - Consume Less, Save More and Live Better
Based on his book, The New Frugality, Chris Farrell will share practical tools to help people find greater
happiness and financial stability by spending and saving money more deliberately. Farrell is
the economics editor for American Public Media's "Marketplace Money" and is a contributing editor for
BusinessWeek. Event is free; RSVP at www.bethlehem-church.org/register. Contact Katy.Friesz-at-
yahoo.com with questions.
7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (via Katy Friesz)

MinneBar 2010 (http://www.minnebar.org) will be happening May 22, 2010 at Best Buy headquarters. We
haven't opened up registration yet but now that we know the date, we wanted to let everyone know. We'll
send more information about registration and signing up for sessions when we've finalized it. For now,
mark May 22 on your calendar and start thinking up some great sessions! To keep up to date on
MinneBar happenings, follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/minnebar Interested in sponsoring MinneBar
this year? Contact Ben Edwards for details: ben-at-alttext.com (via Ben Edwards)

April 29: Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities Awards Luncheon

The Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities 2010 Awards Luncheon and 30th Anniversary
Celebration features keynote speaker Jeff Hoffman, a nationally recognized leader in volunteerism,
sharing his insight on corporate community engagement. Hoffman chairs the CaliforniaVolunteers
Commission, serves on the Points of Light Institute Board of Directors and is the former Vice President of
Disney Worldwide Outreach for The Walt Disney Company, where he had global responsibility for The
Walt Disney Company’s philanthropy, community relations and cause marketing, including its award-
winning employee volunteer program, Disney VoluntEARs. For registration information, please visit
www.cvctc.org. (via Katy Friesz)

Fast Company and MIT’s Technology Review both just published their lists of “50 Most Innovative

No MN-companies made Fast Company’s 2010 list, although Target had been on the 2009 list and Best
Buy is listed in a sub-category list of 2010 Top 10 Innovative Retailers (#10 of 10):

Fast Company Top 50 list: http://www.bit.ly/FC-Top50

One MN-company made Technology Review’s 2010 list, Medtronic.

MIT Top 50 list: http://www.bit.ly/MIT-TR50

5 MN-companies made Fortune magazine’s “Top 50 Most Admired” 2010 list: 3M, Target, Best Buy,
Wells Fargo, General Mills

Fortune Top 50 list: http://www.bit.ly/Fortune50

If you enjoy reading content from McKinsey & Co., et al you can find quick access to lots of highly
insightful content from majority of the consulting firms and leading management publications via Twitter:


You can also check out this list of Harvard Business School faculty on various social
media: http://bit.ly/BV2Pt
U of MN's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs seeks applicants for the 2010-11 Policy Fellows program.
You can learn more and download application materials here: http://www.bit.ly/HHHPF-10-11

MinneSpark awarding $1,000 grants to help accelerate MN start-up launches:


Neal St. Anthony profiles "New Generation of Women in the Boardroom" in Star Tribune:

Interesting article on "The Dropout Economy" from Time magazines "10 Ideas for Next 10 Years":

Liwanag Ojala and Pear Tree Greetings have launched contest to give away $5,000 to a graduating
Learn more here:

Booz & Co on harnessing the power of informal organizations to drive results http://www.ow.ly/1qhML

Article from Fortune magazine on how LinkedIn is affecting talent management http://www.bit.ly/bNTHTw

Chief Executive magazine compiles monthly "CEO Index" - interesting predictive model/crowdsourcing

Inc. magazine does great job providing overview of how the executive recruiting industry works:

Fan of Stats & March Madness? We've crunched the numbers: Yes, Tom Izzo is every bit as good as he
seems. http://bit.ly/cFnbmP

Great article from Lori Jacobwith on "Six Steps to Exceptional Nonprofit Boards":

Facebook status updates as predictive economic indicators?


Support U of MN, Carlson School, and next-gen entrepreneurs by attending the CSOM Entrepreneurs
Club CEO Dinner on April 9th with a keynote from Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens:

SIFE needs judges in May (via Joel Spoonheim):

SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise is a competition of college students from around the world for projects
to improve communities. This year the US championships are in Minneapolis, May 11-13. Team
presentations are evaluated by volunteer judges, professionals from various companies. 
We need judges for the program. For HR professionals...this is a fabulous way to see top talent from
colleges across America.

May 11-13 in Minneapolis, more than 4,000 top university students,academic professionals and industry
leaders will come together for the 2010 SIFE USA National Exposition. SIFE connects the leaders of
today and tomorrow through projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people

At this event, you will have the opportunity to interact with university students and peer-level executives.
And, as a judge, you will see firsthand how SIFE students are using the business concepts they learn in
the classroom to create community outreach projects that are making a difference in the world. To
register, visit www.sife.org/eventregistration and choose the "Without a Personal Access Code" option.
After you enter your contact
information, simply select the events you wish to attend. If you have questions or need help with
registration, please contact Danielle Keller
at kdeller-at-sife.org or 417-575-3520. You can also visit www.sife.org/usacompetitions for additional
event information.  
Pollen extends deep condolences to the family of the late Brian Anderson, former editor of Mpls St. Paul
magazine, and beloved by many in the Pollen community. You can read a poignant tribute to Brian by
Pollenite Brian Lucas here:

You can read more about Brian's final chapter in his own words via his CaringBridge.org journal:

Participate in a no-cost teleseminar “Amplify Your Success: Career Building Strategies to Overcome
Obstacles and Get Ahead in Your Career!”offered by Pollenite Regina Barr
(http://www.redladder.com/aboutus.htm/staff) on April 7:
Register here:
Free yoga offer (via Meggan Ellingboe):
“I am completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Core Power Yoga which is a registered school with
the national body, Yoga Alliance. I am eager to start teaching and share how yoga has these wonderful
benefits to soothe your soul and your mind. I would be willing to come to your home or business to teach
a free class. I am compassionate to beginners or those who keep meaning to try it but don’t get around to
Contact Meggan at meggan-at-grassrootssolutions.com 
(Via David Ewald from Ewald Consulting):
Free digital version of “Secrets for Citizen Lobbyists” here: http://www.bit.ly/Ewald-Pollen
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