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Pollen vol 11

April 18, 2010

Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search

Thanks for taking the time to read our 11 edition of Pollen. We’ve grown this talent commune to 1267
email subscribers and 526 members of the Pollen LinkedIn group. Thank you!

Pollen Reader Survey responses:

Thanks to the 100 Pollenites who completed our first reader survey in the last issue of Pollen.

Summary responses are below and a link (password-protected) to the full responses, including all
open-ended questions, is also included below.

Question 1: What content is most valuable to you? – top 2 responses – (1) Connecting with others
and (2) Career Opportunities – least valuable – (5) Sharing Professional Accolades (note this
section will be moved accordingly to the end of Pollen)

Question 2: Would you be interested in attending a Pollen event? – Yes – 60%, Maybe – 35%, No –

Question 3: If interested in attending, what time works best? – Evening – 61%, Morning – 26%,
Lunch – 13%

Question 4: How can we make Pollen better? - See 50 open ended responses via link to full survey
results below – many of you asked that we create easier to navigate format including a
blog/website or HTML email format. We will be incorporating some of these design changes in the
near term. Thanks for your input and patience!

Question 5: What 5 Minnesotans would you like to have coffee with? – top 5 vote-getters – (1-tie)
Governor Tim Pawlenty, (1-tie) Mayor R.T. Rybak, (3) Senator Amy Klobuchar, (4) Joe Mauer, and
(5) Ethan or Joel Coen – You can see all responses in full survey results

Question 6: Will MN Twins win the AL Central this year? – Yes – 80%, No – 20%

Link to all survey responses (including open-ended questions) is below:

The password is “pollen”:


P.S. If any of you data junkies/consumer insights guru/people with much more database aptitude
than me have any insights or feedback you glean from the data set, please send it along and we’ll
share with the Pollen community. Thanks!
Welcome 15 new Pollenites (my sincere apologies to anyone I've missed - if I have, let me know so you
can be welcomed next edition) note: this does not include new Pollen LinkedIn group members who are
not subscribed to this e-newsletter:

Dawon Bahtuoh, Carol Bauer, Pam Diamond, Cindy Haas, Amy Johnson, Carolyn Jones, Katy Kimble,
Brendan Kurvers, Nick Lindberg, Caroline Palmer, Greg Pesky, Susan Pierce, Natalie Ramier, Cathy
Schmidt, and Suzanne Stenson O’Brien.

Thank you to our 11 Pollenite recruiters (if I missed you, please let me know):

Regina Barr, Duchesne Drew, Carolyn Egeberg, Natalie Greve, Ann Kirby McGill, Beth McMullen, Naomi
Pesky, Brian Peterson, Mona Peterson Rosow, Greg Tehven, and Jim Vos

And thank you to all who shared content for this edition of Pollen! Please forward to your network; truly,
the more the merrier! Please send 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 Pollen members.

LinkedIn Pollen Group:

526, yes 526 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 the group by clicking here: http://www.bit.ly/Pollen-LinkedIn


Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal seeks advertising sales manager (via Tammy Mencel):

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer seeks new director of development (via Peg Birk):

Kulture Klub Collaborative seeks new Executive Director (via Megan Leafblad):

GovDelivery is hiring several positions right now, including a Marketing Manager, Director of Sales
Operations and Director of Client Services (via Scott Burns):

Further position descriptions here: http://bit.ly/bTxolT

Coffee House Press seeks development manager (via Marla Stack):


TreeHouse seeks director of development (via Jason Van de Loo):


West Suburban Teen Clinic seeks development and communications director (via Jodi Williams):

The Center for Victims of Torture seeks individual giving officer (via Lori Jacobwith):

Neighborhood House seeks youth leadership manager (via Michelle Ness):


Consulate General of Canada, Minneapolis seeks public affairs officer (via Joel Wessman):
Youth Frontiers is looking for Retreat Directors and Interns to facilitate our dynamic youth programs.
Resumes are due April 30th. For more information, please visit http://ats.youthfrontiers.org/careers/ (via
Ali Sipkins)

Boston Scientific seeks hybrid web producer/strategist (via Lisa Pope):

There’s opening on 2-person team that manages the intranet site for BSCI’s Cardiac Rhythm
Management sales force. It’s hybrid web producer/strategist – someone with technical and design savvy
plus the ability to work strategically with internal subject matter experts to help them maximize the
effectiveness of their presence on our intranet.

Here’s a link to the details:


In case that link doesn’t work, potential applicants can go to the careers section of
www.bostonscientific.com <http://www.bostonscientific.com/> and enter in the job title (Senior Internet
Marketing Specialist) and/or requisition number (32807).


If you have an internship (paid or unpaid) to share with Pollen community, please forward to larsl-at-

The Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) is looking for an individual with a strong financial background to serve
on its Board of Directors. The mission of MAP is “to lead Minnesota’s fight to stop HIV through advocacy,
education and service.” We are the largest AIDS Service Organization in the state of Minnesota with an
annual budget of over $4 million, and a client base of more than 1,600 people living with HIV/AIDS. We
are seeking an individual with a strong financial and accounting background who would be interested in
working with our current Finance Committee Chair and potentially taking over as chair of the committee in
2 years. For more information about MAP check our website at www.mnaidsproject.org or contact me
directly at ptroska-at-phillipsfnd.org or 612-623-1655. (via Patrick Troska)

Hennepin County Bar Foundation seeks new board members (JD is not required for consideration) – (via
Marshall Lichty): The Hennepin County Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Hennepin County Bar
Association. Each year, the officers of the HCBA appoint up to seven members to the Foundation's
Board to serve a three year term. The Foundation raises money through donations and fundraising
events and supports programs in Hennepin County that: provide legal services to individuals of limited
resources; enhance public understanding of the law; and improve the administration of justice.

Engaging – Events, Ideas, Leadership Opportunities

Monday, April 19 is the 2010 Facing Race Ambassador Awards event with keynote from Naomi Tutu
http://www.facingrace.org/page10004079.cfm (via Jennifer Ford Reedy)
The 2010 HHH Institute Public Leadership Awards Dinner will be held April 21 and honor Frank
Fahrenkopf, Jr., Paul Kirk, Jr., Dr. David B. Laird, Jr., John Harrington, Dr. Barbara Sigford, and Barbara
Sporlein. It will also recognize MOAPPP (MN Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and
Parenting. Tickets are $125 and benefit a scholarship initiative of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Full details can be accessed here:
http://www.hhh.umn.edu/honors_awards/HHHPublicLeadershipAwards2010.html (via Anne Mason)
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal seeks nominations for “Young Entrepreneurs” by May 3 :
Full nomination criteria and submission form available here:
TEDxTC has announced its second event will be held May 5 . Event details and ticket information will be
made available at http://www.tedxtc.com and on Twitter via http://www.twitter.com/tedxtc . (via
Chadburn Blomquist)

The Citizens League is organizing its Action Groups program for 2010. Members will advance work in
core Citizens League policy areas (health and medical care, poverty, water, transportation) while
receiving support and training from the Citizens League. The Action Groups are perfect for young
professionals looking to build their civic skills and their networks. Find more information and sign up at:
http://citizensleague.org/events/past/2010/04/action_groups_2.php (via Annie Levenson-Falk)

During Minnesota Idea Open’s first statewide challenge, Minnesotans submitted over 400 ideas on how to
use $15,000 to address obesity in their communities. On May 4, Minnesota Idea Open will announce
three finalists and you can begin casting your vote for the Challenge I Champion of the first Idea Open.
Visit www.MNIdeaOpen.org to watch a short video about each finalist’s idea and then click to enter your
vote! (via Meggan Ellingboe)

Join Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-Twin Cities as we jump-off the EDGE! Nonprofit EDGE is a
forward-thinking job transition group that supports nonprofit job seekers. Driven by the energy of YNPN-
TC, Nonprofit EDGE strives to be a central location for nonprofit job seekers, employers, and supporters
to interact with the mindset of growing a vivacious and skilled nonprofit workforce. First event is May 4
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Goodwill Easter Seals MN HQ in Saint Paul.

Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit
http://nonprofitedge.eventbrite.com/. (via Ada Okolue)

TORCH (www.jointorch.com) is having its 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 $10 in advance and $15 at the door. (via Alex Lopes)

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 6 Annual Minnesota Cup is a statewide business plan competition that seeks out entrepreneurs,
inventors, small business people and students. The competition is organized around six divisions: High
Tech, Biosciences, Clean Tech and Renewable Energy, Social Entrepreneurship, Student and General.
The entry period runs from March 29 – May 21, 2010; entries are accepted online at
www.minnesotacup.org. (via Matt Hilker)

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 (via Kate

Youth Venture has two upcoming panel opportunities and I’m seeking volunteers to help evaluate the
teams. The Panelists are responsible for listening to the venture team, asking thoughtful questions,
determining if the team meets Youth Venture’s criteria, and providing helpful suggestions, feedback or
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contacts. The two events are on Monday, April 19 and Friday, May 7 . Please email Spectra Myers at

From Janel Goff (The Goff Group – Merrill Lynch), “Here is a special invitation we would like to extend to
the women Pollenites. We have Kim Nelson from General Mills (President, Snacks Unlimited division)
speaking at our invitation only “Invest in Yourself” seminar May 19, 2010 at the Woman’s Club from 11:00
to 1:00. RSVP by May 14 to Sandra_andersen-at-ml.com.

American Refugee Committee is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided
humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 30 years. The American
Refugee Committee has been asked to build shelters for an additional 3,000 families living in the rubble
near their camp in Port-au-Prince before the heavy rains of the season begin to fall. $1,000 builds a
sturdy transitional shelter that can shield a family from the elements for up to 3 years! Each and every bit
helps: $25 can buy a sledgehammer; $45 can buy a wheelbarrow, etc. Please visit www.arcrelief.org to
learn more about ARC’s efforts and to donate, and help by spreading the word to your networks. (via Jodi

There was a great article in FORTUNE about current-conflict veterans and the "new face of leadership"
last month:

Also, the unemployment rate among current-conflict veterans is now practically 15%. According to Iraq
and Afghanistan Veterans of America: In March 2010, the unemployment rate of Iraq and Afghanistan-era
veterans was 14.7 percent. Unemployment rates for new veterans have risen significantly over the last
two years; in 2009, the average unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans was 10.2
percent. (via Andrew Borene)

Dan Mallin, Scott Litman, and MN Cup profiled in MinnPost: “What's the recipe for entrepreneurial
success" http://is.gd/bbDl4

Announcing MinneSpark - a new initiative to promote tech businesses in MN - http://eepurl.com/okdf

Kim Scheinberg's new venture fund plans to institutionalize the idea of paying it forward:
http://shr.gd/9FbAic (via Good magazine)

Worth your time! – “From Social Media to Social Strategy” http://s.hbr.org/bRW4l6 (via Harvard Business

A great collection of essays from leading management and innovation consultants called “Change This” -

"Culture is the new frontier" http://bit.ly/McKinsey-NewParadigm (via McKinsey & Co.)

Great article by David Brooks in NY Times on why Jim Collins "Good to Great" CEO profile matters;

If you ever wondered just what an “executive search consultant/recruiter/headhunter” does, here’s a
breakdown of the recruiting industry from Inc. magazine: http://bit.ly/SearchBizModels (curator’s note -
KeyStone Search is a retained search firm)

Gary Hamel on "Reinventing Management for a Networked World" http://tinyurl.com/yeepgzn

Fascinating special report from The Economist on "Innovation in Emerging Markets";


Subscribe to KeyStone Search’s (my employer) quarterly e-newsletter, Culture Matters, here:
Props to the following Pollen members (please consider sharing good news about a
friend/colleague/volunteer for next issue):

To Peg Birk (great job Mom!) on being recognized in the digital edition of Twin Cities Business magazine
“200 Minnesotans You Should Know” story. http://bit.ly/TCBmag-PegBirk

Other Pollenites recognized in the digital edition:

Marcia Ballinger - http://bit.ly/TCBmag-MarciaB

Sona Mehring - http://bit.ly/TCBmag-SonaM

Rebecca Yanisch - http://bit.ly/TCBmag-RebeccaY

To Jon Pearce on his company, Zipnosis, being profiled in TC Business blog by Dana Severson:

To Nate Garvis on his new civic venture, “Naked Civics”, which you can learn more about here:

To Uri Neren and his firm, Generate Companies, on launching two new innovation initiatives: “Innovation
Minnesota” – a peer group of chief innovators from Minnesota’s largest companies. The World Database
of Innovation has also been launched in collaboration w/ several universities.

To Lauren Segal on her new role as President and CEO of Scholarship America

To Todd Ciresi on his new role as a Partner with TRG

To Jim Vos on joining the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest

To Charlotte Preston, president/owner of Charlotte Preston Catalysts, on her new board position with the
Women’s Jewelry Association-Twin Cities (WJA-TC)

Greg Tehven, Brad Brown, Jacquie Bergland, Greg Grothe, and Elizabeth Ziegler who judged Thrivent’s
2nd Annual Social Entrepreneurial Case Competition. Congrats to the winning team from St. Olaf College
- Ryan Anderson, Patrick Delahunt, and Danny Langseth. The Runner up was a team from Gustavus
Adolphus College - Jordan Brunsberg & Sarah Schumacher (via Greg Tehven)

To Kate Cimino on her post, “Quick Fix? No Thanks” on the Leadership & Community blog:

I am a certified yoga instructor trained through CorePower Yoga. Contact me if you would like a free
session at mellingboe-at-gmail.com. (via Meggan Ellingboe)

Thanks so much for your time and content suggestions. If you’d like to be removed, hit reply with
"remove" in the subject header. It’s an honor to build this community with you. Thanks again for your time,
energy, and ideas!

Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search, larsl-at-keystonesearch.com

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