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Pollen vol 29

May 10, 2011

Curated by Lars Leafblad
Principal, KeyStone Search


Two important community updates before we begin our regularly scheduled programming….

1) Pollen’s on Facebook!

Join 730+ fellow Pollenites who are now engaging with one another via Pollen’s new page on Facebook.

You can participate by simply hitting the “like” button on our fan page below.


2) Pollen to begin regular publishing on the 1st and 15th every month!

We will be initiating a regular publishing schedule starting next issue with new issues being published and
distributed on the 1st and 15th every month (or appropriate corresponding business day). Content you
would like to include will need to be shared by noon the day before with Lars Leafblad at larsl-at-
keystonesearch.com beginning with Pollen vol 30 which will be published on Monday, May 16th..

For those of you just joining Pollen, you might be asking, so just what is Pollen?

“Pollen is a community comprised of civic-minded connectors who share ideas, career and civic
engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition to create positive impact and personal and
professional growth for its members.”

Pollen volume 1 was shared with members on December 4, 2009. We’ve subsequently grown to 1,700+
subscribers to this twice monthly e-newsletter and 2,300+ members of our Pollen LinkedIn group.
Become a new member by clicking the secure link below:


If someone has forwarded this to you and you’d like to become a full-fledged Pollenite, which provides
you with the opportunity to contribute content for distribution to the entire Pollen network, become a
member by emailing larsl-at-keystonesearch.com.

Special report for Pollen from Pollenite Kate-Madonna Hindes about MinneBar 6:

Minnesota is home to more Fortune 500s companies per capita than any other state, according to
Positively Minnesota.The state has also been a magnet for budding tech start-ups, especially in the last
few years. Local (un)conference,Minnebar has been giving a platform and voice to the forefathers and
mothers of the tech and design community for almost 7 years. This years conference, (held Friday at Best
Buy Headquarters in Richfield,) boasted higher attendance than prior years. After selling out of nearly
1200 tickets, (a rise of 33% since 2010,) Minnebar packed the halls of local giant, Best Buy and offered
passionate users of all ages a full schedule of discussion topics including: application development,
programming, social media, branding and career development.
Minnebar co-founder,Luke Francl explained,

"We tried to do a couple of things differently this year compared to prior years. The Uptake was onsite
streaming the largest session and others are going to be placed on YouTube. I loved seeing everyone
together, actively engaged in technology and networking; the energy and excitement in the air is the best

Pain points and funding were large emphasis of this years (un) conference. TechdotMN was on-site to
facilitate a fundraising session before lunch. While presenting the panel,Jeff Pesek and Mike Bollinger
utilized hash-tagging for audience participation. Some staggering numbers ignited the conversation. In
2010 alone, Minnesota tech start-up investments totalled $30M. In the last 45 days $2.62M has been
raised for four, individual companies in Minnesota. The companies featured in the panel,
(Zencoder,PedalBrain,CaSTT,Workface, INC) shared that most their financing, (a median of 75%,) was
raised in Minnesota, alone.

{Minnebar}: Minnesota's Growing Tech Community: Full report: http://bit.ly/Minnebar2011


May 10th – Young Nonprofit Professionals Network hosts “Land of 10,000 Linkages with Lars Leafblad”
networking event. Tickets are sold-out but a waiting list is available. Full details below.

May 11th –The Minneapolis Foundation’s Fourth Generation program is a grantmaking program for young
professionals in the Twin Cities. They are awarding $17,000 in grants to two local programs that serve
homeless youth. The grants will be awarded at an event highlighting the work of the grant recipients and
celebrating a successful first year of the Fourth Generation program. Cathy ten Broeke, Hennepin County
Coordinator to End Homelessness and one of the Twin Cities' most influential voices on ending
homelessness, is the featured speaker. The event is open to the public and will be held at Engine for
Social Innovation in Minneapolis from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 11. Come and learn about Fourth
Generation and youth homelessness, and celebrate these deserving programs.

May 12th – Mpls St. Paul Business Journal “Women in Business Awards” luncheon
http://www2.bizjournals.com/twincities/event/36201 (via Tammy Mencel) award recipients include
Pollenites Lynn Casey, Betsy Buckley, Margaret Murphy, Carleen Rhodes, Carolyn Roby, Andrea
Kopfmann, Beth McMullen and Jodi Standke. Congrats to them and to all recipients!

May 12th – LEAD Project PhilanthroFair 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Graves 601 Hotel
RSVP to: http://www.theleadproject.org/events/philanthrofair-3/
We will have over 15 nonprofits all offering skill based volunteer opportunities for young professionals to
meet with as well as a Board Bootcamp beforehand (additional charge).(via Bridget Ulrich)

May 14th – Bids & Pieces event benefiting The Playwrights Center

May 16th – MinnPost Asks: Ted Mondale

Is there a future for the Vikings in Minnesota? Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted
Mondale will be interviewed by MinnPost journalist
Jay Weiner to discuss the controversial stadium issue. Monday, May 16, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hell’s
Kitchen. Event includes hearty appetizer buffet, dessert and coffee. Cash bar available throughout. Ticket
purchase deadline is Wednesday May 11, 2011. $15 for current MinnPost donors, $15 for young
professionals, $25 for others. Details and tickets: http://www.minnpost.com/asks/series/

May 17th - Lutheran Social Service of MN is hosting their annual Luncheon to End Youth Homelessness
Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Registration; 11:30am. Lunch; Noon – 1:00 No Charge (via Jim Vos)
More information at http://lssmn.org/About-Us/News-and-Events/Homeless-Youth-Luncheon---Metro/

May 17th
Youth Frontiers Annual Event: Beyond One Day
Metropolitan Ballroom
For tickets, call 952-922-0222 or email Mindy at mswenson-at-youthfrontiers.org

May 18 Torch Community Arts Event: Connecting with Creativity. Tickets are available now at

May 18 national screening of the film Race to Nowhere about educational achievement
http://www.racetonowhere.com/host-screening at the Wellstone Community Center, 179 Robie St. E, St
Paul, MN, 55107 (651) 789-2542 http://www.neighb.org/wellstone_center.aspx

May 18th - 13th Annual Allies for Justice Celebration benefiting Headwaters Foundation for Justice

May 19th – Minnesota Zoo’s young professionals group AZUL hosting networking happy hour at Windows
on Minnesota – http://www.mnzoo.org/azul

May 19th – YouthCARE MN 6th Annual Celebration of Youth


May 22nd – Avenues for Homeless Youth – Open House event


May 26 2nd Annual Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours Charity Event benefitting Children's Hospitals and
Clinics of MN NICU
http://tcthh.childrensmn.org/ (via Jeff Nolan)

June 1st – Steve Helland co-presenting “Social Media – Legal Hot Topics in Health Care”

Sat, June 11 Run for Ralph is a 5K fun run and 1 mile walk to benefit adults and children with
developmental disabilities who are supported by Hammer Residences, Inc.
Fore more details and to register: http://www.hammer.org/about/news-and-events/2011-run-for-ralph.html

June 16th - The Engaged Philanthropy Conference (EPCON) - Social Ventures Partners Minnesota
EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference has a simple, yet powerful formula – to accelerate the
pace of social innovation in Minnesota by bringing together our most innovative social entrepreneurs with
social investors to create solutions to our pressing social problems.


American Cancer Society - Midwest Division

VP, Community Relations

American Public Media

Senior Development Officer

Blandin Foundation
Program Associate - Public Policy

CaringBridge.org (via Sona Mehring)

Several open positions in marketing and technology

Children's Defense Fund of MN


Greater Twin Cities United Way (via Carole Stodieck)

Vice President, Marketing

Several other openings with GTCUW:


InCommons (Bush Foundation initiative)

Engagement Specialist: Online Associate

Engagement Specialist: Relationship Associate


Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Program Officer - Environment

Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs

Minneapolis Public Schools (via Eric Molho)

Director, Data Quality

Public Radio International (via Alisa Miller)

Social Media Manager
The Saint Paul Parks Conservancy
Executive Director

Science Museum of MN (via Greg Bonine-Giles)

Prospect Researcher


Cargill - Media Relations intern


Cargill, Inc.
Global Recruitment, On-Boarding, and Employment Brand Lead

C.H. Robinson - Community Relations intern


Employee Strategies, Inc. (via J. Forrest)

Organizational Development Consultant

GovDelivery (via Tasha Hock)

Support Engineer: http://www.govdelivery.com/about-us/careers/support-engineer/
Senior Systems Administration: http://www.govdelivery.com/about-us/careers/senior-systems-
Other openings: http://www.govdelivery.com/about-us/careers/

Xcel Energy
Lead Recruiter/Talent Acquisition Consultant

Additional MN Corporate Jobs Resources:

Public Relations Society of America - MN chapter

Job Board:

MN Headhunter
IT Jobs:

Recruiting Jobs:


ClearWay Minnesota seeks new board member


Leadership and Community is a local, collaborative blog focused on community and leadership topics.
The blog has both regular contributors and guest contributors. If you have a community and leadership
topic - and would like to be considered for a guest blog post, please contact jeff.l.urban-at-gmail.com.
30 Additional MN non-profit board openings c/o MAP for Nonprofits:


Several Pollenites were among those hosted by the Office of Governor Mark Dayton via Kathy Tunheim,
Tina Smith, and Robin Sternberg, to participate in a conversation on May 9thth about innovation,
entrepreneurship, job creation, and a vision for the state of Minnesota. Attendees included Pollenites
Dianne Brennan, Jay Coogan, John Foley, Kim Garretson, Lars Leafblad, Brad Lehrman, Jeff Nelson,
Brian Pietsch, Lisa Radzak, Cecily Sommers, Tammy Lee Stanoch, and Lucinda Winter.

Nominate someone for the 2011-12 HHH Policy Fellows program at the U of MN’s Humphrey School of
Public Affairs

Robert Stephens, founder of Geek Squad, shares thoughts on how "A Few Key People in Mpls-St. Paul
Can Make A Huge Difference" relative to innovation and entrepreneurship

Pollenite Lars Leafblad recently joined the Civic Caucus (http://www.civiccaucus.org) for a discussion
about a vision for the State of Minnesota. Read a summary of their conversation which was recently
shared with the 1,000+ members of the Civic Caucus via link below:

The invitation from the Civic Caucus to visit with Pollen came as a result of this original article in The Line
about Minnesota as the “Land of 10,000 Linkages”:

Issue 82 of "Change This" - wonderful collection of idea essays (fan of TED & TEDx? you'll love this)

What planted the seed for creation of Pollen? Read post from Lars Leafblad on the Fast Horse blog:

How the Christian Science Monitor drove monthly pageviews from 3 million to 25
million http://on.news.me/eeDzB6

Spread the word about the 2011 Minnesota Cup where $185,000 is at stake for entrepreneurs in
Minnesota! (via Matt Hilker)

The Atlantic - "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" from 2010:


The 2011 "TIME magazine 100 Most Influential People"


Report on 2010 CEO Transitions


Daniel Pink article "Why we all need a to-don't list":

Breaking Bin Laden "Visualizing the Power of a Single Tweet"

Great coverage of Ignite Minneapolis in The Line:


Canadian Broadcast Corporation "Spark" program:


The Economist "What's Wrong with America's Economy?"


National Geographic shares why weaver ants may have perfect social networking

Interesting essay on "Leadership 101":


WIRED magazine essay "The Limits of Nudging"


TEDx spreading north in Minnesota via TEDxTwinPorts --> learn more: http://www.tedxtwinports.com

100 Interviews:

John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), discusses leadership challenges he's

Pollen Props:

Congrats to Pollenites highlighted in Star Tribune feature "The Fixers", Laura Zabel and Leah Cooper

Congrats to "Famous" Dave Anderson - a competitor on the new Food Network show "Up in Smoke"
http://bit.ly/FamousDave-FoodNetwork (via Pollenite Lars Leafblad who used to cook with Famous Dave
as a member of his National BBQ Competition Team in summers of '96 and '97)

Jon McTaggert is the new CEO of American Public Media Group


Meg Gehlen Nodzon, Luther Ranheim and MacPhail Center for Music team on a wonderful Music Matters
event http://www.macphail.org/support_mml.html
Performers included Pollenite Philip Hotchkiss' son and table hosts included Pollenites Hudie Broughton,
Brian Pietsch, and Mandy Tuong

Ben Golnik on the launch of www.TweetMN.com a new website to track the latest political news in
Minnesota. TweetMN provides "tweets" from Minnesota's lawmakers, Capitol press, and politicos --
check out TweetMN to follow the news as it happens.

Pollenite Betsy McDermott-Altheimer explains how Minnesotans can get "Art by the bushel" in Star
Tribune: http://bit.ly/ArtByBushel
Greg Bonine-Giles on his new role as Director of Major and Planned Giving with the Science Museum of

Amy Hertel on her new role with Minneapolis Foundation as manager, strategic development, research, &

Jackie Aman on new role as Research and Programs Manager for the Public and Nonprofit Leadership
Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of MN

Dr. Jodi Sandfort was recognized as a 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the Council of
Graduate Students at the U of MN

Dr. John Bryson was recognized by the American Society for Public Administration with its annual Dwight
Waldo Award, presented to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the professional
literature of public administration over an extended career.

Lindsey Day on her new role with Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP as an associate in their
Business & Securities group

Katie Lichty on her new role as an Attorney with Land O’Lakes

Keith Stout on his new role as Senior Development Officer with the Hazelden Foundation.

John Eichten’s new role as Director of BD and Client Relations at Mojo Solo – www.mojosolo.com

Matt Gallivan on his new role as a staff member in the DC office of Congressman John Kline

Congrats Paula Hart, new President and CEO of Volunteers of America - Minnesota (search conducted
by KeyStone Search)

Patrick Troska (belatedly) on his new role as Executive Director of the Jay & Rose Phillips Family
Foundation of Minnesota

To Jim Delaney and Engine for Social Innovation on their new website, office space, and continued
growth as they anticipate beginning 10 new projects in June.

Peg Birk on her discussion with Chronicle of Philanthropy on "Leading Organizations in Times of Change"

Thompson Aderinkomi on his recognition as a 2011 “Board Star” from MAP for Nonprofits for his work on
the board of WATCH:

Pollenite J. Forrest media coverage for an unconventional 20th High School reunion involving volunteer
work with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Pollenite Scott Burns "What 'Job Creators' Really Need From Government" editorial in MinnPost:

Pollenite Catherine Reid Day and the "West Midway Creative Enterprise Zone" covered in Star Tribune by
Rochelle Olson - http://bit.ly/CRD-ST
Suzanne Stenson O’Brien on her new role in Marketing and Communications with Ever-Green Energy

Carlson School of Management alumni magazine includes feature on Pollenite Kai Worrell (Worrell

Students Today, Leaders Forever (Irene Fernando, Brian Peterson, and Greg Tehven) also profiled in
CSOM magazine

Pollenite Matt Kramer, President of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, profiled in CSOM magazine

Congrats to all Pollenites involved with MinneBar 6 hosted by Best Buy this past weekend. Coverage via

Congrats Pollenite Blois Olson on 1 year anniversary of Morning Take daily newsletter.
Subscribe here: http://morningtake.posterous.com/pages/subscribe-to-morning-take

Pollenite Lori Sturdevant interviewed on MPR about her new book on the Pillsbury family in Minnesota

Pollenite Judy Grundstrom editorial on Block E in MinnPost:


Pollenite Paul DeBettignies named a "Top 25 Online Influencer in Online Recruiting" by HR Examiner


Pew Research Center "Political Typology" quiz:


For those of you who found humor from "Star Wars Day" on May 4th --> "The Economics of Death Star
Planet Destruction"

Pollen on LinkedIn:

Finally, over 100+ new members became part of Pollen’s private LinkedIn community since our last issue
bringing our total membership to over 2,300 LinkedIn members. Join them by clicking this secure link.

Thanks again for being part of Pollen and please consider forwarding this to five friends/colleagues/clients
who you think might benefit from joining us!

Gratefully yours,


Curator, Pollen
Principal, KeyStone Search