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Vol 6 – February 2, 2010 Pollenites, Thanks for taking the time to read this issue of Pollen. A few new additions on how we can continue to provide support to Haiti: The Salvation Army; www.thesalarmy.org (via Annette Bauer & disclosure I serve on advisory board for Sal Army – TC) and A Safe Haven Foundation; www.asavehaven.com (via Anna Lloyd) Before we get to the usual new member welcome, etc. many of you have asked what companies, non-profits, foundations, media organizations, are represented within Pollen community. The answer is many. The following list of 190 names is representative but by no means the complete list of the companies/organizations associated with Pollen members. If your organization/company/media publication isn’t listed below (or if it was misspelled during my furious cutting and pasting session) and you’d like to be included next issue, please email me back with appropriate name. A-H: Accenture, Admission Possible, Adsoka, Allianz, American Medical Systems, APM/MPR, ARC Twin Cities, Bemis, Bentz Whaley Flessner, Best & Flanagan, Best Buy, Bethel University, BioBusiness Alliance of MN, Blandin Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, Bremer, BringMeTheNews.com, Bush Foundation, Capella Education Co., Cargill, CaringBridge.org, Carlson Cos, Carlson Family Fndn, Carlson School of Mgmt, CarVal Investors, CB Richard Ellis, Cherry Tree, Children's Cancer Research Fund, Children's Hospital & Clinics of MN, Ciceron, Citizens League, Clare Housing, Colle McVoy, Comcast, Content Farm Creative, Council on Crime and Justice, CresaPartners, Dale Carnegie Training, Data Recognition Corp, Delta, Delta Dental of MN, Denali Marketing, Devicix, Digital River, Dorsey & Whitney, Ecolab, Ecumen, EG Insight, Eide Bailly, ev3, Faegre & Benson, Famous Dave's of America, Fast Horse, Fleishman Hillard, Four51, Fox Sports, Fredrikson & Byron, Fulbright & Jaworski, General Mills, GiveMN.org, Goodwill EasterSeals of MN, GovDelivery, Grant Thornton LLP, Grassroots Solutions, Gray Plant Mooty, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Guidant, Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, Hazelden Foundation, Headwaters Foundation, HealthPartners, Highland Bank, Himle Horner, Holiday Companies, Honeywell, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs I-P: IBM, Iconoculture, Insights, Jeremiah Program, Knight Foundation, Knutson Construction, Korn Ferry, Kurt Salmon, Lawrence University, Lawyerist.com, Leonard Street & Deinhard, Liberty Diversified, LifeTime Fitness, Lindquist & Vennum, Lommen Abdo, Lowry Hill, Lurie Besikof Lapidus, Lutheran Social Services of MN, MacPhail Center for Music, Magnet360, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, Marquette Financial, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, Mayo Clinic, McFarland Cahill, McKinsey & Co., McKnight Foundation, Medtronic, Merchant & Gould, Merrill Lynch, Midway Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Zoo, MinnPost, MN Business Partnership, MN Council of Nonprofits, MN Early Learning Foundation, MN Medical Foundation, MorseKode, Mosaic Company, Mpls College of Art & Design, MSP Communications, Nash Finch, Nemer Fieger, Neuger Communications Group, Nielsen, Northwestern College, Nosal Partners, Office of Governor Pawlenty, Office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Optum Health, Ordway Center for the Arts, Padilla Speer Beardsley, Pear Tree Greetings, People Serving People, Periscope, PDI, Phillips Distilling, Piper Jaffray, Project 515, Prouty Project, Provation Medical, PUSH Institute

R-Z: RBC Dain Rauscher, Reside, RESOLVE.org, Risdall Advertising Agency, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, Ryan Companies, Saint Paul Foundation, Salvation Army - Twin Cities, Science Museum of MN, Second Harvest Heartland, Securian, SharpUpSwing, Shavlik Technologies, Signature Concepts, Sit Investment Associates, Smith Barney, Social Venture Partners – MN, Space150, St. Catherine University, St. Olaf College, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Star Tribune, Students Today Leaders Forever, Supervalu, Target, Teach for America, TEDxTC.com, The Bailey Group,The Cedar Cultural Center, The Minneapolis Foundation, Thrivent Financial, Toro, Tunheim Partners, Twin Cities Business Magazine, U of MN Alumni Association, U of MN Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, Urban Land Institute, Walker Art Center, WCCO, Weber Johnson Public Affairs, Weber Shandwick, Wells Fargo, Welsh Companies, Wilder Foundation, Xcel Energy, Youth Frontiers, YWCA - Minneapolis Thank you for your engagement, involvement, and investment in Pollen!!

The effort to keep Pollen growing is due in large part to the unwavering support of my employer, KeyStone Search. You can help validate that investment in our effort here by opting in and joining 3,000+ other subscribers to our quarterly e-newsletter, Culture Matters. You’ll stay informed of our current and completed search engagements and have access to content we’ve pulled together that addresses the importance of organizational culture in strategic talent management. Please take 30 seconds to look it over and subscribe: http://www.keystonesearch.com/subscribe.php Thanks for your consideration! Now on to the show… Welcome new Pollenites (my sincere apologies to anyone I've missed - if I have, let me know so you can be welcomed next edition): Erik Amundson, Lauren Beagle, Kristin Boorsma, Lisa Boyd, Brian Carlson, Stephanie Connolly, David Gee, Andrew Haeg, Betsy Hedstrom Kahn, Lisa Hiebert, Teddy Hobbins, Nathan Hubbard, Lori Jacobwith, Kim Milbrath, Eunice Neubauer, Will O’Keefe, Sandra Penning, Sarah Phelan, Katherine Poindexter, Mary Ann Pulk, Josh Reimnitz, John Riske, Tanya Schmitt, John Schultz, Regan Sieck, Nichole Spell, Nena Street, Charlene Vrieze, Amanda Wanke, Jody Withers Thank you Pollenite recruiters (if I missed you, please let me know): Anil Asrani, Regina Barr, Peg Birk, Sarah Bjelland, Catherine Day, Stephanie Devitt, Amy Fredregill, Jake Hamlin, Brian Hobbins, Julie Hoff, Michael Krueger, Megan Leafblad, Marshall Lichty, Jan McDaniel, Tammy Mencel, Dana Nelson, Greg Tehven, Jim Vos And thank you Pollenites who shared content, comments, or ideas for this edition: Giesel Arnold, Justin Bacon, Annette Bauer, Rick Brimacomb, Mike Buttry, Kate Cimino, Jennifer Chamber Huber, Lisa Fobbe, Abigail Garner, Janel Goff, Andrew Haeg, Steve Helland, Ron Lattin, Mike Logan, Anna Lloyd, Katie Lichty, Julie Lund, Jeff Meacham, Margarette Minor, Jason Mosakowski, Spectra Myers, David Nelson, Michelle Ness, Blois Olson, Steve Pederson, Trisha Reinwald, Jane Rodriguez, Ann Kaner-Roth, Rachel Schaefer, Drew Schmitz, Joel Spoonheim, Polly Talen, Jan Unstad, Jeff Urban, Bill Venne, Carrie Vigen, Diane Walters

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 1120+ Pollen members. LinkedIn: Over 160 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. You can join us here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2618300 Twitter: 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. A special MN PSA…. It’s Election 2010 Caucus Day in Minnesota…you can find details and your caucus location (for all political parties) via the MN Secretary of State’s office: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=886 And now….. Jobs (forwarded by Pollenites): Bridging seeks new Executive Director (via Jeff Urban) http://www.mncn.org/jobs/user_detail.asp?jobID=33079 The University of Minnesota Foundation seeks a Donor Relations and Recognition Writer and an Associate Director of Database Marketing (via Carrie Vigen) Please visit http://www.giving.umn.edu/foundation/employment/index.html for more information. Grassroots Solutions seeks new Senior Project Manager (via Dan Cramer) http://bit.ly/GR-SPM The Climate Initiative seeks new Executive Director (full disclaimer: this is a search being conducting at KeyStone Search) – (via Lars Leafblad) http://bit.ly/WCCAI-ED Admission Possible seeks a new development officer and operations coordinator (via Jim McCorkell and David Nelson) http://www.admissionpossible.org/Leadership_Team.html Do you know a smart and talented Web site designer who has expertise or had exposure to advanced Web design techniques, trends and best practices? Aware Web is growing and seeking an additional, experienced designer. If you know of someone, please forward this info and invite him/her to email a resume and portfolio to jobs@awareweb.com. More info: www.AwareWeb.com (via Bill Venne) Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN seeks Health Improvement Project Manager (via Joel Spoonheim) Requisition Number “4141” at BCBS jobs site: https://bcbsmn.taleo.net/careersection/bcbs_pro/jobsearch.ftl

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance seeks new Development Director (via Marshall Lichty) http://www.mylegalaid.org/job-opportunities/job-posting-directorofdevelopment Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys hiring Individual Giving Director (via Lisa Hiebert) http://www.girlscoutsrv.org/about/employment.htm There are over 50 other fundraising jobs currently open with MN-based non-profits. Access the full listing here: http://bit.ly/MCN-Jobs Boards (forwarded by you – not board searches being conducted by KeyStone Search): Touchstone Mental Health seeks Board of Director candidates (via Katie Lichty) http://touchstonemh.org/mission.html Allina Hospice Foundation seeks Advisory Board candidates (via Ron Bagnall and Jason Von Bank) http://www.allina.com/ahs/HCHS.nsf/page/fnd_home FirstStep Initiative seeks Board of Director candidates (via Katherine Poindexter) http://firststepinitiative.net/About/Management/

Props to the following Pollen members (please consider sharing good news about a friend/colleague/volunteer for next issue): Congrats to Teri McIntyre and Steve Sanders on the birth of their son, Ian! Congrats to Kate Cimino on joining the board of Community Shares Minnesota Congrats to Katherine Poindexter on new role as Director of Development for Peace House Africa Congrats to Ann Kaner-Roth on new role as Executive Director of Project 515 Congrats to Peg Birk on the launch of her new venture Interim Solutions (http://www.interimsolutions-mn.com/) (full disclosure, she is my mother) Congrats to Erin Sapp on her new role with the board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (which Erin shares she found via Pollen – yeah!) Props to the Citizens League, Stacy Becker, David Motzenbecker and Erin Sapp for their new work with the MN Department of Natural Resources to design the public participation process for the DNR’s 10- and 25-year plans for both legacy and traditional funding. Congrats to Katie Nadeau and family on her brother’s Oscar nomination for his work on The Cove Congrats Andrew Eklund on launch of his new blog for Minnesota Business magazine. New post today: http://www.minnesotabusiness.com/blog/353

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Engaging – Events (chronological) Program TONIGHT! (February 2 ) - MPR’s Speaking of Faith host Krista Tippett will converse with Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God, of which the New Yorker wrote: “Straddling popular science, ancient history, and theology, this ambitious work sets out to resolve not only the clash between the Judeo-Christian West and the Muslim would but also the clash between science and religion… (Wright) postulates that religious world views are becoming more open, compassionate, and synthesized…his core argument, that religion is getting ‘better’ with each passing aeon, is enthralling.” This event is free but registration is required for entrance to the auditorium. Please e-mail hhhevent@gmail.com to register. For directions and parking information visit: www.hhh.umn.edu/contact/parking. (via Anne Mason and Camille Gage) The next MinneDemo on February 5 is SOLD OUT but you can still participate via the MinneDemoAnnex just down the street: (via Ben Edwards): http://minnedemoannex.eventbrite.com/ If you’re a MN non-profit interested in free world-class PR counsel, then learn more about Weber th Shandwick’s Annual “Telling Your Story” seminar on Feb 6 (via Sarah Goldthwait) http://www.mnprblog.com/2010/01/are-you-non-profit-organization.html If you are a fan of NEED Magazine, then consider attending NEED’s farewell party this Saturday, th th February 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the NEED offices – 2303 Kennedy St NE, 5 Floor, Minneapolis Reminisce about what NEED has accomplished, chat with readers and staff, network with others, take home some FREE magazines while they last. (via Stephanie Kinnunen) The Minnesota Literacy Council (www.theMLC.org) is holding a series of “Power Hour” events to help connect more Minnesotans with the organization. Their next program is February 17 at 4 p.m. 66 If you’re interested in attending, please email me back with “MLC” in the subject header. (via Susan Spray) The Faith’s Lodge Junior Advisory Board (Ali Bowers, Cassie Benowitz, Cassie D'Kae, Julie Engle, Charlie Marttila, Marc Ratner, Kyle Simmons, Marita Simmons, Lee Tuchfarber, Lauren th Warner, Melissa Wolchansky) invites you to a Stella’s Fish Café Fish Fry on February 11 in support of Faith’s Lodge (via Anna Stier) http://faithslodge.capriogroup.com/zOTixFF/TicketForm1.asp Join the Urban Land Institute – MN for an event on February 11 on “Complete Street & ContextSensitive Solutions as Tools for Active, Healthy Communities” from 3:45 to 6 p.m. (via Mike Logan) http://bit.ly/ULI-Feb11 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 http://www.give-take.org
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Engaging – Ideas/Volunteering 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) http://www.ccalliance.net “Came across this article in the Harvard Business Review by John Seely Brown and John Hagel III that rethinks networking as an act of empathy and learning as opposed to promotion and carefully staged self-presentation. http://blogs.hbr.org/bigshift/2010/01/networking-reconsidered.html” – (via Andrew Haeg) (via Justin Bacon) “If you are an entrepreneur with a software-based product idea or someone with a passion for participating in early stage technology startups right here in Minnesota then please come check out the MN Lean Startup Group. Our goal is to foster successful bootstrapped tech startups here in MN through community building, sharing knowledge and by utilizing the Lean Startup methodology. Our second meeting will be on February 17th. Check out our group on LinkedIn for more info: http://bit.ly/MN-Lean-Startup-on-LinkedIn” Article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy on how volunteerism rose in the U.S. in 2009 (via Rachel Schaefer) http://philanthropy.com/article/US-Volunteerism-Rose/63750/ If you’re a fan of David Blaine, TED, and magic in general, then spend the time to watch David Blaine’s TED.com talk on how he held his breath for 17 minutes: (via Lars Leafblad) http://www.ted.com/talks/david_blaine_how_i_held_my_breath_for_17_min.html The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Saint Paul Area Chamber have launched a new program called The Partnership to help retain professionals of color who have relocated to the region in the past five years. Civic Source is the program coordinator and ran the pilot of the program last year. The pilot included 15 executives from about a dozen Twin Cities companies, all of whom are still in the region more than a year after the pilot ended! Here is a video featuring some of the participants in the pilot: http://www.mspcustomcontent.com/the_partnership/ More information: http://www.minneapolischamber.org/thepartnership.php (via Ellen Watters and Wendy Helgeson) Sorry no Freebies this issue…next time perhaps! Thanks to Abigail Garner for providing copies of her new book to Pollen members last edition. Thanks so much for your time and content suggestions. If you’d like to be removed, hit reply with "remove" in the subject header. On the other end, please forward this to others in your network and invite them to join us. 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. Have a continued great start to ’10! Onwards and upwards, Lars Lars Leafblad Principal, KeyStone Search http://www.keystonesearch.com/team_leafblad.php http://www.linkedin.com/in/larsleafblad http://www.twitter.com/larsleafblad

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