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Vol 5 – January 21, 2010


Many of you suggested great resources on how we can continue to support direct relief in Haiti,
thanks for sharing.

Please consider supporting the following:

American Jewish World Service;

Global Fund for Children;
Grassroots International;
Lambi Fund of Haiti;
Rights Action;
Haiti Outreach:

It’s old news but needs repeating; text "haiti" to 90999 on your mobile device of choice and $10
will be added to your next phone bill in support of the Red Cross international relief effort in Haiti.

Special thanks since last edition to Rachel Schwalbach, Deb Hopp, Bob Bradley, Teresa Morrow,
Jane Rodriguez, Amy Fredregill, Megan Leafblad, Brad Lehrman, Dana Nelson, Greg Tehven,
Scott Herold, David Kaplan, Ben Schein, Dan Grigsby, Andrea Kaufman, Chad Ness, Liza
Etienne, Brian Hobbins, Nicole Harrison, Hayley Hontos, Stef Farsht, Steve Helland, Emily
Jacobs, Jodi Petrich, Tammy Lee Stanoch, Jake Hamlin, Tom Nelson, Annie Waters, Megan
Astry, Chris Mayr, Tom Evers, (and anyone else I'm inadvertently forgetting) for your emails
and/or referring this to others in your network; thank you!

Special welcome to new members Tom Guettler, Leah Doerr, Drew Schmitz, Lauren Fischer,
Jennifer Huber, Spectra Myers, Quinn Cheney, Jesse Stremcha, Carly Borak, Katherine
Poindexter, Allison Campbell Jensen, Jacqueline DeBuse (my sincere apologies to anyone I've
missed - if I have, let me know so you can be welcomed next edition).

And a very special welcome to my best friend, life partner, and currently Chief Home Officer of
the Blad Pad, Maren Leafblad. Hi Mare!!

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.

Again, Pollen has a new home on LinkedIn.

You can join us here:
Finally, I’d like to ask a professional favor of the Pollen community on behalf of the organization
that supports my investment of time and energy in Pollen; KeyStone Search -

If you’re interested in staying informed of the current executive search projects, and completed
leadership placements at KeyStone, we’d love to have you opt-in to our quarterly e-newsletter,
Culture Matters.

You can join the 3,000+ other leaders, executives, board members, entrepreneurs and
consultants etc who subscribe to Culture Matters here:

Thank you!!

And now on to this issue’s content…..

Jobs (forwarded by you - not searches being conducted by KeyStone Search):

1) Fredrikson & Byron seeks Marketing Manager (via Steve Helland) – want more info?
Respond w/ email “Fred” in subject header

2) Grassroots Solutions seeks Senior Project Manager (via Pam Wetterlund)

3) Admission Possible seeks Development Officer – Individual Giving (via Emily Jacobs
and Natalie Rule)

4) Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN’s Center for Prevention has 2 positions: Health
Improvement Project Coordinator & Health Improvement Project Manager (via Jane
Rodriguez) – want more info? Respond w/ email “BCBS” in subject header

5) ARAnet is hiring for several positions (via Steve Helland): Adfusion Account Executive,
Digital Media Manager, National Media Consultant – Sales

Boards (forwarded by you – not board searches being conducted by KeyStone Search):

1) MN State Colleges & Universities Board of Trustees seeks applicants (via Tim Huebsch)
– want more info? Respond w/ email “MNSCU” in subject header

2) YouthVenture-MN chapter seeks new advisory board members (via Spectra Myers) –
want more info? Respond w/ email “YV” in subject header
Props to the following Pollen members (please consider sharing good news about a
friend/colleague/volunteer for next issue):

- A very proud big brother gives BIG props to sister Megan Leafblad on joining the board
of directors of The Soap Factory –

- Scott Herold and all of Rock the Cause and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin
Cities. The two organizations will host “Glitter Ball 3: Big Hair Big Hearts” to celebrate the
power of youth mentoring in the Twin Cities region, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
has proclaimed January 29, 2010, as Rock the Cause for Big Brothers Big Sisters

- Jenny Anderson on the launch of her new editing and proofreading business:

- Chris Tiedeman on publishing of new book “Reinventing the Right: Conservative Voices
for the New Millennium”:

- Stephanie Payne on her promotion to Director of Annual Fund at the Jeremiah Project

- Michelle Ness on her promotion to Director of Evaluation and Programs at Neighborhood


- Tammy Lee Stanoch on her new role as VP, Transformational Giving with the U of MN

- Drew Schmitz on the launch of his new sales recruiting firm, Blue Octopus, LLC;


1) The final call for MSP Business Journal “40 under 40” nominations; due January 22!


1) Pollenite Rachel Schaefer is a 'seeker' with over nine years of development experience
in the local Twin Cities community. She is currently looking for meaningful, challenging
employment in the areas of fundraising/development, volunteer or event management. Her
LinkedIn profile can be found at:

2) Pollenite (and my mom) Peg Birk is seeking to find a buyer for her home, which is
located directly behind the Walker Art Center on Lowry Park. She’s holding an open
house this Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. (yes, that’s two hours before Vikings game
kick-off): You can see the home and get directions here: Thanks so
much for helping to spread the word!

1) Pollenite Abigail Garner was quoted today in the NY Times, along with a mention of her
book, "Families Like Mine." (see final

She has graciously offered to send, at her own expense, 3 signed copies of the hardcover edition
of her book, “Families Like Mine” to the first 3 Pollenites who respond.

Her Amazon listing here:

If you’d like a copy, please email me back w/ “Families” in the subject header. Thanks Abigail!

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 Leafblad
KeyStone Search
"Because Culture Matters"

612-375-8989 - Direct

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