Friday, August 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2018

It's the season of back-to-school and opportunities abound to be lifelong learners not only via traditional education experiences but through community education, local conferences, and leadership development programs. Consider opportunities to build skills, create connections, and stretch yourself this fall with the James P. Shannon Leadership InstituteLeadership Saint PaulImpact Hub's Work Trade ProgramWork/Study with The Loft Literary CenterGovernor's Young Women's Cabinet, and/or the 2018 St. Paul Indigenous Womxn & Womxn of Color summit. Whatever classroom you encounter, may you find enrichment and enjoy the exploration!

Dream, Girl Benefit Screening

Ann Bancroft Foundation

"Dream, girl." Filmmaker Erin Bagwell has produced a documentary for women by women showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs - Dream, Girl. The film reinforces the mission of the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) to inspire and encourage girls to imagine something bigger. A benefit screening of Dream, Girl, plus a panel discussion and a woman-owned business marketplace, will take place on Saturday, September 29, from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Catherine University. All proceeds from the event will further the programs of the Ann Bancroft Foundation. [Read more.]

MINN Summit

Connect, Share, Learn

Looking to connect with other expert practitioners and supporters of international development, share best practices, and learn about the NGO landscape in Minnesota? The MINN Summit is a one-day conference for global citizens in Minnesota and beyond to come together and network. The Summit convenes individuals from all over the world to build community, exchange information and resources, and gain insights into strategies and tools that support their work. Angela Bruce-Raeburn will join as keynote speaker to give the address Race, Gender, and Leadership in Global Development: Lifting New Voices for Better Outcomes. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

David Mura Book Launch: A Stranger's Journey
September 6
7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Loft

Cafe Conversations 
YNPN Twin Cities
September 8
10:00am - 12:00pm
Twin Cities

Graduate Student Social/Networking with MINN!
September 12
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Conversations with the Fed: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrencies
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
September 13
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Yellow: A Creative Technology Summit 
Monicat Data
September 14
8:00am - 2:00pm
Vandalia Tower

Minneapolis Professional Diversity Career Fair
September 20
11:00am - 2:00pm
US Bank Stadium

Annual Gala
Kids 'n Kinship
September 30
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Brackett's Crossing

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2018

As we are just weeks away from the annual Great Minnesota Get-Together that brings together countless Minnesotans, we are also aware of the efforts underway to ensure that all Minnesotans count. Specifically, local organizations are working to ensure a complete count as part of the 2020 Census. See below for the action alert and submit your comment by the close of the public comment period on August 7 to ensure ongoing support for our Minnesota schools, transportation, healthcare, small businesses, housing, etc., as well as full representation for our communities.

And for those futurists interested in 2020 and beyond, consider the "Communities of the Future (COTF) Fellows" program, which seeks to introduce the knowledge and skills of a 'master capacity builder' - transformational leadership for an age of constant change. Contact Rick Smyre for more details.

BE MSP Workplace Toolkit

Make It. MSP.

As part of its ongoing work to better retain professionals of color in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, Make It. MSP. partners launched a new toolkit designed to aid employers in building more inclusive workplaces. The BE MSP Workplace Toolkit is a free digital toolkit designed to drive meaningful conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace no matter where you may be at in the journey. Through honest, authentic conversation and exploration into real experiences, leaders, managers and colleagues can begin to understand the nuances and everyday actions that can truly change workplace cultures. [Read more.]

Bodies, Gender, Sexuality & the Workplace Training

by Team Dynamics, LLC
The public dialogue happening about sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender-based power dynamics in the workplace have many of us talking about what we can and should do. As a cross-race, cross-gender, queer training team, Team Dynamics is ready to tackle these questions. Participants of this training will leave with tangible tools, new language, and innovative practices for moving your team forward – aligning your values of gender equity with your workplace practices. [Read more.]

Recruiting for 2018-19 Neighborhood Leadership Program

Apply by August 24

Wilder’s Neighborhood Leadership Program is for anybody who wants to improve their abilities to act on important issues faced by our Saint Paul neighborhoods. We offer in-depth training sessions, networking opportunities and individual coaching sessions. The Neighborhood Leadership Program brings together 30 people from a wide diversity of ages, cultural backgrounds and levels of experience. Participant groups meet twice a month for six months. Individual participants also get paired with a volunteer community coach who serve as learning partners. [Read more.]

Act now to block 2020 Census citizenship question

Submit by August 7

The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership (MCMP) is a collaboration of organizations and individuals from throughout Minnesota who are working together to advocate for policies and resources to promote full participation by Minnesotans in the 2020 Census. They are mobilizing the community during the current 60 day public comment period and invite you to submit your comment to ensure a full, fair, and accurate census. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Underpass TechPlus
Asian Media Access
Saturday, August 4
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Outdoor pop-up multimedia event at East 2nd and Jackson Streets underpass tunnel, St Paul

Social Media for International Impact 
Thursday, August 9
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Wedge

29th Annual Family Day
Minneapolis Urban League
Saturday, August 11
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Plymouth Ave N from Penn to Logan Avenues

Summer Festival
Vietnamese Community of Minnesota
Saturday, August 11
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

Actualizing Equity: The Geography of Wellness Monday, August 13
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Hope Community

Networking at Surly Non-Profit Monday
Monday, August 13
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Surly Brewing

Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table
Tuesday, August 14
9:00am - 12:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

TCRG Brown Bag: "Contradictions of Belonging: The Educational Aspirations and Agency of Youth in the Somali Community"
Wednesday, August 15
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilder Foundation

LEAD Project & Coco's Heart Yappy Hour
Wednesday, August 15
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Modist Brewing Company

IndiaFest 2018 
Saturday, August 18
11:00am - 9:00pm
Minnesota State Capitol Grounds

Generation Z Project 
Saturday, August 18
7:00 PM

Japanese Obon Festival 2018
Sunday, August 19
3:00pm - 9:00pm
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Social Media Breakfast MSP: Kids & Social Media – A Panel for/by Parents
Thursday, August 23
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Break the Bubble @ Dual Citizen Brewing Company
Thursday, August 23
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2018

June has been full of opportunities to come together, including Pride and Juneteenth, as well as opportunities to overcome - to ensure families stay together and that #blacklivesmatter. For those you know who are working to change the narrative locally, consider nominating them by July 3 for the 2018 Facing Race Awards from The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations.




Minnesota Rising Founder, Diane Tran, was invited to share in a video released in early June about the vision for the GREATER MSP region in 10 years. And in the journey between here and that future, this past month's Minnesota Rising RE:treat reminded us to make time to connect with and care for ourselves and each other amidst life's transitions in order that we can contribute our best efforts to what our communities most need.

RE:treat - New Doors for Old Ideas

by Andreanna 'Andy' Mond

On Saturday, June 16th, 2018 we gathered at the Wilder Center for what we hope to be the first of many retreats hosted by Minnesota Rising. The intent of the retreat was something that we’ve all heard before: taking intentional time out to rest and gather ourselves in a way that fueled rejuvenation. It was a cozy group, and to me that encouraged more authentic sharing in a way that allowed us all to leave lighter. We gave away past pain, anger, and confusion to the circle in the morning as we began which created a connection that allowed us the freedom to not feel judgement or condemnation as we shared. [Read more.]

2018 MINN Summit Breakout Sessions

Proposals due July 31
The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) welcomes proposals for the sixth annual MINN Summit on Friday, September 28 at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Please join us in applying to be a part of the biggest Summit yet! MINN Summit attendees will connect, share, and learn during breakout sessions and workshops throughout the day. Each session will be 60-75 minutes on a topic related to the work of international development. [Read more.]

Seeking Cow Tipping Press Fellows

Apply by July 20

Cow Tipping Press is a trailblazing social venture with two years of fundamentally changing the way people think about disability under our belts. We understand our work as a matter of justice, not charity; of relishing the assets of our 1 in 50 peers with developmental disabilities, not pitying their deficits. Selected Fellows will be placed in full-time, fully paid roles with host organizations in the Twin Cities, serving as frontline advocates to help adults with developmental disabilities live, work, learn, and recreate in the most inclusive and enriching settings possible. [Read more.]

RaiseMN 2018-19 Campaign Institute

Applications due July 13

GiveMN is thrilled to begin searching for seven organizations to take part in the 2018-19 RaiseMN Campaign Institute! RaiseMN works directly with nonprofits to build infrastructure and capacity around sustainable fundraising practices. Thanks to generous support from The Saint Paul Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, we are pleased to expand our work in 2018 to include seven nonprofits located in, or primarily serving, Dakota, Ramsey or Washington Counties in the Twin Cities East Metro. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MSP Hello - Hello Summer with Minnesota United 
Wednesday, July 4
4:30 PM
TCF Bank Stadium

2018 Little Mekong Night Market
July 7-8
Little Mekong District

Actualizing Equity: Who Speaks for the Neighborhood?
The Alliance
Monday, July 9
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hope Community

Thought Leaders in Food and Ag: Nick Taranto, the CEO of Plated 
Thursday, July 12
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall

Dragon Festival 2018
July 14-15
Lake Phalen

Learning from Place: Bdote
Sunday, July 15
8:00am - 4:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

Rondo Days 2018
Saturday, July 21
MLK Recreation Center Park

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives
Wednesday, July 25
8:00am - 4:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

MSP Mingle for Professionals of Color
Thursday, July 26
5:30pm – 7pm
Target Plaza Commons

African American Leadership Forum Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner
Thursday, July 26
6:00pm - 8:30pm
JW Marriott
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RE:treat – New Doors for Old Ideas

by Andreanna 'Andy' Mond

Personal items symbolizing participant transitions during the Opening Circle.

On Saturday, June 16th, 2018 we gathered at the Wilder Center for what we hope to be the first of many retreats hosted by Minnesota Rising. The intent of the retreat was something that we’ve all heard before: taking intentional time out to rest and gather ourselves in a way that fueled rejuvenation. It was a cozy group, and to me that encouraged more authentic sharing in a way that allowed us all to leave lighter. We gave away past pain, anger, and confusion to the circle in the morning as we began which created a connection that allowed us the freedom to not feel judgement or condemnation as we shared. As my retreat partners shared, I listened and turned inward—looking at the transitions that had happened in my life, were currently happening, and that I wanted to encourage for the future so that I could aptly apply the wisdom that my retreat partners shared.
As the day went on, we split into groups to allow for more intentional conversation and that is when we were able to get to the crux of what we (as a small group) most needed to have revealed to us: (1) perfection is not the goal and (2) the metaphor of the tree. We tell ourselves all the time that to err is to be human, but as we talked amongst ourselves we realized that we were holding onto the idea that the relationships and career paths that we pursued and how we behaved had to fit into the mold made for us by society (specifically the patriarchy) and that to fall short was the worst thing that we could do. We realized that we (as a group of four women) were looking to be poised and immaculate when we should be free to behave in whatever way makes us happy and that that will be perfect. Any other definition would not help us live life. It was powerful to experience this rekindling of the notion that we’re not perfect beings and we don’t need forgiveness as much as we need to accept what happened as a way of healing and moving forward with our mental and emotional states intact.
The second revelation was the tree metaphor. I’ve been hearing this metaphor since I was younger and it was a good illustration of the difference that can be found among groups of people as no one else was familiar with it. The metaphor places you in the center, as the aforementioned tree, and gives a sense of weight and time to the things connected to you. The tree is you; you are the solid trunk upon which relationships with others will be built. You have a root system that is symbolic of the connections in your life that feed your spirit and are very permanent, like family and really close friends. Next are the branches which represent strong relationships that have the potential to break off and require you to feed them – romantic relationships and new friendships can be found here. Lastly for this metaphor, you have the leaves. Leaves are the hardest part of this metaphor because they speak directly to the impermanence of life and the relationships formed. Leaves are individuals (or groups) that are only there for a season; a strong wind could send them fluttering away.
This metaphor was something that resonated with all members of my small group during our conversation and with the group as a whole during the closing circle. One of the facilitators asked how we could tell which someone was: a leaf, branch, or root and I was stumped. I had never thought about that aspect of it before, and it occurred to me that we sometimes give out information and expect that those hearing it will automatically know how to apply it to their situation. This was also a great example of something that happened frequently throughout the event: the questions of others opening up new doors to old ideas.  We decided that one way to know is to be in tune with your body and the signs that it shows you. Many times, we can see in hindsight that something was a bad idea, but we ignore the warnings and sometimes can’t hear ourselves think for the voices of others in our ears.
This is why an event like RE:treat is so necessary. A few days out from the event and the feelings of peace and connectedness that I felt to everyone who participated are still present, but more importantly I am more connected to myself and aware of the situations moving forward that will not contribute to my happiness. However, some situations cannot be avoided and RE:treat has reintroduced me to tools that will allow me to not be overwhelmed or lose touch with my intuition when I am juggling multiple things. That small step of signing up for an event that was purely about my well-being in a time of transition was the most amazing and loving gift that I have given myself in a while and I am better for it.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Minnesota Rising Dispatch] May 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] May 2018

Minnesota Rising celebrates nine years as a network this month! To mark the occasion and honor the manifold transitions that our individual members as well as our collective network have made in that time, we are hosting our first Minnesota Rising RE:treat. The daylong gathering will provide an opportunity for emerging leaders to reflect, connect with self and others, integrate intentions and actions, and feel a sense of renewal and clarity. See below for more details and we hope we will see you there. Thanks in the meantime for helping us reach 9 and we look forward to being able to make it a decade together as the network for what's next!

#mnrising RE:treat 2018

Saturday, June 23

Join Minnesota Rising for a day-long RE:treat at the Wilder Foundation where 25 people will come together to reflect, connect with self and others, integrate intentions and actions, and feel a sense of renewal. With a variety of activities, both independent and facilitated, the goal is to provide a space to pause and be creative so you leave with a greater sense of renewal and preparedness to contribute your best efforts to what our communities most need. [Read more.]

Seeking Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) 2018-2019 Cohort Nominations

Applications due June 15
Nexus Community Partners is proud to announce that we are now seeking nominations for our sixth cohort for the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute. The BCLI is a 7-month cohort leadership program that supports, trains and helps places people of color and other underrepresented community members on city and county publicly appointed boards and commissions that influence and impact equity in the Twin Cities Metro Area in economic development, health, housing, transit and workforce development. [Read more.]

Seeking Change Network MN 2018 Cohort Applicants

Deadline June 15

This leadership program aims to support you to go about your work and create change in a way that is more equitable and inclusive of all Minnesotans. In our program, you will experience a rigorous process pushing you past curiosity for change into an active pursuit as an agent of transformation. This program will help you understand yourself better, and prepare you to lead and support your organization and community to be more inclusive and equitable. If you are a leader with desire to change and able to make change, join us. [Read more.]

Seeking Leadership Twin Cities Participants

Applications due June 15

Leadership Twin Cities is a nine-month program that informs people about the critical issues facing our region. Its focus is to educate and inspire future leaders – and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement. Leadership Twin Cities participants: -Receive behind the scenes access to museums, hospitals and government agencies. -Develop new business connections from a cross-section of the community. -Hear and interact with high-level business, community and government leaders. Class size is limited and will be comprised of participants from the business and non-profit world, all of whom share a commitment to improving our community. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

The Rosé Season Opener
The LEAD Project
Friday, June 1
8:00pm - Midnight
Walker Art Center

Night of a New Day: Songs in the Key of Now
Kaleo Center
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Unity Church - Unitarian

Visual Harvesting Workshop for People of Color/Indigenous People
Saturday, June 9
10:00am - 4:00pm
Wilder Foundation

Monday, June 11
10:30am - 1:00pm
The Depot

Courageous Conversations: The Challenge of an Aging Workforce on the Iron Range
Thursday, June 14
Minnesota Discovery Center

Raise a Glass to Teachers
Thursday, June 14
4:30pm - 6:30pm
The Graves Foundation

Experiencing the Racial Body and Mind Public 
June 15 - 16, 2018
Unity Church-Unitarian

National Leadership Development Conference
June 18 - 20, 2018
Grand Casino Hinckley

June 18 - July 6
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

TCRG Event: Tim O'Neill on Minnesota Labor Market Information
Wednesday, June 20
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilder Foundation, Room 2610

LOTT Summer Social
Wednesday, June 20
6:00pm - 8:00pm
MOXY Minneapolis Uptown

Mindfulness Retreat: Explore the Authentic
One Moment Center
June 22 - 24, 2018
William O'Brien State Park

HUGE Theater POC Improv Jam
Sunday, June 24
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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