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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Monday, April 30, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2018

This month marked the annual celebration of Earth Day, a global tradition honoring the beautify and sacredness of the environment and urging action to protect and steward it. Recognizing environmental justice as recycling, reducing waste, and valuing life in all its forms - flora, fauna, and people - we took inspiration by planting seeds of community and care in April. We sponsored several LOCUS leaders in an Enneagram workshop at Loyola Spirituality Center, co-hosted a "Social Our" community-building event with CAAL, and began outlining a renewal retreat in a nature setting for Minnesota Rising members in the months ahead.

Sometimes transitions build up slowly, ebbing and flowing to and fro as they emerge over time. And sometimes, like this month's historic April blizzard, they happen over the weekend. Wishing you a chance to listen to and honor your own nature and rhythms in the weeks ahead in order to welcome what's next!

Humphrey Policy Fellows

Deadline June 4

If you are a Minnesota leader seeking to gain practical skills and experience to make a greater impact, the Policy Fellows program can help you take your career and work to the next level. The Policy Fellows program is one of the country’s most respected public affairs leadership experiences for emerging and mid-career professionals. The nine-month program is unmatched in its interaction with public officials, leadership training, diversity of participants and perspectives, and opportunity to undertake important projects that benefit the wider community. Each year, approximately 35 leaders from government, business/industry, and nonprofit organizations from around the state are selected and come together as a cohort once a month and travel together to Washington, DC, for a multi-day study trip. [Read more.]

MN Health Equity Leadership Network

Applications due May 2
The MN Health Equity Leadership Network (HELN) is a new initiative of the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Health Equity (CHE). HELN will bring together health equity leaders, organizations and institutions from across the state and across sectors to strategize, share best practices, and identify common goals to advance health equity in MN. CHE is excited to announce that we are partnering with the Bush Foundation to bring a cohort of leaders to bushCONNECT (bushCON) in October 2018. The leaders chosen to participate in bushCON will be among the first to help CHE envision what HELN will look like, with an anticipated launch date of January 2019. CHE anticipates 20 individuals will be invited to join the bushCON HELN cohort. The cohort will convene around bushCON because bushCON is meant to spark innovation, big ideas, and cross-sector, cross-network pollination. [Read more.]

Seeking Veterans' Voices Award Nominations

Deadline June 7

Now in its sixth year, the Veterans' Voices Award recognizes former and actively serving Minnesota Veterans who are making significant contributions to their communities and are exemplary humanists. These Veterans also embody the Humanities Center's mission, "to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society" and values: to build and strengthen relationships, recognize the power of story and danger of absence, learn from and with multiple voices and amplify community solutions for change. Drawing on the power of the humanities, the Veterans’ Voices Program and Veterans’ Voices Award honors the contributions and life experiences of Veterans in Minnesota while also aiming to bridge the civilian-Veteran divide. Nominate a deserving Veteran today! [Read more.]

Poder Fellows 2018-2019 Cohort

Applications due May 4

Unidos MN (Navigate MN) is proud to announce our call for applications for our next class of PODER Fellows! As a latinx power-building organization in Minnesota it is our duty to equip our community with the tools and skills they need to be agents of change. Our fellowship program elevates the leadership development of young adults who have interest in community organizing, public policy and electoral work through a race, class and gender lens. Our past PODER Fellows have been historically mostly women and undocumented immigrants, who have applied their knowledge and lead national electoral campaigns, immigrant rights movements and advanced public policy around immigration, education and healthcare at the local, state and federal level. Unidos MN (Navigate MN) is committed to providing individual financial support to Fellows who complete our training through a $1,000 stipend; in to addition to further organizational support on future projects PODER Fellows may embark on. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Break the Bubble Yoga Night
Wednesday, May 2
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Alchemy NE

I didn’t know you did that! A Closer Look into Professional Careers in Financial Services
Thursday, May 3
5:30pm - 7:00pm

The TCBPN 10th Anniversary Get Together
Thursday, May 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of St. Thomas

Healing Story Session: Michael Bischoff & Dr. John E. Trusheim
Friday, May 4
10:30am - 12:00pm
St. Mary's University Center

The Art of Working in Networked Ways
Monday, May 7
9:30am - 12:30pm
Hosmer Library

Seeking Minnesota Online High School (MNOHS) Board Members
Apply by May 8

Challenging Islamaphobia Conference
Thursday, May 10
8:30am - 4:30pm
Humphrey School

A Fishbowl Chat - Leading With Your Voice
Thursday, May 10
5:00pm - 8:00pm
US Bank

Critical Issues Forum: Taking Stock of MSP's Competitiveness and CEI Ignite Session
Friday, May 11
7:30am - 10:30am
Hyatt Regency

Doing the "Dance" of Collaboration
Friday, May 11
8:30am - 9:30am
Humphrey School

2018 Twin Cities - Salsa Sushi Soul Celebration
Friday, May 11
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Mansion at Uptown

Divas & Desserts Concert
Friday, May 11
Twin Cities Women's Choir
Millennium Hotel

WE* Talks: Jennifer Pennington
Tuesday, May 15
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Can Can Wonderland

Coaching Strategies for the Multigenerational Workplace
Wednesday, May 16
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Community Forum on Race
Saturday, May 19
11:00am - 2:30pm
Maple Grove Community Center

MN Herstory Reading
Sunday, May 20
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Hạt Giống Việt Nam, Đất Minnesota
The SEAD Project
Saturday, May 27
4:00pm - 7:00pm

MSP Hello Monthly Meet-Up in Woodbury
Thursday, May 31
5:30pm - 7:00pm
City Place Taproom
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] March 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] March 2018

The Gregorian calendar shows that with the Vernal Equinox springtime has arrived in our hemisphere of the world and the alternating warmer days and snow showers help us to begin making the transition ourselves. The link below featuring the recent YNPN Twin Cities blog post, Living into the answers details how we at Minnesota Rising have been shifting in the past few years in response to questions about what we are willing to let go and what we want to center instead.

Like others, we gained hope from the intention behind the intersectional approach to this month's March for Our Lives and drew inspiration to continue investing in youth and communities as #NeverAgain #MeToo #BlackLivesMatters continue to compel us to create change. And so we offer some great current opportunities to do so locally: share with a young woman of color and/or Indigenous woman about St. Kate's First Step Summer Institute, submit a story to #MinneAsianStoriesby CAAL to deepen the diversity of Asian Minnesotan narratives, encourage Latinx/Latina/Latino youth ages 12-18 who live in Minnesota to apply for the NAVIGATE MN (Unidos MN) Youth Action Summer Camp, pass along AmeriCorps opportunities with Public Allies and C3 TwinCities, and spread the word about a Marketing 101 session specifically for BIPOC small business owners and entrepreneurs. See the rest of this Dispatch for other community-building and resource-sharing opportunities!

YNPN Leadership Institute

Deadline April 30

Are you hungry for leadership and personal development opportunities, but struggle to find them in your daily routine? Do you work in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector? Fired up about your work and want to see that flame burn brightly throughout your career? Well that takes fuel, that takes space, and that takes tending. That takes the Leadership Institute. YNPN Twin Cities is offering a unique cohort experience. The experience is aimed at encouraging exploration of the big career questions you’ve been asking, and will continue to ask, while doing some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local philanthropic and nonprofit worlds. [Read more.]

Living into the answers

by Diane Tran, YNPN Twin Cities Blog
“Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rilke At Minnesota Rising, our mission is to build trust, relationships, and a shared vision for the future of Minnesota, while developing the collective capacity of the rising generation to lead collaboratively. Just how we do this has evolved over time, as we continue to inquire into and assess our strategic intent and impact. For those nonprofiteers who also value emergent learning and developmental evaluation, we offer a couple of our questions and answers. Q1: What are we willing to let go? [Read more.]

Emerging City Champions

Deadline April 2 

Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with transformative ideas. They are looking for future city leaders with creative solutions to activate public life in public spaces, enhance mobility options, and build a culture of civic engagement in their communities. This program elevates new voices in city building, and supports projects that strengthen communities. Champions will receive $5,000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. These projects must address public space, mobility, and civic engagement challenges in the community. They are looking for projects that respond to community needs, build on local assets, and are implemented through collaboration. [Read more.]

Political Leaders of Tomorrow Internship


womenwinning is seeking candidates for the Political Leaders of Tomorrow Internship Training Program. The program trains the next generation of political leaders in Minnesota. womenwinning staff teach participants how to navigate campaigns and the tools to be successful on any campaign. Staff then helps interns find a candidate to intern with for hands-on, real-life experience. After completing this training, participants will be a great asset to a candidate’s team and have built the foundations of a strong network. This is the first step to starting a fulfilling career in politics! Program details: Interns hired into the program will recieve an in-depth training hosted by womenwinning covering a wide range of topics from the Minnesota political landscape to how to run a successful campaign operation at any level of office. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Community Conversation: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassination 
Wednesday, April 4
4:30pm - 5:30pm
YWCA Minneapolis

Art as Inspiration for the Common Good: Honoring Joan and Walter Mondale
Thursday, April 5
Humphrey School

Social Media Breakfast MSP: Social Media Case Studies
Friday, April 6
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Mu Gala 2018: The Can Can Wonderland Edition
Monday, April 9
Can Can Wonderland

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion: Power the Future 
April 10 - 12, 2018
Mpls Convention Center

2018 API Day at the Capitol: "Our Youth, Our Future"
Thursday, April 12
Capitol Rotunda

Twin Cities Young Professional Summit
Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
Friday, April 13
7:30am - 1:30pm
Sheraton Bloomington

Succession Planning: You Need to Start—Yesterday!
Friday, April 13
9:00am - 12:00pm
Hamline University

CLA Lunch and Learn
Friday, April 13
11:30am - 1:30pm

Pho vs. Khob Poob (Nplooj Radio's Spring Fundraiser)
Saturday, April 14
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

St. Stephen's Human Services Benefit
Saturday, April 14
UST Law School Atrium

2018 Consumers Celebration
Citizens Utility Board
Monday, April 16
5:00pm Reception
Metro State University

Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship Information Session
Friday, April 19
10:30am - 12:00pm

Scholar Reception & Community Fundraiser for College-Bound APIA Youth
Friday, April 19
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Campus Club

Arts & Crafts 2018: The Creative Race
Sunday, April 21
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Can Can Wonderland

Inclusive Science
Saturday, April 28
1:30pm - 4:30pm
MN Humanities Center

The TCBPN 10th Anniversary Get Together: Design Thinking Crash Course 
Thursday, May 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of St. Thomas

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