Friday, April 18, 2014

You're Invited: Erin Newkirk comes to Unlea(she)d

On the heels of their successful first event, CoCo welcomes Erin Newkirk to Unlea(she)d next week in their Uptown space! Details below on an evening focused on "Making Relationships Stronger," and exploring women's entrepreneurship and leadership with the founder and CEO of Red Stamp.

Erin Newkirk comes to Unlea(she)d
April 24  |  6 - 9 pm | CoCo Uptown

Making Relationships Stronger: Erin Newkirk of Red Stamp
If there is one thing Erin knows for sure, it’s that friends + family make the world go round. Which is why Erin founded the top tier, award-winning Red Stamp. Recently acquired by The Occasions Group and selected as one of “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine as a “Compan[y] that [is] identifying and solving the problems we face every day,” Red Stamp’s purpose is to cut through a lot of puffery around the “proper” way to thank, wish, invite + announce and just get straight to the heart of the matter…Making Relationships Stronger.
Making Relationships Stronger is also why Erin is a modern etiquette correspondent for Matchbook Magazine, was a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards, is a Professor for Fast Company’s 30 Second MBA, and has been selected by EU’s Global Board Ready Women initiative.
IMG_2111Erin will be interviewed by our guest “conversationalist” and CoCo member Ellen Guettler [Get-ler]. Ellen is a writer, editor and award-winning radio producer. She spent ten years at MPR making documentaries with American RadioWorks and helping to launch new radio shows like Marketplace Tech, Dinner Party Download and Wits. These days, when she’s not back at MPR wielding a microphone or corralling a budget, she helps launch creative ideas and develops content strategy for the public media universe and beyond.
There will also be time for Q&A and networking. (Please submit any questions you have ahead of time!)
Appetizers and snacks and a cash bar will be provided.
About Unlea(she)dUnleashed is a monthly speaker series, held at CoCo, in which we invite women entrepreneurs and leaders to talk about their journeys in life and business. Unlea(she)d is part of CoCo’s effort to increase the presence and participation of women in our community. Join our mailing list for updates on future women’s happenings at CoCo.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Accepting Applications: 2014-2015 Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows

Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 Policy Fellows program at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Policy Fellows program brings together a cohort of 35 mid-career Minnesota leaders from business, nonprofit, and government sectors for a unique nine-month professional development experience. Applications are due May 30, 2014 for the program beginning in September.

Policy Fellows Application Process and Frequently Asked Questions

The Policy Fellows program requires participants to make a commitment to professional and personal growth as part of a cohort. Fellows meet once a month as a group between September and early June (most often on Fridays), and travel to Washington, D.C., for a multi-day study trip with prominent elected officials and national leaders in public affairs. Fellows also engage in a collaboratively designed small-group project, working with community partners to address a public policy issue. Policy Fellows can expect to spend 10 to 15 hours per month on activities related to the program. Click here for more program information.

Application Process and Program Fee

Applications and recommendation letters for the 2014-2015 Policy Fellows program are due by Friday, May 30, 2014. The application form asks for basic information, such as work history and community involvement, along with a brief essay. We also require two letters of recommendation. These can be from current or former employers, program alumni, or people you know in the community.
Recommendation Form

For 2014-2015, the program fee is $6,500. Some employers pay the program fee in part or in full from professional development funds. Scholarships are available, though all Fellows are asked to make some contribution to their program fee. Scholarship requests are not part of the application process; after new Fellows are selected, we follow up with each individual regarding their scholarship needs.

Scholarships specifically for nonprofit sector participants are made possible by generous gifts from the George Family Foundation and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota.
Further questions? Contact Kate at or 612-625-8330

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Join the 2014 "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour Advance Team!

We're excited announce that Alexis Walstad and Taylor Vollmer will serve as 2014 Advance Team Co-Coordinators for the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour! Do you want to join the team? We're looking for curious minds and deep listeners to help engage and capture key insights about what emerging leaders care about and envision for the future of Minnesota. Whether interviewer or interviewee, we'd love to have you as part of the conversation this summer!

Our Minnesota: Building a State of Trust

We – Alexis Walstad and Taylor Vollmer – extend to you an invitation to serve as a member of the 2014 Advance Team as we embark on our second tour. An advance team prepares people and places for powerful events and meaningful connections; our hope is that you’ll consider joining us.

The “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour is a process designed to engage emerging leaders in Minnesota in meaningful conversations with each other with the purpose of building trust, fostering relationships, and discovering a shared vision for Minnesota's future. The conversations will cascade from many different starting points. As a member of the Advance Team, your role would involve activating some of those starting points by initiating at least three conversations and then sharing the highlights of those conversations by mid-August (which will conclude the first leg of this tour). We have prepared strategies on how to go about starting those conversations – but that will come later. Before you decide to climb aboard, we realize you would probably like to familiarize yourself with the work we do at Minnesota Rising and the purpose of our tour. To accommodate this, we welcome you to visit our blog and the Cascading Conversations Tour webpage.

Assuming your interest, we would like to invite you to our Orientation, which will take place in the Twin Cities on a weeknight during the week of May 18th . Orientation will be a chance for you to participate in your first conversation. Since our organization values the impact of collaboration, part of your welcome will include party food and various yard games – bring your competitive pants! If you agree to join us, we will plan to check in with you semi-regularly (1-2 times over the months of your commitment), and we'll also be available to connect at any time if you have questions.

Both of us have hosted numerous conversations thus far, and we have found the process highly energizing, both for ourselves and those we've invited to participate. We believe you’d similarly benefit from our initiatives. Please let us know by Thursday, May 1 if you're willing to serve as a member of the Advance Team for the “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour. We will then follow up with you about Orientation and next steps.

We are excited for you to take part in our vision to connect emerging leaders across the state through Minnesota Rising! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more detail at minnesotarising[at]gmail[dot]com.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Break the Bubble: Basis + Back-to-Back Summer Events

Our friends over at Break the Bubble have got some fun plans lined up for this summer and they'd love you to join them! Read on to learn about the basis of their community-building efforts and check out their schedule of activities. Mark your calendars for their ice-breaking fun and come on out to help break the bubble!

Break the Bubble was created to solve a big problem: How do you make new friends in the Twin Cities? Whether you just moved here, or have lived here your whole life, it can be challenging to make friends. Some call it "Minnesota Nice," while others say "Minnesotans will give you directions anywhere, except to their lake cabin." No matter how you say it, making friends here is hard.

We create a crucible for friend-making by regularly bringing together fun, interesting people at venues across the Twin Cities. Our events feature themes that get people talking.  When you come to an event, we'll give you a name tag where you'll put your answer to the night's theme. Boom! Instant ice-breaker. You talk to people - at one event or over the course of a few - and when you find someone you'd like to hang out with, invite them to do something.

For our April event, Break the Bubble is heading to the Warehouse District destination The Loop Bar + Restaurant. Join us for a great night of food, drink, and friends! The theme this month is "Two Things That Describe Me."

Sartorial Genius + Wasabi Connoisseur
Cheeky Monkey + Terrible Dancer
Snooze-Button Addict + 3-Time Jeopardy Applicant
Be creative, people - we want you to make us laugh!

While this event is currently sold out, feel free to add yourself to the waitlist in case spots open up!

The Loop Bar + Restaurant
606 Washington Avenue North #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:30-9pm

In May, we will head back to Spill the Wine in Uptown for a more intimate affair.  Their space is conducive to fine wine and conversation.  The venue is a bit smaller than other ones where we have hosted, so the guest list will be shorter.  Register early to get your spot!

Spill the Wine
901 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:30-9pm

We’ve heard your feedback!  It’s about time we went to Sociable Cider for our gluten-free friends! Sociable Cider is new to the Minneapolis scene and we are so excited to partner up with them.  They offer both cider and beer, which are brewed at the same location.  Our food truck of choice that will be accompanying us is Gai Gai Thai, serving up local, sustainable Thai street food!

Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:30-9pm

Monday, April 14, 2014


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