Thursday, June 9, 2016

You're Invited | "Keeping It 100: Politics In Your Community" on June 21

 

In this election year, political involvement and civic engagement are at the forefront of the news and community conversations. Although we may not all agree on politics we think it’s safe to say that this election year has been charged.

These topics are national, local, and deeply personal, requiring attention from each of us individually and all of us collectively. "Keeping It 100" is an interactive event designed to explore how we can each get involved in our neighborhoods and communities to work toward positive change.

Join Minnesota Public Radio's Generation Listen and Minnesota Rising for light appetizers and an evening of inspiring storytelling from emerging leaders with diverse paths and approaches for community engagement, connecting with organizations and resources to get involved locally, and discussion about what we each can do to make a difference in today's political climate.
Nevada Littlewolf (@nrlittlewolf) is the first Anishinaabe woman ever elected to the Virginia City Council and the only council member under the age of 65. In addition to her nearly 20 years of experience in community-based work, organizing and advocacy, she is founder and Executive Director of Rural and American Indigenous Leadership (RAIL), a nonprofit focused on growing women’s leadership in rural and indigenous communities.
Nicque Mabrey (@nicque) is a 34 year-old Community Organizer and Policy Advocate proud to be building power in Minnesota for over 10 years. She is the former Associate Director of Policy and Organizing at Outfront Minnesota. Nicque is passionate about racial and economic justice and served as a lobbyist with the Safe Schools for All Coalition to pass the historic Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act in 2014. She grew up in rural Wisconsin; and now lives on the Southside as part of an intersectional collective with queer women of color.
Luis Moreno is a business and community leader. He started his career as a consumer products marketer in Venezuela and has since become a marketing leader in the US, leading cross-functional teams in six prestigious global Fortune 500 companies. Luis co-founded The Twin Cities Business Peer Network, a 1,700+ member organization to help students and peers grow personally and professionally. He received a 40 Under 40 Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and a Real Power 50 Award by Minnesota Business Magazine.
Kevin Vollmers (@kevinhvollmers) is a social entrepreneur, activist, consultant, and speaker. Previously a program host at KFAI, he went on to found Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), a multimedia company based out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, Colorlines, Racialicious, Hyphen, The Good Men Project, Daily Beast, and Fox News.
Panel Moderator: Doualy Xaykaothao (@DoualyX) is a correspondent for MPR News, covering race and culture. She is Hmong-Texan, born in Laos and raised in Texas. She got her journalism chops in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Portland, and most recently in Dallas. She also spent a decade reporting overseas for NPR from Southeast and Northeast Asia. If you can't pronounce her name, she also answers to Shadow of the Moon, that's what her first name means.
 
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] May 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] May 2016

This month marks the seventh anniversary of our founding! It's amazing to look back at all of the connections created, relationships built, and conversations hosted by the Minnesota Rising network during this time. This past month, we had the pleasure of hosting an Identity-Driven Leadership session as part of bushCONNECT 2016 Day 2 to explore issues of race, identity, and power. Join us as we continue the conversation in June - with a PiVOT and LOCUS discussion on race in the workplace, an event to explore politics and civic engagement in 2016 with Minnesota Public Radio's GenListen, and at our June Sounding Board Session at Sandcastle. Thanks for being a part of this journey and we look forward to seeing what else emerges over the next seven years!

Keeping It 100: Politics in Your Community... Who Cares?

MPR GenListen + #mnrising
 
In this election year, political involvement and civic engagement are at the forefront of the news and community conversations. Are you disheartened by the political climate or your options for the 2016 presidential election? Struggling to see how you can create positive change in your neighborhood or community? These topics are national, local, and deeply personal, requiring attention from each of us individually and all of us collectively. And amidst all the bad news of late is some good news - you can make a difference by getting involved in your community! Join Minnesota Public Radio's GenListen and Minnesota Rising for light appetizers and an evening of inspiring storytelling from emerging leaders with diverse paths, connecting with resources to get involved locally, and discussion about what we each can do to make a difference in today's political climate. [Read more.]

A Discussion on Race in the Workplace

PiVOT + LOCUS

PiVOT is partnering with LOCUS to hold a series of focus groups to discuss the initiative and share stories. These focus groups will be an open space where people of color in the Twin Cities can share personal stories of their work experiences. This space is meant to be a healing space for attendees and stories shared may be used to inspire a script for the videos. All comments and stories will be anonymous. Dinner and child care provided!

Do you hate the phrase “Diversity in the Workplace?” We do, so we’re not using that term. Do you often feel like you’re the only person of color in your office or department? We know how that feels. If so, join us for a conversation about your experiences! PiVOT is an initiative to produce fun and educational videos with an accompanying discussion guide about what it’s like to be a person of color in the workplace in the Twin Cities. The goal of the videos and study guide are to help spark a conversation in various work environments to address diversity and inclusion. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Code Switch
Open Twin Cities
June 4 - 5
8:00am - 7:00pm
Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central

#91 Going Out On Your Own - Embracing Freelancing & Entrepreneurship
SMBMSP
Friday, June 10, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
COCO Uptown

Future Women In Government Program
23rd Annual Midwestern Regional Conference
Friday, June 24, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
June 10 Application Deadline

LOTT Spring Open House
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Sunday, June 12, 2016
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Urban Growler

A Discussion About Race in the Workplace
PiVOT & LOCUS
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fox Advancement

Second Tuesday Networking Event
YPOTC
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pinstripes

Dare to Lead Minnesota
VoteRunLead
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:30am
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Keeping It 100: Politics in Your Community . . . Who Cares?
MPR GenListen & #mnrising
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
5:30pm - 8:30pm
UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio

June Sounding Board Session
#mnrising
Thursday, June 30
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis
RSVP for more details!
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2016


[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2016

We've recently completed our Greater Minnesota Rising research project and are pleased to share the results of the Environmental Scan and recommendations in the Final Report to engage emerging leaders in North and West Central Minnesota. We're especially excited to have been referenced in testimony last month by Ben Winchester as he spoke to the House Committee on Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy about rural migration trends. See below for more details about the "Brain Gain Bill" he advocated support of and visit the Greater Minnesota Rising webpage to see our recommendations and final report. In this election year, we're excited to be finding ever more ways to engage and invest in emerging leaders in communities across Minnesota!

The BIZZY Project Contest

BIZZY Coffee
 
Submit your idea today for a chance to win $5000 cash, mentorship, and more! Have you a passion project, an advocacy, an entrepreneurial endeavor, a business or a community outreach for which you need help? What do you stand for, what are you passionate about, what are you itching to create, what cause is dearest to your heart? Simple or grand, we’d like to hear it, because it might just be what we're looking for. What is The BIZZY Project? The BIZZY Project is a SEARCH: We're searching for ideas and great minds. Nothing is more powerful than a bright idea waiting to happen, stoked by the fires of clear thinking, passionate spirits and a support system. [Read more.]

The "Brain Gain Bill"

HF 2872

The Greater Minnesota Rising research project was referenced last month during testimony to the House of Representatives Committee on Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy. Ben Winchester testified in support of HF2872, the Greater Minnesota Workforce and Community Development Pilot Grant Program (also known as the "Brain Gain Bill"). The bill focuses on enhancing digital content in rural areas, as well as providing support for community development activities that strengthen resident recruitment. The meeting was recorded and Ben's testimony begins at 48:00. [Listen here.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Architects of Tomorrow
Leadercast 2016
CSB/SJU and SCSU
Friday, May 6
7:00am - 3:30pm
Saint John's University

Salsa, Sushi, and Soul
NABA, NSHMBA, ASCEND, ALPFA
Friday, May 6
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Walker Art Center

B2B Marketing Trends: Where to Invest Your Resources
#SMBMSP
Friday, May 13
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

2nd Friday Networking Happy Hour
Twin Cities Urban Professionals Network
Friday, May 13
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Stella's Fish Cafe

Hack the Gap Hackathon
May 14 - 15
8:00pm - 5:00pm
Clockwork

Newcomer Nosh: Nordeast Edition
Sunday, May 22
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Red Stag Supperclub

Code Switch
Open Twin Cities
June 4 - 5
8:00am - 7:00pm
Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central

 

Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 
Copyright © 2016 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] March 2016


[#mnrising Dispatch] March 2016

Spring is the season of re-birth and we're excited to share about some of the new content we've been working to bring into the world with Minnesota Rising and our LOCUS initiative focused on Identity-Driven Leadership. We'll debut this new content atbushCONNECT 2016 as part of the new Day 2 Workshops on May 10. At a time when our communities are hungering for context, compassion, validation, and cross-cultural understanding, we hope to hold space for personal and public engagement with topics of power, privilege, and oppression and to create opportunities for building trust and relationships. Read on for the session descriptions below to learn more!





Join LOCUS and Minnesota Rising for interactive companion workshops to explore the topic of identity-driven leadership. The concurrent workshops will include intentional intersections between the companion tracks to allow for shared experiences exploring race, identity, and leadership.

 

Identity-Driven Leadership: Developing Resilience and Restorative Practices
 
This workshop by and for self-identified leaders of color will weave in opportunities for learning about tools and resources for leaders of color and American Indians to recognize the personal and collective impacts of racial oppression as well as to spend time engaging in restorative and healing practices.

A companion workshop for leaders who identify as white or of European descent will build on an exploration of identity and values to provide a space for courageous engagement with race and power.

This session is hosted by and for leaders of color as a supportive and courageous space. You should identify as a person of color or Native American to attend this session.

 

Identity-Driven Leadership: Engaging with Race and Power

This workshop for leaders who identify as white or of European descent will provide a space for courageous engagement with topics like race, power, and privilege. An exploration of our identities and values will be the foundation for dialogue and creative skill-building to understand what it means for each of us to mindfully lead and learn in our respective communities.

A companion workshop by and for self-identified leaders of color will weave in opportunities for learning about tools and resources for leaders of color and American Indians to recognize the personal and collective impacts of racial oppression as well as to spend time engaging in restorative and healing practices. 

This session is hosted by and for leaders who identify as white or of European descent as a supportive and courageous space. You should identify as white or of European descent to attend this session.

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Accepting Applications: The LEAD Project Board of Directors
Deadline: April 14

Cultivating Community: Increasing Social Media Engagement
#SMBMSP89
Friday, April 15
8:00am - 10:00am
Saint Catherine University

The Bricks & Ivy Bash
The LEAD Project
Saturday, April 16
8pm - Midnight
Minneapolis Club

Critical Race Theory: Fact vs. Feeling
EDTalks
Monday, April 18
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Icehouse

Make It. MSP. Happy Hour
#MakeItMSP
Tuesday, April 26
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lakes and Legends Brewing Company

Architects of Tomorrow
Leadercast 2016
CSB/SJU and SCSU
Friday, May 6
7:00am - 3:30pm
Saint John's University

Salsa, Sushi, and Soul
NABA, NSHMBA, ASCEND, ALPFA
Friday, May 6
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Walker Art Center

 

Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 
Copyright © 2015 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] February 2016


[#mnrising Dispatch] February 2016

There's no better pairing than food and new friends! This month, we were pleased to feature the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour at the Bagels Beyond Boundaries event hosted by the Center for Integrative Leadership with Common Grounds at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Participants paired up for conversations about building trust, relationships, and shared vision. In debrief, they shared common conversation themes of passion for community, commitment to action, safe places for discussion + debate, and the importance of family in their personal journeys. Participants expressed feeling a sense of gratitude, positivity, and pride when listened to during the one-to-one conversations. Let's remember, particularly on the eve of Super Tuesday, the value of community connectedness and the power of dialoguing with and listening deeply to one another.

Sondra Samuels

Newcomer Nosh

Sunday, March 13 at 5:30pm
 
Newcomer Nosh is a volunteer-led effort to bring together "newcomers" to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region to share a meal, enjoy conversation, and make new friends. Events are free and supported by Make It. MSP. Friends of newcomers, boomerangs returning to the region, and all others are welcome. For our fourth Nosh of 2016 we've reserved the party room at Davanni's for up to 35 newcomers ready to start winding down winter and look forward to spring. What better way to celebrate the pending thaw than a pizza party? The event is free. We'll provide the food. You can order all the beer, wine, and soda you desire. We'll also have a setup where you'll be able to rotate seats and get to talk to a number of new friends. All we ask is that you please RSVP, as we have limited space and will be ordering enough food for all attendees. Please cancel, if you can no longer attend. This won't be your last chance to Nosh! [Read more.]

2016 Women's Economic Security Summit

Thursday, March 3 at 7:30am

The past year has been eye-opening for many of us as a tale of two Minnesotas has emerged; inundated with reports that Minnesota is the best state for women, we also were faced with the reality that women in Minnesota’s communities of color are struggling. How and with whom we address these critical disparities will determine the success of our work and the extent to which economic security for all women can be realized. Join us on from 7:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. Thursday, March 3 (a light breakfast and lunch will be provided) to hear state legislators, community leaders, and advocates discuss the policies we need now to break down barriers to economic equality. Reducing barriers is not just the right thing to do, it is needed to build a stronger economic foundation for all of us. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MPR Generation Listen Founding Board
Applications due March 1


2016-2017 Windcall Residency and Coaching Program
Applications due March 1

Geo:Code 2.0
March 5-6
9am - 5pm
Robert H. Bruininks Hall
Room 412 UMN


Introducing: Service Year MN
Franklin Project
Monday, March 7
5:30pm
LynLake Brewery

Second Tuesday Networking Event
YPOTC
Tuesday, March 8
5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Pin

The Future of Food: 3rd Annual Fundraiser
Net Impact Minneapolis
Wednesday, March 9
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall Brewery

Conversations with the Fed: Board Chair MayKao Hang
Thursday, March 10
7:00pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Graze for Good
Fourth Generation
Sunday, March 20
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Surly Brewing Co.

2016 Youth Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, March 29
9:30am - 5pm
Wilder Center
*Geared toward 5th - 12th grader

2016 Women in Entrepreneurship Conference - Strategic Partners
MN Cup
Thursday, March 31
12:30pm - 6:00pm
Carlson School of Management

 

Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 
Copyright © 2015 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

 
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