Thursday, March 31, 2011

Announcing the 4th Annual Power and Possibilities Conference!

I was delighted to attend the 2010 Power and Possibilities Leadership Conference at St. Catherine University last year and shared the nuggets I walked away with in a blog post focused on "balancing all of our selves". In its fourth year, Power and Possibilities, a leadership conference for influential women and women of color, promises to be better than ever. The event will feature the superintendents of the Minneapolis Public Schools and the St. Paul Public Schools, Bernadeia Johnson and Valeria Silva, respectively, in a panel conversation moderated by Dr. Verna Cornelia Price. Read on for the event schedule and how to find yourself in the midst of amazing women leaders and energizing self-reflection and conversation on April 13!

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The 4th Annual

Power and Possibilities

A Leadership Conference for Women of Color

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota


Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis Public

Schools Superintendent


Valeria Silva

St. Paul Public

Schools Superintendent

Power & Possibilities connects professional women for an afternoon of leadership development and purposeful conversation. The conference begins with a keynote discussion with Bernadeia Johnson and Valeria Silva around Leadership Competencies that Matter - both today and looking toward the future. We continue with table discussions led by influential women of the Twin Cities. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with powerful women leaders.

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Goals of Power & Possibilities

  • Have a substantive leadership development experience
  • Hear success stories of women of color leaders
  • Share personal and professional stories
  • See old friends and colleagues, meet new friends and colleagues, expand personal and professional networks
  • Create a space for authentic dialogue
  • Engage to explore leadership opportunities and next step

Choose from these Small Group Leadership Topics:

  • Challenging the Process; Influencing Change
  • Code Breakers: Language and Authentic Conversations
  • Creating Collaboration and Building Trust
  • Creating Your Personal Circle of Influence - How to Bring Together Your Own Personal Board of Directors
  • Identity: Balancing your Individual, Cultural, Organizational and Leadership Self
  • Leadership Best Practices: Strategies of Success
  • Navigating your Career Maze: Positioning Yourself for Growth


3:00 pm Welcome

3:15 pm Keynote with Bernadeia Johnson and Valeria Silva,
moderated by Dr. Verna Cornelia Price

4:00 pm Table Talk - Small Group discussion facilitated by Twin Cities women leaders

5:00 pm Wrap-Up - Large Group Discussion

5:30 pm Networking Reception

To learn more or to Register please visit:

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The 2011 Annual Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest

With temperatures warm enough lately to begin melting snow, we Minnesotans are reminded that underneath all of the ice, we find grass and sidewalks! To celebrate the coming of spring and the baring of our concrete walkways, the City of St. Paul announces their 2011 Annual Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest!

The 2011 Annual Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest
Contest Open: March 15-April 17

Poetry Workshops: April 9th

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Enter the Sidewalk Poetry Contest!
All residents of Saint Paul are eligible. 5 prizes of $150 and citywide honor!
We want your good poems— funny limericks, classroom haikus, bar napkin free verse, beautiful rhymes. The Department of Public Works and Public Art Saint Paul invite residents to enter this unique annual contest. Winning poems will be permanently published in city sidewalks.

Sidewalk Poetry Workshops
Saturday, April 9th 10:30am at Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Avenue; 651-642-0385) 2:00pm at Rice Street Library (1011 Rice Street; 651-558-2223) Award-winning poet John Minczeski will show you examples of poems just right for sidewalks. He will give you tips on creating your own poems, guide you through several writing exercises, and offer critique. Both sessions are open to all ages, Rice Street Library session geared toward under 18.

For more information visit:

Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a project by Marcus Young, City Artist in Residence. The project is made possible with support from Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul’s Public Art Ordinance Program, Readings by Writers, and the Saint Paul Public Library.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Report Roll: What Does the Next Generation of American Leaders Think?

Thanks to Katie Eukel for the heads up about the February 2011 Brookings Institution report entitled, "D.C.'s New Guard: What Does the Next Generation of American Leaders Think?"(PDF) The study contends that as Millennials come of age, entering and advancing in the workforce and the electorate, they will have a political, economic, and social impact not seen since the mark the Baby Boomers have left on American and global politics beginning in the 1960s.

Given the unique selection of those surveyed, the report may well align with how those engaged with Minnesota Rising might respond. The summary states, "The following study is significant for what it is, but also should be judged by what it is not. It is a look at a subset of young leaders’ identities and attitudes. It is not a survey of overall youth or general population attitudes, but rather only a set of youngsters who have been judged by their peers as having leadership qualities and have already demonstrated an interest in the world of policy and politics. To put it another way, it’s a survey of the type of kids who run for student government and choose to spend their summer vacations working in Washington." The researchers acknowledge that their pool of respondents is composed of young people who have already evidenced leadership skills and an interest in politics and policy.

Those active in Minnesota Rising and emerging leader organizations in Minnesota have similarly elected to take on civic leadership roles, whether that interest developed at an early age through involvement with Girl Scouts or a religious institution or has come to light more recently given a college club or workplace giving program. Some have described Minnesota Rising as a network of movers and shakers, already self-identified and actively making a difference for our communities and state. So, I'd urge you to take a look through their findings and fascinating infographics - do they resonate with you, how you consume media, what you think of The Daily Show, or what you believe? There's been a lot made of this generation in politics and the media; I'm more curious what Minnesota's new guard and what our next generation of leaders make of it.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Artificial Urgency

"The world seduces us with an artificial urgency that requires us to respond without listening to what is most deeply true. In Sabbath time, we cultivate a sense of eternity where we truly rest, and feel how all things can wait, and turn them gently in the hand until we feel their shape, and know the truth of them."


Friday, March 25, 2011

Accepting Applications: Social Entrepreneur's Cup

Presented by Social Venture Partners Minnesota, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota Cup, the purpose of the Social Entrepreneur's Cup is to seek out, support, and promote Minnesota's most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations that they lead. The winner will be determined by audience votes at EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference in June, selected out four finalists delivering live presentations to the judges and 600+ attendees. This year's Social Entrepreneur's Cup winner will be awarded $20,000, one year's worth of consulting from SVP MN, and will go on to compete for the Minnesota Cup Grand Prize. Spread the word about this exciting and innovative opportunity!

A Program of SVP MN, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota Cup

Deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 pm CST, April 15, 2011.

Purpose of the Social Entrepreneurs Cup

The Social Entrepreneurs Cup is hosted by SVP MN as a division of the Minnesota Cup. The purpose of the Social Entrepreneurs Cup is to seek out, celebrate and promote Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead. Four finalists make presentations to the judges and audience at the annual Engaged Philanthropy Conference. Finalists are judged on the following criteria:
  • Social Venture Concept: Judges are looking for a well-articulated social value proposition. The finalist must make a compelling case for why society needs this social venture and the value the concept adds to our society.

  • Innovation: How does the finalist organization standout from other organizations? Where is the innovation in how the finalist organization delivers its social value proposition?

  • Social Return on Investment: What results have the finalist produced so far and what results can it project? Why would social investors (philanthropists) want to fund this concept when they have so many other options? Judges will evaluate ideas on their potential to generate a social return on investment both in the near and long-term.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

TC Rotaract Happy Hour Benefit for Youth Farm and Market Project

Despite the white we've been seeing of late, it's officially spring in Minnesota, and the growing season is just around the corner! The Youth Farm and Market Project, which provides year-round youth development programming for over 500 youths ages 9-18, utilizes experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens, and greenhouses to build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Sound like a cause you can get behind? Thanks to Twin Cities Rotaract, you'll have the opportunity to do so at an upcoming Happy Hour at the Red Stag Supper Club. See details below for supporting youth in your community and our local food systems.
Rotaract YP Happy Hour at Red Stag to Benefit Youth Farm and Market Project

Wednesday, April 6
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Red Stag Supper Club
509 1st Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN

Please join us! Rotaract sponsored YP Happy Hour to benefit Youth Farm and Market Project on Wednesday, 4/6!

All first drink orders will be donated to Youth Farm and Market Project! Please join us for a Happy Hour networking with Young Professionals across the Twin Cities! A special drink list will be provided.

Invite your friends!

Red Stag Happy Hours
Monday - Friday 3-6 p.m. and Monday - Thursday 10 p.m. to close
Featuring $3 domestics, $4 select taps, $4 select cocktails, $4 Crispin Ciders, $3 house wine.

FREE PARKING available in lot across the street!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Who's in charge?

Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

I attended a conference late last year regarding the controversial issue of antibiotics use in industrial animal farming. This contentious issue boasts stakeholders ranging from animal veterinarians, human doctors, everyday consumers, state health boards, the U.S. Congress, and more. A wide variety of opinions and self-interests were present in the room, but somehow, we were all able to answer these questions quickly and unanimously:

Q: Who's in charge of antibiotic use? 

 A: No one. 

 Q: Well, then, why are we here, having this conversation? 

 A: Because we're all in charge.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

UMN: Unleash Your Inner Awesome!

You won't get credit for it, but the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education is offering a cool series entitled, "Unleash Your Inner Awesome!" to provide tips and tools for professional development and networking. Every fourth Thursday of the month for the next three months, you'll find school in session at Spill the Wine in Minneapolis. Drop by and you'll be back to school in a way you've never been!

Unleash_Your_Awesome_HeaderStop being the office Clark Kent…come hone your career superpowers (and meet some cool people, too) at the Unleash Your Inner Awesome professional development and networking series from the U of M.

Join us from 5:30-6 p.m. for networking and happy hour (cash bar). Workshops will start at 6 p.m.

All events take place at Spill the Wine, in downtown Minneapolis.

Space is limited--pre-register in order to assure your spot!

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MIND CONTROL! Recognize (and Develop) Your Genius Ideas

Thursday, March 24
Networking 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop starts at 6 p.m.
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Learn to recognize opportunities and stay open to new ideas. The session will focus on how entrepreneurial thinking can be used inside an organization (intrapreneurial thinking). Instructor: Cecily Sommers. Read her bio.

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Thursday, April 28
Networking 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop starts at 6 p.m.
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Learn to present your ideas creatively, to a variety of audiences and types of thinkers. Instructor: Stephanie McGovern. Read her bio.


I Am Rubber; You Are Glue. Flexibility in Times of Change

Thursday, May 26
Networking 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop starts at 6 p.m.
Register for this event
Learn to manage change, both in terms of your own job responsibilities and from a team perspective. Find out how to use the process to your advantage. Instructor: Nan Larsen. Read her bio.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ripe for right

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of those willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard word time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Source: Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)


Friday, March 18, 2011

Got the Write Stuff? Be a Minnesota Rising Guest Blogger!

Got something to say? Well, we've got a place where you can say it. Here!

If you've got some new idea, initiative, or want to tell the world a little bit about yourself, Minnesota Rising invites you to submit a guest blog post! You can highlight your business or nonprofit or share about a really great article, person, or idea you've encountered recently and your response to it.

Guest blog posts can come in any shape and size, including as a vlog (video log), but for those of you who like a little direction and structure:
  • Between 400-700 words
  • Include a photo of yourself or logo of group you are highlighting
  • Provide active weblinks where readers can turn to look for more information
  • Make it easy to read or watch, with at least a takeaway or two for your audience
If you've got more questions or want to share a potential post idea, hit us up at minnesotarising[at] We're looking forward to hearing (and reading) from you!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fashionista Favorites Charity Fashion Show to benefit Kids 'n Kinship

While our male board members are decidedly a bit less excited than some of my female counterparts, we're all equally thrilled that Chicks for a Cause has offered to host the first annual Fashionista Favorites Charity Fashion Show to benefit Kids 'n Kinship! See details below for a fun evening in the south metro to help you spruce up your spring wardrobe as well as support a great local charity!
  • Enjoy a Fashion Show with all your favorite local boutiques (6-7:15pm)
  • Shop all your favorite boutiques, beauty, and jewelry companies
  • Entertainment, appetizers, and a cash bar
Thursday, April 14, 2011
GrandStay's La Grand Conference Center
7083 153rd Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Tickets can be purchased at
$15 in Advance
$20 at the Door

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

White House Project Spring Training(s)

Instead of the annual weekend-long Go Run Training, this year The White House Project will offer a series of shorter trainings designed to build the skills, knowledge, and networks of emerging and existing women leaders. These trainings are meant to be safe spaces for women to explore and learn as well as to add skills and know-how to their "leadership toolboxes." Know a woman leader who might benefit from these training opportunities? Encourage her to attend - it could change everything!

State Budget 101
Monday, March 28th 5:30 - 7:30 PM
White House Project Offices - 8th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
$10.00 / Scholarships Available
To register, please email Allie Arends at

This is an opportunity in a safe environment to begin to understand the massive maze of the budget process in Minnesota. Learn Minnesota state budget basics, how the budget process works, how to engage decision makers and be an influential voice at the Capitol. You'll have an opportunity to ask any question you've had about the budget process. No question will be a dumb question!

Boards, Commissions, Appointments... Oh My!
Tuesday, April 26th 5:30 - 7:30 PM
White House Project Offices - 8th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
$10.00 / Scholarships Available
To register, please email Allie Arends at

If you're interested in stepping up your leadership, consider getting appointed to one of the many boards and commissions in your community. They exist at the state, county and municipal levels. And they, like all our governmental institutions, NEED DIVERSE VOICES AND PARTICIPATION. In addition to serving your community and expanding your networks, this is a great way to get behind the scene and dip your toe in public service.

This training will help you learn how to find open positions, how to be strategic in choosing what commission would be best, and what you can do to improve your chances of being chosen.

Blueprint Your Next Steps to Elected Office
Monday, May 23 5:30 - 7:30 PM
White House Project Offices - 8th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
$10.00 / Scholarships Available
To register, please email Allie Arends at

Have you ever thought about running for office, but you just don't know where to start? Come to this interactive session to begin to map out your next steps. You will get help assessing your strengths and possible hurdles. Identify some steps you can take that will help you get ready to run.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Give it some gusto: Nuance in word and action.

I was honored to be invited to write a guest post on the stellar YNPN-TC blog last week and wanted to also share it with the Minnesota Rising community. Read on for the re-post and for ideas on how to "Give it some gusto: Nuance in word and action."
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”-Author Unknown
I once spoke with Eric Hoffberg—business and life coach—about his philosophy of intentionally coloring speech with nuance. He explained that providing detailed information, creating context, and explicitly relaying the subtler points in conversation make for a richer dialogue and deeper communication.
Wiktionary defines something nuanced as “possessed of multiple layers of detail, pattern, or meaning.” While I agree wholeheartedly with Eric’s attitude, I would suggest that words are only the start to living more intentionally and with nuance. Words are powerful, but even more critical are the actions that ultimately result from thought and speech.
In this fast-paced world, we dart back and forth between meetings, work, family life, social activities, and more, struggling to do each thing as well as we can with limited time and resources. This attempt to accomplish so much can result in our operating at a surface level, in catch phrases, and by making assumptions. We can fall too easily into the trap of doing things because it is what we believe we are supposed to do or because it is the default option when we lack ideas for what else to do: Broad generalizations generally befall our conversations, relationships are sustained by shallow, fleeting exchanges, and life then becomes a bit, well, generic.
We hear a lot about the importance of being intentional, and that we should strive to go against the grain to live big lives and achieve revolutionary things. To be the change we wish to see in the world, we need not only to be intentional about doing the right things even if they are uncommon, but also to reflect about just why and how before taking nuanced action. The challenge, however, is locating in daily life the smaller ways that allow us easy opportunities to practice this innovative thinking and thoughtful action. To get us moving, I propose two simple and fun ways to incorporate nuance into your daily life via words and action.
[1.] Thank You Notes
Much is made of the fact that it is rare to receive handwritten letters or notes. People particularly lament the long lost art of sending handwritten thank you cards to express gratitude for the contribution of time, talent, or gifts. I’m always pleased, then, to receive such a card via USPS that acknowledges appreciation for my time speaking at an event or volunteering for a cause. However, I’m shocked and disappointed to so often find the messages generic and thus somewhat unconvincing. As such, I recommend trying to detail in thank you notes: the specific contribution of the recipient, context and feedback as to why it was so useful to the program or the people in attendance, and an indication of hope that the relationship will continue.
Note the differences between the following messages (both of which can fit on the same size thank-you card):
“Thank you for speaking during our leadership panel last week to our program participants. We are grateful for your time and your support of our program. You helped to make our day superb! Please know that we appreciate all you have done for us and our organization. Sincerely, [Thanker]”
“Thank you for sharing the story of your pathway to your leadership position during Monday’s panel. Detailing how you overcame certain challenges was immensely helpful to our emerging leaders, who are facing these very issues themselves. Many expressed that they were inspired by your achievements and consider you to be a role model. You’ve helped us to offer quality programming to our membership and we hope to work with you again soon! With respect and admiration, [Thanker]”
[2.] Gift-Giving
Gift registries take the guess work out of what your groom or expecting mother may find useful in his or her next steps in life. However, they also limit the gift giver’s imagination and occasion to locate a present that is meaningful to both the recipient and supplier. After you find the listed item, procure some appropriate wrapping paper or gift bag, and a suitably themed card, your task is all but accomplished.
Rather than be resigned to the idea that the plan is entirely laid out, I suggest that you be creative in considering the ways in which you can further support this person. Did they ask for a water purifying pitcher? You know they’ll likely need some replacements filters in the coming months. Go ahead and add them. Perhaps bakeware is on their wish list. Picking up an additional cake, brownie, or scone mix attaches more thought and fun for the gift giver and recipient.
These are two easy ideas to get you started, but daily options for taking nuanced action and demonstrating thoughtful intention abound.
Are there certain things you want to attempt with more detail, thought, or creativity? What have been your best strategies or ideas? Please share additional ideas to inspire others in the comments below!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Enough for now

"When we breathe, we do not stop inhaling because we have taken in all the oxygen we will ever need, but because we have all the oxygen we need for this breath."


Friday, March 11, 2011

Register Now: Citizens League Morning Coffee - 3/16

For those of you who haven't been, I'm a huge fan of Overflow Espresso Cafe. It's cute and quaint, the baristas are riotously fun, and since it's located so close to my day job, it often serves as my satellite office. For a chance to check it out, as well as to learn more about the Citizens League and connect with some of its members, drop by the upcoming Citizens League Morning Coffee. You'll get a few business cards, some tasty breakfast treats, and maybe even score a new favorite local coffee joint. Just be sure to leave me a spare outlet so I can plug in the laptop.

Citizens League Morning Coffee
Wednesday, March 16
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Overflow Espresso Cafe
Join Citizens League staff and members for pastries and coffee. Network with fellow members and find out what we're up to! This is a great way for newer members to meet other Citizens League members and find ways to get engaged in the Citizens League's work. Feel free to bring a friend!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Accepting Applications: Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute

This year, 50 women will get together in early June for 5 intensive days of living and learning at North Dakota State University. The Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute is seeking applicants who are interested in politics, leadership, public service, or community service, and have a desire to develop their own leadership skills. Whether or not you view yourself as a leader now, if you desire to create positive change in your community, they encourage YOU to apply! Not convinced yet? See Ayah's video clip below to hear just why you should be 1 of 50 this June!

The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women's) Leadership Development Institute will be held June 1-5, 2011 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. The intensive five-day residential program is designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women in the upper Midwest who do not have extensive leadership experience. There is particular emphasis on recruiting women from groups that have typically been underrepresented voices in the political process.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, there is no cost to participate. Participants will have the option of registering for a three-credit course in Women’s Studies, Sociology, or Social Work. Those who choose to register for course credit will have to pay for the course registration expenses. In addition, some scholarships are available to assist with travel and/or childcare expenses.

For information or to apply, visit or contact Deb White at or 218-477-2041.

Applications will be accepted until March 25, 2011.

Participants attend workshops on running for office, public speaking, fundraising, public policy advocacy, and working with the media. They meet with over twenty women leaders, including state and local officials, women in tribal government, and grassroots activists. Participants and some women leaders reside on campus throughout the institute, extending learning beyond the formal daytime sessions.

We seek applicants with interest in politics, public service, or community service who desire to develop their leadership skills. They need not be college students. Approximately 50 college and community women will be accepted.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Guest Post: Kelly Rowan and YNPN-Twin Cities

Kelly Rowan currently serves as board chair of YNPN-Twin Cities and is Development Manager for the Charities Review Council. Kelly volunteers with a variety of progressive causes, particularly where she can marry her interests in leadership development, civic engagement and engaged philanthropy. She also enjoys tennis, hiking, and camping with her husband and two children.
Mark your calendars fellow change-makers, current and up-and-coming community leaders: it may be several months out, but I for one have been particularly energized this week by several opportunities for collaboration related to the upcoming Nonprofit Leadership Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School, to be held June 14th in Minneapolis.

Last year's conference featured Jan Masaoka as keynote speaker. One of the things she talked about then, that I've been thinking about a lot lately - whether in my day job, mother and wife roles, and/or volunteer involvement - is the idea of NOT merely asking ourselves what kind of leader we want to be... but rather what kind of leader our organizations need right now.

I feel pretty fortunate in thinking this through, particularly with regards to my role as current board chair of YNPN-Twin Cities, because I have the opportunity to do both. YNPN is at this exciting point as an organization, where we have been doing the soul-searching to solidify and document our mission and values, and we're pouring all of these sentiments, as well as input from our members, into our first-ever strategic plan. It's been quite an exhilarating challenge for our board to develop and communicate our best thinking about what difference we can really be making for our nonprofit peers and for our communities and the steps we will be taking to get there.

We've made some important strides in establishing the infrastructure that we think will help us pursue our mission in the most effective ways, and we are offering valuable resources, both through online avenues like our blog, and via in-person programming events like our upcoming conversations on Race and Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector. But we still have some weighty challenges ahead, and I look forward to working together with you, our members and peers, to provide the facilitation, resources, accountability and encouragement we need.

Let's all look for ways to support and encourage each other as leaders as we continue toward our vision of stronger communities for us all. As a clever one among us likes to say, 'We are the ones we've been waiting for'.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day: 100 Years + Counting

March is Women’s History Month and today, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, is the centenary of International Women’s Day. In honor of this day, EQUALS, a partnership of leading charities brought together by Annie Lennox, produced the following video to ask just what, if anything, has changed for women in the past 100 years. To be a part of the answer, join the inequality debate and take action for women's health, pay parity, safety, education, inclusion, and equity.
"Women hold up half the sky."

Monday, March 7, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

International Women's Day Panel: "Issues facing Women in Haiti"

It's the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8, 2011 and The Advocates for Human Rights is partnering with several community groups to cohost a panel presentation tomorrow on issues facing women in Haiti. Check out the myriad other activities taking place this coming week to recognize the centennial celebration of women's contributions to their families, their communities, and the globe!
Join The Advocates for Human Rights for a panel presentation on Issues facing Women in Haiti from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday, March 5.

Expert Panel Presenters include:
  • Mme. Jacqueline Morette, Haitian farmer, Head of Women’s Cooperative;
  • Jacqueline Regis, author of The Daughter of L'Arsenal;
  • Julie Dargis, American Refugee Committee, Director of International Programs;
  • Beaudelaine Pierre, International Humphrey Fellow
Location: First Unitarian Society, Dietrich Room, 900 Mount Curve Ave, Mpls 55403

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Refugee Committee, First Unitarian Society, Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, and Oxfam America.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

LWV-MN Smart Chicks Happy Hour on March 8

The League of Women Voters Minnesota just announced the next event in their popular Smart Chick Happy Hour series. Drop in at Sweeney's next week for some happy hour treats, details on the upcoming Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Conference, and a chance to talk about the latest in Minnesota politics with other smart chicks!

We buy the wings. You buy the drinks.
You are invited to LWV Minnesota's next Smart Chicks Happy Hour on Tuesday, March 8th at Sweeney's Saloon-Ashland Room (96 Dale St. St. Paul).
Join us for conversation, food and drinks as we talk politics, current issues, and share ideas about meaningful, nonpartisan work in our current political environment. Hear about the upcoming 2011 Women's Leadership Conference and find out about scholarship opportunities. And don't forget we'll be networking with other Smart Chicks. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. It helps us figure out how much food to order! Questions or RSVPs to Marcia Eland, Tuesday, March 8th 4:00-6:00 PM Sweeney's Saloon Ashland Room 96 North Dale St. St. Paul, MN
Copyright © 2011 LWV Minnesota, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

YNPN-TC The Insider: Race & Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector?

Given the immigration and demographic changes that have taken place over the past few decades, Minnesota is becoming more culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse. In order to develop skills of cultural competency that allow us to leverage these differences as assets, it is critical to ask questions about what roles race and class play in our lives, the work of our organizations or businesses, and in the larger society, as well as what role we consequently need to play in order to level the playing field and eliminate disparities.

The YWCA of Minneapolis, whose mission is to eliminate poverty and empower women, works to do so through racial justice training, including their annual, "It's Time to Talk Forums on Race." I'm thrilled that YNPN-TC is partnering with my colleague and friend, Anita Patel, whom I nominated as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans in 2009, on their next event: "The Insider: Race & Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector?" Details follow, though it should be noted that due to limited seating, online registration is required for the event.

Issues of race and privilege don’t just disappear during the hours of 9 to 5. They creep into our corner cubicles, stand face-to-face in client visits, speak loudly in our marketing materials, and sit silently during board meetings. Whether you work in education or health and human services, race and privilege is part of your day-to-day. So how can young nonprofit professionals begin to dismantle race and privilege in the workplace? Let’s work together in creating better communities and a better sector.


Anita Patel

Anita Patel Quote Anita Patel joined the YWCA of Minneapolis in 2005 and was promoted to Vice President, Racial Justice and Public Policy Programs in 2010. She has been instrumental in creating a Racial Justice Dialogue series and Early Childhood Education Awareness Month. These initiatives have expanded the reach of YWCA Racial Justice programs throughout corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Anita is skilled in circle facilitation, conflict resolution, Mindful Facilitation techniques and is an experienced circle facilitation trainer.

Anita has a Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She is the Chair of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, a board member of the Charities Review Council, the Public Policy Cabinet for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and has served as the Vice-Chair of WATCH, and the first Vice President of the Ripley Memorial Foundation.

Anita was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award in 2011, named one of the 2009 Top Outstanding Young Minnesotans by the MN Jaycees and one of the top leaders under 30 by MN Business Magazine.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Midtown YWCA Minneapolis
2121 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Accepting Applications: Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) 2011 Annual Awards

The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) is requesting submissions for its 2011 Annual Award nomination process. Know of any outstanding Asian-Pacific Minnesotans making economic, humanitarian, or other contributions in your community? If ideas are hard to come by, consider learning about or taking part in efforts around the Asian Pacific Cultural Center, the Annual Heritage Month Dinner, or the annual Dragon Festival this summer. Perhaps you'll get to know someone who you may be inspired to nominate once this deadline rolls around next year. In the meantime, Happy Year of the Rabbit!
The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans is currently seeking a diverse collection of nomination submissions for its 2011 Annual Leadership Awards. This is the time for community members to nominate and recognize one of their own. Please help us to honor an outstanding business owner, leader, organization, volunteer who has given themselves, their talents and resources to serve and better the Asian-Pacific community.

A committee of Council board members and community members will determine the number of awardees. The Award Ceremony will be held at the Council’s Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, May 6, 2011, starting at 6:00 p.m. The location is still to be confirmed. Awardees in the past have been the India Association of Minnesota, Takuzo Ishida, Vee Phan Nelson, Hedy Tripp, and Seng Yang.

The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans honors individuals or organizations who have:
  • Achieved excellence in his or her field
  • Contributed to the well-being of the Asian and Pacific Islander Community
  • Displayed leadership to advance social, economic, or educational spheres for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent living in Minnesota
Candidates Are to be nominated under one or more of the following categories:
  • Outstanding contribution in any field showing vision and leadership
  • Lifetime Service Award
  • Humanitarian Award
Nomination submission Guidelines:
  • Submit 1 Original and 7 Stapled Copies of the nomination materials for a total of 8 COPIES. Documents submitted will not be returned (Items of Personal Value Should Not Be Submitted). We suggest the nominator make a copy of the materials for his or her records
  • We must RECEIVE nomination materials no later than Thursday, March 18, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Materials may be Mailed or Hand Delivered. Please enclose all materials in a large 10” x 13” envelope—or equivalent—& address it as follows:
2011 Heritage Month Award Nominations
Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans
658 Cedar Street, Suite 160
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
DISCLAIMER: Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans board members, staff, or their immediate family members MAY NOT submit nominations or write letters of support for any nominee. These same individuals may not be nominated for an award, though it is acceptable to have an affiliation with a nominated organization. Nominations for those who have previously won a Council Leadership Award, out of fairness, will not be accepted. Additionally, nominator and co-nominators cannot be immediate family member or relatives of the nominee.

Contact Pa Chia Yang at the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) with questions at 651.757.1740 or email
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