Friday, April 29, 2011

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2011


Wednesday, May 4
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities

Tuesday, May 10
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Goodwill Easter Seals

Thursday, May 12
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Graves 601 Hotel
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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!

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[Minnesota Rising] April 2011 Update

Thanks to those who attended our recent Un/Conference 2.0 Brainstorm and Blog Focus Group. We're pleased to be moving ahead in further defining and refining the work of Minnesota Rising!

In April, we kicked off work to convene the process and conversations for developing a generational theme or principles for emerging leaders in Minnesota and their organizations. We'd love your feedback and input in this endeavor! In our initial phase of research, we're looking to identify:

  • Organizations conducting focus groups with Millennials in Minnesota
  • National and statewide reports detailing Millennial demographics, statistics, and data
  • Emerging leader groups across the country that utilize an umbrella or network model
Please email minnesotarising[at] if you have suggestions for reports, groups, organizations, or any other intel to share about work that is being done to collaboratively build a network of emerging leaders or engage around generational identity for the common good, either here or elsewhere in the country or world. Thanks for your ideas and input!

Up Next: Un/Conference 2011 Planning

Minnesota Rising Un/Conference 2.0 Kick-Off Planning Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2011
Grassroots Solutions
5:45PM - 7:30PM
2828 University Avenue, Suite 150, Minneapolis 55414

We're excited to be kicking off the planning process for Minnesota Rising's second annual Un/Conference, slated for October 2011. Feel free to send ideas for sessions, formats, and speakers, as well as RSVPs, to minnesotarising[at]!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

PhilanthroFair + Board Boot Camp

As the warmer weather arrives, it's time to once again find yourself amongst the throngs at festivals and fairs. The LEAD Project is hosting another of their one-of-a-kind fairs that aims to connect good people with good causes. Make sure to get your ticket for the Board Boot Camp immediately preceding the upcoming PhilanthroFair at Graves 601 Hotel to make sure you're suited up and ready to meet the do-gooding masses!

Join us for our next PhilanthroFair at the Graves 601 Hotel to meet with nonprofits who are looking for motivated, talented young professionals.

All participating organizations are in need of board members and skill-based volunteers. This event is a great way to learn more about the amazing work done by area nonprofits, discover ways to get involved and network with other young professionals.

Meet representatives from:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Animal Humane Society
  • Citizen’s League
  • CommonBond Communities
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Girls on the Run
  • Guild Incorporated
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • The LEAD Project
  • Opportunity International
  • PACER Center
  • Playworks
  • Project Healthy Smile
  • Rebuilding Together
  • ResourceWest
  • Rock Star Supply Company
  • World Without Genocide
  • YWCA of Minneapolis

Thursday, May 12
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Graves 601 Hotel

Register for PhilanthroFair

If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to be a successful board member, consider attending the 60-minute Board Boot Camp prior to PhilanthroFair. The PhilanthroFair Board Boot Camp is great for anyone who is curious about becoming a board member and wants to know the right questions to ask nonprofits at LEAD’s PhilanthroFair. In this in-depth training, participants will learn board member roles and responsibilities, skills that translate well to serving on a board, common pitfalls that can come to boards and what young professionals can gain from board service.

PhilanthroFair Board Boot Camp
Thursday, May 12
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $20

Register for Board Boot Camp

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You're Invited: Young Professional Group Best Practice Luncheon

The second in a series of free brown bag lunches to discuss nonprofit young professionals groups, you're invited to the offices of Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities next week for a conversation about best practices for maintaining a YPG and structuring its steering committee. Social hour kicks off at 11:30am, followed by discussion at 12 noon, and you're invited to bring your lunch. Register online to save your seat now!

Does the non-profit you work at have a young professionals group?

Join other non-profits on Wednesday, May 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. for a discussion of best practices with maintaining a successful young professionals group. Bring a lunch and come with your questions and ideas! Feel free to arrive as early as 11:30 to network with others and so we can start right at noon.

The focus on this discussion will be the structure of a steering committee. For those with existing YPGs, please feel free to invite volunteers who serve on your steering committee.

If you have questions, please contact Mike Marcotte at Big Brothers Big Sisters ( or Jenny Johnson at Aeon (

PLEASE NOTE: Construction on the Central Corridor light rail line has begun along University Avenue. Make sure to allow yourself extra time if you plan on traveling along University Avenue routes to reach the Big Brothers Big Sisters offices.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YNPN-TC Nonprofit EDGE: An Evening with Lars Leafblad in the Land of 10,000 Linkages

Tickets to the YNPN Twin Cities Nonprofit EDGE workshops have gone like hotcakes, and the latest event in the series is no different. Featuring the founder of Pollen, there's still time to join the waitlist for An Evening with Lars Leaflbad in the Land of 10,000 Linkages. Sign up today and perhaps you'll be able to get your hotcake and eat it, too!

YNPN Twin Cities Nonprofit EDGE: An Evening with Lars Leafblad in the Land of 10,000 Linkages

He's a Principal at executive search firm Keystone Search. He's the creator of the popular networking e-newsletter Pollen. He's been called the most networked man in the Twin Cities. And on May 10, Lars Leafblad joins YNPN to share his experience on getting ahead in the job market of the Twin Cities, which he calls "The Land of 10,000 Linkages." Join us to get expert advice on topics like:

  • The future of work & employee trends, especially in regards to the nonprofit sector
  • The skills that will be necessary to build a career in the coming decades
  • How to be a part of this hyperconnected community, and not left behind
  • Strategies for how to network when just hearing the word makes you shudder

We'll kick things off talk show-style, with some questions that we have been dying to ask Lars, plus some that we've gathered from our community on social media. After that, we'll open it up to the audience, where it will be your turn to ask those burning questions. Don't miss this opportunity to get the scoop on networking and the local job scene from one of the people who knows it best!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Doors & networking at 5:30, program at 6:00)
Goodwill Easter Seals Headquarters
553 Fairview Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55104 (Free parking available in the Goodwill lot)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

You're Invited: Aeon's Beyond Brick's & Mortar Breakfast

It's Aeon's 25-year anniversary and you're invited to their celebratory Beyond Bricks & Mortar breakfast, where you can hear about their good work over the years and learn how you can be a part of their future helping to ensure others have a home. There is no cost to attend, though guests will be invited to make a contribution in support of Aeon's vision that every person has a home. For more details, connect with Jenny Johnson, event planner extraordinaire!

Join us for Aeon's Beyond Bricks & Mortar fundraising breakfast on April 27

For 25 years, Aeon has opened doors to brighter futures by providing a basic human need: HOME.

Today, more than 3,000 men, women and children shape their futures upon the foundation of an Aeon home.

As we honor the first 25 years of forever, please join us in creating the homes and futures that will shine for generations.

Beyond Bricks & Mortar
Wednesday, April 27 • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Hilton Minneapolis (third floor ballroom)
1001 Marquette Ave • Minneapolis
Registration opens at 7 a.m. • Event starts promptly at 7:30 a.m

Together, we create homes. Together, we create brighter futures.

There is no cost to attend. Guests will be invited to make a contribution in support of Aeon’s vision that every person has a home.

Please RSVP to 612-341-3148 x237 or After registering, you will receive a reminder postcard with directions and parking details prior to the event.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

You're Invited: SPARK, The Fundraising Event for Young Professionals

Thanks to Jared Rendell, of the United Way Emerging Leaders Committee, for an invitation to enjoy the State Fair early this year, sort of . . . Their annual fundraiser, SPARK, features a State Fair theme, and now includes great Minnesota drinks and delicious high-calorie foods on a stick! With a great silent auction, a chance for some quality networking conversations, a really fun atmosphere, and, of course, State Fair-ish food, this will be just the event to remind us that summer, and the Great Minnesota Get-Together, really will come eventually!


The Fundraising Event for Young Professionals

Thursday, April 28
6:30-10:00 p.m.
Nicollet Island Pavilion


United Way Emerging Leaders invite you for an evening of State Fair amusement. Bid on great items in the silent auction, but be careful to not spill whatever heavenly treat you have on stick. And if that causes you to become parched, enjoy tastings of local wineries and breweries while playing midway inspired games and enjoying entertainment worthy of the grandstand. By joining us for SPARK, you will be giving back to the community and getting all of the great benefits of the fair, without the smell of the livestock barn.

Entertainment at the Target Grandstand by local artists, Romantica and The Dancers Studio.

Participating Minnesota breweries and wineries:

Cold Spring Brewing Co.

Saint Croix Vineyards
Crofut Family Winery & VineyardSt. Croix Brewing Company
FinnegansSummit Brewing Company
Flat Earth Brewing Co.Warehouse Winery
Harriet Brewing

Woodland Hill Winery

Mantorville Brewing Company

Silent Auction features:

  • Electronic bidding from IML Worldwide
  • Local, national and sunny vacations
  • Tickets and memorabilia for all four local major sports teams
  • Concerts, plays and other entertainment happenings around town
  • Restaurant experiences including a 6-course wine pairing dinner at The Forum Restaurant and an opportunity to learn how to make Chipotle’s famous cilantro lime rice alongside their chef.
  • One-on-one time with local CEO’s and executives

PwC Midway

  • Additional fee of $2 per ticket, or 3 tickets for $5
  • Play games such as the Milk Can Toss, Skeeball, Hole in One and more
  • Prizes courtesy of our partners Caribou Coffee, CRAVE, Cub Foods, Punch Pizza and TGIFriday's
  • Special food selections including mini donuts and vodka sampling from local distilling company, Prairie Vodka
  • ATM available onsite

*Event proceeds benefit United Way. Event formerly known as the Emerging Leaders Wine Tasting

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Social Media Breakfast MSP #35 - Activism

I was pleased to serve on an intriguing panel about nonprofits and social media at a Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis St. Paul (SMBMSP) event a couple of years ago. Since that time, SMBMSP has continued to grow in size and stature as well as in the breadth of topics they cover. Turn your appetites to bacon and your tweetdecks to #SMBMSP for an engaging upcoming conversation about activism and social media at SMBMSP #35!

You are invited to attend...

SMBMSP 35 - Activism

Friday, April 22, 2011 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Social media has become a powerful tool for activism and protests. We've seen the effects across the globe across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as next door in Wisconsin. Our special guests will explore this evolving issue and answer your questions.


Peter Apps Political Risk Correspondent, Reuters Peter Apps covers a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka.

Jason Barnett Executive Director & co-founder, The UpTake Jason Barnett guides the path of The UpTake is a news media organization that merges online video, social media strategy and cutting-edge technologies, tools and access to engage and empower citizen journalists. Since its inception, The UpTake has advanced the frontier of citizen-fueled news gathering, garnering national notoriety through its coverage of the 2008 political conventions, the Minnesota U.S. Senate recount and trial and Wisconsin's recent legislative battles and protests.

Event Sponsors

Annual Sponsors

Concordia University

Kaleidoscope Partnership

Event location:

Best Buy HQ
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423
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