Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You're Invited | LiFe LaB: Find Your Formula for Change

Living life well can be a form of art. YNPN-TC supposes that there may be a bit of science to it, too. If you're feeling stuck in your career or have goals but are unsure what to do next, you're invited to attend their upcoming Life Lab event to find your formula for change! See below for more details and to prep for your time in the lab.

LifeLab: Find Your Formula for Change

You are invited to attend:

LiFe LaB: Find Your Formula for Change

Tues., Feb. 21 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration Starts at 5:30 pm, Program at 6 pm

As research and personal experience teaches us, goals alone don't change behavior. If that's the case, how can you move forward in your career and your life?

At this session, coach Beth Wallace will challenge you to notice where you're getting stuck, help you design progress toward your goals, and teach you how to keep going even through resistance.

Through a combination of demonstration and small group work, you will learn how to:

  • Identify what you're really struggling with
  • Get clear about what you want and plan movement in that direction
  • Reflect on how your plan is working
  • Stay accountable with social support

Join us on February 21 to learn a more complete strategy for solving professional problems and loving your work.

Space is limited. Register now.


Limited free parking is available at the lot at 1200 Washington Ave S. Additional parking is available for a dollar an hour on the street, and at the Guthrie parking lot at 818 2nd St S.


Beth WallaceCoach Beth Wallace helps people get unstuck.

Beth has spent thirty years working in nonprofit organizations in Vermont and Minnesota, and has been working for herself since 2005. In addition to coaching, she is a book editor who helps people get their big ideas into print. Beth is a graduate of the Vermont Community Fund's year-long Organizational Development Institute, the Coaches Training Institute, and Carleton College.

She is one of the founders and the editor-in-chief ofRainbow Rumpus, the award-winning online magazine for kids with LGBT parents. Beth lives in south Minneapolis, where she has two cats, too big a garden, and too much yarn.

You can find Beth on Twitter at @greenmtngirl and atBethWallaceCoaching.com.


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Monday, January 30, 2012

The power of generosity

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"If you knew what I know about the power of generosity, you would not let a single meal go by without sharing it."

Friday, January 27, 2012

You're Invited: Caucus and Convention Training!

2012 is a big year. It's the Citizens League's 60th Anniversary, the Centennial Celebration for my alma mater, the College of St. Scholastica, and of course, a presidential election year. In order to make sure you're prepped for the Republican and Democratic caucuses coming up in the next couple of weeks, The White House Project invites you to join them for Caucus and Convention Training. Women of all political stripes and experiences are welcome, and given the partisanship and gridlock of late, we need new and collaborative voices across the political spectrum to create a vision for where we can go together. Join in and help constructively influence the conversation in a big way this big year!

Join Us for Caucus and Convention Training

Monday January 30th, 5:30-8:00PM
The White House Project Office

caucus.jpgJoin us for Caucus and Conventions Prep, a workshop to gain insight into the one of the most influential parts of the election process. Co-leaders Jennifer DeJournett and Laura Nevitt will dive into the basics of both the Republican and Democratic caucus and convention processes during this non-partisan training. Women of all political stripes and political experience are welcome.

Precinct caucuses are on February 7th. Get Prepared! Contact Allie at aarends@thewhitehouseproject.org to register.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Survey Invitation: Engaging Millennials in Workplace Health and Wellness

Here at Minnesota Rising, we try to make it possible to share what you're up to, have your voice heard, and help others out. Following is an opportunity to tackle all three objectives in one fell swoop; you can share your opinion in an anonymous survey to support Nicole's graduate research project to determine what practices are most effective to foster engagement with Millennials in workplace health and wellness initiatives. Please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback and ideas to assist Nicole on her educational journey. And feel free to send your own requests and updates to the blog as we continue building and supporting the network for what's next!
Survey Invitation: Engaging Millennials in Workplace Health and Wellness

You are invited to participate in a research study involving a short survey on engaging Millennials in workplace health and wellness initiatives.

Your participation is voluntary and responses are confidential and anonymous. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. By completing the survey you are indicating your consent to participate in this research study.

Your responses will help shape recommendations on effective practices for engaging the Millennial generation in workplace health and wellness.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Nicole Charboneau at

I appreciate your participation and thank you for your time.

Follow this link to the survey:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You're Invited: Citizens League Emerging Leaders "Civic Trivia Happy Hour"

Do you know when Minnesota officially gained statehood? Or how many governors we've had? Or what laws and policies have helped shape this place we call home over the years? I can't be too sure what questions will be asked tonight during the Citizens League Civic Trivia Happy Hour, but I don't doubt you'll regardless walk away more knowledgeable about this special place. And thus even more well equipped to be a part of creating its fantastic future! And remember, when in doubt, always go with option C.


Wednesday, January 25
5:30pm - 7:30 pm | Trivia starting at 6:30pm
Sweeney's Saloon
96 Dale Street North, Saint Paul

Register Now

Join the Citizens League for some Minnesota Civic Trivia on January 25 at Sweeney's Saloon in St. Paul. Show off your knowledge of all things Minnesota while meeting and networking with other Citizens League members.

This Happy Hour is hosted by the Emerging Leaders Committee and is open to all current and potential Citizens League members. New members are encouraged to attend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

You're Invited: MINN's Chinese New Year Happy Hour!

Happy Lunar New Year! Gong hay fat choy! Chuc mung nam moi! There's lot to look forward to as we celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dragon. Join the Minnesota International NGO Network to cheers the occasion. Here's wishing y'all good health, fortune, and happiness in the year ahead!


MINN's Chinese New Year Happy Hour

2012 is the year of the Dragon in Chinese Zodiac. According to Chinese lore it's a year for taking risks, colorful personalities, and periodic tension headaches. So why not step out on a limb

and attend MINN's Chinese New Year Happy Hour? We promise lots of colorful personalities and a happy hour menu so delicious it'll wash away any tension headache.

This very special MINN social event is set for Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Pagoda in Dinkytown (1417 4th Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2001). MINN members and friends will be there from 5:30-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome!

MINN social events are a terrific way to meet new people working in the industry and make connections that can last a career. It's a low-pressure, fun way to make new friends and learn about what others working in the international nonprofit field are doing.

There is no charge to attend this event however a $5 donation per person is encouraged.

Parking is located around back with additional on street metered parking in the eventthe lot fills up. Check out the Pagoda website at http://www.pagodadinkytown.com/ for complete parking details and directions.

Your RSVP information will help us make sure we have enough space set aside for this event as well as plan future events, so please let us know that you are planning to attend by emailing your RSVP to Sara at sstalland@gmail.com.

Be a dragon and come out for this great event.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Look always forward

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Take a deep breath of life
and consider how it should be lived....

Call nothing your own except your soul.
Love not what you are, but only what you may become.

Do not pursue pleasure
for you may have the misfortune to overtake it.

Look always forward:
in last year's nest, there are no birds this year.

-Dale Wasserman

Friday, January 20, 2012

You're Invited | Setting the Mark: For Me and Minnesota Workshop

It's that time of year to be thinking about New Year's Resolutions and Minnesota Rising invites you to an interactive workshop focused on personal leadership development and goal-setting in the context of community. We'll come together with ideas, questions, and people who can challenge us to reflect on what we want out of life, clarify goals for the new year, and dream about the future of our communities and state. Join us to make plans for a fantastic 2012!

Minnesota Rising "Setting the Mark for Me and Minnesota" Interactive Workshop
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5:30pm - 8:30pm
RSVPs requested to minnesotarising (at)gmail.com.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

[2011 Un/Conference] Laura Zabel Keynote: Love something, do something

@LauraZabel, our Minnesota Rising 2011 Un/Conference keynote tweeted us the other week with a blog post based on her speech, and we agree with Joe Spencer that her message is brilliant! Check it out, and in 2012, may you: love something, do something!

love something. do something.

Posted by Laura Zabel on January 04, 2012

Happy New Year! This is the time of year that makes us think about setting goals and making plans. But as much as we plan, we can’t predict the future--we don’t ever know with any certainty what the world will be like tomorrow. All we can do is put our ear to the ground, listen to the distant signals, and see if we can make a good guess. Here’s my best guess: I think what’s next is about collaboration and new ways of converging ideas. New models for solutions, for partners and resources. Because in my own work, I see that our biggest successes have come when we’ve reached out to nontraditional partners, borrowed models and platforms from other sectors, and found support in unlikely places. That’s been true in partnerships in healthcare,entrepreneurship, local food and major infrastructure development. And those ways of converging ideas and bringing art and artists to new tables and involving them in the whole of their community have brought new attention and new resources.

The reassuring part about this way of working is that we have everything we need.You have everything you need. It’s just a matter of being curious enough to discover new ways of doing things, open enough to finding new resources. And, building a network – a big one. If you’ll go along with me and say that what’s next is about these new combinations of existing solutions, then we’re going to need a big network of people to find the overlaps, the gaps and the smart new combinations, right? How do we do that?

I think it’s as simple as this: love something. do something.

Love something. Do you know what you love? What you believe in so deeply that you can taste it? I’m talking about something different than a cause you care about or a topic you know a lot about. I mean deep, passionate love. The neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer has a great essay that uses the word “grit” to describe this – the thing that you just can’t let go of, that never gets comfortable or complacent. What do you wake up in the morning thinking about? If you don’t know what it is yet, that’s ok – try on some different hats, see what sticks. You’ll know it when you find it. But don’t settle for “good work”, or a mission statement, or a job you can feel good about. Good is not the same as love. Once you find it, share it. Wear your heart on the outside. People respond to passion. This is the whole beauty of TEDtalks, right? Watching people talk about what they love is motivating and inspiring, it makes you love what they love for a moment. I’m a shy person, but I can talk to you forever about the need for artists in our communities. People have really good radar for authenticity. And once you find the thing you love, that you can speak about from your heart and your gut, you’ll find that it’s easy to talk about and that it draws people to you who are interested in the same thing and who want to share their ideas, work together, make something happen with you.

Do something. Take that love and do something – you don’t need permission, or money, or an organization – just do. When you do something you believe in, when you put your idea or your solution into the world, even in a small way, people will notice – and you’ll find the people who want to help pretty fast. What’s something you can do today? Please don’t wait around for someone to invite you, or ask you or tell you – the world needs your ideas, your solutions, your love.

Love something. Do something.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

You're Invited: Comprehensive Community Development in the Metropolitan Context

As GreaterMSP and other regional partnerships would portend, there is a value to connecting across neighborhoods and locality for greater cooperation and collaboration. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Department will be hosting the second event in their Connecting to Market Series: Neighborhoods and Housing Markets later this month. The topic of comprehensive community development in the metropolitan context will consider the implications of the foreclosure crisis and the pattern of distress on future development throughout the Twin Cities region. See the agenda below and consider attending to become a part of the effort to create a stronger regional and district in the years to come!

Connecting to Markets: Neighborhoods and Housing Markets- Comprehensive Community Development in the Metropolitan Context

Minneapolis, MN

Event Details


Monday, January 23

Networking breakfast

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Welcome and introduction

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President, Community Development and Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director, Twin Cities LISC

National Panel with Q & A (Broadcast live via satellite)

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Robert Weissbourd, Principal, RW Ventures (Overview)


Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develoment (invited)

George Galster, Professor of Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

Chrystal Kornegay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Urban Edge

MODERATOR: Lee Fischer, President and CEO, CEOs for Cities


12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

(Lunchtime will include opportunity to discuss national panel issues with other attendees)

Regional Panel with Q & A

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cathy Capone Bennett, Housing Initiative Director, Urban Land Institute

Melvin Carter, Council Member, Saint Paul City Council

Kathy Wetzel-Mastel, Executive Director, PRG

MODERATOR: Susan Haigh, Chair, Metropolitan Council

Closing remarks and adjourn

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

You're Invited: What are we (or aren’t we) doing about childhood obesity?

Last year, I was pleased to join the Governing Council of the Minnesota Public Health Association and have since enjoyed getting to know and work with other members of the board of directors. Our 2011-2012 Policy Forum Series asks, "What Plagues Our Children?" The second installment in the series focuses on the obesity epidemic and considers perceptions of weight, the impact of programs tackling obesity and physical activity issues, and efforts to promote healthy eating habits in children. Join us in this critical conversation and work for the health of Minnesota's future generations!

What Plagues our Children?

Our 2011-2012 policy forum series explores topics related to the health of our children. Panelists and forum participants will focus this discussion on the problem of childhood obesity. Topics will include changing perceptions about weight, the impact of programs to address obesity and physical activity, and the changing views about promoting healthy eating habits in children. David Golden, MPHA President-elect, will moderate the forum.

Please plan on joining MPHA colleagues and friends as we explore:

What are we (or aren’t we) doing about childhood obesity?

January 20, 2012 7:30-9:00am

Minnesota Department of Health

Snelling Office Park

1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108

A breakfast of locally produced and organic foods will begin at 7:00am. The cost of the forum is $8 for MPHA members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students.

There will be plenty of free parking.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Build it into your day

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"Whatever it is you want in the future, build it into your day today. If you want music and poetry and humor and revolution, build music and poetry and humor and revolution into each day, and you will get there."
-Gloria Steinem

Friday, January 13, 2012

You're Invited | Sunshine and Showers: A Nonprofit Forecast for 2012

I'm excited about this upcoming Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities event with The Theater of Public Policy for a number of reasons. First, it involves improv. Second, there are some prominent and knowledgeable nonprofit women leaders sharing their insights and predictions as to what 2012 holds. Most importantly, though, I'm excited because these two groups first connected at the Minnesota Rising 2011 Un/Conference! Collaboration borne out of collaboration. My predicted forecast? Pure sunshine!

Sunshine and Showers: A Nonprofit Forecast for 2012
You are invited to attend:

Sunshine and Showers: A Nonprofit Forecast for 2012

YNPN is thrilled to partner with the Theater of Public Policy on January 27 to help forecast what 2012 has in store for the nonprofit sector. Come hear local luminaries talk about what they think the new year holds for the nonprofit world and stay to see their predictions played out (literally) by a group of improv professionals.

First, find out what nonprofit experts Marcia Avner, Senior Fellow for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Shelia Smith, Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for the Arts, foresee for 2012. Then watch the improv artists from the Theater of Public Policy demonstrate these predictions before your very eyes. You'll also

  • be able to network with other YNPN members,
  • get a taste of improv theater (widely acclaimed to help professionals think more creatively and nimbly in a professional setting), and
  • equip yourself with what you need to know to be a more strategic nonprofit professional in 2012.

It'll be fun, we promise! Hope to see you there!

TICKETS: $5 for YNPN-TC members, $10 for non-members. (All proceeds go to the Theater of Public Policy and the Lowry Lab Theater.)**

Not a member yet? Register in our membership directory and you're in! Feel free to bring partners or friends that aren't in the nonprofit sector–this improv will be fun for all!

**Payment for this event is made through The Theater of Public Policy's PayPal account, so you'll see the name "Tane Danger" when you register.

Lowry Lab Theatre
350 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102

Thanks to our event partners:

Theater of Public Policy and the Lowry Lab Theater – a space from the Theater Space Project

PARKING: The Lowry and Victory ramps are located on the same block as the Lowry building, and cost $4 with a Lowry Lab Theater Ticket. Metered street parking is also available–many meters are free after 4:30pm (please check carefully).
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