Friday, August 31, 2012

You're invited: Kids 'n Kinship's 40th Anniversary Gala!

As a former board member for Kids 'n Kinship, I'm delighted that the organization will soon be celebrating its 40th anniversary of matching children with positive adult role models and friends. Join in for a lovely dinner, a Silent Auction to support mentorship efforts in the South Metro area, and a moving program of impact that Kids 'n Kinship has had, featuring a special host from KSTP. Register early for a commemorative gift!

Kids 'n Kinship

40th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, September 8, 2012 ~ Crystal Lake Golf Club
6 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Special guest host Tim Sherno
KSTC Channel 45 Local News

Join us as we celebrate the impact of 40 years of mentoring youth
and anticipate a future of growing strong youth!

  Kids ‘n Kinship matches individuals, couples and family volunteer mentors, with youth in need of an additional adult role model. 
Our outcomes show that mentoring positively impacts youth. 

We grow our community through long-term, supportive relationships.

6:00 P.M.    Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 P.M.   Dinner
7:45 P.M.   Program including impact testimony of youth, video and
                  recognition of leaders
8:15 P.M.   Closing auction

* $20 of your ticket price is tax deductible.
Tree Logo

*Our tree logo represents Kids’ n Kinship growing the community, one relationship at a time.  The trunk incorporates our logo and the leaves are thumprints that the children and mentors contributed.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

You're Invited: Solar Arts Building Ribbon Cutting

Given the success of the Tap Room opening at Indeed Brewing a few weeks ago, I doubt don't that the Opening and Ribbon Cutting of its home, the Solar Arts Building, will also be met with great fanfare next week. Drop in for refreshments, tours, and to celebrate the promise of urban renewal and a #brightgreenfuture for Northeast Minneapolis!

Please join us for the celebration of a #BrightGreenFuture -  Our entire community worked with us to bring this historical piece of Northeast back to life.  Now the Solar Arts Building is yet another valuable component to the Arts District, our epicenter for the "creative class."  We certainly hope you can make it to our Ribbon Cutting Event!

Sept. 6th at 4pm
Solar Arts Building
711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 
Minneapolis, MN  55413

A fun twist on the classic ribbon cutting ceremony, the public event will celebrate urban renewal, Northeast Minneapolis, and the Bright Green Future that lies ahead.  At the Solar Arts Building, we appreciate all the support and warmth that has come from our neighbors in the Northeast, and our brothers and sisters in the Minnesota arts community.

That is why we would like you to come celebrate not just this new space, but the promise it represents. A model for urban renewal, the Solar Arts Building shows that preservation done right can be as much about our bright future as our proud past.  Enjoy refreshments, tours, & photo opportunities, then take a solar-powered First Thursday tour of some of Minnesota's most celebrated creative professionals.  Food Truck will be available.   

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Accepting Applications: Teach an EXCO class!

If you're craving a thrill at the phrase "back to school" akin to the time when you were still riding a big yellow bus, consider the opportunity to teach an EXCO class this fall. You can share what you've learned in the time since your letter grade report cards, support access to education for lifelong learners, and of course, show off your spiffy new duds when class convenes!


Apply to teach an EXCO class! Deadline August 31/ ¡Enseñe una clase con Academia Comunitaria! fecha límite para aplicar es el 31 de agosto

Join the movement for free, student-led learning!

Do you have a class you want to teach? Is there a skill you want to share with you community? You can be a teacher! Apply to facilitate an EXCO class by going to and clicking on the 'Teach' tab. There can be classes on fermentation, feminism, Foucault, free skool movements; anything you want to share! You can lead a discussion group, facilitate a one-time workshop, or teach a full class. Most fall classes start at the end of September. Our volunteer organizers can help you find a space for your class and provide training and support.
All are welcome to teach and classes are free and open to all!

Want to check in on what's new with EXCO?
Facebook can tell you! Like us!
For a look ahead, we have a public Exco GOOGLE CALENDAR that will show you upcoming events!
Questions? Ideas? Concerns? Please email them to or call (651)998-9268

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

You're Invited | Diversity, Inclusion, and You: An Open Space Conversation

YNPN Twin Cities is looking to co-create some space around the differences that make a difference in our work, lives, and communities. They're looking for a few good folks to help host and hold that space at their event tonight, "Diversity, Inclusion, and You: An Open Space Conversation." Might you be one to take part, and having done so, be part of making a difference?

You are invited to attend:

Diversity, Inclusion, and You:
An Open Space Conversation


Tuesday, August 28, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
"Now I hear your accent!"
"You didn't sound black on the phone!"
"You're so articulate for someone from the North side!"

When is the last time you heard one of these quotes around your office? YNPN-TC is holding an event to open up the discussion around diversity and inclusion. Come share your stories, tactics to break through barriers and prompt hard discussions at work, and local organizations devoted to doing diversity the right way! You define the agenda, drive the conversation, and share your newfound knowledge with friends and colleagues after the event, to make the Twin Cities nonprofit community a great place for everyone!
Quick Aside:
 What's an "Open Space Conversation"?

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553 Fairview Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Who we become

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“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” 
 -Oprah Winfrey

Friday, August 24, 2012

You're Invited: MINN Happy Hour at Salut!

The Minnesota International NGO Network's second happy hour of the summer spans geographies, moving across the river to St. Paul and to the French cuisine found at Salut. Travel with them to take advantage of our waning summer evenings and beaucoup happy hour specials. Now that the Olympics are over, you can refresh your knowledge of current events and international relations by sticking close to your local resource for all things global!

Happy Hour- August 27th

It can be difficult to grasp that the summer is starting to wind down. Mornings are starting to feel more like fall than summer, the sun is setting earlier and earlier… Instead of getting bogged down in the realities of the cooler, MINN is taking advantage of the beautiful, warm summer afternoons while they're still here!

Please join us for what will be a wonderful, pre-Labor Day happy hour on Monday, August 27, 2012 on the patio at Salut in St. Paul (917 Grand Ave, St. Paul 55105) from 5:30-7:30 pm. Make sure to arrive before 6 if you want to get in on a happy hour special.

Parking is available in an adjacent lot, on the street, or in a ramp just 1 block east. Please check out their website for more information

Thursday, August 23, 2012

You're Invited: Connect For Health Forums

The Connect for Health Challenge is hitting the road to encourage building social connectedness in communities across Minnesota! See below for their upcoming meetings in Rochester, Duluth, and the Twin Cities, and join the lunchtime conversations to explore how social connections influence health. You'll simultaneously be learning about and participating in the social ties that strengthen community life and health!

Building social connectedness in your community
In partnership with the Connect for Health Challenge 
Research shows that strong social ties can have a direct and positive impact on a person's health and community life.

Please join us to learn and share ideas about how to measure, build, and strengthen social connections in your community.

11:00 a.m.Check-in
11:15 a.m.Welcome
How social connections influence health -- Melanie Ferris, Wilder Research
Identifying needs; measuring progress -- Minnesota Compass presentation
Celebrate and recognize Connect for Health participants 
12:45 p.m.Table discussions: Meet others and share your experience building social connections -- InCommons facilitators
1:45 p.m.Wrap-up and adjourn


with InCommons

 Locations and Dates: 

Events are free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Thursday, August 23
Rochester Public Library
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 14
Suites Hotel
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Twin Cities
Wednesday, October 3
Wilder Center, Saint Paul
Save the Date -- more information coming soon



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

You're Invited: TORCH Community "Creating An Artropolis"

In the season of crop art and butter sculptures at the Great Minnesota Get Together, Torch Community invites you to learn how the arts create, connect, and inspire our communities. Be ready to mix and mingle, get creative with language (what exactly is an Artopolis?), and have a dramatically good time at the Acoustic Campfire after-party. Don't delay; online registration closes tonight!
You're invited to the TORCH Community Arts Event

Join us for the next TORCH Arts Event on Thursday, August 23rd, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and help us create our own ARTropolis in the Twin Cities.

Our special guest speaker, Peter Rothstein, Artistic Director of Theatre Latté Da, will be addressing how the arts help individuals blossom, bring communities together, and how this helps cities thrive. Together with group activities led by the TORCH Arts Partners, you will learn and discuss what a thriving arts community can do to enrich the community, and the role that businesses can play in helping them in their mission. You will be given an opportunity to share your experiences and join in the conversation.

Peter Rothstein is one of the Twin Cities' most accomplished directors, having worked in theatre, musical theatre, opera, and new work development. He's the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre Latté Da, and he has directed several productions for nationally renowned theatres like The Guthrie Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, and Minnesota Opera. He's been recognized for his contributions to local theatre by the Star Tribune, Lavender Magazine, and City Pages. He's been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and The McKnight Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Mix & Mingle                                5:30 - 6:00 pm  

Creating an ARTropolis                      6:00 - 7:45 pm   

Mix & Mingle                                7:45 - 8:00 pm 

After Party at Acoustic Campfire        8:00 - 9:30 pm 

Light hors d'oeuvres are included at this event and a cash bar will be provided.

Parking is $4 at Vineland Place Parking

$10 Early Bird (8/13)** 

$15 Regular price (Online sales end 08/22 at 11:59pm)

$20 at the door (cash or check)

**Register early as we are anticipating a sellout event.    

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The event will highlight TORCH Community's Arts Partners:

Our Sponsors

Torch Community Website
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

You're Invited | Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference: Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota

The Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference: Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota will be hosted next month on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10:00AM - 4:30PM at the DLR Group offices in Minneapolis, MN! Join us there, and also consider submitting a session proposal for review.

Minnesota Rising is seeking proposals from emerging leaders for 50-minute breakout sessions and 4-minute Show and Tell presentations that fit the 2012 Un/Conference theme of Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota. Our Content Committee is more than happy to work with you to further develop your session design, implementation, and outcomes. Visit for more details and to submit your proposal by 5pm on August 29th for consideration!

You are invited to the following event:
Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference: Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota 
Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)
DLR Group Minneapolis
520 Nicollet Mall
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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The Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference: Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2011 from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at DLR Group Minneapolis.

Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Un/Conference will engage emerging leaders across Minnesota in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

If you're an emerging leader or young professional dedicated to developing your leadership capacities, passionate about the organizations and community groups you engage with as a volunteer or staff person, and committed to strengthening the great state of Minnesota, then this is the event for you! Read More

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We hope you can make it!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Editing ourselves

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"A great deal of energy goes into the process of fixing and editing ourselves. We may have even come to admire in ourselves what is admired, expect what is expected, and value what is valued by others. We have changed ourselves into someone that the people who matter to us can love. Sometimes we no longer know what is true for us, in which direction our own integrity lies. 

 We surrender our wholeness for a variety of reasons. Among the most compelling are our ideas of what being a good person is all about.... Few of us are able to love ourselves as we are. We may have even become ashamed of our wholeness. Parts of ourselves which we may have hidden all of our lives out of shame are often the source of our healing.... 

Reclaiming ourselves usually means coming to recognize and accept that we have in us both sides of everything. We are capable of fear and courage, generosity and selfishness, vulnerability and strength. These things do not cancel each other out but offer us a full range of power and response to life. Life is as complex as we are. Sometimes our vulnerability is our strength, our fear develops our courage, and our woundedness is the road to our integrity. It is not an either/or world. In calling ourselves "heads" or "tails," we may never own and spend our human currency, the pure gold of which our coin is made."
-Rachel Naomi Remen (Inward/Outward)

Friday, August 17, 2012

You're Invited | From Geek to Chic: How to Manage Your Career Successfully in the US

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Minnesota recognizes the diversity of languages that surround us on a daily basis. Whether it's Chinese or Khmer or HTML or Visual Basic, it can sometimes be a challenge to fully understand and comprehend the language and culture of people you work with. Enter David Lum and his insights as a practicing manager in the high-tech industry. Join his seminar this weekend to gain tips, suggestions, and deeper fluency to get your career moving forward!

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Upcoming Event - Saturday 8/18

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From Geek to Chic: How to Manage Your Career Successfully in the US

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
U.S. Bank Plaza
220 South Sixth Street Suite 17B

Minneapolis, MN 55402

What does it take to manage your professional career successfully? Why do so many others seem to be able to chart their careers so well while your career feels like it has stalled? This seminar will discuss the path to success and how to get there.
As a practicing manager in the high-tech industry, David Lum (bio below) will share his insights as a manager of technical professionals to help you understand how you can move your career forward. His seminar will also cover the specific issues that Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants have with career management challenges in the US.
To make it even more meaningful, this seminar will also focus very heavily on specific and highly practical tips and suggestions (homework!) to really get your career moving forward. There will be a lot of them, some you can do at work and some you can do after-work, with detailed explanations as to why the tips and suggestions will help you in your career. Time will be devoted to Q&A.
This presentation was presented at several NAAAP National Conventions, and at several other workshops in the Chicagoland, Seattle, Research Triangle Park, Boston, and Dallas-Ft Worth areas, and received a lot of praise for its practical nature and usefulness. This seminar is targeted for ALL professional Asians/Asian-Americans, and any technical field professional working in Corporate America.


REGISTER NOW: Registration is limited to 30 people. Over 40 people attended our last event!

10:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
10:30 a.m. Presentation Begins
11:45 a.m. Q&A
12:00 p.m. Session Ends
Questions? E-mail or call 651-276-0589
Not a member? Sign up for membership at this event and get a refund of your registration fee!

About Our Speaker

David Lum is the Director of Asia/Pacific Regulatory, Product, and Support Operations for the Government & Public Safety business in Motorola Solutions. For over 29 years, David has worked in the land mobile two-way radio business and has extensive experience in a wide variety of markets and applications that use two-way voice and wireless data radio systems in mission-critical applications. David's work experience & responsibilities include product development, systems marketing, manufacturing, systems engineering, field engineering, project and program  management, sales and engineering training, business development, product marketing, government regulatory affairs, and international operations management. David works extensively in the US and Asia/Pacific markets.
Prior to relocating back to Schaumburg in early 2003, David spent 5¼ years doing Business Development for Motorola's Asia/Pacific division, living in Singapore. David continues to travel frequently within Asia to consult on radio systems and its design, speak at technical conferences and seminars, presenting to many senior level government officials, and educating customers and regulators on technology trends and applications. David contributes to the industry by writing magazine articles that have been published internationally. One of the more interesting and unique credits in David's career is being the first Motorolan to enter into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) in 2001.
David has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master's of Science degree in Management from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. In his spare time, David is an MBA Business Professor teaching at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management since 1993, teaching Project Management, Global Business & Cultural Diversity, and Effective Leadership to MBA students who are full-time working executives. David also served for 3½ years as President of the Asian  Business Council, a twice award-winning employee-based network inside Motorola. David also started two Toastmasters Clubs, served as President, and achieved the Advanced Communicator Bronze level. David also contributes his community service time towards the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) as a senior advisory council member on the national level to help all Asian professionals in the US to improve their professional career and leadership abilities through personal growth and leadership development. David is a frequent national guest speaker, lecturer, and trainer on Asian affairs and leadership development.
Born and raised in the United States of America, David is married to his beautiful wife for over 29 years, has two great sons, and lives in the Chicagoland area. David's hobbies include aviation (where he is a licensed private pilot), reading, microcomputing, teaching, public speaking (on business, cultural awareness, career management, and leadership), movie-watching, and spending time with his family.


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