Monday, September 30, 2013

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] September 2013

[#mnrising Dispatch] September 2013

Fall has arrived and the schoolyard is not the only place for teamwork and partnership - we're thrilled to invite you to become involved with the Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership!  The Un/Conference planning team encourages each of you and/or your emerging leader groups to consider engaging in one of the following ways:
We look forward to hearing from you and connecting with you soon!

International Development Exchange and Action Summit

Minnesota International NGOs Network (MINN)
Attend MINN's Inaugural International Development Exchange and Action Summit (IDEAS) on Friday, October 25, 2013. The first of its kind in Minnesota, this day-long conference will bring together leaders from nonprofit organizations, foundations, donor groups, the private sector, and educational institutions with a professional or personal interest in international work and a passion for assisting others. To be held at the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis, the theme of Building Sustainable Impacts will be explored through a number of breakout sessions, workshops, and panel discussions on such topics as measuring results, building local partnerships, and creative funding mechanisms. [Read more.] 
Lori Sturdevant

Give to the Max Day Young Professionals Event 

Jared Rendell, GiveMN Strategy Cabinet

Give to the Max Day is November 14th, 2013. I's a great day to celebrate, so for the second year in a row, the young professional communities of the Twin Cities, in partnership with GiveMN and Greater Twin Cities United Way are throwing the happy hour of all happy hours! It's geared toward young and young-thinking professionals and as an organization dedicated to engaging emerging talent, and we'd love to have your participation in some way to help in planning or executing this collaborative evening event. Fill out the very short form here to let us know how you'd like to engage! [Read more.] 
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Ed Jam Twin Cities: 48 Hours to Bridge the Gap

Ed Jam Organizing Committee

Minnesota has the nation's worst on-time graduation rates among Latinos and American Indians and is among the worst for black and Asian students. What can we do in 48 hours to help close this academic achievement gap? Ed Jam will be a gathering of people who are interested in improving K-12 education. We are teachers, non-profit leaders, school board members, parents, students, designers, developers and you! From October 17-19, we will bring our minds together to jam on what might be possible for the future of education in the Twin Cities. [Read more.]

Young Professionals' Wealth Development Strategies Summit

New Beginning Financial Group, LLC 

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, New Beginning Financial Group and Ernest Comer III will partner to host the Young Professionals' Wealth Development Strategies Summit. The purpose of this event is to provide insight and informed perspective on how wealth can be developed through understanding cash flow, professional relationships, and the intricacies of entrepreneurship. What sets this summit apart from any other coaching or training that currently exists is a well-defined focus on much more than just making money. This event will add value and build upon the assets of our target audience and stakeholders by giving them personal access to empowering stories and effective strategies. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed network partners and collaborators!

The LEAD Project
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Kieran's - Titanic Room

"Winning at the Game of Office Politics"
Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of MBA Women International
Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm
University of St. Thomas

Tap'd In Tales of Transformation
Greater Twin Cities United Way Emerging Leaders
Featuring Richard Davis, President & CEO, U.S. Bank and Sarah Caruso, President & CEO, United Way
Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:30pm - 8:00pm
The Depot, Minneapolis

Schubert's Fifth Symphony
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra club2030
Friday, October 4, 2013
8:00pm club2030 Happy Hour immediately following the concert
$10 with discount code 'club2030'

Ashoka Solutions Forum: Systems-Changing Health Innovations
Ashoka Twin Cities
Monday, October 7, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Minneapolis Public Radio, UBS Forum

"Living the Dream" Annual Conference
Saturday, October 12, 2013
9:00am - 2:00pm
Metropolitan State University

EDITfest: Making Music, Making Change
Saturday, October 12, 2013
331 Club in NE Mpls

Music by Asker, Bomba de Luz, Phantom Tails, The Modern Era, and more!

2014 Bush Fellowship Program
Bush Foundation
The Bush Fellowship Program is open to anyone age 24 years and older who lives in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 sovereign nations that shares the same geographic area.
Applications due October 14, 2013


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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Friday, September 27, 2013

You're Invited: Winning at the Game of Office Politics

It may not be an election year, but politics always have a role to play in navigating the workplace. Join Jo Miller and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Professional Chapter of MBA Women International for an interactive seminar about the unwritten rules of work. Register today to learn more about "Winning at the Game of Office Politics!"

Winning at the Game of Office Politics

Begins: 10-03-2013 5:30 pm
Ends: 10-03-2013 7:30 pm
University of St. Thomas - Terrence Murphy Hall, Room 252
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Member Price: $10.00
Non Member Price: $25.00
Guest Price: $0.00
Join the Minneapolis/St. Paul Professional Chapter of MBA Women International at our fall event: Winning at the Game of Office Politics.
Presented by Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching, this informative and interactive seminar will have everyone talking!  
Is it possible to navigate office politics without becoming a political animal?
As careers author Erin Burt has noted, “…avoiding (office) politics altogether can be deadly for your career. Every workplace has an intricate system of power, and you can -- and should -- work it ethically to your best advantage.”  
In this workshop, discover the unwritten “rules of the game” at work, and how to navigate them with savvy. Learn new ways to interpret the dynamics of power in your organization. Create a powerful workplace network—and access hidden resources and opportunities.
Learn more about Jo Miller and Women's Leadership Coaching, Inc. here:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

You're Invited: The LEAD Project's PhilanthroFair

Looking for an opportunity to lead? Join the LEAD Project at their upcoming PhilanthroFair to connect with 12 Twin Cities nonprofits who are looking to engage your talent and energies to further their missions. Drop in to Kieran's next Tuesday to see if you can meet your match!

Join The LEAD Project on October 1st for happy hour and the opportunity
to learn more about the Twin Cities philanthropic community

WHEN?  October 1, 2013; 5 - 8PM

WHERE?  Kieran's - The Titanic Room (85 6th St N in downtown Minneapolis)

WHY?  Enjoy FREE entry & appetizers, plus a cash bar; learn about the Twin Cities nonprofit community; and mingle with like-minded young professionals!

WHAT is a PhilanthroFair?  An event offering young professionals the opportunity to learn about the Twin Cities nonprofit community and get involved in leadership roles. October's PhilanthroFair will feature:
  • Representatives from approximately 12 Twin Cities nonprofits who are eager to share information about their organizations and their contributions to the community.
  • Amazing opportunities to sit on a Board of Directors or to pursue a strategic, skill-based volunteering role.  All levels of nonprofit experience are welcome!
  • A chance to meet and socialize with other motivated and talented young professionals from the Twin Cities who are also seeking opportunities to connect with local nonprofits.
Is your nonprofit seeking Board members or skilled volunteers?  Let LEAD help!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

You're Invited: September MYPEG Happy Hour at Mosaic Cafe

After a brief hiatus to enjoy the golden season of summer in Minnesota, MYPEG is getting back down to the business of ensuring our northern environment will continue to feature four seasons. Join this crew of environmentally-minded emerging leaders for food, drinks, and lively conversation about Powershift! More details below, including a link to RSVP on Facebook.

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September is here, and MYPEG is back! Join us for our monthly happy hour where awesome people gather around great food and drinks to discuss interesting environmental issues and opportunities. This month we are going to be at Mosaic Cafe, talking about Powershift - the exciting environmental youth conference happening this October. Come on down to meet your peers and network with other environmentally-minded young professionals!

September 30th, 5:00-6:30pm

What: MYPEG September Happy Hour
When: September 30th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mosaic Cafe,3019 Minnehaha Ave S, Mpls 55406


Get Involved!
Want to get involved in helping put together events, speakers, or trainings with MYPEG? Drop us a line with how you'd like to get involved, and we'll plug you in!

What is MYPEG? We're a group formed to provide opportunities for young, environmentally-minded professionals to get together, network, and have a good time.

Join us at our monthly events where environmentally-conscious and passionate people gather to discuss various environmental subjects and hear from colleagues and friends about their work. Together we work to further the issues we care about. We also aim to have a good time while doing it.      June MYPEG Happy Hour     

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

You're Invited: Ed Jam Twin Cities

Now that we've gotten past the excitement of back-to-school clothes and supplies, Ed Jam Twin Cities invites you to spend a weekend using design thinking to address the academic achievement gap in Minnesota. Their 48-hour agenda will allow teams of students, parents, educators, administrators, government representatives and community partners to work with designers and developers to take ideas from conception through working prototype. Learn more below and register today to take on your biggest homework assignment yet!

Ed Jam Twin Cities Logo
     48 Hours to Bridge the Gap
October 17-19, 2013
Minnesota has the nation’s worst on-time graduation rates for Latino and American Indian students and is among the worst for black and Asian students.  What can you do to close this achievement gap?  Participate in EdJam and you can be part of the solution now.
EdJam will be a gathering of people who want to take immediate action to improve K-12 public education by addressing the gap in new and creative ways. Like a Hackathon or Service Jam, EdJam will be a fun and enriching 48-hour event where we will work in teams of teachers, non-profit leaders, school board members, parents, students designers, and developers to turn ideas into action.  By employing design thinking to develop working prototypes, we will take meaningful steps to create equal access to education for all students.
From October 17-19, like minds will come together to jam on how the achievement gap can be bridged here in the Twin Cities and beyond.   Be a part of envisioning and creating what is possible in the future of education for all students.
This isn’t about talking; it’s about DOING!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

You're Invited: Innové Immersion Day

Innove, an initiative of Colonial Church, is hosting Innove Immersion Day on Saturday, September 28th. Open to all young social entrepreneurs, this free one-day event offers coaching, learning, mentoring, networking, encouragement, and more. An additional hour of in-depth consultation from an Innove coach will be made available to the 25 registrants requesting the service - register for bonus time today!

We Want to Help

Join us for a day to gain practical skills, build networks and foster relationships to help develop your idea that serves the common good. Receive guidance at any stage in the process, whether you are just developing your idea or at the point of launch, we have a day planned that will help you take your plan to the next level.



With 30+ years of corporate experience and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Training and Development, Sue Stanek has made it her personal mission to drive business results through leadership development of people. Through her many speaking engagements, Sue is described by others as positive, practical, inspiring, humorous, and relevant. She is at her best with leaders who want breakthrough inspiration and practical steps to develop their personal leadership.


Ryan, Venture Expedition’s co­founder, oversees finances, development, staff, and board. Ryan earned his MBA from University of Saint Thomas’s Schultz School of Entrepreneurship before founding two companies, Fly for Good and International Volunteer Card, which serve customers such as Harvard University, Invisible Children, and Youth With A Mission. He has presented and shared at colleges and churches internationally and has visited many places Venture works (such as Tibet, Burma, Kenya, and Zimbabwe) to spread the tangible love of Jesus.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

You're Invited: What "Soft Skills" Do You Need to Accelerate Your Career?

The National Association of Asian American Professionals - Minnesota chapter (NAAAP-MN) is hosting "What "Soft Skills" Do You Need to Accelerate Your Career?" Join in to hear from incoming national NAAAP president, Fabian J. De Rozario, about the personal and professional skills that help to accelerate career advancement. Seating is limited to 25 seats, so register today!

Join NAAAP at Zen Box Next Week!
What "Soft Skills" Do You Need to Accelerate Your Career?
Presented by NAAAP's National President-Elect, Fabian De Rozario

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ Zen Box Izakaya
"Talent is Not Enough" is a common phrase uttered by leaders and authors of business books. The essence of this claim is that technical skills are insufficient to propel one's career. In this seminar, you will be introduced to a comprehensive inventory of personal and professional skills that have proven to distinguish people as star performers. Often called the "soft skills," these learned abilities translate to "hard" results - more credibility, influence, better assignments, promotions,...and more. During this session, you will complete this inventory of skills, which you will then use to establish a personal action plan to expand your capabilities.
Fabian J. De Rozario
Fabian NAAAP
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Session 
7:15 - 9:00 p.m. Networking 

Zen Box Izakaya

602 South Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

(651) 332-3936
Free for NAAAP Minnesota Members 
$10 for Nonmembers
Light appetizers will be provided. Dinner and beverages are on your own.

Seating is limited to 25 attendees! 
Register now at!
Contact Mary Thao at or (651) 276-0589

About our Speaker:                     
Fabian De Rozario is a consultant and facilitator of talent engagement seminars/programs, delivering more than 100 workshops and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and abroad. Program topics include diversity & inclusion, cross-cultural proficiency, workforce engagement, and leadership. Fabian is a Senior Consultant and Lead Facilitator at Korn/Ferry International and also has his private consulting & training practice, GlobalConnect LPHe is also President/CEO-Elect for NAAAP (the National Association of Asian American Professionals). Fabian was born and raised in Malaysia and completed his secondary education in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with two B.S. degrees (Management and Marketing) and a M.S. degree in Parks & Recreation Administration.
Fabian is a leader and frequent volunteer in the Atlanta metro area, serving as the 2009 & 2010 President of NAAAP Atlanta (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and co-founding MAG (Malaysian Association of Georgia). Currently, he serves at NAAAP's National Chief Business Development Officer and is a board member of CPACS (Center for Pan Asian Community Services).

About NAAAP – MN
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is dedicated to advancing your career through professional development, building leadership skills and connecting you with people from companies around the Twin Cities and across the country. NAAAP – MN members currently represent companies such as Medtronic, Target, General Mills, Accenture, State Farm, 3M, ACA International, Ameriprise, Shaw Lundquist and more. Join NAAAP and gain access to professional development and networking opportunities at the local and national levels. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Accepting Applications: YNPN Twin Cities Board

The YNPN Twin Cities board is looking for a few good folks to help them connect through purpose, challenge to change, and lead together. With the national YNPN conference coming here next year, there's no more exciting time to get on board and put your own stamp on the Twin Cities' nonprofit community! The application deadline is September 30th, so read on and apply soon!

Connect through purpose.
"There's energy, energy, and more energy around issues that matter. It's amazing how willing people are to make this a part of their lives." -YNPN-TC Board Member
We have the busiest and most exciting year on record coming up for our YNPN chapter. You'll connect with a group of smart, passionate, engaged fellow board members around shared work you all believe in. Expect new friends.

Challenge to change.
"I have been pleasantly surprised by the personal support on the board and the tendency to push board members to expand their boundaries." -YNPN-TC Board Member
Serving on a board is an incredible professional development opportunity, and YNPN-TC's board is no exception. We continually ask how we can make our members and ourselves fitter, happier, and more productive. Expect to be challenged.

Lead together.
"We have shared authority to try what we want and have a true culture of learning and shared leadership. Failure, when it happens, is an opportunity to learn at YNPN-TC." -YNPN-TC Board Member

YNPN-TC blows up the box. Whether it's innovative programming, snazzy communications, radical membership engagement, or unconventional governance models, we lead every day. But never alone. We know we're better together, and value collaboration and diverse perspectives in our membership and on our board. Expect to play well with others.

Join the YNPN-TC board.
If this sounds up your alley consider applying for the YNPN-TC board. New board members will serve a renewable two-year term beginning in January 2014 and contribute 12-18 hours a month to the organization's work. Applications are live on our website now and due September 30, 2013.

Not sure?
Check out a recent blog on what your board service could look like, another on what our 2013 board has been up to this year, or grab a current board member at the next event you attend. We would love to talk to you about our experiences on the board, and answer any questions you may have. You can also always email Lauren at and she'll fill you in on everything you need to know!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Requests for Proposals: Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference Breakout Sessions

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The Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at DLR Group in Minneapolis, MN. 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!

We are looking for 50-minute presentation topics that are relevant to the millennial generation and to our event theme. In case you need some inspiration, we asked fellow millennials what they think about in terms of generational topics. Here are some of the responses: quarter-life crisis, philanthropy, futurism, long-term planning, finding a community/tribe, "fake it until you make it" (TEDTalk). For examples, see last year's sessions here. Please complete the proposal submission form by no later than October 1 at 5pm!

Monday, September 16, 2013


“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.” 
-Paul Bowles
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