Friday, August 29, 2014

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2014

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2014

It's that time of year again for the Great Minnesota Get Together officially known as the Minnesota State Fair! Featuring cheese curds and countless food items-on-sticks, the Giant Slide and other carnival rides, and more booths and vendors than you can visit in 12 days annually, 'tis the season for bringing Minnesotans together for fun and festivity! To do our part, Minnesota Rising is excited to announce two upcoming events focused on connecting to big ideas and to each other:

Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Register here!

Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00am - 6:00pm
DLR Group

Enjoy all that the remaining days of the Fair, Minnesota summer, and long weekend ahead have to offer, and we hope to see you again when the gang gets back together!
Sondra Samuels

You're Invited: Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab!

Minnesota Rising
The Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Imagine Lab is the third in a series of learning labs focused on key collaborative leadership competencies that Minnesota Rising is organizing over the course of the next two years. We invite you to join us at this highly interactive event as we spend time exploring the power of imagination to reshape our experiences and relationships, exercising our creative muscles and skills in engaging hands-on activities, and elevating the opportunities we have for leveraging our individual and collective imaginations for Minnesota's future! [Register here.] 

LOTT seeking mentors and fellows

Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT)
The Leaders of Today and Tomorrow are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for mentors and fellows for the 2014-2015 LOTT Fellowship Program. The LOTT Fellows Program is a leadership development program that offers intensive seminars, one-on-one mentoring, and networking to today's promising young women. Over the course of three months, fellows and mentors will embark on an exciting journey of partnership, reflection, coaching, and inspiration.[Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Ashoka's Catapult Incubator

Ashoka and Ashoka's Youth Venture

Announcing a new initiative that aims to change the landscape of youth entrepreneurship. Ashoka's Catapult, a program of Ashoka's Youth Venture, sources and develops the world's most promising young entrepreneurs through an intensive four-month incubator. Taking place at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania, Catapult provides participants with an unprecedented, immersive learning experience during the school year. Students will work in teams, alongside corporate and MBA advisors, to build and launch a venture by April 2015. Our admissions committee is seeking high-achieving and entrepreneurial high school students from around the globe and need your help in spreading the word. Applications close on September 21, 2014. [Read more.]

After stepping down at St. Scholastica, Jay Newcomb ready to volunteer

Duluth News Tribune
Jay Newcomb called his letter sort of "tongue in cheek" but tinged with a certain reality when it came to his retirement this past spring. "I just don't want to sit home and do woodworking or gardening," he said. Not that he doesn't enjoy those pursuits; It's just that he has a larger view in mind when it comes to his retirement from the College of St. Scholastica. In March, Newcomb sent out letters to seven of his most cherished nonprofit groups in the area. It was a "request for proposals" on how those agencies might employ his services now that he had more time to volunteer. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Raise A Glass for Tomorrow
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
August 30, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Target Field

Open Rehearsals
Twin Cities Women's Choir
September 3, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Calvary Lutheran Church

Accepting Applications: 2015 Bush Fellowship
Deadline: September 11 at 12:00pm

Women in Entrepreneurship - Twin Cities Startup Week
Minnesota Cup
September 12, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am
Carlson School of Management, UMN

HAFA Farm Open House
Hmong American Farmers Association
September 13, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Vermillion Township

Fourth Generation 2014-2015 Kick-Off!
September 17, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Stinson Leonard Street

2014 YP Iowa Conference
Young Professionals of Iowa
September 18-19, 2014
Sioux City Convention Center

Today's Talent, Tomorrow's Success
5th Annual Great Plains YP Summit
September 18-20, 2014
Grand Forks, ND
Alerus Center

Accepting Applications: Minneapolis Hub of Global Shapers Community
Applications due September 19
Interviews October 7

Increase Engagement In the Workplace and Classroom
September 20, 2014
8:00am - 4:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
September 23, 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Humphrey Forum

Pints for a Purpose Fall Happy Hour
The LEAD Project
September 25, 2014
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Fulton Brewery


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! 

Copyright © 2014 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

[Recommended Reading] 6 surprising trends about Minnesota’s millennials

Minnesota's Millennials are on the rise, and Minnesota Compass has all the details. In their Buzzfeed-esque report below, find "6 surprising trends about Minnesota's Millennials!"

6 surprising trends about Minnesota’s millennials

by Craig Helmstetter and Jane Tigan, Compass Project
The millennial generation (currently age 14-33), also known as generation Y or the echo boomers, has become the subject of a lot of media attention and broad generalizations. So, for our Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting we dug into the data and pulled out some trends related specifically to this age group in Minnesota. We found some interesting surprises we share with you here.
1. Numbering 1.5 million, millennials outnumber boomers
demographics by generation
Millennials are the largest in both numbers and share of Minnesota’s population. Baby boomers (age 50-68) come in next, at 1.3 million (25 percent), followed by generation Xers (age 34-49), who number 1.1 million and make up 21 percent of the population. The digital generation (age 13 and younger) already makes up 14 percent of the state’s population, and the silent and greatest generations (age 69+) together make up the remaining 12 percent of Minnesota’s population.
2. 1 in 4 millennials in Minnesota is a person of color
Every generation in Minnesota is more diverse than the generation that preceded it: Only about 5 percent of the silent/greatest generation is made up of persons of color, compared with 9 percent of baby boomers, 19 percent of generation Xers, and 24 percent of millennials. So far about 29 percent of the digital generation is made up of persons of color, and if that trend lasts another few years, it is likely that nearly one-third Minnesota’s digitals will be people of color, since the birth rate is higher among Minnesota’s populations of color than it is among non-Hispanic whites.
generations by ract
Immigration is another measure of diversity. Eight percent of Minnesota’s millennial generation is foreign born, second only to generation X, at 13 percent. We also know that another 8 percent of younger millennials (those age 15-19) are themselves children of immigrants. That means an “immigrant experience” has pretty direct impacts on at least 1 in 6 of Minnesota’s millennials.
3. Millennials continue Minnesota’s tradition for ranking high in educational attainment
With nearly 40 percent of Minnesotans age 25-34 having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, we rank 7th nationally in educational attainment.
B.A. degrees by age
For the Twin Cities region, we rank 5th compared with the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas. These national comparisons are among the older half of the millennial generation, who have made their way through most of their formal education.
4. The Great Recession was hard on millennials
Poverty rates are markedly higher for millennials today than was the case for young baby boomers back in 1980 and generation Xers in 2000.
Additionally, once you control for inflation, the income of millennials age 16-24 in 2012 is over 20 percent lower than the income of baby boomers in that age group in 1980. Note that this income loss is NOT a broader trend; overall household income is up by 18 percent in Minnesota since 1980, including a 25 percent increase among those age 55-64 today (boomers).
median income by age
It is important to note though, that the overall employment rate for Minnesotans age 16-34 has not changed substantially from 1980 although today’s job market is much more inviting for young women (especially those age 25-34) than was the case for the boomers in 1980. But young men today are slightly less likely to be employed than were young boomers and gen Xers, and we see this drop especially among entry-level young men age 16-24.
5. Millennials are not immune from racial gaps, but some progress is being seen
Despite the good marks overall on educational attainment, Minnesota’s millennials aren’t immune from the racial gap that plagues Minnesotans of all ages across employment, home ownership, and even disability rates. Among those age 25-34, for example, while non-Hispanic white Minnesotans are more likely to have at least a bachelor’s degree than are their national counterparts, young adults who are Asian, black, and American Indian in Minnesota are less likely to have a degree than is the case for the U.S. as a whole.
B.A. by race
There is some good news in terms of gaps, however. The high school graduation rate among students of color has increased by 19 percentage points, from 43 percent in 2003 to 62 percent in 2013, and the white-of color gap has narrowed from 36 percentage points to 23 points. There is still room a lot of for improvement, but this is a definite move in the right direction.
6. Minnesota’s millennials are carrying on Minnesota’s nation-leading tradition of civic engagement
While young adults are typically among those least likely to involve themselves involunteering and voting, and Minnesota is no exception to this, Minnesota’s young adults compare very favorably to their same-age peers in other states. Minnesota’s millennials rank sixth in volunteering and second in voter turnout.
millennials voting and volunteering rank

Combined with the relatively good news in education, Minnesota’s millennials appear poised to maintain Minnesota’s generally high quality of life – and might even be the generation to figure out how to more effectively open opportunities to extend that relative prosperity for an even broader array of communities here in Minnesota.
Minnesota now: Millennials, leaders and the information economy by Diane Tran, founder of Minnesota Rising, and Eriks Dunens, University of Minnesota Extension.
Supporting the next generation of STEM stars by Lisa Peterson de la Cueva, Community Empowerment Technology Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps, SPPN
Don’t just scare, inspire by Chris Oien, Minnesota Council on Foundations

Craig Helmstetter, a senior research manager at Wilder Research manages the Compass project. Jane Tigan, research associate, Wilder Research, works on Minnesota Compass projects and gives Compass-related presentations to corporate, government, and nonprofit groups.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Accepting Applications: Minneapolis Hub of Global Shapers Community

Ready to make a change within yourself and your community? The Minneapolis Hub of the Global Shapers community invites you to do so alongside them! Their application phase is currently open and runs through September 19. Team up with them to do some global good in your own neighborhood!



The Minneapolis Hub of the Global Shapers seeks passionate young change makers to join our community. Our next application phase will be open August 22 through September 19, 2014. If you would like to become a Global Shaper, or you know someone you would like to refer, please find our application here.
Applicants should reserve the evening of Thursday, October 7th for our interview experience.
Why apply? Joining the Global Shapers Community creates pathways to opportunities including: 
  • Collaborating with local leaders to solve the most challenging issues facing the Twin Cities. 
  • Connecting with 4,100 (and growing) members of the Global Shapers Community. 
  • Advancing your cause with the Global Shapers Community and World Economic Forum networks.
  • Participating in World Economic Forum events such as the Annual Meeting in Davos, regional Forum meetings, Global Agenda Councils, etc. 
Applications must be submitted by midnight CST on September 19, 2014. Invitations to applicants to interview with us on October 7 will be delivered by late September. Onboarding of successful applicants will take place in late October.
As with all Global Shapers Hubs, we neither charge fees to apply nor dues to join. Successful applicants will be expected to commit to providing a minimum of 15 hours of work per month on Hub activities. Still have questions? Contact Minneapolis Hub Membership Committee at  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You're Invited: Habitat for Humanity - Raise A Glass For Tomorrow

This weekend, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals invite you to Raise A Glass For Tomorrow. Hosted at Town Ball Tavern at Target Field, event proceeds will support Habitat's mission to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities. Get your ticket today for delicious food and beverages, a silent auction, and great local music!

Raise a Glass for Tomorrow


August 30, 2014 at Target Field
The Annual Raise A Glass For Tomorrow fundraiser is hosted by Habitat for Humanity’s Young Professional Network to support Habitat’s mission to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities. The evening includes delicious food and beverages, a silent auction, local music, and it caters just to you and other sharp, socially conscious young professionals!
When:  7:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: Town Ball Tavern, Target Field, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • July 1 – August 19
    $45 single ticket, $85 couple ticket
  • August 20 -
    $50 per ticket
If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities during this event, please contact Riley Moynihan at

Raise A Glass For Tomorrow 2014 Sponsors


The College of St. Scholastica


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Feels the light

"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark." 
-Rabindranath Tagore

Friday, August 22, 2014

Accepting Applications: Apply to be a 2015 Bush Fellow

It's a big question, but if you've got a big idea, consider sharing it with the world, starting with the Bush Foundation! The Bush Fellowship is accepting applications for its next round of funding to support innovative and inspired changemakers across Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Read on for more details and ready your world-changing idea for its initial debut!

Are You Ready to be a Bush Fellow?

A Bush Fellowship is both a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential. 

The Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, allowing Fellows to articulate what they need to become a better leader - whether through a self-designed  learning experience or an academic program. It provides them with the resources and support to make it happen.

Now is the time to act if you want to be a 2015 Bush Fellow or if you know of someone who'd be a great candidate. The application deadline is September 11 at noon Central.

Learn more at

We invest in great IDEAS and
the PEOPLE who power them.

Bush Foundation | 101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400 | Saint Paul | MN | 55101

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're Invited: Twin Cities Women's Choir Fall Open Rehearsals

Got a song in your heart and just need to sing it? Join the Twin Cities Women's Choir at their Fall Open Rehearsals for a chance to belt out some beautiful tunes. TCWC is a non-audition choir, so all you've got to do is show up and sing!

We're preparing to kick off our 18th season, which means it's time for open rehearsals!
If you're wondering about singing with the women of TCWC, come to an open rehearsal, where you audition us. Try it out and see how you like it!

Wednesday, August 27 and September 3
Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Remeber, we are non-auditioned. All you have to do is show up! See you soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You're Invited | CAAL PowerTalk: What's Culture Got to Do With Power?

The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) invites members of the diverse ethnic groups in the Asian Minnesotan population to explore issues of culture and power. The second in the series of CAAL PowerTalks, What's Culture Got to Do With Power? will feature the stories and insights of Yvonne Cheung Ho and David Mura. Register today or spread the word about this exciting series that is connecting emerging and experienced leaders!

CAAL PowerTalk: What's Culture Got to Do With Power?

Culture is an important aspect of leadership. As Asian Americans, we count culture among one of our inherited assets; but, culture is also created within our cities, companies, and neighborhoods. So,what's culture got to do with power? And, how does culture help create equity?
Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) for our second CAAL PowerTalk on Thursday, August 28 from 8AM - 10AM where we feature Yvonne Cheung Ho and David Mura. They will share their stories and thoughts about what culture has to do with power and equity.
CAAL PowerTalks is a series that connects emerging and experienced leaders, and begins to explore how we can build unity to advance our collective well-being. 
RSVP by August 22, 2014. Breakfast included in event.
David Mura

David Mura
Writer, Performer, Teacher
David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist.  A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity.  His other works include the novel, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, and four books of poetry, including most recently The Last Incantations.   He has received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, won the National Poetry contest, and received fellowships from the NEA, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award.  Mura has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series, The Language of Life and the PBS series Alive TV.  He helped co-found the Asian American Renaissance, a Minnesota based community arts organization.  He has taught at the Stonecoast MFA program, the U. of Minnesota, the U. of Oregon, Macalester, Hamline, St. Olaf and VONA, a conference for writers of color.
Yvonne Cheung Ho

President & CEO-retired, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)

Yvonne Cheung Ho is the immediate past President and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), where she served for 21 years. Through her leadership, MEDA increased its programming and financial capacity by becoming: the host of the federally funded Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Minnesota, the operator of the Department of Commerce-Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, the operator of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center in Washington D.C., and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
Yvonne has served on numerous boards, including the Minneapolis Foundation, GREATER MSP, North Memorial Healthcare, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, The Children’s Theatre, Junior Achievement Upper Midwest, and the GREAT Neighborhood! Development Corporation. Governor Dayton also appointed Yvonne to the Task Force on Small Business Capital AccessYvonne now serves on the Commission on Judicial Selection, and is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.
Yvonne has received numerous recognitions, including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota, the 2012 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership from St. Mary’s University, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Career Achievement Award.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yvonne immigrated to the United States in 1972 where she received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

About CAAL PowerTalks 
From July through October, CAAL will host monthly PowerTalks with leaders to facilitate networking, and to create space for emerging and experienced leaders from across sectors, generations, and diverse ethnic groups in the Asian Minnesotan population to explore what it means to build unity and cohesion to advance the shared priorities of the population. On November 15, 2014 CAAL will host the Asian American Leaders Forum, where all leaders will be invited back to help us shape the future.
Future Events:
  • Late September: 3rd CAAL PowerTalk,
  • October 27: 4th CAAL PowerTalk,
  • November 15, 8AM - 1PM: Asian American Leaders Forum

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You're Invited | The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture

Torch Community invites you to their annual Arts event "The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture." Featuring Jeff Prauer of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, you'll hear about the impact of the arts on our economy and community while sitting inside the beautiful Cowles Center space. Register today to learn how the arts serve as the lifeblood of our culture!

The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture

Tuesday, August 26th

5:30-8:00 PM

The Cowles Center

Learn how the arts serve as the lifeblood of our culture and community through a thought-provoking discussion. Jeff Prauer, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, will talk to us about his experience and the impact of the arts, both in terms of economy and cohesion. Gain perspective by exploring ways to get involved and support the arts, regardless of skill or background. The event space has been provided by James Sewell Ballet at The Cowles Center. Discover how arts connect us to the community and meet new friends along the way.

Tweet or Facebook us with #ARTSLifeblood hashtag for pre-event excitement.
Event Details


The Cowles Center, James Sewell Ballet
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN



5:30 Networking
6:00 Program
7:30 Networking



$10  Early
(Ends August 19)
$15  Regular Price
$20  At The Door

Program Info


Jeff Prauer

Executive Director of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council



The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture

Learn about the vibrancy of the arts in our community and how it connects us to our culture.



Corporate Sponsors

Wells Fargo, Thrivent Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Community Sponsors
Hennepin Theatre Trust, The Walker Arts Center, Zenon Dance

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Monday, August 18, 2014

To return

Copyright: panupong1982 / 123RF Stock Photo 

"We change not to "get better" but to return to who we were all along." 
-Sheryl Paul
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