Wednesday, April 30, 2014

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2014

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2014

If April showers (and snows) bring May flowers, then no it's wonder we've got so much blooming next month! Minnesota Rising will celebrate our 5th birthday, reprise theFail Lab: Failing Into the Future at bushCONNECT, and host the Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities. Join us at these events, or any of the other exciting activities for emerging leaders across the state identified in this Dispatch, to connect and build community!

#mnrising Sounding Board Session
Thursday, May 15 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Grassroots Solutions
Join us in our 3rd session (of 6) strategizing about and stewarding Minnesota Rising's core purpose, communications, and infrastructure in our 5th year.
RSVPs appreciated to minnesotarising[at]

#mnrising Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities
Wednesday, May 28 | 5:15 - 8:00pm | The Center for Changing Lives
The Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 5:15pm - 8:00pm at The Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, 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.
Sondra Samuels

"Don't Worry; We've Got This" - A Gathering of Rising Leaders

CURE (Granite Falls)
We are convening a gathering of Rising Leaders for a number of reasons:
1. We want you guys to meet each other!Especially in rural areas, the sense of isolation can be great for those of us trying to imagine a better community, and we want to combat that.
2. We want to support your growth! Part of our discussion will focus on what promising leaders need to succeed so that CURE knows what resources we can provide to help you on your path to success.
3. We want to have fun!We've asked people we think are pretty darn cool to give short and engaging presentations; World Cafe conversations make it easier to talk to strangers as if they were old friends; and we're finishing off the night with a social hour and open mic, so you can bring your musical, poetic, comedic, dramatic, or other talents with you to share! [Read more.]

Dancing with fear as we launch our first Krypton course!

cross-posted from Colidr
Today was an epic day for the Colidr crew. We launched our first official endeavor, which is the delivery of a 5-week Krypton Course based on the work of best selling author Seth Godin. This particular course is entitled "Go: How to Overcome Fear, Pick Yourself, & Start a Project that Matters." We are fortunate that Travis Wilson, who recently started Wilson Career Coaching in Rochester, agreed to facilitate the course for us. It is evident after our first gathering that he was exactly the right person for the job! One important aspect of our vision for Colidr centers around creating spaces where the growing community of changemakers in Rochester can connect, inspire one another, co-learn, and co-create. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed!


HAMMS Event is a one-day, dog friendly, crowdfunding market for men and women. HAMMS Event was born out of the "shop local" and "shop small business" movement and around the fact that small businesses need to stick together. The HAMMS Event takes place at the former Hamm's brewery shipping docks. Shop 25,000 square feet of products for men, women, and their pooches. Meet the Minnesota Makers themselves, nibble on food from both vendors and food trucks, sip vino and samples of local brew. Funding is difficult for micro businesses, so we have put a spin on the "crowd funding" concept by choosing one talented Minnesota Maker (by a game of chance) to receive up to $5000 of ticket sales to help them bring their business to the next level. When we all stick together we can make a difference. [Read more.]

Consulting 4 Good

Social Innovation Lab
Are you a consultant interested in doing pro bono or reduced rate consulting with nonprofits, to broaden your network and make a difference? Or are you a nonprofit that wants volunteers or reduced rate help from consultants to get stuff done and make it stick? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, we invite you to this event designed to help you make a match. What's our vision? We want to create a speed networking/match-making event to bring together consultants and nonprofits so that: Every nonprofit in the Twin Cities has access to the professional skills they need to effectively carry out their mission, and every interested consultant who wants to learn, connect, and give through pro bono and reduced rate consulting has the opportunity to work on a project that is a good fit for what they want to give. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

How to Negotiate What You Want
Thursday, May 1, 2014
6pm - 8pm
University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business

Accepting Applications: YNPN National Leaders Conference Deep Dive Sessions
Applications due Friday, May 2 for Friday, June 27, 2014 workshops:
1. Echoing Green: "Work on Purpose"
2: International Institute for Sustained Dialogue

Roller-Skating at World of Wheels
Young Professionals of Duluth & Superior
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7:30pm - 10pm
World of Wheels

SMBMSP #66 - Social Media Analytics: Activating Your Company's Social Intelligence
Social Media Breakfast MSP
Friday, May 9, 2014
8am - 10am
St. Catherine University

"Volunteer Engagement and Recognition" Panel
MINN & Atlas Corps
Monday, May 12, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
American Refugee Committee

Accepting Applications: U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program
Partners of the Americas
Early Bird Deadline: May 12, 2014
Two-week fellowships Caribbean and Latin-American countries

Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [for Yourself]
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rondo Library

Break the Bubble
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:30pm - 9pm
Spill the Wine

Accepting Applications: Mondale Research Fellowship
Deadline: May 30, 2014
Encourages research in archives of Minnesota Historical Society on elected officials whose service in office improved Minnesota and the opportunities of its citizens

Accepting Applications: Thrive Fellows - A Yearlong Leadership Program in Social Innovation
Deadline: June 1, 2014

Generation Now Leadership Visit
Citizens League
September 10-12, 2014
Fargo, ND
$1250 pp


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.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Accepting Applications: YNPN National Leaders Conference Deep Dive Sessions

Applications are due this Friday, but you won't want to miss two free day-long trainings that YNPN Twin Cities is hosting for local young, civically-minded professionals! If you're in your 20s or 30s and interested in or working in the nonprofit sector, see below for these exciting opportunities. Please note that as part of the application process, they are asking individuals sign up for YNPN Twin Cities membership!

DiveWhat are you waiting for?
Time is running out to
apply for
Deep Dive Sessions
Applications due May 2nd

The Deep Dives are an amazing opportunity for our local members
During the YNPN National Leaders Conference there is an amazing opportunity available for our local members: Two day-long workshops facilitated by two great organizations. These "Deep Dive" workshops would normally cost hundreds of dollars to attend, but YNPN-TC is offering these sessions to our local members free of charge.

About The Workshops
Like we mentioned above, there are two separate workshops to choose from, each with limited seating. You can apply to both, but you will only be selected for one (unless you somehow have superhuman powers that enable you to be in two places at once - if that's the case, please tell us what radioactive spider bit you and where to find it). The workshops will take place on Friday, June 27th from 10:30am - 5:00pm.

Your two amazing workshop options to choose from are:
1. Connecting Career to Purpose with Echoing Green's Work on Purpose Program
YNPN is partnering with Echoing Green to teach you how to become a Work on Purpose facilitator. As a Work on Purpose facilitator, you will acquire the tools you need to lead workshops for your community and help equip others with the skills they need to realize their unique way to make social impact.

Throughout its 25 year history, Echoing Green has performed thousands of in­depth interviews with its world-­changing social entrepreneurship Fellows and has observed ten principles that lead individuals to fulfilling work that makes the world a better place. These ten principles are the cornerstone of Echoing Green's Work on Purpose curriculum and training.
Work on Purpose would be a valuable curriculum to bring back to your community because it provides inspiration and frameworks to support a wide spectrum of young people seeking to make the world a better place in a way that is uniquely right for them.
If you are excited about facilitating group workshops and passionate about helping others with personal and professional development so they can pursue meaningful work, then this is the Deep Dive for you!
2. Inclusive Leaders Create Inclusive Communities: Diving In
An important conversation in today's workplace centers around this question: Why and how do we move from inclusion as a value to inclusion as a practice? This year, by offering a day-long intensive training track with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, we believe we can begin to move our communities towards addressing that question for the long haul.

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. Sustained Dialogue is a five-stage social change model that is designed to transform relationships and create informed community change.
Participants in this Deep Dive will learn how to be boundary spanners in their organizations and communities, practice empathy, form traits of authentic leadership, frameworks for better decision-making, and work in diverse teams.
If you are passionate about creating inclusive communities through a powerful dialogue­ to­ action process, then this is the Deep Dive for you!

We hope you will consider applying for these great workshops
We can't stress enough what amazing opportunities these workshops are, and we hope you won't let them pass you by without applying. If you have any questions about the Deep Dive workshops, you can email
Applications are due by May 2nd. If selected, you will need to commit to attending the full-day workshop from 10:30am- 5:00pm on Friday, June 27th at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, located at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Copyright © 2013 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities, All rights reserved.

Monday, April 28, 2014

A thousand forests

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"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 25, 2014

You're Invited: How to Negotiate What You Want

Want to get your way? AscendNAAMBA will bring you back to science and art class to get schooled on the strategy behind negotiation. Join them for Professional Development: How to Negotiate What You Want to hear from recruiters and hiring managers and to practice your own negotiation scenario!

Professional Development: How to Negotiate What You Want

AscendNAAMBA Twin Cities, Minnesota (National Association of Asian MBAs)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Minneapolis, MN

Please join AscendNAAMBA Twin Cities and the University of St. Thomas for a professional development event: “How to Negotiate What You Want”
This session is about the “science” and the “art” of negotiation. The “science” is the preparation, collecting data and building your approach, in anticipation of the negotiation.  The “art” is what to say and when to say it.  
You will hear from recruiters and hiring managers and you will practice a negotiation scenario.

6:00 - 6:30       Networking
6:30 - 7:00       Negotiation Prep and Strategy
7:00 - 7:30       Negotiation Practice and Q & A
7:30 – 8:00      Networking

**Ticket is $10 on eventbrite and $15 at the door.**

Event Location

University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business
Proceed to Schulze Hall and enter the Schulze Auditorium entrance at the corner of 11thand Harmon Place.

Parking will be complimentary only if you park in the Harmon Ramp – enter from 11thSt., just past Harmon Ave.  Other parking is available in the nearby Target and Lasalle Ramps but the cost will not be covered.

Link to the map of the UST Minneapolis Campus (please refer to Schulze Hall on the map):

Thursday, April 24, 2014

You're Invited | Think and a Drink: Position Yourself for the Next Level of Leadership

Whether you're considering making your next career move now or in the not-too-distant future, join the Greater Twin Cities United Way Emerging Leaders for their upcoming Think + A Drink. The April event features Matt Hunt, the CEO & Founder of strategy and innovation consulting firm, Stanford & Griggs. Matt will share his insights from writing, blogging, and speaking during his talk: Position Yourself for the Next Level of Leadership; Navigating through Setback and Failure.

Emerging Leader Think +A Drink April 2014

Emerging Leader Think + A Drink April 2014

United Way Emerging Leaders

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT)

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre

Minneapolis, MN

Discover how to position yourself for the next level of leadership; navigating through setback and failure. Network with other early to mid-level professionals while investing in your own professional development.

Our speaker is Matt Hunt who is the CEO & Founder strategy and innovation consulting firm Stanford & Griggs, LLC. Matt is also a writer, blogger and speaker on leadership, innovation, and the role of failure. Learn more.
5:30-6 p.m. Social Networking
6-6:45 p.m. Position Yourself for the Next Level of Leadership; Navigating through Setback and Failure
6:45-7 p.m. Social Networking
Appetizers and cash bar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

You're Invited | Policy and a Pint: Bringing Back the Bees

April showers bring May flowers, and of course, our pollinating insect population in Minnesota! Join the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current for Policy and a Pint: Bringing Back the Bees and get the latest buzz from a great guest panel. See below for more details on the speakers and solution!

There’s a growing threat that, if we fail to act, could profoundly affect our lives. Like many species, bees and other insect pollinators are facing environmental challenges – the biggest of which is loss of native habitat – that jeopardize their very existence. At our next Policy and a Pint, we’ll talk about threats to the state’s insect population, and what could be devastating consequences for our food supply, our economy – and us. We’ll also talk about what each of us can do to slow the threat, and eventually, bring back the bees. Host Steve Seel will be joined by guests Gary Reuter from the U of M’s Bee lab, food writer Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl from Mpls/St. Paul Magazine who’s been investigating this topic, and Joseph Zachmann from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The bottom line: we’re the problem, but we’re also the solution. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You're Invited | Public Media and the Common Good: The tpt Studio Experience

Hamline University's School of Business is making their next event, Public Media and the Common Good, multi-purpose! Join them for an exclusive tour of tpt studios including a panel discussiong featuring tpt President, Jim Pagliarini, and Hamline Honorary Professor of Practice and tpt board member, Jim Scheibel. Immediately following that, you can learn more about the Master of Public Administration during an information session including networking with the program director, admissions staff, and current and former students!

Sandy Christensen, MPA '12

Public Media and the Common Good:
The tpt Studio Experience


Featuring tpt President Jim Pagliarini
Wednesday, April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

tpt Studios
172 East Fourth Street,
Saint Paul, MN 55101
You are invited join fellow School of Business alumni and faculty for an exclusive tour of tpt studios followed by a dynamic panel discussion featuring tpt President Jim Pagliarini and Hamline Honorary Professor of Practice and tpt board member Jim Scheibel.
After the discussion, join us for a Master of Public Administration information session and learn how why the Hamline MPA is tailored to the scheduling needs of working professionals by offering classes online or on campus.
  • Meet our program director and admissions staff.
  • Learn how to get your application started.
  • Network with current students, alumni and other prospective students.

hsb-logoHamline School of Business Facebook  Hamline School of Business Twitter  

Monday, April 21, 2014

What you see

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"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." 
-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, April 18, 2014

You're Invited: Erin Newkirk comes to Unlea(she)d

On the heels of their successful first event, CoCo welcomes Erin Newkirk to Unlea(she)d next week in their Uptown space! Details below on an evening focused on "Making Relationships Stronger," and exploring women's entrepreneurship and leadership with the founder and CEO of Red Stamp.

Erin Newkirk comes to Unlea(she)d
April 24  |  6 - 9 pm | CoCo Uptown

Making Relationships Stronger: Erin Newkirk of Red Stamp
If there is one thing Erin knows for sure, it’s that friends + family make the world go round. Which is why Erin founded the top tier, award-winning Red Stamp. Recently acquired by The Occasions Group and selected as one of “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine as a “Compan[y] that [is] identifying and solving the problems we face every day,” Red Stamp’s purpose is to cut through a lot of puffery around the “proper” way to thank, wish, invite + announce and just get straight to the heart of the matter…Making Relationships Stronger.
Making Relationships Stronger is also why Erin is a modern etiquette correspondent for Matchbook Magazine, was a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards, is a Professor for Fast Company’s 30 Second MBA, and has been selected by EU’s Global Board Ready Women initiative.
IMG_2111Erin will be interviewed by our guest “conversationalist” and CoCo member Ellen Guettler [Get-ler]. Ellen is a writer, editor and award-winning radio producer. She spent ten years at MPR making documentaries with American RadioWorks and helping to launch new radio shows like Marketplace Tech, Dinner Party Download and Wits. These days, when she’s not back at MPR wielding a microphone or corralling a budget, she helps launch creative ideas and develops content strategy for the public media universe and beyond.
There will also be time for Q&A and networking. (Please submit any questions you have ahead of time!)
Appetizers and snacks and a cash bar will be provided.
About Unlea(she)dUnleashed is a monthly speaker series, held at CoCo, in which we invite women entrepreneurs and leaders to talk about their journeys in life and business. Unlea(she)d is part of CoCo’s effort to increase the presence and participation of women in our community. Join our mailing list for updates on future women’s happenings at CoCo.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Accepting Applications: 2014-2015 Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows

Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 Policy Fellows program at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Policy Fellows program brings together a cohort of 35 mid-career Minnesota leaders from business, nonprofit, and government sectors for a unique nine-month professional development experience. Applications are due May 30, 2014 for the program beginning in September.

Policy Fellows Application Process and Frequently Asked Questions

The Policy Fellows program requires participants to make a commitment to professional and personal growth as part of a cohort. Fellows meet once a month as a group between September and early June (most often on Fridays), and travel to Washington, D.C., for a multi-day study trip with prominent elected officials and national leaders in public affairs. Fellows also engage in a collaboratively designed small-group project, working with community partners to address a public policy issue. Policy Fellows can expect to spend 10 to 15 hours per month on activities related to the program. Click here for more program information.

Application Process and Program Fee

Applications and recommendation letters for the 2014-2015 Policy Fellows program are due by Friday, May 30, 2014. The application form asks for basic information, such as work history and community involvement, along with a brief essay. We also require two letters of recommendation. These can be from current or former employers, program alumni, or people you know in the community.
Recommendation Form

For 2014-2015, the program fee is $6,500. Some employers pay the program fee in part or in full from professional development funds. Scholarships are available, though all Fellows are asked to make some contribution to their program fee. Scholarship requests are not part of the application process; after new Fellows are selected, we follow up with each individual regarding their scholarship needs.

Scholarships specifically for nonprofit sector participants are made possible by generous gifts from the George Family Foundation and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota.
Further questions? Contact Kate at or 612-625-8330

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Join the 2014 "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour Advance Team!

We're excited announce that Alexis Walstad and Taylor Vollmer will serve as 2014 Advance Team Co-Coordinators for the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour! Do you want to join the team? We're looking for curious minds and deep listeners to help engage and capture key insights about what emerging leaders care about and envision for the future of Minnesota. Whether interviewer or interviewee, we'd love to have you as part of the conversation this summer!

Our Minnesota: Building a State of Trust

We – Alexis Walstad and Taylor Vollmer – extend to you an invitation to serve as a member of the 2014 Advance Team as we embark on our second tour. An advance team prepares people and places for powerful events and meaningful connections; our hope is that you’ll consider joining us.

The “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour is a process designed to engage emerging leaders in Minnesota in meaningful conversations with each other with the purpose of building trust, fostering relationships, and discovering a shared vision for Minnesota's future. The conversations will cascade from many different starting points. As a member of the Advance Team, your role would involve activating some of those starting points by initiating at least three conversations and then sharing the highlights of those conversations by mid-August (which will conclude the first leg of this tour). We have prepared strategies on how to go about starting those conversations – but that will come later. Before you decide to climb aboard, we realize you would probably like to familiarize yourself with the work we do at Minnesota Rising and the purpose of our tour. To accommodate this, we welcome you to visit our blog and the Cascading Conversations Tour webpage.

Assuming your interest, we would like to invite you to our Orientation, which will take place in the Twin Cities on a weeknight during the week of May 18th . Orientation will be a chance for you to participate in your first conversation. Since our organization values the impact of collaboration, part of your welcome will include party food and various yard games – bring your competitive pants! If you agree to join us, we will plan to check in with you semi-regularly (1-2 times over the months of your commitment), and we'll also be available to connect at any time if you have questions.

Both of us have hosted numerous conversations thus far, and we have found the process highly energizing, both for ourselves and those we've invited to participate. We believe you’d similarly benefit from our initiatives. Please let us know by Thursday, May 1 if you're willing to serve as a member of the Advance Team for the “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour. We will then follow up with you about Orientation and next steps.

We are excited for you to take part in our vision to connect emerging leaders across the state through Minnesota Rising! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more detail at minnesotarising[at]gmail[dot]com.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Break the Bubble: Basis + Back-to-Back Summer Events

Our friends over at Break the Bubble have got some fun plans lined up for this summer and they'd love you to join them! Read on to learn about the basis of their community-building efforts and check out their schedule of activities. Mark your calendars for their ice-breaking fun and come on out to help break the bubble!

Break the Bubble was created to solve a big problem: How do you make new friends in the Twin Cities? Whether you just moved here, or have lived here your whole life, it can be challenging to make friends. Some call it "Minnesota Nice," while others say "Minnesotans will give you directions anywhere, except to their lake cabin." No matter how you say it, making friends here is hard.

We create a crucible for friend-making by regularly bringing together fun, interesting people at venues across the Twin Cities. Our events feature themes that get people talking.  When you come to an event, we'll give you a name tag where you'll put your answer to the night's theme. Boom! Instant ice-breaker. You talk to people - at one event or over the course of a few - and when you find someone you'd like to hang out with, invite them to do something.

For our April event, Break the Bubble is heading to the Warehouse District destination The Loop Bar + Restaurant. Join us for a great night of food, drink, and friends! The theme this month is "Two Things That Describe Me."

Sartorial Genius + Wasabi Connoisseur
Cheeky Monkey + Terrible Dancer
Snooze-Button Addict + 3-Time Jeopardy Applicant
Be creative, people - we want you to make us laugh!

While this event is currently sold out, feel free to add yourself to the waitlist in case spots open up!

The Loop Bar + Restaurant
606 Washington Avenue North #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:30-9pm

In May, we will head back to Spill the Wine in Uptown for a more intimate affair.  Their space is conducive to fine wine and conversation.  The venue is a bit smaller than other ones where we have hosted, so the guest list will be shorter.  Register early to get your spot!

Spill the Wine
901 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:30-9pm

We’ve heard your feedback!  It’s about time we went to Sociable Cider for our gluten-free friends! Sociable Cider is new to the Minneapolis scene and we are so excited to partner up with them.  They offer both cider and beer, which are brewed at the same location.  Our food truck of choice that will be accompanying us is Gai Gai Thai, serving up local, sustainable Thai street food!

Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:30-9pm
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