Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] September 2014

[#mnrising Dispatch] September 2014

In true back-to-school fashion, September kicked off a busy season of partnership and activity: We participated in the Citizens League's #GNLV2014, hosted the inaugural Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab in the Hothouse Coworking Space at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and coordinated two Cascading Conversation Cafes, the latter one facilitated for the Board Repair quarterly gathering!

Things will continue to pick up steam this fall as we prepare for our 5th annual Un/Conference: The Future Is How, slated for Saturday, November 15th. We invite you to co-create the day with us and welcome your proposals for 50-minute breakout sessions by 4pm this Friday, October 3rd! 
Sondra Samuels

RFP for 2014 U/C breakout sessions!

Minnesota Rising
The Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference: The Future Is How will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00am - 4:30pm at DLR Group in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Un/Conference will engage young Minnesotans in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

We are looking for 50-minute sessions that are relevant to the Millennial generation and to our 2014 event theme focusing on the future, data, and powerful questions. Please complete the proposal submission form by no later than Friday, October 3rd, at 4pm.
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VRL Launch Party!


Come celebrate with us! VoteRunLead is excited to be back in action and we want to celebrate with you - our supporters, alumnae, and friends. Invitation Nation, powered by Target, is VRL's campaign to reach thousands of women to lead political and powerful lives.

On October 15th, women from all across the country are participating in the launch parties and inviting a nation of women to lead. Come learn about our future, hear from women leaders, and share your successes! [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Emerging Leaders Tap'd In 2014

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Join us at Aria for lessons in visionary leadership and networking with our communities' best early- to mid-career professionals. Enjoy beer tasting from local breweries, appetizers, and much more.

Hear from Brenton Hayden, Founder and Chairman of the board of Renters Warehouse USA, who will share his story of how visionary leadership and innovative thinking led to great success at only 28 years old! [Read more.]

Guest Post: One Moment Center

Kathleen Sprole, One Moment Center

Most of us are hooked into the hustle and bustle, high stress, high performance culture. When we let it go on mindlessly we lose our self-awareness and compassion, become stressed and angry, and are at higher risk for mental health concerns. OMC invites you to slow down, turn your focus inward, and realize your authentic abilities for resilience, compassion, happiness and your potential for living a fulfilling and meaningful life. The time has come to best your happiest self! Mindfulness practices can help us live more fully because it truly changes and "rewires" the brain. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

An Evening with Xavier Tavera: Creativity Across Disciplines
Minnesota Humanities Center
October 2, 2014
7pm - 9pm

The Open Door
October 5, 2014
6pm - 9:30pm
Lost Spur Golf & Event Center

YPOTC Second Tuesday Networking
October 14, 2014
5:30pm - 9pm
Toby Keith's

SMBMSP #71: Making Social Media Human Again
October 17, 2014
8am - 10am
St. Catherine University

Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair
October 22, 2014
5pm - 8pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

October 24, 2014
7:30am - 6:00pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

EDTalks: Honoring the Teacher and Learner in All of Us
AchieveMpls & Citizens League
October 28, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Honey Lounge

The Theater of Public Policy
Mondays in October and November
Bryant Lake Bowl

Wealth & Leadership Summit
November 1, 2014
12pm - 3pm
University of Minnesota

"Late Night" at the Bullfrog Bash
Jeremiah Program
November 8, 2014
Minneapolis Hyatt Regency

3rd Annual Women in Public Service Conference 
November 14, 2014
8am - 4pm
Hamline University


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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Monday, September 29, 2014

Arises by itself

"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clean? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?"
-Tao Te Ching

Friday, September 26, 2014

[Blog Buddies] One Moment Center + Kathleen Sprole

Minnesota Rising is pleased to feature posts and profiles of entrepreneurial emerging leaders on occasion. This guest post comes from Kathleen Sprole, 2014 President of the Minneapolis Jaycees and Founder of One Moment Center LLC. Read on to hear her insights and offerings related to the powerful benefits of mindfulness and intentional living!

Kathleen Sprole has been working in the mental health field since 2002. Kathleen currently works as a therapist in the Twin Cities area. In January 2014, Kathleen founded One Moment Center LLC, to pursue her passion and desire to share the powerful benefits of Mindfulness for individuals, as well as how living life on purpose positively changes the world. Kathleen has a playful approach to teaching and living a mindful lifestyle, as well as helping others get to the heart of their authentic selves and living the lives they've desired. The vision of OMC is to provide for individuals opportunities for self-growth and discovery, balanced living, and well-being through a mindfulness based approach.  

Most of us are hooked into the hustle and bustle, high stress, high performance culture. When we let it go on mindlessly we lose our self-awareness and compassion, become stressed and angry, and are at higher risk for mental health concerns. OMC invites you to slow down, turn your focus inward, and realize your authentic abilities for resilience, compassion, happiness and your potential for living a fulfilling and meaningful life. The time has come to be your happiest self!

Mindfulness practices can help us live more fully because it truly changes and "rewires" the brain. We can handle the stresses that come our way with more ease. We can have more focus and be more effective at work. Our relationships can be more satisfying and meaningful. We make choices that are in line with our true self and passions, which leads to living life with purpose. Mindfulness becomes a lifestyle.

OMC offers workshops and ongoing practice sessions aimed to help increase self-awareness, manage stress, increase compassion for self and others, bust through the fear based thoughts that trip us up, and tap into our true passions and desires so we can live our lives on purpose. In addition, OMC will be hosting a retreat, Women's Mindfulness Day (A Retreat for Loving Yourself and Finding Happiness) on October 18th.

For more information on One Moment Center LLC and events, please visit the website at onemomentcenter.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/onemomentcenter/ or emailing omc.mpls@gmail.com . If you are interested in the Women's Mindfulness Day, you can register at tinyurl.com/omcregistration.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You're Invited | YNPN Twin Cities Scattershot Cafe: Peer Circles Edition

YNPN Twin Cities is hosting their annual Scattershot Cafe, but with a Peer Circle twist this year! See below for a range of topics and coffee shops around town for connecting this coming weekend. Yours truly will be hosting the LOCUS dialogue, focused on identity-driven leadership for diverse nonprofiteers. Here's hoping that Saturday morning finds you somewhere fun and fascinating about town!

YNPN Twin Cities invites you to attend:

Scattershot Cafe
Peer Circle Edition
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Various sites in Minneapolis/Saint Paul
Sessions are filling up fast! Register now!

Join like-minded peers for small conversation circles at Scattershot Cafe: Peer Circle Edition. Twelve conversations will happen at the same time in neighborhoods throughout MSP!

Just choose a topic that interests you — whether you're new to your peer group and are looking for advice, or want to lend some of your own experience to someone newer, peer circles provide an opportunity for close networking over a cup of coffee.

Read the full descriptions below and click on the links to register. (Most sessions have about a dozen spaces to give you maximum conversation and networking time.)

Accidental Techies (Groundswell, STP)
Facilitator: Brian Roemen, Lead Tech & Owner at Backpack Tactics LLC (LinkedIn)
Some people get into IT because they love IT as a career, or went to school for programming, or find computers fascinating.
Others get into IT because that one time when the network was down they knew to reboot the router. This session is for them.

Men in Nonprofits (The Local, MPLS)
Facilitators: David Zeller, Client Services Associate at Synergetic Endeavors (LinkedIn); Josh Lambrecht, Special Projects Director at ServeMinnesota Action Network (LinkedIn)
Sometimes it's lonely being the only guy in the office. You're not alone. Come talk about what it means to be a male in your workplace.

Work on Purpose (Day by Day Cafe, STP)
Facilitators: Jessica Zimmerman, Event and Program Assistant at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (LinkedIn); Sara Nobbs, Assistant Program Manager at the Center for Integrative Leadership (LinkedIn); Kathryn Murray, Program Assistant at Springboard for the Arts (LinkedIn)
Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program helps young professionals identify their purpose and put it into action by creating a career with impact. How have you used this curriculum to help young professionals find their paths? Wanna walk through a refresher?

Sustained Dialogue (The Nicollet, MPLS)
Facilitator: Colleen Powers, Strategy Intern at Zeus Jones Ltd. (LinkedIn)
YNPN Twin Cities hosted the national YNPN conference in June. Attendees of the conference were able to participate in a full day of training around Sustained Dialogue.
The Sustained Dialogue workshop provided YNPN leaders and members tools to be more effective in the important work of building a more diverse and powerful social sector. How have you used these tools? How would you like to use them?

Freelancers (Turtle Bread Longfellow, MPLS)
Facilitator: Brandon Boat, Co-founder at Danger Boat Productions LLC (LinkedIn)
When you work as a team of one, sometimes you wish you had some people to commiserate with about the highs and lows of being a freelancer.
This Scattershot is for you to meet other people in freelancing, talk about your challenges (i.e., clients) and make some connections.

StrengthsFinder (Peace Coffee Wonderland Park, MPLS)
Facilitator: Elissa Schufman, Development & Communications Coordinator at Joyce Preschool (Twitter)
StrengthsFinder is all about knowing your strengths, and finding ways to leverage those to do your best work every day. If you're fascinated by the results of your Strengths Finder test, this session is for you!
Come spend some time talking with other enthusiasts about how they see StrengthsFinder impact their jobs — sometimes in great ways, and sometimes in not-so-good ones. Share how StrengthsFinder has changed your work, and strategies to make sure it stays a useful tool.

LOCUS: Identity-driven Leadership (Golden Thyme Coffee on Selby, STP)
Facilitator: Diane Tran, Senior Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions (LinkedIn)
Diverse nonprofiteers live and operate in multiple contexts and are challenged to bring all of who we are to each role we play.
Identity-driven leadership involves contributing our valuable experience and unique perspectives to our workplaces, communities, and families.
Join other nonprofiteers of diversity for a discussion around identity driven-leadership.

Being the New Boss (Spyhouse Coffee Broadway, MPLS)
Facilitator: Lauren Bohen, SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator at Ramsey County University of Minnesota Extension (LinkedIn)
How many times have you thought, "How much better would things be if I were running the show?"
You wait and wait for the glorious day when you can confidently say, "I'm in charge here."
Except, you are not confident... and what? Suddenly, you're in charge now. You're responsible for people. They look to you for answers. You're supposed to have those answers. It's everything you wanted, and a bunch of things you never expected.
Come share the great and not-so-great things about being A New Boss, share some resources, and get (or give) some pep talks.

Event Planning (Cafe SouthSide, MPLS)
Facilitator: Shannon McCarville, Program Coordinator at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (LinkedIn)
Whether it's a smashing success or a phenomenal failure, every event is a labor of love. Come share your success stories — or your past pitfalls — and get tips from people who know what you're going through!


FULL — Where Do You Work? (Gigi's Cafe, MPLS)
Facilitator: Hannah Burchill (Twitter)
Are you in the process of changing industries? Between roles? Or maybe you've just completed a transition into a new position.
Come share strategies and experiences for how to navigate a professional environment during a time when you're sans profession.

FULL — Fundraising (Muddy Waters, MPLS)
Facilitator: Brian Gioelli, Development Director at The BrandLab (LinkedIn)
This is a chance to get to know some of your local fundraising peers and geek out over donor databases, moves management, sponsorship packages and more! Join us in this Scattershot session for networking and connecting with other folks who totally get you.

FULL — #yesallwomen (Nina's Coffee Cafe, STP)
Facilitator: Lizzy Shramko, Storyteller & Online Community Builder (Twitter)
This discussion is not an attempt to define solutions, but to think together about the implications of #YesAllWomen and #YesAllWhiteWomen.
How does online activism inform the work we do in our own communities, and how we can imagine transformative futures together?
Copyright © 2013 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

You're Invited: Minnesota Rising Cascading Conversations Cafe!

Minnesota Rising invites you to a Cascading Conversations Café on September 30th to share your experiences and ideas with other emerging leaders! The “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour has connected hundreds of young Minnesotans and sparked fun, engaging opportunities for people to discuss their values and visions for Minnesota’s future and to share how they could make that future a reality. 

Join us for a full-cycle Cascading Conversations Café, including a light dinner, a one-on-one conversation with another emerging leader, and a large-group analysis of the themes arising from the evening’s discussion. It’s sure to be an energizing and inspiring dialogue! 

Minnesota Rising Cascading Conversations Café
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 
5:00pm – 7:00pm 
Grassroots Solutions 

Please RSVP to minnesotarising[at]gmail.com by Monday, September 29 at 3:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

You're Invited: LEAD's Fall Happy Hour - Pints for a Purpose

The LEAD Project invites you to toast to the arrival of fall at Pints for a Purpose this week! Join them at Fulton Brewery to get to know representatives from local nonprofit organizations to learn about board positions and available volunteer opportunities. See below for more details and to snag your ticket today!

To RSVP and buy your tickets, click HERE!
Our last happy hour sold out with record attendance, so we suggest you buy your tickets soon.

We're excited to welcome SOS - Save Our Schools and Collide Theatrical Dance Company to the upcoming happy hour! Meet representatives from all three nonprofits to learn about board positions and volunteer opportunities.


Save the Date! Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 5-7pm
Kieran's Irish Pub 


Saturday, April 18, 2015
Stay tuned for more exciting details...
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Monday, September 22, 2014


"Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be." 
-Daniel J. Boorstin

|| Join us at the Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. ||

Friday, September 19, 2014

Requests for Proposals: Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference Breakout Sessions

The "Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference: The Future Is How" will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 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 sessions that are relevant to the Millennial generation and to our 2014 event theme focusing on the future, data, and powerful questions. In case you need some inspiration, see last year's sessions here!

Please complete the proposal submission form by no later than Friday, October 3 at 4pm.

Minnesota Rising

"The future is not out there in front of us, but inside of us." -Macy in Feinstein & Krippner

In studying demographic trends and technological shifts, and crowd-sourcing visions of what's to come for Minnesota, the rising generation could surmise that the future is out there somewhere waiting to happen to us. And yet, seeing signs that our generation has already begun to impact and alter business as usual, we recognize the potential we have to bring about a future that is truly borne of us, our imaginations, and our ongoing commitment to Minnesota.

Our approach honors that the only constant is change, which calls for an emergent style of learning and leadership. Rather than built to last, young Minnesotans now see value in being built to adapt. To be at the ready to leverage what comes our way, we consider it critical to recognize that the future is how:

-how we stay open to learning and welcome new ways of doing things over the course of a lifetime
-how we are kind to and forgive ourselves and others as we trip up along the way
-how we arm ourselves to make wise decisions for the benefit of all
-how we can cultivate satisfaction with less in a culture that increasingly demands more
-how we seek opportunities to include and invest in voices and perspectives that are distinct from our own experiences
-how we shed the belief that we know what leadership looks like (and if you don’t bear a resemblance, you’re not a leader) to allow ever more people and more expansive ways of contributing and giving to flourish

The future is in us, individually and collectively, and is slowly being uncovered in the questions asked, processes undertaken, and relationships formed across the rising generation. Join us in exploring how!


The Collaborative Competence Learning Labs Series is one way that Minnesota Rising supports emerging leaders to be in a state of how. Leveraging competencies of failure, story, and imagination, we provide space for exploring, practicing, and grappling with the skills that will allow our generation lead collaboratively into the future. Join us at the 2014 Un/Conference to participate in the brand-new "Minnesota Rising Inquiry Lab: The Future In the Forum in A Question!"

Thursday, September 18, 2014

You're Invited: Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

Want to strengthen your ability to notice what's missing? The Minnesota Humanities Center invites you to Increase Engagement in the Classroom and Workplace through Absent Narratives. See below for more details and register to explore how can the humanities bring to life the stories of people and place!

         Minnesota Humanities Center

Minnesota Humanities Center  

Increase Engagement in the Classroom and Workplace

How can the humanities bring to life the stories of people and place?

Facilitated by Robin Nelson and Heid E. Erdrich, participants in this workshop will learn how to increase engagement with their communities through the practice of the core values of the Absent Narrative Approach:
  • Build and strengthen relationships;
  • Recognize the power of story and the consequences of an accumulation of absence;
  • Learn from community voices; and
  • Discover community-based solutions.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center
Cost: $90 per person, includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and materials
CEUs: 8 clock hours upon request

Register now!
This event is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

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"The event was informative and the perspectives/community voices were critical to learn about and rarely addressed in schools and in public/political dialogue."

"I met several educators and facilitators whose stories enriched my experience."

"[I learned about] stories and the role they play in knowing and honoring ourselves and others."

-participants from
Increase Engagement (January 2014)
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