Friday, February 27, 2015

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch ] February 2015

[#mnrising Dispatch] February 2015

February has been full! Featured in the kick-off to the WCCO series on Minnesota Millennials, hosting a powerful Story Lab: Recognizing and Valuing Diversity, and piloting public feedback to the findings of the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour, Minnesota Rising has been hard at work to advance our 2015 areas of work. Join us at the upcoming Sounding Board meeting on March 9 for updates and opportunities to help bring some fun projects to life. In the meantime, here's hoping March comes in like a lamb during this Year of the Sheep!
Sondra Samuels

4 Things To Know About Minnesota Millennials

According to Pew Research Center, Millennials make up 75 million of the United States' population. Just like across the country, Millennials make up the largest generation in the state. 

So, here's a look at the generation. 

Who are Minnesota Millennials? It's a question that doesn't necessarily have a definite answer, but we can tell you this - they are the largest population in Minnesota. [Read more.]

Minnesota Rising Story Lab: A recap in reading recos


The Minnesota Rising Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future on "Recognizing and Valuing Diversity" took place on Thursday, February 5th at Hamline University Minneapolis. Participants came from a variety of sectors, including: city and state government, nonprofit organizations, business development consulting, and arts and culture. Introducing themselves, their interest in coming together to explore issues of race and privilege, and their favorite books, we generated a healthy list of reading recommendations. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Saint Paul to Selma

Crossing Bridges MN

A march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic and bloody Selma marches of 1965, catalytic events that led to the passage of the U.S. Voting Rights Act will be held Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Open to the public, the half-mile route will cross the Cedar Street Bridge over I-94, recalling the Selma marchers who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge en route to protest laws and practices that denied Black people the right to vote. The St. Paul march will end at Central Presbyterian followed by a program at the church beginning at approximately 3 p.m. [Read more.]

Accepting Applications: Giving Project

Headwaters Foundation

Headwaters Foundation for Justice is looking for 25 individuals to join Headwaters' first-ever Giving Project in summer 2015. The deadline is April 6. The Giving Project is an innovative new model for community building, leadership development and funding social change. It will bring together a multiracial, cross-class group of people who are passionate about social change and interested in building their skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building. Participants will work together to raise and give out money to organizations that build power for social change in Minnesota. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MINN Networking Event
Minnesota International NGO Network
Wednesday, March 4
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Stella's Fish Cafe

Honoring an American Revolutionary: A Celebration and Fundraiser for Grace Lee Boggs
Wednesday, March 4
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Penumbra Theatre

YPE Minneapolis Happy Hour
Thursday, March 5
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Burning Brothers Brewery

You Be the Judge: Courts and Public Policy
Thursday, March 5
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Women's Club of Minneapolis

Eliminating Health Disparities Community Input Meetings
March 5, 19, 20
MN Dept. of Health

Accepting Applications: Tri-College NEW Leadership Institute
Deadline: March 6

Accepting Applications: New Sector Fellows
Deadline: March 6
New Sector Alliance

Telling: Minnesota 2015
MN Humanities Center
March 6 - 15
Guthrie Theater

Resume Workshop
YEP Twin Cities
Monday, March 9
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute

Women Leaders in the State Legislature

Tuesday, March 10
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

2nd Annual Musical Chairs Championship
Wednesday, March 11
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Accepting Applications: 2015 Summer of Maps Fellows
Deadline: March 15

Hlee Lee in Southeast Asia
Deadline: March 16
Contribute to rare art forms in SE Asia

Cabaret: Cinecitta La boheme
MN Opera
Saturday, March 28


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 © 2015 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Accepting Applications: 2015 Tri-College University NEW Leadership Development Institute

This year's Tri-College University NEW Leadership Development Institute is slated for May 27 - May 31, 2015. Seeking to empower a new generation of women leaders through an intensive 5-day residential program, the institute provides a diverse array of skills- and relationship-building training and development opportunities. The March 6th deadline is fast approaching, so if you or a passionate woman you know is interested in applying, don't delay!

NEW Leadership Development Institute:
...empowering a new generation of women leaders.

May 27 - May 31, 2015 - hosted at North Dakota State University
  • Intensive 5-day residential program
  • Limited to 40 participants
  • No costs for participation and possible scholarships for childcare and travel
  • Applicants who are interested in politics, leadership, public service, or community service, and have a desire to develop their own leadership skills are encouraged to apply.
Whether or not you view yourself as a leader now, if you desire to create positive change in your community, YOU should apply!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

You're Invited: Ordway Concert Hall Opening Gala

Before the Ordway kicks off its 22 Days of Opening Nights, you're invited to the Ordway Concert Hall Opening Gala this Saturday! Be one of the first to sneak a peek at the new 1100 seat state-of-the-art Concert Hall and celebrate an historic moment in style. See below for more details and to reserve your ticket today!

Join us for a fabulous evening of hearty hors d'oeuvres and a dessert buffet, dancing, a free drink, and special performances to celebrate the opening of the Ordway's new world-class concert hall.

We can't wait to share our new space with you!

General tickets are $125. Find more details and purchase your ticket at 

The Gala Concert will feature the The Saint Paul Chamber OrchestraMinnesota OperaOrdway Center for the Performing Arts, and the The Schubert Club

Stay for the After Party which includes music by Synergy and jazz by the Keith Saxton Trio.

We hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

You're Invited: 5th Annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-Off!

Hosted by 22 Network Partners, the Minnesota Entrepreneur Network (MNEN) invites you to the 5th Annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-Off. Entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, mentors, economic developers, business owners, policy makers, and business volunteers alike are invited for an opportunity to hear from resource providers, investors and funders, and past winners of competitions like the Minnesota Cup, Midwest Cleantech Open, and Inspire 2015 Invention Expo. Join for an exciting evening engaging with Minnesota's entrepreneurship ecosystem!

The 5th Annual
Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Boy Scout Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN 55111
4:00 – 9:00 PM


3:45 PM


4:00 PM

“Entrepreneur Ecosystem Experiences & Benefits”:

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Brad Thompson -“Choosing the Right Dream Machine for You: 7 Clarifying Questions”?
Wendy Weiner Runge – You Genuine Heroes and Your “E” Guides!
Microsoft/American Family IoT: Muhammad Abdurrahman – Founder of Playtabase
Midwest Cleantech Open: Paul Koenig – Founder of Viroment
Minnesota Cup: Joe Stanton – Founder of Elevate Research

Entrepreneur Bazaar:

5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Meet regional competition & accelerator coordinators and winning participants
  • Connect with MNEN partners and learn of their support resources
  • Network and enjoy a lasagna supper!

Welcome & Acknowledgements:

6:30 PM
“New Developments in the Entrepreneur Ecosystem”:
6:40 PM
2015 Proposed Startup Influencing Legislation – AngelPolleNation
Venture Lake – Tom Keiffer
Non-Dilutive Research Funding Sources – Pat Dillon
Keynote – “MN as Seen from Silicon Valley” – Barb Stinnett, MESA
“Creating our Future” – An Audience and Panel Discussion
David Russick, Gopher Angels;
Patrick Meenan, Arthur Ventures;
Rod Larkins, AURI;
Joseph Barisonzi, Community Leader;
Hassan Syed, Ideagist;
Dan Hobbs, Divvy


8:25 PM


8:30 – 9:00 PM

Monday, February 23, 2015

The goal

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"The goal is to mix our hands in the earth, not to stay clean." 
-Mark Nepo

Friday, February 20, 2015

You're Invited: #SewingOurFutureTogether Hmong Community Forum

2015 marks 40 years since the first waves of Hmong, Vietnamese, and Cambodian refugees arrived in Minnesota. Minnesota features the second largest Hmong population in the United States, and from March 7 - November 29, the Minnesota History Center will feature their stories in the We Are Hmong Minnesota exhibit. As the local Hmong community reflects on their past and present, they are also preparing to plan for their future by hosting an upcoming Hmong Community Forum, #SewingOurFutureTogether, on Saturday, February 28th. See below for more details and to register!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Minnesota Rising Story Lab: A recap in reading recommendations

The Minnesota Rising Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future on "Recognizing and Valuing Diversity" took place on Thursday, February 5th at Hamline University Minneapolis. Participants came from a variety of sectors, including: city and state government, nonprofit organizations, business development consulting, and arts and culture.

Introducing themselves, their interest in coming together to explore issues of race and privilege, and their favorite books, we generated a healthy list of reading recommendations (thoughtfully compiled by Angie Hugen) which can be found at the bottom of this post.

As captured on the flipchart notes below in words and images, participants then reflected on the value of stories to define and communicate who we are, as well as to connect with others whose stories may be different than our own.

One attendee commented on the theme of unity, sharing that despite our differences, we also have commonalities. "We share things: we all blink; all have beating hearts."

Considering the importance of ensuring that multiple experiences, perspectives, and identities are heard on the individual and systemic level, participants indicated it was important to recognize privilege, question singular views, and create safe places to share and listen openly.

Individual: The word dialectic means that two things can be true simultaneously. Just because one perspective is viewed as right doesn't mean that the other perspective is wrong. If we can hear each other's stories and think of it as a dialectic, it allows for validation of all feelings and emotions, which is the foundation from which you can begin to engage in frank, difficult, and transformative conversation and work. 

Systemic: Be aware of implicit bias, in the workplace, and elsewhere. Recognize that today's race-based disparities are the legacies of economic and policy structures and practices historically privileging white Americans over other groups, particularly African Americans. Reading recommendations:
At the conclusion of the morning, participants reported out about new insights and their (re)new(ed) commitments to crafting and sharing their and Minnesota's story in effort to initiate vulnerability, bridge gaps, and strengthen our shared narrative by including previously missing perspectives.


Additional Resources

  • Minnesota Humanities Center
    • Absent Narratives
    • Veterans Voices
    • Reading Together Project
  • Lee and Low Books
    • Independent publisher of multicultural literature for young readers.
Upcoming Events
Favorite Books
  • Candide by Voltaire  (Free eBook on Amazon)
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery  ($.99 eBook on Amazon)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane & The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  (under $7 eBooks on Amazon)
  • Jim the Boy by Tony Earley  ($9.99 eBook on Amazon)
  • Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell  ($7.99 paperback on Amazon)
  • Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard  ($1.99 eBook on Amazon)
  •  The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros  ($5.99 eBook on Amazon)
  • Tortoise & Hare fable by Play Tales ($.99 eBook on Amazon)
  •  The Hunger Games trilogy & Gregor the Overlander (5 books series) by Suzanne Collins  ($17.99 series eBook on Amazon)
  • We the Living by Ayn Rand ($5.99 eBook on Amazon)
  • Uncle Wiggily's Adventures by Howard Roger Garis (Free eBook on Amazon)
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet ($4.99 eBook on Amazon + 980 pages long!)
  • The Bible  (Many Free eBook versions on Amazon)
  • Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall  ($9.99 eBook on Amazon)
  • Talking to the Ground & Cities of Gold by Douglas Preston ($5.99+ in Hardcover only)
  • The Golly Sisters series by Betsey Cromar Byars ($3.99 paperback only)
  • Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand ($4.99 eBook on Amazon)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Accepting Applications: MCN 2015 Combined Conference Workshop RFP

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits invites you to submit your session proposals for the upcoming year of conference programming all at once through the 2015 Combined Conference Request for Workshop Proposals! Following the link below, you can apply to share your insights, research, and skills with other leaders in the nonprofit sector at either the 2015 Leadership Conference, Fundraising Conference, or MCN Annual Conference. Minnesota Rising especially encourages newer and emerging voices to broaden the approaches and perspectives shared at these exciting and important events!

Submit Your Session Proposals for Three MCN Conferences in One Place!

The new year may just be under way, but the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is already hard at work preparing three amazing conferences for the second half of 2015. Did we mention that we want to hear your ideas?

For the first time ever, MCN, along with our various co-hosts, invites you to submit your breakout session ideas—for one or more of these conferences—all in one convenient RFP!

Please use this form if you'd like to submit a proposal for a workshop for:
  1. Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 24, 2015, Minneapolis - Co-hosted by the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  2. Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 23, 2015, Brooklyn Center - Co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter (AFP).
  3. MCN Annual Conference, October 1 - 2, 2015, Saint Paul - Co-hosted in collaboration with the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP).
As you complete the form, you will be asked to identify whether you're willing to present at one or more of the conferences. You may choose to submit a proposal for a single conference or for more than one conference. However, please note that any single workshop will not be selected for more than one conference.

As always, MCN seeks dynamic workshops that include valuable insights from nonprofit and public sector leaders. Workshop proposals from our allies in for-profit companies are also welcome. However, significant preference will be given to sessions that demonstrate active involvement of nonprofit professionals as session presenters or co-presenters.

The deadline for submitting your proposals for any or all of the above-mentioned conferences is 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Copyright © 2015 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Accepting Applications: 2015 Minneapolis Urban Scholars

Urban Scholars is currently seeking diverse leaders to shape Minnesota's future! Read below for more about the 12-week leadership development program and summer internship designed to cultivate the best and brightest community leaders. The application deadline is fast-approaching, so don't delay and apply today!

Urban Scholars logo II


Provide students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a distinctive professional experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating career pathways to positions of influence.


To be the most innovative and effective leadership development program and professional experience in which students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are inspired to participate.  

2015 Urban Scholars Overview 

Urban Scholars is a 12-week leadership development summer internship that runs from May 26, 2015 to August 14, 2015. The program is designed to:
  • provide leadership development training that will help Urban Scholars grow into positions of influence. 
  • create opportunities that will provide high-quality resume building work experience. 
  • Develop opportunities to create valuable professional networks.   
Learn more about Urban Scholars by following the Urban Scholars Tumblr page!
For future updates, also follow us on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact us at:
Selected participants will have the opportunity to work full-time in one of the departments of the following participating organizations: 

City of Minneapolis

Metropolitan Council

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

PCL Construction

Greater Twin Cities United Way

State of Minnesota

 Urban Scholars Leadership Institute

Urban Scholars will participate in leadership development events & activities in addition to their summer internship placement. The events and activities include: 
  • Leadership development training and self-discovery workshops facilitated by experts in the field
  • Public speaking and effective communication skills training
  • Professional development workshops (e.g. financial literacy, resume writing, etc.) 
  • Roundtables and other networking events with high-level organizational leaders 
  • Community engagement group projects  

 2015 Urban Scholars Application Process

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing at an accredited 2- or 4- year college, university, graduate program, or law school; or,  
  • Must be a recent graduate with a degree conferred between December 2014 and May 2015.
  • Must have completed first year of post-secondary education. 
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. 
  • Must be prepared to participate on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) for 12 weeks.   
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before applying to the program. This will provide some additional program details about Urban Scholars.
  • If you are interested in applying to Metropolitan Council, please click here to apply.
  • If you are interested in applying to all other partner organizations, please click hereto apply.   
Applications are due by midnight CST on February 20, 2015.
If you have any specific program questions, do not hesitate to contact us
For technical assistance with the online application, contact NEOGOV customer support at 1-855-524-5627 between 8 AM and 8 PM CST, Monday - Friday.   

Monday, February 16, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

You're Invited: February 19 Social Enterprise Round Table Discussion

SEA Twin Cities invites you to coffee and conversation at its first Round Table Discussion next week. The event will feature discussion topics led by experienced members of the social enterprise community, door prizes from select local social enterprises, and an opportunity to stay afterward and co-work from the newly open Minnesota Social Impact Center. Just as with the triple-bottom line, it's a win-win-win!


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (CST)
Social Impact Center
250 North 3rd Avenue
Suite 550
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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