Summer has officially started and Minnesota Rising is enjoying it in all the typical ways! In June, we hosted Matt Lewis of GREATER MSP to hear about talent attraction and retention over small bites and brews at a Surly Tap Room picnic table, played games with friends by coordinating the #mnrising Fail Lab at the YNPN Twin Cities "Taking the Alternative Route: The Upside to an Unexpected Journey" panel discussion, caught up on issues of interest at the LOCUS "Keeping Current Happy Hour II" in the sunshine on the Afro Deli patio, and kicked off our 2015 Cascading Conversations Tour with an Advance Team Orientation and a quick road trip to host participants in Saint Cloud. We're looking forward to more summertime fun and invite you to join us for our July Sounding Board Session at Izzy's Ice Cream in Minneapolis on Monday, July 13 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Keep cool, friends, and we hope to see you soon!
Makers Work Session 1: June 30
Make It. MSP
Minnesota is entering a new demographic era, in which the most competitive global regions are doing all they can to develop, retain, and attract talent. A growing network is working in collaboration to make progress and launch Make it. MSP. this fall. This specific team of makers - from entrepreneurs and artists to people-powered young professional networks and community organizations - will work between June and October on a set of shared priorities identified during a series of spring planning sessions. [Read more.]
Women Leaders Emerging
The Women Leaders Emerging program guides a cohort of six women to build a strategic plan towards their career and professional goals through a seven-month program of group coaching, development exercises, and leadership seminars. The coaching circles are particularly suited to women who are at the cusp of a new life or career chapter and have some big questions about what they want out of it, want regular and impartial feedback and support to sustain and fuel themselves and their work, and are looking to stretch and advance. Sound like you or someone you know? Consider taking a self-assessment and/or attending a free session, which provides a $200 program discount. [Read more.]
Independent Sector Conference Scholarships
Want to spend October 27-29 in Miami connecting with leaders? The Bush Foundation is offering 50 scholarships for individuals in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Join more than 1,000 forward-thinking leaders and professionals who are on a journey to radically improve the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Each Bush Foundation scholarship will cover registration and hotel costs, and will also provide travel reimbursement. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to a special Bush Foundation reception on the first day of the conference, where they can connect with one another. Applications are due August 1, 2015. [Read more.]
Sparking insight (Part II)
In Part I, we got into the nuts and bolts of asking "Why?" and stepping into another person's philosophical shoes. Check out Part I if you haven't yet! We started with the idea that inquiry is like an engine that needs regular inputs and the occasional spark of inspiration. With that in mind, here are a couple more questions to keep you going. Ask these in a quiet setting, like a coffee shop or park (now that it's warm out again!). Or consider making them a regular part of your routine at your job or while working for the causes you care about. As in Part I, each question begins with a thought experiment, then moves into a bonus: a specific idea with a way to take action. [Read more.]
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!