This month's Vernal Equinox, springing forward with Daylight Saving Time, and vacillating between shorts weather and spring snowstorms are reminders that we are in a season of emergence, in a liminal zone that is both familiar and novel. March is also International Women's Month and a time to honor the feminine within ourselves and the world. Locally, the Citizens League Civic Celebration last week honored the late Kao Ly Ilean Her and Joan Growe, former Secretary of State who introduced the iconic red "I Voted" stickers to Minnesota. On the national level, we lost the first female United States Secretary of State with the passing of Madeleine Albright. May her memory be for a blessing and her wise words guide us in this time when a new earth is springing forth:
“The real question is: who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is: everyone.”
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
Accepting Applications: Doc U
SPNN's Doc U Program Doc U is a 15-week beginner documentary production program for Twin Cities metro area community members. Sessions are held every Monday evening, 6pm to 9pm, from May 2 through August 15. Participants will have the first 13 weeks to learn and create their own short documentary and will need time to work on their projects outside of the scheduled sessions. All films will explore issues and themes through the stories of 1-2 main characters. Apply by extended deadline of April 4. [Learn more.]
The Carlson School is proud to host the inaugural Elevate Conference, providing essential career advancement and professional development content for Professionals of Color and women. This conference will allow attendees to learn from industry insiders and C-Suite leaders about how to take their career to the next level. Attendees will learn about how to unlock career opportunities in the current competitive job market, key skills for salary negotiations, personal branding tips, and authentic leadership strategies. The afternoon will include time to build your network and connect with fellow attendees and conference speakers. [Register online.]
Register for YNPN-TC Cafe Conversations
Cafe Conversations is an annual event where YNPN-TC members come to together to discuss topics related to the nonprofit sector. See this year's conversations taking place on Friday, April 1 from 8:30am - 10:00am listed below!
-"Self Care in Times of a Global Pandemic" -"The Well-Being Effect"
-"Where Do I Belong?: Working Across Sectors"
-"Nonprofit Jargon We Love to Hate: Authentic Communication in the Workplace" -"Addressing Conflict at Work – When Midwest Niceness Isn't Enough" [Register online.]
Stand Against Racism: Take the 21-Day Challenge
Starting April 4th, YWCA Mankato will provide folks the opportunity to dedicate 21 days to the pursuit of racial justice. This year's focus areas include civic engagement, economic opportunity and security, education, health care, and representation in media. Assignments and discussion topics were hand-selected and curated by YWCA USA. The 21-Day Challenge will be hosted via email and within a private Facebook group. Discussions will be led by trained Racial Justice facilitators and community leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Register today to take part in the challenge! [Learn more.]