In the midst of an exceedingly urgent time for action and leadership, we were grateful this month to host a #mnrising + LOCUS event to provide intentional space for reflection, connection, and restoration. The "Identity-Driven Leadership: Action Orientation" event at In Progress offered an opportunity for mixed-race and identity-caucus conversations while sharing a meal, brave space, and powerful stories to inspire action grounded in self-knowledge and current pressing needs. Looking for more chances to build community and take action? Join us for our next gathering on Thursday, March 9 from 6pm - 8pm at Green Spoon Cafe (RSVP so we can save you a seat) and/or consider taking part in any of the events and opportunities identified below or in the sidebar!
WOCI "Speed-Mentoring" Happy Hour
LOCUS + @weare_ywoc
LOCUS and @weare_ywoc are co-hosting a “Speed Mentoring” Happy Hour networking event on Wednesday, March 22 for emerging and established women of color and indigenous women to make connections, share experiences, and advice between one another. The event will kick off with storytelling from an emerging and an established leader sharing about their personal and professional experiences, insights, and journeys. The evening will also include opportunities for 1-on-1 speed-mentoring and small group discussions in effort to create a space of sisterhood and solidarity.Join us on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at Urban Growler, the first woman-owned microbrewery in Minnesota, for an evening of relationship-building and building power with women of color and indigenous leaders! [Read more.]
Become the First Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate
With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (as part of its Knight Arts Challenge), TruArtSpeaks is excited to announce that submissions are now open for the Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate Program. The contest is open to youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with a current Saint Paul address and a passion for poetry, community and social change. The contest's winner will be mentored by award-winning poet Danez Smith for one full year, produce a chapbook of original work, and more. Interested youth should submit three pages of written work via this form. Submission deadline is March 31, 2017, at 11:59pm. [Read more.]
Werk It: Showcasing That Hustle
Impact Hub MSP
Join us on March 9 as Impact Hub MSP ushers in a new era of relentless, unapologetic celebration of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, challengers, makers, and trend-pushers. Werk It: Showcasing That Hustle will feature a runway show of 30 of MSP’s most innovative and inspiring social entrepreneurs in food & health, technology, energy & environment, community building, creativity, and youth services, styled by local artrepreneurs. For one night, Impact Hub MSP invites entrepreneurs and social-do-gooders to put down their coffee, close the laptop, and forget about the ever-growing to-do list. For one night, let’s just celebrate. Celebrate the crazy diverse and unstoppable momentum that is the Minneapolis-St. Paul social enterprise community. [Read more.]
Apply to attend May 17-21, 2017
Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute
The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women's) Leadership Development Institute is a five-day residential program designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women who do not already have extensive leadership experience. Participants attend workshops on running for office, public speaking, community organizing, public policy advocacy, and working with the media. 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 by the March 17 deadline. [Read more.]
The start of the new year (in both the Gregorian and Lunar calendars) provides an opportunity for a fresh start. Change is rapidly taking place at all levels - nationally, locally, politically, and likely for most of us, personally. There's no better time to consider the ways in which we can align our intentions and actions in effort to shape the spaces and circumstances we seek for ourselves and our neighbors. As always, see below and in the sidebar for opportunities to engage, lead, and mobilize for a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. Wishing you and yours all the best in the Year of the Rooster!
Identity-Driven Leadership: Action Orientation
#mnrising + LOCUS
Committed to equity and community change and curious how you can best contribute? Feel like you know a million things you could be doing but not quite sure which key things you should be doing? Seeking a chance to reflect and refine your plan of action, grounded in self-knowledge and social needs? Join Minnesota Rising and LOCUS for "Identity-Driven Leadership: Action Orientation" on Thursday, February 23 from 6pm - 8:30pm at In Progress.Gather with other emerging leaders, spending time together across cultures and within racial affinity groups, to break bread, build community, and outline personal plans of action for bringing about change you are uniquely equipped and personally driven to contribute. [Read more.]
2017 Networking Lunches
MN Council of Nonprofits
Are you interested in learning more about the latest trends in certain areas of the nonprofit sector? Hoping to connect with others in your same field? The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is thrilled to announce an exciting line-up of FREE networking lunch offerings for 2017. With informal discussions focusing on communications, human resources, fundraising, and financial management, these lunch series are designed to help you share in the collective knowledge of your peers in the sector and move your work—and your nonprofit's mission—forward. Each brown bag lunch will revolve around a featured topic, and participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples and insights related to that topic. In addition to the featured discussion, each session will include time to network and ask questions. [Read more.]
Make It. MSP.
Are you new to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area? Join us as we roll out the Welcome Hat. MSP HELLO is a new project of the Make It. MSP. initiative designed to help newcomers onboard and connect to great people and resources here in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. On February 7, you'll learn about all kinds of surprising local innovations. Celebrate Minnesota inventors and entrepreneurs, check out displays of locally-made products, and learn about exciting activities happening in the startup community. Best of all, you'll get to experience it while meeting and greeting other new residents and local groups. (And did we mention the free winter hat?) [Read more.]
My Token Friend's Launch Party | Galentine's Day celebration
My Token Friend Podcast
Join us for My Token Friend's launch party and Galentine's Day celebration, 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Urban Growler Brewery: A day to empower, inspire, and acquire new friendships. Learn more about My Token Friend podcast, and come celebrate your friendships with your girlfriends with us! We are partnering up with Break the Bubble, and Urban Growler Brewery, one of the first woman-owned microbreweries in the Twin Cities. Striving to support women of color, there will be WOC entrepreneurs selling locally-made products in time for Galentine's day. We will also have a live interview with changemaker, community organizer, and activist Bo Thao-Urabe as our special guest of the night. All are welcome. Enjoy music by DJ Miss Brit and come party with us! [Read more.]
The conclusion of a year offers a meaningful chance to reflect on what has transpired in one's community, relationships, and self over the last twelve months. The past 365 days have been full of happy, hard, and historic moments around the nation and world. Those things we've encountered and carried in 2016 we can now choose to let go of or bring forward with us as we step across the threshold into a new year. Wishing you and yours the best of intentions, opportunities, and life in 2017. Happy holidays and happy new year!
2016-17 Community Equity Pipeline Launch
Come celebrate the 2016-17 CEP cohort on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 10:30am - 12:00pm. Join us for the 2016-2017 official Community Equity Pipeline Launch to meet the new cohort of leaders who will be supporting and championing state legislation proposed during this year's state legislative session. We are excited to introduce the 14 amazing leaders in the program who represent various communities from across the Twin Cities Metro Area. In addition to introducing this new cohort of leaders doing powerful work at our state capitol for underrepresented communities we will also hear a few words from supporters of the program. The Community Equity Pipeline (CEP) is an immersive 10-month leadership program run out of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 15 community and nonprofit indigenous leaders and leaders of color to have a powerful and influential voice in the legislative process in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. Participants learn through a framework that focuses on legislative training, immersion in legislative advocacy, a cohort learning community, and active engagement within their communities through a train-the-trainer model. [Read more.]
January Day of Service
YNPN Twin Cities
Ready to release some mid-winter pent-up energy by doing something good for your community, while also connecting with other YNPN-TC members? Join us as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day a few days early! We'll be meeting on January 14, 2017 from 1pm - 4pm at the Arc Value Village in Richfield to assist with receiving donations, unpacking and sorting donations, hanging clothing items for the sales floor, placing new items on the sales floor, and straightening the sales floor. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking while volunteering, but for those looking for more chances to connect, we'll be meeting up at a nearby restaurant for more social time after we're off-duty. The Arc Greater Twin Cities promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust The Arc for information, assistance, education and training. Disabilities may include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, fragile X and other disabilities. [Read more.]
Thus concludes an historic month in our nation's history, one illustrating the profoundly distinct and disparate realities that people and communities see and experience on a daily basis. While polarization and fear of difference has currently taken center stage, what is clear is that the work ahead of us is to see and honor the humanity in one another, to act more boldly and urgently than ever before, and to deepen the connections that provide and renew our resilience, courage, and hope. See below and the sidebar for opportunities this coming month to connect with others and strengthen your resolve + resources to be the change you wish to bring about in the world.
Apply for EYLI 2017 Institute!
YNPN-EPIP Leadership Institute
Are you hungry for leadership and personal development opportunities, but struggle to find them in your daily routine? Do you work in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector? Fired up about your work and want to see that flame burn brightly throughout your career? Well that takes fuel, that takes space, and that takes tending. That takes the Leadership Institute. YNPN Twin Cities and EPIP Minnesota are partnering to offer a unique cohort experience. The EYLI Leadership Institute will encourage you to explore the big career questions you’ve been asking, and will continue to ask, while you do some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local philanthropic and nonprofit worlds. Whether harnessing your hellfire or holding your sacred blue flame, we invite you to join us to gain the skills you need to build a network supporting your growth as a leader while you develop goals, strategies, action steps, and accountability to help you truly make the most of your career. [Read more.]
Ignited Souls: The Spirit of Social Transformation
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
In the face of unprecedented social unrest, it’s time to talk about how faith and spirituality–things that often seem to divide us–can actually be among the most powerful and uniting forces on the planet. Our panel, “Ignited Souls: The Spirit of Social Transformation,” will explore how to galvanize the passion of spirituality and faith into socially transformative work that furthers the well-being of all. Whether you’re a leader, activist, ally, or simply someone who has been shocked by the divisiveness and injustice of our world and feels compelled to act, this event will help you tap into that well of inspiration to resist oppression, advocate for justice, and participate in transforming the world–in whatever way you feel called. At this event, we’ll discuss: The essence of social transformation. What we, as individuals and leaders, can do. How you can get involved. [Read more.]
Cow Tipping Press Book Release and Author Reading
Five to Ten on Hennepin
Thursday, December 1 at 11:00am - 1:00pm at New Century Theatre | Cow Tipping Press publishes writing by people with developmental disabilities (e.g. Down syndrome, autism), encouraging readers to reconsider the dynamism and assets of this rich form of human diversity. Cow Tipping Press will host their fall book release and author reading on 5 to 10 on Hennepin’s Mobile Stage, giving a dozen authors with disabilities a platform to share their distinct voices with audiences that might not otherwise engage with or think of them in this way. Our authors’ writing spans ages, genres, and content, showing both the profound diversity of this often generalized or neglected form of human difference and appealing to a wide range of audiences tastes. Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, Southwest Airlines, Project for Public Spaces & Jack Link’s. [Read more.]
Fall Family Dinners
LOCUS invites you to Family Dinner this fall! Looking for an opportunity to connect and dialogue with other emerging leaders of color and Native emerging leaders around issues of code-switching, microaggressions, and intersectionality? Want to share your personal experiences and hear others' stories and perspectives about race, culture, and identity? Join LOCUS for a series of informal, intimate conversations over meals at ethnic- and minority-owned restaurants across the Twin Cities. Together we'll support local small businesses, engage in building relationships and trust across our diverse cultures, and participate in the self-reflection and collective exploration necessary for developing Identity-Driven Leadership. Save the date for the final 2016 Family Dinner from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Monday, December 12! *LOCUS will provide light appetizers but participants are responsible for the costs of any additional meals and beverages. [More information.]
We're eagerly preparing to fall back as Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend and then counting down those last days until Election Day on November 8. Key resources for doing your civic duty include the Minnesota Secretary of State and League of Women Voters Minnesota along with their "Your Vote Your Voice" campaign. Connect with others the night before at #GoVoteMN's Election Eve Partyat Mill City Nights featuring DILATED PEOPLES and ALLAN KINGDOM and hosted by GO 95.3 DJ Mr. Peter Parker. Once you've cast your vote (and helped others to do so), check out the events and opportunities in this Dispatch for more ways to make your voice heard in your community!
Apply to be a 2017 NLC Fellow!
New Leaders Council
The New Leaders Council Institute is an intensive, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program. It is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. We’re looking for entrepreneurial young professionals, typically 25-35, from diverse backgrounds and industries, with strong progressive values and leadership aptitude, who will apply NLC’s trainings in their careers and lives. From strategic communications to fundraising, and entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC Fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation. The 2017 NLC Institute begins in January 2017. Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. Applications are due at 3:00pm EST on November 14, 2016. [Read more.]
Fall Family Dinners
LOCUS invites you to Family Dinner this fall! Looking for an opportunity to connect and dialogue with other emerging leaders of color and Native emerging leaders around issues of code-switching, microaggressions, and intersectionality? Want to share your personal experiences and hear others' stories and perspectives about race, culture, and identity? Join LOCUS for a series of informal, intimate conversations over meals at ethnic- and minority-owned restaurants across the Twin Cities. Together we'll support local small businesses, engage in building relationships and trust across our diverse cultures, and participate in the self-reflection and collective exploration necessary for developing Identity-Driven Leadership. Save the date(s) from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Mondays: November 14 and 28, and December 12! *LOCUS will provide light appetizers but participants are responsible for the costs of any additional meals and beverages. [More information.]
Apply for New Sector Impact Leadership Incubator
New Sector Alliance
New Sector is launching a new program, and we are looking for candidates that are highly-motivated, skilled, early career professionals who are passionate about social impact. If you are know anyone that meets that description, we hope you'll encourage them to apply by Friday, November 18th. New Sector is committed to developing and supporting the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Our programs are focused on providing our Fellows with the professional skills, networks and experiences needed for their long-term success in the social sector. The New Sector Impact Leadership Incubator is a 5-month professional development program designed for emerging leaders with up to 5 years of professional work experience. In addition to full-time employment at one of our partner host-sites, Fellows receive monthly professional development trainings, mentorship, and individual career coaching to support their long-term careers in the social sector. [Read more.]
Give to the Max Day is November 17
On Thursday, November 17, join your fellow Minnesotans in raising millions of dollars for the thousands of nonprofits and schools which make our communities stronger. Just by making a gift for Give to the Max Day 2016, your donation of as little as $10 could turn into $10,000 for your favorite nonprofit or school! Thanks in part to our generous partners at the Bush Foundation and others, we're bringing back Give to the Max Day Leaderboards, Golden Tickets and Super-Sized Golden Tickets. Beginning Tuesday, November 1, visit GiveMN.org to schedule your gifts to be processed on Give to the Max Day. It's just like scheduling your bills to pay automatically. Scheduled donations will be eligible for all prizes during Give to the Max Day. Better yet, we'll randomly select one scheduled gift for a special Super-Sized Golden Ticket just for scheduled donations, adding $10,000 to that lucky person's donation! [Read more.]