Emerging Leaders Network Lunch
Topic: Youth Empowerment: The Challenges of Attaining a College Degree and What You Can Do to Empower Our Youth to Succeed
When: Friday, July 17
           12pm - 1pm
Where: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
             St. Paul

The Cost of Low Wages

What impact does low wages have on the nonprofit sector, especially around diversity?

When: Tuesday, July 28
   Programming begins at 6
Where: Bedlam Theatre, Lowertown St. Paul



* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






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• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

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The Feline Approach: Three Lessons About Life on the Job I Learned From My Cat

By Chris Oien
Follow me on Twitter @coien

Ever since I read Lindsay Bacher’s blog post about what her dog Sam had to teach her about work, I’ve wondered about what lessons there might be for those of us on the other side of the great pet divide, the cat-owners. And I’ll be honest, I can’t claim to have ever learned anything from a cat about empathy or playing nicely with others.

But you know what? I think cats do still have plenty to teach us while they mercilessly bend us to their will. Here are some life lessons I’ve picked up from my cat Pandora, pictured above. (You can also call her Panda for short, for obvious reasons.)

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My Personal Gold Mine

By Jarell Skinner-Roy
Follow me on Twitter: @jskinnerroy

I feel very fortunate to own my very own, personal gold mine.  Now, I don’t mean that literally (though I wouldn’t mind jumping off a diving board into vault full of gold coins and cash like Uncle Scrooge), but I do feel like I’ve accumulated key pieces of advice that have truly been as good as gold to me. So I wanted to share with you all five nuggets of gold that have been given to me over the past few years.

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Genius All Around Us

by Kyle Bozentko
Follow on Twitter: @kylebozentko

Just days ago, when I was gently reminded of my pending YNPN blog deadline, I undertook the painstaking process of determining a topic. Instinctively I looked inward and began typing up possible ideas.  Unsurprisingly, this tactic generated a boring and self-indulgent list along with a nagging feeling of being stuck without a fitting topic or idea for my post. 

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The Next Step, and the One After

By Brian Stephenson
Follow me on Twitter @BC_Stephen

Pressed shoulder to shoulder in a conference room, folders and chairs scuttled to the middle of the circle, we were asked a deceptively simple question; “What are you personally, and professionally, interested in?”  Starting with the first brave soul who was (and presumably still is) interested in sustainable transportation, they were handed the end of a spool of yarn. The follow-up, “Alright, who else is interested in sustainable transportation?” was met with a smattering of raised hands. The yarn made its way to a second person, and then a third. Church planting, podcasting, travel in New Zealand, mining in central Minnesota. A yarn web (a yeb?) was forming, giving real-time credence to the statement: There is no substitute for being in a room full people all saying “I need something.”

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Re-hashing #nplead2015

By Jennifer Nicklay

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Leadership 2025 conference was my third attempt at live-tweeting an event. This means I have only sent 95 tweets out into the world (does that disqualify me as a millennial?). I’m often still confused on this particular social media platform and sometimes unsure if I’m doing “The Twitter” right. Thus, one of the big conference highlights for me was when The Theater of Public Policy used one of my tweets in a short sketch during their lunch performance. 

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