Emerging Leaders Networking Lunch
Friday, Dec. 18
12 - 1 p.m.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
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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The Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is a community of nonprofit staff, volunteers, supporters, and allies: current and future leaders who want to connect with others in the social sector.



The Path Less Taken

By Kathleen Smith
Find me on Twitter @kathleensmith49

When I heard we were going to do a session on non-linear career paths as part of the EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute, I was super excited. I’m a pro at this; I’ve spent the last six-ish years having absolutely no idea where my career was going.

I graduated in 2009 with a double major in International Relations and Arabic and a concentration in Middle Eastern studies, so I had one very clear career option: becoming a spy. (Or, you know, going into international business, working as a translator, becoming a diplomat, etc.)

Unfortunately for me, none of those careers panned out, and it was the height of the recession. There were no jobs for recent college grads, so my career focus had to shift from dreams of shaken martinis to attempts at gaining job experience and building my resume.

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The Bright Side of Pessimism

By Madeline Graham
Follow Me on Twitter @madelineRgraham

How many times in a meeting have you said, “HEY everyone! I have the best idea….” Your boss is nodding vigorously. Your work bestie is clasping her hands in delight. You’re beaming from ear to ear. But you can’t celebrate yet.

You forgot about negative Nelly. Nelly is already scowling. She’s just waiting to chime in with, “That’s out of budget, our CEO doesn’t have Twitter, and where in the heck would we even get a trained polar bear?” Srsly, Nelly, chill!

In the working world there has been long held cultural ideal of the perfect worker: the extraverted, enthusiastic, and ambitious optimist. Inspired by the spate of articles arguing for the value of introverts, I think we need to also recognize the value of having a pessimist on our team.

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Nonprofit Doesn't Always = Good

By Brandon Boat
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Working in the nonprofit sector is usually viewed as a noble pursuit. The hours are usually long, the tasks you juggle are complicated, and the pay and benefits are usually lower than for-profit equivalents, but the rewards are often about making the world a better place. It’s become a punchline in Silicon Valley that all of these startup businesses are “making the world a better place,” but many nonprofits can legitimately claim that. Working for an organization whose values line up with your own can be incredibly rewarding. However, just knowing an organization has a 501(c)(3) tax status does not guarantee that an organization is truly a benefit to the public. Just like any sector, there are nonprofit organizations where fraud, mismanagement and illegal activity can be found.

The Tampa Bay Times and Center for Investigative Reporting have done extensive investigations into the worst charities in America. Their findings highlight organizations that spend only small fractions of donations they take in on charitable causes. The millions that they take in are wasted on bloated overhead costs, lavish fundraising, and dubious expenditures.

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Survey Says: Take the 2015 Member Survey!‏

YNPN-TC wouldn't be what it is without all of our wonderful members like you. 

Tell us what your experience with YNPN-TC has been, and what we can do to make it even better. After all, we aim to be your hook up for development & networking opportunities tooled specifically for young nonprofit professionals like yourself.

So let us know how we’re doing. 

Please take the 2015 Member Survey. It’s easy!

Your input will help us make 2016 an even more exciting year for you and your fellow members. Thanks in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey.

The Board and Volunteers of YNPN-TC

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Design in the Hands of Experts

By Paul Johnson

We all love pulling our new phone out of its box, feeling the radiant glow as it turns on for the first time. Over time, we develop an intimate relationship with it; we give it plenty of attention, and, in return, it gets to know us so well it begins to predict our behavior. Sometimes we take for granted how much an electronic device knows us better than some friends or family members.

But how did its producers know what we needed? How did smart phone gets so smart? How could its designers make a product that meets our needs so well?

The answer is: because they asked us.

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