EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute Info Session

Tuesday, April 21
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation
RSVP soon, capacity is 25

EPIP-YNPN Leadership Cohort 2015

Application deadline: April 30th

Sustainable Investing

Friday, May 15
12:00 - 1:00pm
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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We envision a world where young nonprofit professionals:

• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

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โ— We strive for respect and inclusiveness
โ— We seek opportunities to collaborate
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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.



Dear Giacomo: Can't We All Just Get Along?

By: Giacomo Crostini
Original artwork by Taylor Baldry

Nonprofit master Giacomo Crostini is here to answer all your burning questions about life in the nonprofit sector. Email him at info@ynpntwincities.org for advice and guidance.


Dear Giacomo,

I don’t know what to do. I love my job, boss, and pretty much everything about my nonprofit organization. There is only one problem - my new co-worker! We just don’t click, he rubs me the wrong way and quite frankly, I’m not a fan. How am I supposed to spend everyday with someone that I don’t really like?


Paralyzed Over Our Problems

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Making the Most of a Lackluster Seminar

By Sarah J.K. Sheldon
Follow me on Twitter @sarahjksheldon 

We’ve all been there. You sign up for an info session at a conference or an event with a presentation that sounds intriguing and potentially groundbreaking. You sit down for the session, pen in hand, ready to take notes. Throughout the entire session you wait for something noteworthy – something so insightful you just have to tweet it, write it down, and take it back to the office to share with your colleagues or impress your boss. You wait, and you wait, and nothing. Turns out the session isn’t what you thought it would be. The information doesn’t apply to your organization or your job, or it covers information you’ve already heard a million times (social media 101, anyone??).

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Where Did All The Men Go?

Men At Work

By Brandon Boat
Follow me on Twitter @BrandonBoat 

I was listening to a panel discussion on career change when it hit me for the first time. All five panelists were women. In my AmeriCorps cohort, there were five men to the 35 women in the room. This was the first time that I had really taken notice that the nonprofit world had a greater number of women than men in the field. While this may be obvious to some of you, when I asked the panelists about it, they hadn’t even realized it. So if you’ll bear with me, I’d like to talk briefly about the where all the nonprofit men went.

I don’t wish for this blog entry to in any way diminish the struggles that women are facing in the working world. I recognize the problems of the gender wage gap, the barrier that glass ceilings pose and that real discrimination and harassment still occur at workplaces all over the country. However, I also believe that there’s room for multiple conversations around gender without resorting to “mansplaining.” 

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The Maybe Best, Maybe Worst Time I Quit My Job

By Holly Harrison
Follow me on Twitter: @hollharris

I’ve quit a few jobs post-college. The first time was terrifying—I returned to the Twin Cities with no job lined up, just with the money I’d saved working as a motel clerk in my tiny hometown. The next one was embarrassing—I quit a part-time job one week in because a full-time offer came my way. After that, an uplifting experience—after over a year of rejections, I finally got a “you’re hired,” and it was from an organization I was wildly passionate about.

Now, I’m quitting. I’m quitting the job I love at the organization I love for a completely different job that I’m sure I’ll love, too.

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From Sideline to Frontline: Taking the Plunge

By Erica Winegar
Follow me on Twitter @ewinegar 

It's hard to believe it was only a year ago that I began volunteering with the YNPN-TC Programming Committee. The truth is, though, that I dabbled with the idea of joining YNPN-TC a lot sooner. I just didn't have the gumption to take the plunge. 

I've been working in the nonprofit sector since I graduated from college. Fortunately, the supervisors I've had throughout the years have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to pursue professional development opportunities whenever possible.

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