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Leading Beyond Limits: Takeaways from the Nonprofit Leadership Conference

by Chris Oien and Kelly Rowan
follow us on Twitter: @coien and @kellykay30

This past Tuesday, YNPN Twin Cities was pleased to co-sponsor the 2011 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, which brought together 450 of our peers around the theme of "Leading Beyond Limits". While this platform set the stage for timely content to help us all be more nimble, resourceful, innovative and resilient in our work, there was an equally healthy dose of encouragement toward defining healthy boundaries as leaders in our communities

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Q&As | How Can I Become a Networking SUPERSTAR?

In this edition of Q&As, I caught up with Lars Leafblad—recently named the "most networked" man in the Twin Cities—to discuss the ins and outs of becoming a top-notch networker. Find out what skill Lars says is even more important than networking, and how you can learn to do it!

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Our Newest Board Member - Jenna Wade

main.jpgYNPN is happy to welcome another new board member into the fold! Meet Jenna Wade, Communications Specialist for Fresh Energy. We want you to get to know her, and what better way than direct from the source? Hear from Jenna as she answers 7 questions from us about her professional and personal life.

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Take a Leap: Tips for Changing Your Career

Change is hard, but making a career change can be harder.

My dream job is to work in a rural African village doing community development and education alongside my wife, who is a nurse. At first, I really struggled making the leap to Africa in my mind and career, but now I’m slowly taking steps to my dream job.

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#ynpchat: Real Talk | Diversity

Diversity and the nonprofit sector’s struggles with it are on the minds of many young nonprofit professionals these days. With that in mind, YNPN Twin Cities made it a priority this year to carve out space to have those conversations. We kicked it off a couple months back with a very in-demand event about Race and Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector. And on June 1, we moved it online—cohosting the monthly Twitter #ynpchat (young nonprofit professionals chat) on the subject of diversity.

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Demystifying Board Service: Part 2

by Julia Jackson

You may have heard the saying “if you’ve seen one board you’ve seen one board,” but what exactly does that mean? Boards have the same responsibilities at the most fundamental level; however, I’ve seen first-hand in my work as a consultant and board member that boards can vary dramatically. These differences can have an impact on the experience you'll have and the work you'll do. 

In Demystifying Board Service Part I, I wrote about knowing what you want to give and get out of board service and how to match that with what a board needs. But to really ensure a great fit—one where you can make the best use of your time and talents─you have to understand the board’s composition and function.

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Unlocking the Mystery Surrounding Foundations

Whether you’ve researched grant opportunities, written a grant application or received funding from a foundation, you know that foundations play an important role in supporting and sustaining the nonprofit community. But, how much do you actually know about foundations? Do you know what distinguishes a private foundation from a public foundation? Or, how many foundations are located in Minnesota?

No? Neither did I, so for May’s Emerging Leaders Network Lunch, Stephanie Jacobs from the Minnesota Council on Foundations joined us to help clear up a little of the mystery that seems to surround foundations. Here's the scoop.

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Member Spotlight | Who is Mai Youa Moua?

by Michael Brink
follow me on Twitter: @michaelkbrink

The Vitals: Name, Current City, Age
Mai Youa Moua, Oakdale, MN. 24.

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Q&As | How can I approach my supervisor about my future career path?

In this edition of Q&As, I caught-up with Art Berman—President & CEO of Twin Cities RISE!—to discuss what seems to be the no man’s land of career planning with your superior. Checkout his thoughts below on handling this daunting issue!

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Are We Really Facing Race?

main.jpgThe following blog is by James Faghmous.

On the night of May 1, 2011, hundreds of people stormed the streets of New York and D.C. They waved the US flag and chanted our national anthem. They were celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Although such celebrations did not take place in the Twin Cities, I find it ironic and timely that the Saint Paul Foundation hosted its  5th Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards at the Saint Paul River Center just two days later.

It is important to realize that extremist nationalism–systematically self-aggrandizing while ignorantly diminishing others—breeds racism. In fact, racism disguised in nationalism is even more dangerous, since it provides some seemingly legitimate excuse for racist thoughts and behavior. Whether it is “Latinos are taking our jobs” or “Muslims are terrorists” the result for individuals of the non-dominant culture is the same; they are marginalized, discriminated against and placed under heightened scrutiny.

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