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Corporate to Changemaker: 7 Lessons for Sector Switchers

main.jpgI did it. I made one of the most elusive career moves out there: I switched from private to nonprofit sector.

Before I talk about my nonprofit journey, let’s go back a few years: spring semester freshmen year at college. I was a student at the University of Wisconsin and the newest recruit of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. TKE exposed me to the world of volunteering, which served as the backbone for my interest in the nonprofit sector.

After the shower of grad caps, I randomly landed in the telecommunications industry for more than four years–where I often found myself daydreaming about a career in the nonprofit sector. I asked for advice from mentors, friends and co-workers. Some believed I should volunteer while I worked my corporate job. Others told me to follow my dreams. In December 2008, I lost my telecom job and came face-to-face with the very question I was pondering: continue to work in telecommunications or embark on a fulfilling career in the nonprofit sector? 

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Organization Spotlight: Minnesota Rising and the Un/Conference

What is Minnesota Rising?

Founded in 2009, Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders in Minnesota that works to build relationships, trust and a shared vision for the future of Minnesota. Minnesota Rising engages emerging leaders and young professional organizations to work toward that call both now and in the future.

Connect with them on their websiteTwitter and on Facebook.

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NTWRK: The New BINGO

Have you ever left a happy hour or networking event uninspired by the lack of connections you made? Just how valuable is a 20-minute conversation of small talk? And what's a business card good for if you aren't even sure what you’re looking for?

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Hi. How Can I Help You?

By Virginia Brown
Follow me on Twitter: @3manypuppies

We’ve all read articles about networking, and we know we’re supposed to do it to find that perfect professional opportunity. But something is missing from the conversation: What exactly should be happening at these network coffees and lunches? And how do you really make the most of that time?

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Hungry for Nonprofit Knowledge? Don't Skip the Subsector Smorgasbord!

On August 24, YNPN-TC will be serving up an incredible buffet of 17 seasoned professionals for an all-you-can-eat platter of nonprofit knowledge. These individuals are generously providing an evening of their time to answer questions you have about what it takes and what it’s like to work in a wide sampling of nonprofit subsectors. 

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And the Do-Goodest Is...

main.jpgWe are proud to announce the talented, amazing, world-saving winners of last month's Do-Gooder Games: the Wonder Women! The team—Elena Ballam, Renee Martin, Josh Reimnitz and Matt Heiserich—scavenged, trivia answered and rock-paper-scissored their way to victory against a competitive field of 13 teams. In the final round, their creative skit put them over the top. And we've got it on video!

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Innovating in the Sector: MAP TechWorks

main.jpgLast month I tweeted an infographic that displayed the Top 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords Advertising—a whopping 97 percent of Google’s revenue stream ($33.3 billion). Guess what keyword—the words people search for on Google—slid its size two-syllable body into the technology giant’s number seven spot? Go ahead, guess. Done? Do-nate. We should all be familiar with this word since it often seems to go hand-in-hand with another familiar word: non-prof-it. 

Nevertheless, outside of the occasional Tweet, Facebook post and e-blast, I would safely bet that technology wouldn’t gather as much focus if a similar list was made by a number of nonprofits.

MAP TechWorks—an initiative of MAP for Nonprofits funded by the ADC Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way—wants to change that by making technology doable for nonprofits. I caught-up with Rick Birmingham, senior technology circuit rider, and Cary Lenore Walski, technology education and outreach coordinator, from MAP for Nonprofits to get the shakedown on this community resource. 

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Potholes and Detours: Navigating Through Career Construction

main.jpgWe’ve all had that moment in our lives where we sit down and think, "This is not where I envisioned being five years ago."

Perhaps you had this moment while serving tables at a local bar -- or perhaps, like me, you were hit by the economic tsunami and found a huge roadblock in your career path.

Let me paint the picture that many of us are getting to know so well.

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Getting wrapped in the web of influence

The following blog is by Jeff Achen (guest post).

There’s a new vernacular that’s creeping into communication job descriptions in all sorts of industries including our own. I’ve been intrigued by one phrase in particular: “an understanding of the social web.”

Have you seen it? What’s your take on it? More importantly, do you have an understanding of the social web?

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Where in the World to Meet? A Mini-Review of Twin Cities Meeting Spaces

Figuring out a meeting space that fits your group size and budget can be a real challenge. But you’re in luck, we did the work for you! The Twin Cities is chocked full of great free and low-cost meeting gems. We broke them down in our easy to use guide. So go get meeting!

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