Five Minutes in Hell 2017

Five Minutes in Hell 2017

YNPN Twin Cities invites you to attend: 


Five Minutes in Hell

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
Honey, 205 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Descend deep underground with us to Honey in Minneapolis, where you and your fellow YNPNers will bear witness to the brave souls who will each take the stage for a five-minute presentation on our theme of Nonprofit Buzzwords.

This high-energy, fast-paced event is the perfect bite-sized opportunity to gain knowledge, meet some devilish young nonprofit professionals, and get a taste of what it's like to be in the hot seat.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and the program starts at 6:30 PM. 

Will our presenters stay in hell or make the journey to YNPN heaven? You'll be the judge!

Meet your Master of Ceremony!


Sarah Crumrine is the Communications Coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Outside of work, you can find Sarah watching old SNL sketches, attempting to rock at trivia nights, and tearing up at videos of soldiers surprising their kids and/or dogs. She's also a huge Harry Potter geek (and proud Hufflepuff), so pretend to be impressed if she mentions her replica Neville Longbottom wand, time turner necklace, or Triwizard Cup lamp. 

A special "buzzy" introduction from Carl Atiya Swanson

Carl_Atiya_Swanson.jpgCarl Atiya Swanson is a theatermaker, artist, arts administrator, and nonprofit geek.

Who's in the Hot Seat?


Naaima Khan is a program officer, writer, and people connector who works on community innovation at the Bush Foundation. 
Presentation Title: It is what it is: what to do when your dream boss breaks up with you
Ever appreciated the good thing you had only after it's gone? This therapeutic presentation will help people in this type of situation learn how they can move on.

IMG_3793-2-180x180.jpgChai Lee works in the nonprofit sector, has experience in local government and is a passionate communicator. 
Presentation Title:
 Landscapes and Systems: On Place, Space, Patterns and how we shape each other
Ruminations on MN road construction, the landscapes that constrict us, and how we are molded in action and behavior by systems in and out of our control. This rumination will also touch on making space, how place affects us, and how we use patterns to our advantage (or disadvantage).


Wesley Farrow is a Detroiter who relocated from Los Angeles to Minneapolis for love and marriage.
Presentation Title: CAUTION: Minnesota "nice" may contain up to 75% ice
Wesley was born and raised in Metro Detroit, always thinking he grew up in the Midwest. After 10 years in Los Angeles, he married a woman from Wisconsin and they moved to Minnesota. Now he's learning the hard way that Minnesota "nice" is even colder than he had imagined.


Shelby Couch "Coffee, Wine, Repeat."
Presentation Title: Let's run that by the Board of Directors!
Insights and learnings from serving on a board, reporting to a board, and things I stole from boards!


Sandra Boone is a nonprofit communicator who hates wonk-speak and has an unhealthy obsession with a band called Halestorm.
Presentation Title: What You Think Does Not Matter: 5 Things Your Communications Staff Want to Tell You
Nonprofit communicators touch all parts of a nonprofit but, often, own no specific part. We demand that you send us stories, and we freak out if you make the organization's logo look weird. So what is it that we think we are doing? Why do we care so much about certain words and fonts and colors? Well, I have some things to tell you.


Lindsay Bacher has presented at three of the last four Five Minutes in Hell, mostly about why she doesn't have any friends.
Presentation Title: Why I'm not sharing your open job posting
No salary range on your job posting? Sorry, can't help you out. Find out why.


George Hovey is an intellectual nomad with a weakness for service and cheese.
Presentation Title: Starting with Why: The Untold Stories
Simon Sinek got famous for "Start with Why." This is what he left out.


Jarell Skinner-Roy is an educator, social justice advocate, and full-time Packer and Badger fan who's just trying to make the world a better place one smile at a time.
Presentation Title: Learnings and Take-Aways: A Daily Responsibility
While nonprofit professionals love to reflect on their "learnings" or their "take-aways", it's often only after attending a conference or training, or at the conclusion of an event or project. Through a humorous story, Jarell will share the importance of finding your individual "learnings" and "take-aways" on a daily basis.



Paula Mulligan is an organized artist, who despite loving process and order thrives in chaos where she seeks ways to bring structure and order to build efficiencies.
Alyssa Scott is a recovering Type A perfectionist, writer, and world traveler. She's a former nonprofit fundraiser passionate about trying new things to improve communications and branding strategies.
Presentation Title: The Synergistic Duo
Working in an office of three people synergy is more than a buzzword, it's the core of who we are and how we operate. We honor synergy in our space and allow it to transform our meetings and minds. Without it we might not all make it out alive!


Lily Proudman is an avid adventurer who loves to travel, learn by doing, and explores new cultures in unconventional ways.
Presentation Title: Expeditionary Learning: The Benefits of an Experiential Education
Have you considered a career in Experiential Education? Do you even know what that is? An experiential educator purposefully engages with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities.


Amy Browender is a development professional by day, museum regular by night, and a Star Wars nerd 24/7.
Presentation Title: Failure is Not a Viable Option
When stakes are high, it’s easy to demand perfection of ourselves and of our peers. But what happens when we inevitably screw up? How can we ‘fail forward’ with our biggest – and smallest – mistakes?

November 29, 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
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