Tenfinity and Beyond: 10 Years of YNPN-TC

Tenfinity and Beyond: 10 Years of YNPN-TC

YNPN Twin Cities invites you to attend:

Tenfinity and Beyond: 10 Years of YNPN-TC


Wednesday, July 27, 2016
5:30pm - 7:30pm
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

Celebrate a decade of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities! As it is our birthday, we are reflecting on the past ten years and what has been accomplished, how YNPN-TC has changed, and how our members, volunteers and board members lives have been effected.

We have invited four board members and volunteers from over the past ten years to join the event for a special panel to tell us their YNPN-TC story, how their lives have changed over the past 10 years, how YNPN-TC contributed to their professional careers, and much more! 

The event will also include abbreviated tours of the James J. Hill House, appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages, and a networking reception at Sweeney's Saloon!

Meet the Panelists:

1.jpgAdaobi Okolue

Adaobi is the executive director and publisher at Twin Cities Media Alliance/Twin Cities Daily Planet, an award-winning online publication focused on amplifying and connecting marginalized voices. She is also the principal strategist at Coloring Circles LLC – a marketing studio in Minneapolis that works primarily with nonprofits, foundations, issue-driven initiatives, small-to-medium businesses and creative entrepreneurs. Adaobi is often seen as an instigator for thinking of fresh, smart ways for solving problems, and is known for exploring the intersections of multimedia, creativity and innovation, story and activism in her work. Prior, Adaobi held marketing roles at the Page Education Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Best Buy, Inc.

She has been a featured guest speaker on MPR News’ discussion about Black Lives Matter and media, The Loft Literary Center’s Curated By series on African women writers, The Common Table’s Writing and Art for Justice, and Pollen’s Work Redux: Influence. Adaobi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications-Public Relations and African/African American Studies from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, is a Givens Foundation Black Writers Fellow Alum, and a former Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-Twin Cities board member.

2.jpgChris Oien
Chris is Communications & Media Specialist at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, where he manages MCF's digital efforts to expand and strengthen philanthropy in Minnesota. Prior to that he was an Americorps*VISTA in the St. Paul school system, then Communications & Accounts Manager at the Lake Street Council, where he won Minnesota Monthly's award for Best Twitter Feed. 

Chris  graduated college from Macalester College and has a master's degree in library science from St. Kate's. He grew up on a farm in Montana, and will be happy to answer questions about herding cattle and taking care of 20+ outdoor cats, upon request.

3.jpgLeah Lundquist

Leah has almost been hanging around with YNPN Twin Cities from the beginning. She remembers (and wishes she could find!) a photo from her first YNPN Twin Cities happy hour back in 2007, shortly after she moved to the Twin Cities from San Francisco. In her current role with the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Leah Lundquist designs and facilitates leadership training curriculum for foundation staff statewide. 

In addition, she helps coordinate the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, helping diversify philanthropy in Minnesota. She has a range of experience supporting learning and leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors including designing cross-sector training and programs for the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota, serving as an associate program officer at Northwest Area Foundation, implementing a national capacity-building initiative on behalf of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and delivering member services as a fellow at the Women’s Funding Network.


Jamie Millard

Jamie Millard is a executive director for Pollen, a digital platform that breaks down the barriers of narrative, networking, and opportunity to build better-connected communities.

Jamie has been identified as a "2015 40 Under 40" by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, as a "100 People to Know in 2015" by the Twin Cities Business Magazine. Nationally, Jamie was recognized in the Huffington Post as one of four millennial leaders, “doing important work to move us toward a more just and equitable society.” In addition to her dream job, Jamie serves on a Greater MSP task force to address the retention and attraction of emerging talent in our region. She is also a current member, and former board chair, of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network — Twin Cities. In 2009, Jamie co-founded the literary arts magazine Paper Darts, which is now a premier Twin Cities literary institution and has published more than 700 writers and artists. 

About our Collaborator and a New Opportunity:

This event is only made possible because of a new collaboration with the Minnesota Historical Society and their incredible staff. They recognize that the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities is a culturally activated and committed crew, and are eager to work with us more closely to devise fun, compelling programming for young professionals. 

Minnesota History Center staff will be on hand during our event, and are looking for a few interested YNPN Twin Cities members to share feedback on upcoming program concepts, so please RSVP to attend or send an email to if you want to learn more about this awesome new opportunity!

Event Timeline:

  • 5:30 Registration, Networking, and Appetizers
  • 6:00 Panelist Discussion and Open Q&A
  • 7:00 Networking and James J. Hill House Tours
  • 7:30 Networking Reception and Happy Hour at Sweeney's Saloon
July 27, 2016 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102
United States
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