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Cooking Up Your Career

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At this point in my life, I have no idea what I’m baking, but that’s ok because I’m still rounding up all of my ingredients.

If you didn’t attend November’s Breakfast of Champions, this makes absolutely no sense. Judy Alnes, executive director of MAP for Nonprofits, spoke at this breakfast and gave some reassurance to those in the room who had questions or doubts about their careers. Do I go back to school for another degree? How do I stand out in a sea of resumes? How do I better position myself for a promotion within my current organization?

“I like to think of careers as recipes,” said Alnes. In your 20s, you’re gathering the ingredients. You’re finishing your degree; you’re getting work experience; you’re meeting people in your field. In your 30s, you’re sifting, stirring, pouring and mixing those ingredients. This is where you find your niche, where you sharpen your story.

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A More “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

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“Rodgie”—as I called him as a child—was and is one of my heroes, and I know that I’m not alone in this sentiment. I can say that nearly every morning as a young child, I turned on PBS, and watched, listened, and learned with my favorite TV neighbor.

Now, 30 years later, watching Mr. Rogers with my own kid, I am happily swept back to a beautiful time when and I learned about feelings, making crayons, Yo-Yo Ma, cooperation, friendship, and caring for animals—especially the fish. For his talent, persistence, patience, humility, I am grateful to have experienced it all first hand, while he was still with us.

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Pictures, infographics, social media: Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference recap

main.jpgIt’s only been a few short weeks after the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ 2014 Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference, and I have already begun to put some ideas into action.

I’m the Volunteer Center Program Manager for Community Thread, a small nonprofit located in Stillwater. With a staff of 11, we do not have one person that is solely in charge of communications or technology. Rather, it is up to many staff, including myself.  I was thrilled to attend this conference, as I wanted to learn more about engaging the public through technology and communications. A few takeaways remain in my mind:

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Get me Storyifed: Looking back at We'd Be MIA Without You!

On April 24, YNPN Twin Cities held We’d Be MIA Without You, our first-ever member and volunteer appreciation event, graciously hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

We created the event to educate our membership about what goes into making YNPN-TC the great organization that it is and to recognize the individuals that make it great. YNPN-TC is a 100% volunteer-run organization, so we really would be MIA without our active members and volunteers!

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Mind the gap: Wage inequity and you

main.jpgToday is Equal Pay Day - what does that mean? Each year, that day marks the amount of time women have to work into the current year to match the earnings of their male counterparts in the previous year. (Women and men of color experience on average an even greater pay inequity and have to work further into the year to make up the difference.)

In Minnesota, we tend to pride ourselves as state that fosters strong, healthy communities and looks out for our most vulnerable residents. Although we do stand ahead of many states in community health and well-being in some measures, we still face challenges prevalent across the country and world, including a gender wage gap. Women make a fraction of the wages of their male counterparts, even with identical training and experience.

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High Resolutions Recap

YNPN-TC members kicked off the new year by examining their priorities and setting goals. Diane Tran, of Minnesota Rising, led the workshop where members were pre-matched with a small group of theirs peers, helping to support each other beyond the event to make their goals a reality. See what they came up with:

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Accountability, Millennials, and Data: Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting Review

How Does Work Get Done with All These MeetingsI recently had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting with nearly two-hundred regional data-lovers.  The theme of the meeting was "Minnesota Next: Millennials, Leadership, and the Information Economy.”

To provide a frame of reference for the event and demonstrate the importance of this cohort to our state’s future, MN Compass Project Manager Craig Helmstetter, pointed out a couple of noteworthy facts regarding Millennials in Minnesota: 

  • At 28%, Millennials currently constitute the largest percentage of the state's population (Boomers came in a close second at 25%).

  • Millennials maintain a high rate ("above average" was the exact phrase) of civic engagement through activities such as voting and volunteering - ranking 2nd in voting and 6th in volunteering compared to peers from other states.

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Would You Rather... ThriveMSP2040 and the Metropolitan Council

by Maggie Meyer
follow me on Twitter: @maggie_meyer

Let’s play a game.

  • Would you rather live in a city or a suburb?
  • Would you rather have your own yard or access to a public park?
  • Would you rather drive to work and listen to your own music or ride public transit and read your Kindle?
  • Would you rather rent or own your home?

I’ll be honest. I’m a CPTR (city-park-transit-rent). How about you?

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Opportunity, agility, and the kitchen cupboard: Lessons in leadership from Kris Kewitsch

main.jpgHave you ever gone to an event so awesome that you just wanted to run around and tell everybody you know about it? Normally, when I complete a thought-provoking and inspiring experience, I want to shout what I’ve learned from a mountain-top! (Or, more realistically, bug my cubicle neighbors with tidbits.) So please imagine that the rest of this post is conveyed mountain-top style, with perhaps a yak for good measure. 

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