Every year, young nonprofit leaders from all around the country gather together for the YNPN National Conference. We head to a different city each time to make new connections, build skills, and get inspired to be stronger leaders in our communities. And we are beyond thrilled to announce that the conference host for 2014 has just been announced as....drum roll please....YNPN Twin Cities!Read more
by Amanda Bingham
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Do you wish there were more YNPN-TC events focused on the topics you care most about for your professional development? Looking to connect with other nonprofit professionals in a different setting? Now you will have a chance to make those ideas happen.Read more
Join YNPN Twin Cities for Networking Recess: An Artful Departure from Business as Usual on April 30th, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to connect with other nonprofit professionals in a fun and interactive program featuring elements of Give & Take. This facilitated event will open up discussion with two questions: What do you know? What do you want to know? You'll have the opportunity to share your passions and learn what motivates your fellow participants.Read more
The second installment in our Connect Through Purpose series is coming February 12! In partnership with Springboard for the Arts, YNPN Twin Cities invites you to learn tips and tricks for putting your best self forward in your interactions with others. Guest presenters Sally McGraw and Cheryl Moore Brinkley will provide tools to boost your confidence as you strive to make more meaningful personal and professional connections.Read more
by Leah Lundquist
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Watching fellow board member Nathan Magel’s great collection of videos focused on ideation last month got me thinking. A few years ago, the best kept secrets of the design world took off in the business world. Top managers sought to foster creative confidence in their employees and crack open space for abductive logic (what might be) amidst the deductive logic (what is) and inductive logic (what should be) that traditionally fill the work day. The fad continues. TED talks tagged with “innovation” or “creativity” still get millions of hits and best sellers on design thinking continue to fly off airport bookshelves.Read more
Last week, I did 108 Sun Salutations at my yoga studio to ring in the Winter Solstice. It’s a strenuous practice moving through the same sequence of yoga poses. Over. And Over. And Over (albeit in various states of modification and states of form) all the way to 108.
As I made by way through the sequences alongside a friend—hoping for that elusive zen moment of awesome awareness at the end of it to make up for an exhausted body—I had a moment to reflect back on the year’s milestones: nabbed my first full-time job, learned how to can tomatoes, became a YNPN blog editor, rode the St. Paul Classic with a new colleague and dear friend, and grew personally, professionally and spiritually.Read more
I hope you were able to join us October 29 for Five Minutes in Hell, YNPN-TC’s very first member-driven event. It encapsulated the best of what this network has to offer: the ability to share our many varying interests and ideas with each other, and that we can have a damn good time while we do it. Even from my vantage point of making sure the slides ran smoothly, I was learning a lot at every turn.Read more
I will make almost any excuse to get on my soap box. In fact, I am a master at making mountains of mole hills. For years and years, these skills were only really useful for driving my parents crazy. But recently, I learned to harness this energy to create my own powerful and infamous “peanut rant.”Read more
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is lunch the most important time of day? Lunch, both the actual food you eat and the break that should come with eating that food, has been proven to be important for our general health and increased productivity. Yet despite these findings, our lunch “hours” vary greatly.
Some of us have a very regimented work day that requires taking lunch at a certain time while others take lunch whenever we want - or not at all. You might be able to eat lunch in your cubicle while “multi-tasking” and run the risk of spilling ketchup on the T.P.S. Report, or you may prefer to eat lunch outdoors for a complete change in scenery. Regardless of your preferences, it’s fair to say that we each have a unique lunch break. So why talk about it?Read more
by Lauren Van Schepen
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I have been dreaming of fiduciary responsibilities.
Caught in the throes of YNPN officer and chair elections, board recruitment, a fast-approaching board election at my day job, and a recent ELN on board service, it's all I can think about at the moment. While it's essential to understand the legal requirements of a board member, and great to consider the professional development opportunities, I've been ruminating on my first year on the YNPN board and the things I’ve learned - things no one told me.Read more