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Leveling Up: Video games for professional development

My friends know that I don’t have a lot of time for video games anymore, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t select mornings when I wake up at 4:00 a.m. to get a few hours of pew pew pew in before heading to work. Originally I thought part of my career would be to build awareness of female gamers, and I did get one article published, “Why Women Play Games,” in a nonprofit magazine. While passion for games helped introduce me to nonprofit publishing, it wasn’t until writing this post that I realized just how much my virtual worlds have helped max out my real-life XP bar. 

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Making Mentorship Work | Finding Relationship Awesomeness

Mentorship was a hot topic at YNPN’s Turn It Up to 11 event last November and continues to be on the minds of our board as we look toward the future of YNPN and our own personal career paths. Just as YNPN looks to other organizations to show us next steps, we members can do the same in our personal lives and careers by choosing mentors who have collected knowledge, experience and finely honed talents we admire and hope to emulate in the future.

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A reminder of why it all matters

by Lauren Van Schepen
follow me on Twitter: @lvanschepen

In December a childhood friend of mine signed a major record deal. Another friend, previously unhappy in a PR gig, took a director position in a presidential campaign last month. Someone in my professional network is getting ready to move to West Africa to do economic development work

And I'm sitting here at my desk, answering another email about conference registration.

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Showcase Yourself: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting at Conferences

mic.jpgHave you ever seen a request for conference proposals and thought, “Hey, I should do that,” only to find a million excuses to miss the deadline? I’m a terrible public speaker. They wouldn’t accept me anyway. What could I teach a group of experienced professionals?

You’re not the only one. Presenting at conferences or seminars can be a daunting task, particularly for young professionals who may be addressing a more experienced audience.  But, fortunately, there are brave souls who have gone before us and – despite being younger and less experienced than some of their peers – presented at a professional conference.

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Confessions of a new board chair

Can I be honest? Sometimes a new leadership opportunity doesn’t feel like a thrilling adventure, or a great next step in your career path. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like a long-awaited chance to use your skills.

Sometimes it feels just, well, scary.

Maybe it’s unexpected. Maybe you don’t feel prepared. But there you find yourself and you have a choice. Say no, or face your fears and accept the challenge.

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Increase Your Capacity for Meaningful Connection...Sans Social Media

The following blog is by Jennifer Wall.

Quote.jpgElectronic communication can be pretty self-absorbed: What am I doing. Where am I right now. And who am I here with. But I am not here to disparage the limitations of status updates, 140 characters or the decline of spelling. They have their place and use…and limitations.

The definition of communication is broad and includes the act of transmitting information electronically, but I prefer the late 14c definition of communication: join, unite, participate in. Re-tweeting doesn’t count. Liking doesn’t cut it either. It’s just fun. Connection happens when you talk with me, not at me. 

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Pack (and Unpack) Wisely: Confessions of a serial transplant

main.jpgSo, Twin Cities, you think you’re pretty great with your high volunteer rates, your appeal to young professionals, and all your other chart-topping, quality-of-life rankings you’ve pulled in?  But where do you fall on the list of Best Cities for Transplants? Turns out, there isn’t such a list. Really, it’s subjective and unique to each transplant, so such a ranking may be flawed from the start.

The truth is, Twin Cities, you are pretty great. I’m guilty of the list-effect – I moved here in search of a robust nonprofit culture, rooted in progressive and organic organizing, professional in its volunteerism and appealing to young people who aren’t quite hipster, but want to pretend like they are for a couple years of their young lives. 

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A mini-guide for getting realistic about your aspirations

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Complete my master’s degree, teach myself Spanish, stop biting my nails.These are all goals of mine. One I am currently pursuing (Spanish). One I have failed at miserably time and time again (nails). And one I have penciled in my five-year plan (master’s degree). 

Most of us have visions for our future. According to Psychology Today, whether personal or professional, goals are important to keep us feeling focused, productive and happy. However, as the Facebook updates continue to pop up on our smartphones, to-do lists get longer and weekend plans are made, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or distracted.

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Scratching the Surface: Conversations on Race & Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector

“What we do not say, what we do not talk about, allows the status quo to continue.”
-Stephanie Wildman, Making Systems of Privilege Visible

YNPN-TC partnered with the Racial Justice Program at the YWCA Minneapolis a few weeks ago to host a discussion of race and privilege in the nonprofit sector. We had a tremendous response to the event: Tickets sold out in the first day and a subsequent wait list was some 70 people deep.

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You’re not a Vulcan, show your personality in your work

main.jpgThe following blog is by Jeff Achen (guest post)

She flung her foot up onto our table at the MCN NP Tech Conference and flashed her ankle tattoo. It was the Rebel Alliance symbol.

Sweet.

Her glittery Yoda t-shirt had first caught my attention and it led to our discussion of a mutual love of the gentle green Jedi master. It’s funny, but I’d have to say my interaction with this young woman was the most genuine social interaction I’d had the whole day.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t genuine in my chats with others. I had a great time talking with everyone. It’s just that we really connected for a few moments because of a mutual, if not over-the-top, obsession with Yoda. We connected because of something we both enjoyed. It was fun.

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