Emerging Leaders Network Lunch
Topic: Youth Empowerment: The Challenges of Attaining a College Degree and What You Can Do to Empower Our Youth to Succeed
When: Friday, July 17
           12pm - 1pm
Where: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
             St. Paul

The Cost of Low Wages

What impact does low wages have on the nonprofit sector, especially around diversity?

When: Tuesday, July 28
   Programming begins at 6
Where: Bedlam Theatre, Lowertown St. Paul



* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






We provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals.

We envision a world where young nonprofit professionals:

• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

Our values:

โ— We strive for respect and inclusiveness
โ— We seek opportunities to collaborate
โ— We respond to the evolving needs of our community


The Scoop!

YNPN Twin Cities folks were busy as ever during the gorgeous days of August!  Just in case you missed it, here's some fantastic news that we have to share with you...

Benjamin Schatz is now Senior Business Intelligence Systems Analyst at Qualcomm.

Diane Tran was promoted to Senior Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions.

James Faghmous is now Research Associate at the University of Minnesota.

Sandra Boone was hired as Communications Specialist at the University of Minnesota.

Lindsay Marcil is now Stage Manager at Minnesota Public Radio.

Jared Rendell is now Managing Partner for Digital Strategies at Vibrant Faith.

Amanda Rothstein is now the Membership Fundraising Manager at Minnesota Public Radio.

If you run into any of these people at the events, give them a high five!

Do you have some great news you'd like to share with the YNPN community?  Do you know someone who might be too shy to toot their own horn?  If so, send a note over to bridge@ynpntwincities.org and we'll put it in next month's Scoop!


YNPN Leadership Breakfasts: Leadership, Sunny Side Up

Searching for the best breakfast in town? Look no further than YNPN-TC’s Leadership Breakfast program. This monthly series provides an all-access pass to network with the Twin Cities' top nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors, and all before 9:00am.

Launched two years ago, this innovative program provides YNPNer’s with a rare opportunity to sit down with nonprofit leaders for a participant-led, small-group discussion. We’ve kept this event to twenty participants in order to encourage meaningful conversation, but that also means these sessions fill up fast. Events typically occur the second Friday of each month, from 7-8:30am, at the CEO or Executive Director’s office and are B.Y.O.B. – bring your own breakfast.

So far, Timothy Clark of Urban Ventures, Sara Dziuk of College Possible, MayKao Haung of the Wilder Foundation, and many others have hosted a breakfast. We’re continually seeking new Executive Directors and CEO’s that represent a variety of organizations and leadership perspectives.

Our next Leadership Breakfast will take place on Friday, August 22nd with Damon Runnals of The Southern Theater. There are still a few spots left­—sign up now!

Future breakfasts will feature: Jennifer Ford Reedy of the Bush Foundation, Dan Rodriguez or Merrick Community Services, Judy Alnes of MAP for Nonprofits, Wokie Weah of Youthprise, Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood and more. We’re starting to plan for 2015, so please let us know which leaders you’d like to see at an upcoming breakfast event. Contact Helen at helen.kouba@gmail.com or Lindsay at lindsay.marcil@gmail.com


Vision Board...of Directors  

-Thoughts from the MCN NonProfit Essentials Conference, by Jenna Yeakle

Vision boards. 50-year-old moms spend days, WEEKS, piecing together giant collages of images and quotes soon after they experience their (probably first of many) mid-life crisis. When you notice her heading “off to cake decorating class” or investing in a $6,000 road bike, or dying a half-inch strand of hair orange, she has probably made a vision board. Mom captures her life’s purpose in magazine clippings on a bulletin board (which she stole from your brother’s room) and feels the motivation bubbling as she passes by its home on the kitchen wall. Maybe she’ll go sky-diving today. Thanks, Oprah.

I was recently reminded of this borderline senile activity by Leah Lundquist and Angie Brown during the afternoon session titled Leadership Among: Authentic Engagement and Co-Leading for Social Change. Courageously, Leah and Angie led the group through a series of activities that generated thoughts of purpose within leadership style. In lieu of community education classes and obscene purchases, the two ladies proposed we think of people in our lives. We were to create a vision board of directors: an elite team of thinkers and doers that support us as individuals in all our life endeavors. Who do you call on when you need to think through processes? Who is your go-to when you need a shoulder to sniffle on? Which co-worker serves as your cheerleader? I felt like I was captain, selecting the best for my dream team.

In fact, this kind of framework felt like the perfect model for an asset-map! Yippee! After the conference, I was jazzed. I carefully scrolled through my contacts – phone, email, other email, and other email. With each acquaintance, friend, and colleague, I identified strengths, areas of work, and interests. Back-burner projects and far-off possibilities were happily accompanied to the forefront by people whose talents and abilities I hadn’t thought to seek out. My daunting to-do list suddenly bloomed into exciting adventures to be divided and conquered. I only wish that Bill Murray was in my phone book. He would be an excellent addition to the team.

I challenge you to create a Vision Board of Directors. Unleash your strengths as a young nonprofit leader and engage authentically by empowering those around you and inviting the support of others. Don’t be that mom mapping out her life goals at the sweet age of 53. Do it now (and do the weird stuff), and call on others to help you.

Jenna Yeakle is completing her second year of AmeriCorps VISTA with the Minnesota Literacy Council this August. Jenna is a member of YNPN, a board member of YEP-TC, and part of Minnesota Rising’s Advanced Team. Upon service completion, Jenna tends to deepen her involvement in education, youth work, and community engagement.

Jenna received a scholarship for the MCN Nonprofit Essentials Conference as a member benefit of YNPN-TC. Thanks to Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for their partnership in providing discounted membership and scholarship tickets to YNPN-TC members.


Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile Picture

A picture is worth 1,000 words, so make sure your LinkedIn profile picture is sending the right message. Many employers review candidates’ LinkedIn profiles to get a sense of personality and style, and form an opinion of them before even meeting. Some helpful tips to stand out in a sea of other potential employees are listed below.

  • Make sure you have a photo. LinkedIn filters folks with the grey avatar to the bottom of every search.

  • Keep your attire, hair, and accessories professional and subtle. An extreme look will be distracting and overwhelming to potential employers.

  • Solo photos are best. Having more than one person in the photo will cause confusion.
    Also, avoid cropping a group photo unless it can be done with skill.
  • Select a current photograph. You want to be recognized when appearing for an interview or when someone is searching for you after meeting at a networking event.

  • The quality of the photograph should be high enough resolution where the photo is not pixilated or grainy.
  • Pick the right photographer. It doesn’t have to be a professional, but it should be someone who can make you smile in a natural way.

  • NO SELFIES! Leave the bathroom mirror shots for your facebook page.
  • Wear solid dark colors
  • Avoid strapless dresses or tops, you will appear naked

Don't forget to put these tips to use at our August 23rd event, "The Care and Feeding of Your Professional Image."  You'll be able to get free professional headshots and resume advice!  Check out the details here.


7 LinkedIn Profile Tips and Tricks in 2014 that Make a Difference

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A Night at the Theater

Thanks to a partnership with the Guthrie Theater, YNPN-TC and YEP-TC members got a special treat on July 29 when they attended a showing of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The Tony Award winning show centers on the lives of a brother and sister, Vanya and Sonia, and how they are turned upside down when their other sister, Masha, unexpectedly brings home her 20-something boyfriend, Spike.

Following the show, the group went next door to the Aloft Minneapolis hotel for an after party, where they were joined cast members Charles Janasz (Vanya), Ali Rose Dachis (Nina), and Joshua James Campbell (Spike).

DJ Marinos plays music at the after-party at Aloft
YNPN members relax and mingle with some of the cast members at Aloft.