MEET THE TEAM
The Minnesota Rising 2011 Un/Conference: Building A Network For What’s Next is a volunteer-led effort run by an amazing cast of emerging leaders! They’ve long been in planning mode to craft content for an incredible day of innovative learning by and for emerging leaders, reach out to old and new allies as part of our intentional network-building work across Minnesota, and to design the kick-off a two-year Cascading Conversations Tour to surface the makings of a generational agenda or operating principles. Cheers to these extraordinary leaders, who are generous with their time, talent, and spirits!
Jenny Johnson is the Fund Development Manager of Aeon, an affordable housing developer in the Twin Cities, and is a self-proclaimed lover of Minnesota. Jenny manages Aeon Connect, hosts regular conversations about young professional group best practices for nonprofit organizations, and is the Logistics Queen for the Minnesota Rising 2011 Un/Conference! In her spare time, Jenny loves to eat, work out at her local fitness club, and spend time wandering around her local Target.
Diane Tran is a Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in grassroots strategy, evaluation, training, and organizing. She blogs regularly for Minnesota Rising and helps liaise between the various committees working to pull off the second annual Un/Conference! A little-known fact about Diane is that she bungee-jumped off the bridge that separates Zambia and Zimbabwe over Victoria Falls on its one-hundredth year anniversary.
Hanni Wenker is the Engagement Manager at Social Venture Partners – Minnesota, the mission of which is, “Investing in social entrepreneurs. Leading social change.” Hanni does a little bit of this and a little bit of that – including working to bring in in-kind sponsorships and managing the Un/Conference registration system! She serves on the board of Social Enterprise Alliance – Twin Cities and is a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor at LifePower Yoga.
Taylor Larson is a Strategy Consultant at Rêve Consulting, where he helps organizations discover and leverage what makes their organization unique. Prior to Taylor’s role at Rêve, he worked as a Social Entrepreneur Fellow and Strategy Analyst at Thrivent Financial helping develop new businesses and lead innovation strategies. Taylor is an aspiring social entrepreneur and life-long Minneapolin!
Nathan Magel’s background includes stints with the Minneapolis Public Schools, Rock Star Supply Co., and AchieveMpls. Nathan’s experiences in education reform and his leadership with numerous community organizations benefit the Content Committee’s planning and organizing efforts. You may also remember Nathan as the Open Space Technology guru at the first Un/Conference, setting the tone for an unforgettable day!
Serial Entrepreneur Jeffrey Miller, started his first business in pre-school selling paper airplanes in the then overcrowded “lemonade stand” market. Since then he has gone on to form several for-profit corporations, two non-profits, and currently is starting a foundation to serve orphan children in Africa. Jeffrey is CEO of C3 Consulting (Business Consulting & Web/Social/Mobile App Development) http://C3Consulting.co/, as well as Principal at Web Rescue, which creates professional, dynamic & socially-integrated websites for under $1000. http://WebRescue.MN/
Lisa Piskor is a Grassroots and Public Affairs Consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and co-chairs the Citizens League Emerging Leaders program. Lisa’s an ENFJ who loves life, dreams about the future, and wants to make a difference. Also, she can’t get enough coffee.
Jared has been working with the STAGES Initiative at Thrivent for a year and a half trying to help 1 million people worry less about money in relevant ways. He sits on the Board of Directors for Torch Community, on the Leadership and Education Committee for United Way Emerging Leaders, and coaches volleyball at Minneapolis Southwest High School and at Northern Lights Volleyball Club. Jared lives in Burnsville with his wife Anna, their golden retriever Nysse, and their first child due in December.
Trisha Reinwald is Executive Director of the Minnesota Jaycees and a board member at the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) – National. Throughout her career, Trisha has focused on working to engage young people in their community, particularly through membership organizations and political causes. She is originally from a rural community on the Canadian border in Minnesota, and has a strong interest in bridging urban and rural divides through her work in the nonprofit sector.
Clem Auyeung is writer/editor focused on social entrepreneurship and innovation. He is constantly looking out for innovative models of collaboration between design, tech, business, and government institutions that advance sustainable social change. Also, Clem is the slowest eater in the world.
Lindsay Bacher is Corporate Relations Coordinator at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She’s self-described as a corporate relations nonprofiteer, religion and film fanatic, cooking enthusiast, half marathoner, devourer of books… some might even say a lady.
Lindsay Grome is a Health and Wellness Marketing and Communications Specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. She’s a creative, award-winning multimedia communications specialist with 7+ years’ experience in print, online and broadcast marketing for leading nonprofit, media and educational outlets. She’s an ethical journalist by profession, and a fun, classy lady in general.
Janae Olinger is a Program Associate at BestPrep and was most recently a Marketing Intern at Students Today Leaders Forever. Janae majored in Journalism at the University of Minnesota with minors in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture. Janae loves traveling, chai tea lattes, stories, dark chocolate and fun rings.
Katie Tharp is Volunteer Services Coordinator at Greater Twin Cities United Way where she supports executive-level fund-raising volunteers and provides coordination, tracking, and reporting for volunteer program. Katie studied Art History and Spanish at the University of Minnesota and uses her Espanol in her volunteer role at Casa de Esperanza. Que fabuloso!