Nigeria Bound!

I’m excited to be a member of the inaugural cohort of the Collaboration to Strengthen Young Professionals in Business Management and Global Entrepreneurship Program (I agree that they should probably work on an acronym). Hosted by the Institute for International Public Policy, where I was a 2004 Fellow, and funded by the U.S. Department of … Continue reading

Packing for Global Citizenship

I’m packing. On Thursday, I’ll be on a transatlantic flight to West Africa for a 6-week study program. While I pack my suitcase in preparation for spending time abroad, I figure I can also pack my blog to prepare for the new insights and perspectives I’m bound to brush up against. People have asked me … Continue reading

The @MinnesotaRising Story

Coming up through the ranks of Target Market, the Dakota County Youth Planning Committee, and THE GARAGE in my high school days, I developed a strong appreciation for Minnesota, youth activism, and social justice issues. I continued practicing and learning in my undergraduate work through involvement with Global Justice’s Student Campaign for Child Survival, V-Day, … Continue reading

@MinnesotaRising Meets: Trisha Hasbargen Reinwald

Hey everyone! I’m excited for @MinnesotaRising to have our first vlog interview with Trisha Hasbargen Reinwald, a Millennial leader supporting other emerging and young leaders across the state! Please check it out and share your feedback below. @MinnesotaRising Meets: Trisha Hasbargen Reinwald from Diane Tran on Vimeo. VITALS Contact Info:, @mnjaycees, @trishahas, MN … Continue reading

Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards: Call for Nominations

Equally as important to the common good as calls to volunteering are calls to nominate and recognize volunteers who have made significant contributions to their commmunities. This year marks the 8th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards which “honors individuals that have made demonstrated contributions to the common good through public leadership and service.” … Continue reading

My First Recession

I recently heard about MPR’s “My First Recession,” project and received a request (below) to help expand outreach to the younger demographic. As they tell it, “For young people, recessions can be formative experiences, marking them for the rest of their lives. As part of a special project, MPR News’ Public Insight Network partnered with … Continue reading

Blue Zones: Minnesota Edition

A native Minnesotan, Dan Buettner wrote about Blue Zones for National Geographic in 2005, which is his term for “the regions on Earth with the longest life expectancy, disability-free life expectancy or concentration of persons over 100.” Buettner published, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest,” in 2008 … Continue reading

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