[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2011 Update

Network Announcements Accepting Applications: 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans/Farmers Due Monday, August 1 MN Jaycees You’re Invited: Do-Gooder Games Monday, August 1 6:00pm – 8:00pm Minnehaha Falls Park Pavilion You’re Invited: Smart Chicks Happy Hour Thursday, August 4 4:30pm – 6:30pm Sweeney’s Saloon Blog Bytes A non-toothache is very pleasant [July 18] Will Minnesotans write … Continue reading

The Summer Day

Photo Credit: Tatiana Belova The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws … Continue reading

Accepting Applications: Headwaters Foundation Social Justice Leadership Institute

I stopped by the Headwaters Foundation for Justice table and spoke with a couple of summer interns the other evening at the “Make Minnesota Yours” event. They were excited to share about their experiences thus far and pleased with all of the great programming taking place through the Foundation. One particularly exciting initiative they highlighted … Continue reading

We have had our turn. Now it’s yours. What will you do with it?

My older sister has graciously asked me to pin her during her pinning and graduation ceremony for her Masters degree in Nursing next month. I’m honored to be asked, excited for her to achieve such a significant personal accomplishment, and am also pleased to see another cohort of leaders ready to head into the world … Continue reading

Accepting Applications: LOTT Fellows + Mentors

Having met with the LOTT Advisory Committee recently to review last year’s accomplishments and this year’s progress, I’m delighted about the strength and value of the personal, professional, and community leadership training that participants are receiving through the LOTT Fellows Program and LOTT Women’s Leadership Conference. As such, I’ll continue to tout the programs here … Continue reading


Photo Credit: Robert Pasti “We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.” -Ethel Waters

You’re Invited: Do Gooder Games!

Having just successfully orchestrated a scavenger hunt last week and in preparing for the Warrior Dash this weekend, I’m thrilled at the notion of the Do Gooder Games that YNPN-TC is hosting next month! Testing mental prowess, physical agility, and teamwork capabilities, the event is sure to be a test of the whole person (and … Continue reading

Accepting Applications: 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul InterCity Leadership Visit

I’ve been fortunate to take part in a couple of short-term international study delegations in the past; one for a week focused on international health policy in Haiti and another for two weeks focused on business and entrepreneurship in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria. Both were fascinating studies into different cultures and foreign policies, as well … Continue reading

Will Minnesotans write a better future?

I’m proud to be co-chairing the Citizens League Communications Committee and serving on our 60th Anniversary Planning Committee this year. With the Metropolitan Council, charter schools, and the Minnesota Miracle among some of the policy ideas developed and championed by the League over the years, the work only continues to be relevant and more critical … Continue reading

You’re Invited: Smart Chicks Happy Hour

Government shutdown, economic recession, 2012 Presidential campaigns, and chicken wings. Find all these things are more at the next League of Women Voters Minnesota Smart Chick Happy Hour! There’s no better combination of good conversation, passionate citizens, and tantalizing appetizers. Chirp, chirp, ladies (and gents)! Join the League of Women Voters for Smart Chicks Happy … Continue reading

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