Minnesota Rising is proud to be part of the network of emerging leaders in Minnesota and acknowledges that often the best work comes from efforts conducted in community. As such, we would like to recognize the promotional and programming support of our 2013 Un/Conference Network Partners, highlighted below. Thank you to these and other emerging leader groups, which are helping to cultivate and deepen the civic capacity in our communities!


Aeon Connect
Connect is a group of young professionals in the Twin Cities looking to further Aeon’s vision that everyone has a home.


Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Young Champions
The Young Champions is a diverse group of emerging leaders who are dedicated to changing the face of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by engaging our peers and raising awareness across generations.


Ashoka Twin Cities
Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs — over 3,000 men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Drawing from our global platform, Ashoka Twin Cities focuses on supporting social innovation and developing the skills of changemaking at a local level.


DRIVE Emerging Leaders
DRIVE – Developing & Retaining Individuals with Vision & Energy – is a group for young professionals in the Twin Cities region. Designed for those under the age of 40, DRIVE provides networking and leadership growth opportunities for individuals from both small and large business as well as the nonprofit sector. DRIVE is a program created by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce as part of its investment in the region’s growing workforce.


EDIT empowers youth to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion together in our communities through service learning, leadership, and the arts.


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Emerging Leaders in Community Development
The mission of Emerging Leaders in Community Development is to equip early-career and mid-career community development professionals with the knowledge and relationships needed to effectively work with people and places to build our best possible future. We provide networking and professional development events and a mentorship program.


Emerging Leaders in Giving – United Way of Olmsted County
Emerging Leaders in Giving is a growing network of young professionals who volunteer our time and effort in community and group activities that advance the common good. Emerging Leaders are dedicated to change in themselves and the community.


Fourth Generation
Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation is the place for young professionals to learn about effective, meaningful charitable giving. As a member-led giving program, contributions make Fourth Generation’s community impact possible.


Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)
To advocate for, represent and inform Graduate and Professional Students at the University of Minnesota.


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Greater Twin Cities United Way Emerging Leaders
United Way Emerging Leaders are a network of passionate, community-minded early to mid-career professionals who want to connect with others while serving and leading their communities.


Gustavus Young Alumni
Gustavus Young Alumni engages, connects, educates, and strengthens the network Gustavus alumni from the past 10 years. This is done through social events, a speaker series, and professional development.


Hamline University Center for Public Administration and Leadership
CPAL supports and strengthens the practice of public service by providing opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and public discussion of the field’s key issues.



Junior League of Minneapolis
The Junior League of Minneapolis (JLM) is a nonprofit organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Established in 1923, the JLM continues to develop projects to fill needs within the Minneapolis community. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.


Minnesota Jaycees
Jaycees are, at their core, a group of young people organizing projects in their local community with the general goal of creating positive change and providing a sense of connection to their community. Through community involvement, government and civic involvement, individual development, and youth engagement – Jaycees are able to make a direct impact on the quality of life in their community.



Minnesota Young Environmental Professionals Group
A group formed to provide opportunities for young, environmentally-minded professionals to get together, network, and have a good time.


National Society of Hispanic MBAs Minneapolis/St. Paul
The National Society Of Hispanics MBA is the premier group of hispanic business professionals in U.S. We are the Twin Cities chapter. Join us at


Rock Star Supply Co.
Rock Star Supply Co. is a nonprofit organization that improves educational outcomes for under-resourced teens by engaging local community members in our tutoring program. We believe anyone who wants to change a student’s life is a rock star, and since 2009, we’ve supplied those individuals to Twin Cities high schools.


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Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce YPro
YPro events offer attendees the opportunity to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living or working in the Saint Paul/East Metro Area. These monthly events include networking along with an educational component.



Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities
Where mission meets the marketplace.


Students Today Leaders Forever
“Promoting initiative and living with passion…believing one student can make a difference.”


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Tempo – Minnesota Opera
Tempo is a membership program dedicated to developing the next generation of opera-goers through steep ticket discounts, engaging social events, learning opportunities and special behind the scenes experiences.


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The LEAD Project
LEAD is a nonprofit organization committed to developing the next generation of non-profit leaders to keep the Twin Cities forefront in national philanthropic leadership.


Torch Community
Our goal is to connect young professionals with communities that matter  to us.  These types of communities are focused on career development,  diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and the arts.


TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Council
The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Leadership Council initiative supports and enriches business professionals by providing activities in each of the following focus areas: leadership, networking, education and philanthropy.


Twin Cities Rotaract
Developing high energy, young professionals who strive to make a difference in our community and beyond, in the spirit of growth, optimism and fun.


Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities
YEP-Twin Cities is the Twin Cities chapter of Young Education Professionals. Founded in 2012, we are a volunteer-run organization looking to offer peer networking, professional development, and volunteer opportunities to young education professionals throughout the the Twin Cities area.


Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Twin Cities (YNPN-TC)
The Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is a community of nonprofit staff, volunteers, supporters, and allies: current and future leaders who want to connect with others in the social sector.


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