Women Connected Graduate with Major Growth

Women Connected Graduate with Major Growth

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Networking | No Comments

We almost made graduation caps and tassels out of pizza plates and ribbon. I am not disappointed that we didn’t. I am happy we had the idea. On our May graduation date a group of eight women, completed our Women Connected sessions. With a nod to the extreme busy-ness leading up to each 3:30-6:00p.m. last Wednesday of the […]

Power to the Pollenite

Power to the Pollenite

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Event Recap, Networking | 3 Comments

Earlier than I would have liked on a chilly Minnesota spring morning, I ventured over to a neighborhood I don’t believe I’ve set foot in before. No one was holding me accountable to show up. No one would have noticed my absence. But I showed up at The Neighborhood House on Robie Street in East St. […]

CircleUp! It’s Not Selfish

CircleUp! It’s Not Selfish

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Networking | One Comment

In what might be called a selfish act, a group of nine women have been scheduling a full 2.5 hours each month to come together to work solely on themselves. Gasp! Yes, 2.5 hours of uninterrupted time during the late afternoon (3:30-6:00) — time which is typically reserved for real, paying work. We don’t call […]

Real or RHONY: Ways that Women Connect

Real or RHONY: Ways that Women Connect

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Networking | One Comment

What if everyone’s idea of being real looked like the Real Housewives of New York version? Admittedly, I’ve been watching #RHONY Season 7. I skipped seasons 3-6, but I don’t think anyone’s experienced any notable personal growth or self-improvement. Watching the show actually makes me feel good that I don’t have a cougar status bank […]

Networking for Empty-Nesters

Networking for Empty-Nesters

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Networking | No Comments

On the heels of a high-energy event put on by Cencup, many empty-nester attendees probably found themselves reflecting on their relationship with their significant other and their newfound kid-less freedom. Or at least giving their calendars a reality check to discover that their spousal social life was pretty void of activities other than dinner and a movie. “Not that […]

Women Entrepreneurs Rise Up in MN

Women Entrepreneurs Rise Up in MN

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Learning, Networking | No Comments

Avoid the #ValleyOfDeath. A message heard loud and clear during the February 17 second annual MN Cup Women in Entrepreneurship Conference at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. MN Cup, now in it’s 11th year, supports emerging entrepreneurs across the state through events, educational programming and an annual new venture competition. They help entrepreneurs […]

Know Your Network Types

Know Your Network Types

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Learning, Networking | No Comments

If the point of unraveling is to discover, I believe the #UnraveledNetwork series by Pollen Midwest achieved their goal. Part 1 took place early November 2014 (see the recap here), followed by Part 2 on January 28, 2015. Part 1 featured keynote speaker Marcia Ballinger, author of 20-Minute Networking Meeting; clever attendee networking icebreakers among […]

Powerful Networking Strategies to Kick Off 2015

Powerful Networking Strategies to Kick Off 2015

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Networking | No Comments

After a holiday event hiatus and despite winter weather conditions, January is heating up event-wise. For starters, people and companies have a new outlook and marketing initiatives on their mind. Additionally, the backlog of events we held off scheduling from mid-November through the first week of January have piled up. And for companies that host an […]

MHTA’s High Tech, High Touch CIO Panel

MHTA’s High Tech, High Touch CIO Panel

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Learning, Networking, Technology | No Comments

Minnesota High Tech Association’s (MHTA) annual CIO panel brought, as promised, a wide-ranging discussion of the year’s top developments, along with challenges and opportunities they see in 2015. The event, held on December 11, at the Science Museum of Minnesota, covered tech perspectives from the sports immersion experience (Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings)) to expanding the social experience […]

Networking Pre-search and Planning

Networking Pre-search and Planning

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Networking | No Comments

So many events, so little time. I understand exactly how this overload happens. Get a room full of enthusiastic people together around a cause, and the topic eventually trends toward throwing an event. But enthusiasm doesn’t necessarily translate into a good event worthy of your time and energy. Good events have the elements of learning, […]