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  • 10/18/2016 7:00 PM | Deleted user

    MHSCN board member Andy Jacobson interviewed our featured speakers to give some insight onto what to expect at Feeding the Beast. Take a listen!

  • 10/03/2016 7:00 PM | Deleted user

    Thanks to all who made this year's MHSCN Hops Scotch networking series a success! The series wrapped up Sept. 22 with a high-energy evening at Du Nord Craft Spirits in South Minneapolis.

    Attendees got to know each other by playing "Two Truths and a Lie," with Du Nord gift cards awarded to the best sleuth and best liar. A unique menu of craft cocktails made with the distillery's vodka and gin were a highlight, as was an in-depth and entertaining distillery tour. It was great to have a mix of MHSCN board members, long-time members and new folks get together.

    Previous Hops Scotch events were held at Community Keg House in Northeast Minneapolis and Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul. A combined Best Peer Mixer Ever event at Summit Brewing in July was a great success, drawing approximately 80 attendees from MHSCN, IABC Minnesota, PRSA and MWMC.

    If you have ideas for 2017 networking events, please contact Jenna Anderson, jenna.anderson44@gmail.com, or Diane Rose, dianerose15@comcast.net.    

  • 09/30/2016 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    It seems that fall has arrived; bringing not only changes in the weather and the landscape around us, but a need for sharpened focus on more serious matters. For some of us, it's back to the school routine with our kids. For others, we realize the end of the year is in sight and there's still much to accomplish. And we all are contemplating an election that is bound to be significant for our country, regardless of the outcome.

    Personally, I find myself seeing the value of new perspectives. Let me explain.

    I recently decided to try a new outside consultant for a design project. It's someone I had met through MHSCN, but now that we've worked together professionally, I've come to see an entirely different side of him. I have a better appreciation of his talents and expertise, and of what he's about on a personal level. So in addition to having another go-to person in my "Rolodex," I'll bring that new perspective to every future encounter we have.

    I'm also days away from my high school reunion (more years than I care to reveal), which has offered opportunities to reconnect with people I haven't been in touch with for a very long time. In one case, I realized that we no longer share the same perspective on our friendship, and it's time to let the relationship go. That hasn't been easy, but being forced to see things through her eyes has been very enlightening. Now I'll be able to truly let go and move on.

    On the flip side, I discovered a budding friendship with someone I wasn't all that close to way back then. People can surprise us in a good way when we least expect it!

    Consider whether you might benefit from a new perspective in some part of your life. We can get so stuck in our own narrow view of things that we miss opportunities to take a new direction, or resolve a problem, simply by looking at things differently.

    Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. I hope to see many of you at our fall conference on November 3 - I'll probably have a few stories to share from my reunion!

    Mary Beth Schwartz


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