Bagels Beyond Boundaries provides an informal space for students, staff and faculty to engage in discussion over bagels and coffee. Speakers from different sectors illuminate examples from their own experience or research on ways to bring people together across boundaries to address a particular issue. These discussions typically take place on once a month throughout the semester.

Upcoming Events:

Navigating Conflict and Building Consensus to Address Grand Challenges in Healthcare

Join us on November 30 from 8:30-9:30am in the Carlson School, room 1-123 for conversation with Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. This semester we're focused on individuals who drive change and the collaborative work that has made it possible. Commissioner Malcolm brings a wealth of experience in the public, non-profit and private sector to her collaborative efforts for change. A two-time Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, Malcolm has also served as CEO of the Courage Center, President of the Courage Kenny Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs and Philanthropy at Allina Health. Join us for an engaging conversation about navigating conflict and building consensus to address some of Minnesota's greatest health challenges. 

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we can be sure to have enough bagels and coffee for all:

2018-2019 Highlights

  • Thinking Big by Acting Small: Creating Change with Hot Indian Foods
    Forget the bagels, we are spicing our leadership series up with Hot Indian Foods! Join us to speak with Hot Indian’s founder and CEO, Amol Dixit, and hear about his boundary-crossing efforts through his small business to make Indian cuisine and culture more accessible to a broader audience, disrupt stereotypes, and build a people development culture. Opening multiple locations, operating a food truck, and planning for more expansion requires working across boundaries within the realm of entrepreneurship, skills to secure partnership and support from a variety of stakeholders, and bringing greater awareness of Indian food and culture. Amol shared his community-minded approach to entrepreneurship, his experience of being a small business owner in a big business town, and lessons learned as an individual leader aspiring to drive change in preconceptions and employment opportunities. 

  • Creating Change: Lifting the Curtain for Mature Women in Theater
    This conversation featured Prime Productions’ co-founder, Alison Edwards, and some staggering statistics about the number of women over fifty in theater. Alison shared lessons from Prime’s efforts to engage with women’s organizations and senior groups to illuminate and support women over fifty and their stories through the creative voice of performance. This fall, the Guthrie Theater presented Prime Productions’ Two Degrees, which explored the dilemma of a research scientist navigating environmental policy-making in Washington, D.C. 

2017-2018 Highlights

  • Doing the "Dance" of Collaboration
    Ever had a question about how ballroom dancers collaborate effectively with their partners without speaking on those complicated dances? Art Rolnick, economist and early childhood advocate, and Cheri Rolnick, senior health research investigator, performed a ballroom dancing demonstration followed by reflections on related collaboration. The dances were introduced by Ember Reichgott Junge, former Minnesota state senator and Co-President of Heart of Dance, which brings the benefits of ballroom dance to 5th and 8th graders.

  • Minnesota Health Collaborative, Opioids, & Mental Health
    Jodie Dvorkin and Tani Hemmila hosted conversation about the Minnesota Health Collaborative. The Minnesota Health Collaborative began in January 2017, when thirteen CEOs of the largest health systems in Minnesota pledged to work together to tackle major health topics that affect all communities, starting with mental health and the opioid epidemic. Please join us to learn about how the Collaborative was designed, built, and supported. The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) provides backbone support for the effort, and shared its foundational strategies, early lessons learned, and recommendations for success.

  • Leadership and Listening Lessons from Trials by Jury
    Doug Peterson, chief legal officer at the University of Minnesota, shared leadership and active listening lessons related to producing consensus among jury members. 
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Sex-Trafficking
    Lauren Martin, Director of Research at the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), led a discussion about cross-sector collaboration to address sex trafficking, a timely conversation during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Want to learn more? You can also listen to Lauren's podcast on sex trafficking and community wellbeing here.
  • Conflict Competency: Moving from Avoidance to Engagement
    Julie Showers, J.D. led a skills-based session on tackling real or anticipated conflicts which may otherwise pose a stumbling block to effective collaboration. This session provided pragmatic strategies for raising difficult issues in a manner that leads to greater comfort in the effort itself and, importantly, better outcomes. Currently the Interim Associate Vice President - Office for Equity and Diversity, Julie Showers is the Director of the University of Minnesota's Office for Conflict Resolution and teaches a Conflict Resolution Experiential Learning Course at the Law School. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Julie served as Vice President of Labor Relations and Senior Vice President of Inflight Services at Northwest Airlines. 
    Interested in Conflict Competency? Download the slides from our December 1st gathering providing skills-based approaches to dealing with conflict. 

  • Technology and Collaboration: Collaborative Geodesign for Multifunctional Landscapes
    Presenters Carissa Slotterback (Humphrey School) and Len Kne (U-Spatial) highlighted engaged research conducted as part of the New Agricultural Bioeconomy Project. Slotterback and Kne shared insights from a collaborative stakeholder process conducted in the Seven Mile Creek Watershed in Nicollet County that explored opportunities for landscape change to advance environmental protection and economic opportunities. The presentation included a demo of the unique interactive touchscreen "geodesign" technology that was used to actively engage stakeholder participants in exploring landscape scenarios.

  • Risky Business and Climate Change: Shared Leadership for Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    Greg Page, retired Chairman and CEO of Cargill, Inc., discussed his work with the Risky Business Project. Founded in 2013 by former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson and business leader and philanthropist Tom Steyer, Risky Business brings together business and government leaders – Republicans and Democrats -- to assess and publicize the economic risks associated with climate change. As an active member of this Project, Greg Page has worked tirelessly to share data related to such risks and to encourage companies, other groups and individuals to embrace adaptation, take initiative and take climate risk mitigation steps without waiting for regulatory action.

2016-2017 Highlights

  • Crossing Divides to Strengthen Voices - People of Color and Indigenous Caucus in the Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota State Representatives Mary Kunesh-Podein, Jamie Becker-Finn, Peggy Flanagan, members of the newly created People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) caucus, and Dennis Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council shared strategies for bringing the policy concerns of American Indian and People of Color communities to the forefront of the Minnesota Legislature. 

  • Social Network Analysis

Carrie Oelberger, Assistant Professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, provided an overview of the concepts of social networks and quantitative approaches to social network analysis, which is an excellent skill set for students, faculty, staff, and practitioners who perform collaborative and integrative work to develop. 

  • Women in Investment: Boundaries, Barriers, and Opportunities

Panel members Susanna Gibbons (UMN, Program Director of the Carlson School Fixed Income Fund), Karen Ho (UMN, Associate Professor of Anthropology), and Dianna Shandy (Macalester College, Associate Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship and Professor of Anthropology) shared boundaries and opportunities for women in investment. 

  • Ripple Effects Mapping for Complex Collaborations

Scott Chazdon and Melvin Giles introduced Ripple Effects Mapping (REM), a participatory group process designed to document the results of program efforts within complex settings, which engages program participants and other community stakeholders to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by a complex program or collaboration. 

  • Fourth-Sector Collaboration for Social Impact: Reducing Poverty and Malnutrition in Bangladesh

Graduate student case winners from the fall semester Integrative Leadership Seminar presented on Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., a hybrid fourth-sector organization that transcends sectoral boundaries to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in Bangladesh.

  • Pushing Forward U.S. Cuba Policy:  The Effects of the Embargo on Intersector and Intergovernmental Collaboration

Jeff Kovar described changes in U.S. Cuba Policy since December 2014 and their effects on intersector and intergovernmental collaboration, as well as restrictions put on these efforts by the current economic embargo.