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 one Friday morning each month.

Upcoming Events:

Bagels Beyond Boundaries: Minnesota Health Collaborative, Opioids, & Mental Health

Join the Center for Integrative Leadership on March 30, 2018 from 8:30-9:30 am (room TBD) for a Bagels Beyond Boundaries conversation about the Minnesota Health Collaborative, hosted by Jodie Dvorkin and Tani Hemmila. 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. Please join us to learn about how the Collaborative came together, how they define their agenda, and what the biggest challenges and opportunities are for the Collaborative's important work.

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

2017-2018 Highlights

  • 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.