What’s surprising about the professional community in MSP?

Matt Lewis

One of the most surprising things to me is just how robust our professional associations are

Luis Moreno

I find members of the Twin Cities professional community to be young, energetic, highly educated

Jared Hanks

I was surprised at the intentionality in which we are using the professional market to achieve social good.

Vivan Chow

The community is surprisingly diverse and giving.

One of the most surprising things to me is just how robust our professional associations are

  • Matt Lewis
  • • Strategy Manager

Minneapolis, MN

One of the most surprising things to me is just how robust our professional associations are. Invariably, when you walk into a local chapter of some national or international professional group, they will tell you they have the highest or most active membership in the country, or second to some place like New York. Organizations like the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) and Social Media Breakfast MSP are a couple groups I’ve spent a lot of time with. They consistently knock it out of the park. But the same is really true of local lawyers, realtors, engineers, and on down the line. It’s also true in philanthropy, the arts, higher education and other areas of work here. The concentration of professionals here can be an interesting statistic, but you really see and feel it in these groups.

I find members of the Twin Cities professional community to be young, energetic, highly educated

  • Luis Moreno
  • • Sr. Marketing Manager

Cumana, Venezuela

I find members of the Twin Cities professional community to be young, energetic, highly educated, highly intellectual, generally interested in the arts, music, the outdoors, generous, inclined to donate to charitable causes, civically engaged, relatively reserved compared to other more outgoing communities. All in all, a wonderful community of professional peers to engage, learn, grow, and have fun with!

I was surprised at the intentionality in which we are using the professional market to achieve social good.

  • Jared Hanks
  • • Social Entrepreneur

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

I was surprised at the intentionality in which we are using the professional market to achieve social good. There are many initiatives that aim to make the professional marketplace accessible and equitable for everyone, thus, enriching the social and economic landscape for the future of the Twin Cities. Whether it’s Make It. MSP, The BrandLab, Juxtaposition Arts, or the Impact Hub, we have a wide range of companies and organizations that seek to leverage their resources to increase the social, cultural, and economic capital of the community – from the neighborhood to the regional level.

The community is surprisingly diverse and giving.

  • Vivan Chow
  • • Marketing professional

Lexington, KY

The community is surprisingly diverse and giving. There are professionals from so many different places, industries, and backgrounds who bring diverse educational and work experiences. I love hearing people’s stories of the unique paths that brought them to their current place. Also, I am constantly surprised by people’s willingness and desire to help. People are always happy to share advice, connect people to others, and provide ideas and resources. Many professionals formally volunteer their time and expertise, but also, almost everyone I’ve met, regardless of position or level, has offered whatever support they can. People truly go out of their way to look for ways to help others.

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“The metropolitan economy has a diverse mix of industries and is a national leader in such industries as finance, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and retailing.” – MN.gov

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