Jamie and Meghan give a deeply brave and vulnerable talk.

Jamie Millard and Meghan Murphy, co-executive directors of Pollen, talk about the idea of “work wives”, ambition as a woman in the workplace, and telling the truth.

About the speaker

Jamie Millard is a co-executive director for Pollen, a digital platform that builds better-connected communities through sharing the stories of local leaders, linking people to opportunities, and hosting events where essential conversations happen.

As an extension of Jamie’s work at Pollen, she serves on a Greater MSP task force to address the retention and attraction of emerging talent in our region. Jamie has been identified as a “2015 40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, as a “100 People to Know in 2015” by the Twin Cities Business Magazine, and as a top four “2014 Business & Industry Newsmaker” also by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Nationally, Jamie was recognized in the Huffington Post as one of four millennial leaders, “doing important work to move us toward a more just and equitable society.”

In addition to her dream job, Jamie is a current member, and former board chair, of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network — Twin Cities. In 2009, Jamie co- founded the literary arts magazine Paper Darts, which is now a premier Twin Cities literary institution and has published more than 600 writers and artists.

Alongside her work-wife, Meghan Murphy, Jamie wants to change the world, one coffee meeting at a time.

Meghan Murphy is obsessed with art. She is obsessed with story. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota with a triple major in Art, English, and Art History she set out to create a space to collide her varied backgrounds in storytelling. Over the past 7 years she has done just that.

By day, Meghan is the co-executive director of Pollen, where she hopes to create a hyper-designed ecosystem of inspiration that stirs Pollen members to tip conversation into action. By night, Meghan volunteers her love of the arts to fuel Paper Darts, where she hopes to keep literature alive through engaging, illustrated short fiction for adults.

At her painting desk, Meghan wants to explore every shade of yellow, coral, and hot pink known to humankind. Alongside her work-wife, Jamie Millard, she wants to change the world, one color palette at a time.

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