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Imagine Deliver: “Strategic and Beautiful”

October 18, 2019

Meet Kate Khaled, the founding force behind Imagine Deliver. They’re one of the 12 purpose-driven businesses and organizations that have come together in support of Pollen’s mission to change its collective story for the better. Together, they challenge Pollenites to raise $20,000 by Give to the Max Day on November 14, which they will match dollar for dollar. Read the full Q&A about how Imagine Deliver is designing a better world through empathy, below.

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We’re Growing! Say hello to Theon

August 1, 2019

Meet Theon Masters, a graduate from Macalester College with a degree in Economics. He joins Imagine Deliver as our operations strategist. Before coming on board, Theon worked as an associate at gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator; managed the Ventures in Residence Accelerator at Glen Nelson Center; and assisted with program development for Lunar Startups and New Signal Studios. With his zest for life, natural charisma and experience in the start-up world, we couldn’t be more excited to have him join our team to help our sales and logistics soar to new heights!

What’s your most natural talent?

I love to problem solve. I like to learn how things work and find solutions to problems by understanding what caused the problem to begin with.

Where were you before this?

I worked at the Glen Nelson Center for American Public Media. I ran the Ventures in Residence Accelerator program and managed the shared workspace. This was also how I learned about Imagine Deliver, the first company to use our workspace.

What are you most excited about in your new role?

Imagine Deliver is poised for huge growth and has already developed a reputation of doing excellent work. I am excited to come into a growing company at the ground floor, as there is huge opportunity to grow and learn what it takes to scale efficiently.

Three things people should know about you?

  1. I am originally from Jamaica. I love Jamaican food and can answer any questions about Jamaican culture.

  2. I love soccer and have played since I was eight.

  3. I love to cook, even though I'm not the most conventional cook. I can throw it down in the kitchen and regularly receive positive reviews when I make food for others.

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100 Women in Tech Who could speak at your next Event

April 18, 2019

Minne Inno put together a list of 100 women from the Twin Cities to know—business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators—and we’re so proud that our founder and managing director, Kate Khaled, is on the list. And she’s in great company. Check out the full list below.

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We’re Growing! Say hello to Aaron

March 28, 2019

Meet Aaron Roundtree, a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Communications and Public Policy. He joins Imagine Deliver as a client delivery lead, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. He’s a team player with a knack for public speaking and storytelling. He’ll help us ensure an exceptional client experience on every project.

What’s your most natural talent?

My most natural talent is written or oral storytelling.

Where were you before this?

I worked as an assistant account executive for Rapp Strategies, Inc., a public affairs firm.

What are you most excited about in your new role?

Imagine Deliver is bringing in a new era of how businesses and communities are thinking of diversity, equity, inclusion and technology. I’m excited to be working with such an innovative team.

Three things people should know about you?

  1. Inspired by the film The Fugitive, I wanted to be a U.S. Marshall growing up.

  2. I’m a former Big Ten Division 1 athlete who played football at the University of Minnesota.

  3. Up until 7th grade I was ambidextrous. After that, I decided to write with my right hand and play sports left-handed.

You can get in touch with Aaron by sending a note to aaron@imaginedeliver.com.

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From Imagine Deliver to the Metropolitan Council: Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson takes on a new role

March 1, 2019

Our long-time consulting partner, Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, took an exciting step in her career. This March, she began a new role as a council member with the Metropolitan Council, representing District 6.

“I am committed to serving as a steward of our regional natural resources, an advocate for responsible management of water resources and a champion for equitable access and opportunities in transportation and development,” Lynnea told the Metropolitan Council. “Addressing equity as a park issue is vitally important. It’s critical that we keep our regional parks system accessible and thriving with expanded opportunities for historically excluded members of our community. It’s my experience and belief that we cannot be a whole people or community without quality and convenient relationships with nature and open spaces.”

In her time with Imagine Deliver, Lynnea has trained dozens of organizations on topics of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, stewarded large collaborative projects and used her superpowers of feedback and humor to help leaders govern with an equity lens. We’re looking forward to having Lynnea continue to cheer us on from her new role and can’t wait to see her transform our region.


We’re growing! Say hello to Morgan

February 28, 2019

Meet Morgan Mercer, a freelance writer and artist who joins Imagine Deliver as our special projects consultant. Two days a week she’ll use her creativity and writer’s finesse to help us lift new services off the ground, deepen and develop our content strategy, and support research and learning projects.

What’s your most natural talent?

Asking questions. As a kid, my parents used to ask me to tone it down and rein in how many questions I asked them or the people around me. I’m also super creative and approach everything with an artist’s eye.

Where were you before this?

For the last several years I worked as a freelance writer, journalist and artist. I wrote for clients like Pollen Midwest, Bush Foundation and Growler magazine. I also have a studio in the Northrup King Building where I create large, abstract expressionist oil paintings.

What are you most excited about in your new role?

After working from home for five years, I’m excited to be back in an office part-time surrounded by an incredibly supportive and sassy team! I also love that what we do at Imagine Deliver makes a difference in how people feel at work, and how organizations show up for the people they serve.

Three things people should know about you?

  1. I love animals. I’m the kind of person who picks up worms and moves them off sidewalks so people don’t step on them.

  2. I spend an enormous amount of time tracking down unusual ingredients to make ridiculously complicated recipes and cocktails.

  3. In 2016, I got invited to go on a secret trip with 15 strangers.

You can get in touch with Morgan by sending a note to morgan@imaginedeliver.com.


Taqee Khaled Named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List

January 22, 2019

Our co-founder and ever-amazing advisor, Taqee Khaled, kicked off the year with a serious honor. Each year, editors at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal select 40 leaders under the age of 40 who not only demonstrate outstanding professional achievement, but also make time to give back to their communities. This year, out of 500 nominations, the Business Journal named Taqee as one of it’s 2019 40 Under 40 honorees.

“I’m grateful to be a part of this impressive cohort, and for the incredible clients I get to work with on a daily basis,” says Taqee.

When he’s not lending laser-focused insight and business chops to our work at Imagine Deliver, Taqee leads the strategy practice at Nerdery, a digital consultancy with offices in Bloomington, Chicago and Phoenix. Since 2017, he’s helped shape the Bloomington-based business into a full-service tech company. Prior to joining Nerdery as its director of strategy, Taqee held leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, West Monroe Partners and Accenture.

Outside of work, Taqee is a founding member of the Minneapolis Soccer Club, and currently serves on both the HealthEast-Fairview Foundation’s board of directors and the city of St. Paul’s planning commission. He’s also frequently invited to speak about community engagement and social justice in the local Muslim community.