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Dirk from Minnesota is working to transform Minnesota by ‘leveraging journalism and networks to promote economic and social change.’.

Dirk DeYoung is a seasoned journalist and editor with over two decades of experience at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. As the Editor-in-Chief, he leads a team of 10 journalists to report on the most important local business news, offer exclusive analysis and business data, and create editorial products around events. Dirk's deep understanding of the business community and government in Minnesota allows him to provide a comprehensive and insightful perspective on the critical issues affecting the state.

Dirk's extensive background in journalism and managing editorial teams makes him an excellent collaborator for change in Minnesota. There is no doubt that Dirk is dedicated to using his influence to unite and transform Minnesota. Dirk's history includes reporting on government and business news in Minnesota, and it is clear that he has built strong relationships within these arenas. In addition, Dirk's commitment to high-quality customer service and relationships in broadcast and social media gives him the platforms needed to reach and collaborate with a broad range of people across the state.

Dirk is a native Minnesotan, having attended high school in Hopkins and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. His passion for the Land of 10,000 Lakes, combined with his impressive experience, make Dirk a key figure in ensuring that Minnesota continues to thrive culturally, socially, and economically. His leadership in the business community and commitment to transformation make Dirk DeYoung a wonderful asset to Minnesota.

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Dirk's work aligns with 5 of the United Nations.
Sustainable Development Goals.

To end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all - Dirk’s work contributes towards the 5 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

There is no point of United We Transform and working smart locally if we don’t connect to our wider humanity.

Dirk will cut through "Minnesota Nice” by sharing ‘their’ personality.

This is an AI generated perspective of Dirk’s personality. Research indicates accuracy of 95% for anyone with an online social presence.

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Dirk tends to be very stable, peaceful, and may seem reserved at times.


Dirk tends to be very people-oriented, so it's important that you show care and empathy for them as a person. Get to know them and build a relationship over time, rather than trying to pitch something huge right off the bat.

What comes naturally to Dirk

  • Remaining loyal to trusted companies and brands

  • Having a strong respect for authority

  • Writing a letter to communicate an idea or feeling.


Dirk may ask a lot of questions in order to understand and process information. Make sure to be patient and provide context in your explanation, don't force a quick response or try to switch subjects until they are ready. Don’t be overly aggressive.

When speaking to Dirk

  • Project politeness and respect (even at the expense of boldness)

  • Let them finish their sentences before talking

  • Share appreciation for their help


Dirk is motivated by predictability and stability. They will work well in an environment with established routine. Dirk also likes to support others and help them achieve their goals.

What motivates Dirk

  • Stability

  • Making a difference

  • Consistency


People probably respond really well to Dirk ’s natural warmth but it might take a little while before new people feel like they know them well. Dirk can initially be reserved and some of their colleagues might read that as unapproachable. They can overcome this issue with support to volunteer for projects and other activities that push them out of their comfort zone.

When working with Dirk

  • Give them time to adapt

  • Offer gentle and objective criticism

  • Expect resistance to major changes or risky situations

By publishing their virtual Fingerprint, allows others to get to know them a little better.

Dirk’s Fingerprint is created by mining 100+ public websites to create an index of weighted terms from Dirk’s online activity.

business community

broadcast media

social media

customer service

Business Journal

exclusive analysis

business data




business community

broadcast media

social media

customer service

Business Journal

exclusive analysis

business data




We share this information in order to break down silos, enable learning from others and empower collaboration across Minnesota.

A quick pause to thank our employers:

We can represent as individuals. But we also need to connect our companies, their products and budgets to transform….

How can we influence the media with our corporate budgets to make the changes necessary in our state?

Please check out my organizations website to see if it could serve yours.

Thank youMinneapolis/St. Paul Business Journalfor supporting United We Transform!

How can Dirk extended network contribute to enhancing local efforts?

To collaborate better, we need to connect across silos. We need to connect better within silos. Often times the best answer is just a cubicle away that you never would have thought of. Sometimes it is an ocean away.

We are now simply providing people here to help you connect and be more successful in your career, but right now… for Minnesota!

Vincent Pecararo
Digital Transformation Leader, Department of Defense

Digital Transformation
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Art Director, Creative Lead, theDifference Consulting

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Solution Designer, theDifference Consulting

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Facilitator, theDifference Consulting

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1/5 No social presense
2/5 Very little or inaccurate social data
3/5 Has details but doesn’t post/share/comment often
4/5 Active and accurate
5/5 Social leader

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