GenNext looks to the future.

GenNext council makes plans, fall mixer coming up.

GenNext strategy session 2015

GenNext council members and United Way staff were smiling after their strategy session.

The GenNext council met August 25 at United Way for their 2015 strategy session to focus on how caring young Winnipeggers can create meaningful social change in Winnipeg.

“It was very encouraging and inspiring to hear this team of future leaders discussing the potential of GenNext to raise awareness about our community and its needs,” said Joanne Patenaude, who supports the GenNext program at United Way.

GenNext strategy session 2015

The council discussed ways to increase participation in GenNext, creating a strong vehicle for impassioned, positive change in Winnipeg.

Mixers – social gatherings for meeting other GenNexters and learning about philanthropic opportunities and the work of United Way agencies – were identified as valuable and fun events.

The next mixer is National Leasing’s GenNext Fall Mixer on September 10 with entertainment by Jamil the DJ & Mav-one, a guest speaker from Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, and catering from Mona Lisa Ristorante.

Details for future Days of Caring were talked about – a unique and intimate way for workplaces to give back to the community – and the newly-created GenNext newsletter was praised.

GenNext strategy session 2015

The possibility of a GenNext conference was also floated by the council.

“It’s never been done in Winnipeg. We’re hoping to bring a conference that would not only engage to the leaders in the workplace, the CEOs, but also engage the next generation of leaders,” said Joanne.

The strategy session was facilitated by Michelle Manary of ReframeHR.

GenNext strategy session 2015

GenNext council chair Adam Smoluk and session facilitator Michelle Manary of ReframeHR

GenNext chair Adam Smoluk sent a letter of thanks to Michelle after the session, noting that she “effectively engaged with everyone present, which led to the developing of a number of important and new initiatives.”

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