GenNext’s annual Summit conference explores our giving identities.

Almost 300 Winnipeggers committed to forging a better future for our city came together to exchange ideas and inspiration at the 2nd annual GenNext Summit – Our City: Identity at the RBC Convention Centre last month.

Emcees and GenNext Council members Jeromy Spence and Jenn Lusby welcome Summit goers.

Emcees and GenNext Council members Jeromy Spence and Jenn Lusby welcome Summit goers.

United Way Winnipeg’s GenNext includes hundreds of leaders committed to moving our community forward and giving of themselves to create meaningful social change in our city.

Keynote speakers included MaryAnn Kempe, United Way Campaign Cabinet member and Chief Human Resources Officer at Birchwood Automotive Group, and Sarah Giesbrecht, Manager at HR Services and GenNext Summit committee member, who presented a hands-on learning experience with the Define and Activate Your Impact in the Community workbook.

Sarah and MaryAnn guided Summit goers through a process of examining their passions, values, talents and inspiration to build a personal giving statement.

MaryAnn Kempe and Sarah Giesbrecht lead a workshop on defining and activating individual impact.

MaryAnn Kempe and Sarah Giesbrecht lead a workshop on defining and activating individual impact.

CBC Manitoba’s Marcy Markusa, Margorie Dowhos, and Nadia Kidwai hosted a GenNext Summit edition of CBC Asks to generate ideas about bringing our city together and explore our personal and collective legacies.

Marcy Markusa kicks off the CBC Asks session.

Marcy Markusa kicks off the CBC Asks session.

CBC's Nadia Kidwai and Bear Clan Patrol's Mitch Bourbonniere exchanging knowledge during a CBC Asks panel.

CBC’s Nadia Kidwai and Bear Clan Patrol’s Mitch Bourbonniere exchanging knowledge during a CBC Asks panel.

Dorota Blumczynska, Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), and Paul Mahon,  President and CEO of Great-West Lifeco, held a conversation titled Why We Do What We Do.

Bradley C. West truly set the stage for the Summit, providing inspiring messages and perspectives, both holistically and personally, throughout the day.

Bradley C. West

Other speakers include Derrick Coupland, a brand strategist and founder of Coupland & Company Limited, and Marc Kuly, professor at U of W and a past consultant for United Way agency partner Manitoba School Improvement Program

Passionate representatives from over a dozen United Way agency partners were also on hand to share stories and educate Summit participants about the amazing work being done in our communities, and the opportunities to contribute as volunteers.

An engagement opportunity came in the form of a Pop Up Day of Caring – the mobile form of a traditional United Way Day of Caring that provides workplaces and groups a hands-on opportunity to help out a United Way agency partner or non-profit organization with projects that contribute to local community development, renewal and pride. Summit participants assembled over 350 hygiene kits that were destined to help people in need at two United Way agencies.

Assembling hygiene kits during the Pop Up Day of Caring, which was generously supported by The North West Company.

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