The conference with a difference – you.

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There’s a new formula for success emerging among the millennial generation that’s causing organizations to think differently.

Being professionally successful isn’t enough for us – we need and want our work to connect us to a higher purpose.

We have the will and the energy, but it isn’t always easy to see how we can personally effect change through our work in Winnipeg, or to realize how we can make a big difference in the community.

United Way Winnipeg’s GenNext Summit is a day-long gathering of the next generation of community leaders, to activate our ideas about how we take care of each other in this city and to empower each other to challenge conventional beliefs about how we think, live and act.

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If cost is a barrier to participation, please contact Susan Boissonneault at

What can you expect at the Summit?

The next generation has already challenged the status quo in the workforce, and the GenNext Summit brings together the people who think disruptively about our roles in pushing forward the change that we want to see in our city. We know our life means more than the work we do, and the Summit strives to reduce the barriers to community involvement—and make the introduction to why we can be more impactful when we work together.

This year’s Summit, emceed by Keith Macpherson, celebrates the innovation happening right here in our city—giving access to inspiration from forward-thinkers who created a new experience that didn’t exist before; who saw an alternative way of doing things to solve a problem; or who simply committed to doing something differently in their own life to make a big difference in another life.

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What you’ll experience at the Summit

8:30     Welcome and Official Greetings

9:15     InVision Edge: Breakthrough Thinking

10:15   Coffee Break

10:30   Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council: TRC92: A Conversation
Presented by Birchwood Automotive
Moderator: MaryAnn Kempe

11:30   Networking Lunch & GenNext Connect
Meet our agency partners doing amazing work in our community

12:30   Impact Studio: Building the City We Want to Live In,
Presented by Johnston Group
Moderator: InVision Edge and friends

2:15     Coffee Break

2:30     GenNext Talks: 7×7
Presented by TD Bank Group

Carmyn Aleshka

Sonya Ballantyne
Cree filmmaker

Mitch Bourbonniere
Mama Bear Clan

Lucille Bruce & Betty Edel
End Homelessness Winnipeg

Jessica Floresco
Mother Earth Recycling

Diane Roussin
Winnipeg Boldness Project

Aly Raposo
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

3:30     End

Need to convince your boss?

This unique personal and professional development opportunity is just the thing you’ve been looking for—now how do you get the time off work and the cost of the ticket covered? Here’s an email you can customize to persuade your manager that the Summit will help you be better at your job—and help your organization’s bottom line.

Sample Persuasive Email

Our incredible sponsors

Days like this don’t happen without dedicated, community-minded sponsors. We can’t thank these generous organizations enough for believing so much in Winnipeg’s future.

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