Wednesday, September 18, 2013

San Diego Business Journal - Emerging Generation: 25 In Their 20's

Gen Y in the workplace.  Such a hot topic in the last 5 years and for the most part, I have not been very fond of the articles written on my generation.  Tonight I got to attend the San Diego Business Journal's 1st Annual Emerging Generation:  25 In Their 20's awards reception at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station.  I do not know what I expected, but I have to say, I came away both humbled and proud.  Humbled by the major accomplishments of my peers and proud because those accomplishments were so altruistic and reflective of global citizens.

As a quick sampling of the talent in the room, let me share two examples.  Jeffrey Harding founded Recycle San Diego in 2006 and today recycles over 85 tons of e-waste each month.  Jenny Amaraneni and Dana Holiday started SOLO Eyewear, a company that makes handcrafted sunglasses from recycled bamboo, which, if that was not cool enough, the proceeds of each purchase have restored vision for over 6500 people in 19 different countries.  How can you say that's the reflection of a selfish, entitled generation?

At the end of the day, I think tonight's event reinforced in me that you need to remember that we are all still individuals.  Whatever you say about Gen Y is still going to be a mass generalization.  I’m sure there are those of my generation that are lazy and spoiled but there are those of us that are also extremely loyal and hardworking.   

Plus, we’re the majority of the workforce.  There’s no avoiding working with or hiring us.  And those who can understand us, unlock our potential, and invest in us will have a competitive edge over those who have written us off.

Michael and Shanna, I love you guys!  It's getting to work with such a rockstar team that makes me excited to go to work everyday.  Thank you for believing and investing in me.

Also, a shout out to two of my high school friends that also got nominated - Carrie Miller and Tim Hutter.  It was great to catch up with you this evening.  You both inspire and amaze me.  It was truly a pleasure.  Cheers and Congratulations! 

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