By birth year, I am either the youngest of the Baby Boomers or the oldest of the Gen-Xers, depending on which classification chart you want to use. Either way I am one, if not two, generations removed from the Millennials.
Like many other people my age, I hear the grumblings about the Millennials as they enter the workforce – spoiled and non-motivated with an overinflated sense of entitlement. It’s easy to jump on this bandwagon of skepticism. Complaining that the younger generation does not share our strong work ethic is a natural part of the aging process. It’s what turned us into our parents, and what turned them into their parents.
With a stroke of luck, before I was drawn into the vortex of skepticism, I received a phone call from Eva. She is my husband’s cousin. She is a Senior at a small, Midwestern, liberal arts college, and is actively involved in the Women’s Center on her campus. Eva knows about the coaching that I do at Leadhership1, and she was hoping that I would come be a speaker at her school.
I immediately jumped at the opportunity. The idea of expanding Leadhership1 to include coaching women before they entered the workforce was very exciting to me. One discussion led to another, and soon we were talking about creating a project much bigger than simply one visit to campus. We talked about creating a project that would give a strong, smart voice to the women leaders on her campus, and to women leaders on other campuses as well. Very quickly, the idea for the M-Project was born.
At its core, the M-Project is an extension of everything I do at Leadhership1. It’s about helping women (regardless of age) create success and sanity in their lives. I guess that’s why creating the M-Project feels so natural to me, like something I’m supposed to be doing.
I have had so much fun getting to know our two student directors (Eva and Mirjam)along with our other charter members Kaitlin, Cate, Jess, Emily, and Cassie. They are amazing women. Together we hope to grow the M-Project to include hundreds of women. Our ambition for this project is endless.
Looking back, it all started with a single phone call from a Millennial to a Baby Boomer. If that doesn’t speak to the power of cross-generational communication, I don’t know what does. If you have not spent a lot of time talking to the Millennials lately, I highly recommend that you do. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Their stories are our future, and from what I can see, it’s a great future waiting for all of us.