More than 100 organizations will descend on the Chase Center on the Riverfront next month for the state’s first Millennial Summit — a daylong leadership and development conference for young professionals.
Behind it are entrepreneurs Charles Vincent, founder of the Summit’s organizing sponsor, Innovincent, and Robert Herrera, founder of The Mill and WhyFly. Herrera, a former designer and architect, has more than a passing interest in forecasting millennial habits around housing, workplace environments and other trends.
Tickets for the Aug. 1 event run from $99 to $150, depending on your age. Here’s the preliminary agenda.
Vincent and Herrera gave us a detailed breakdown on what to expect from this first-of-its-kind-in-Delaware event:
Technical.ly Delaware: What’s the Millennial Summit, and why should we be excited about it?
Charles Vincent & Robert Herrera: This is the first of its kind young professionals conference in Delaware organized by young professionals for young professionals. By taking the best of larger national conferences like the Forbes Under 30 Summit and the Collision Conference, and with the help of nearly every organization in the state with a young professional arm, we have built something that hopefully will start to connect those in Delaware who are looking to get involved with those groups who can help them actually learn how to become a change agent.
One of the most exciting things about the #MILLSUMMIT (and there are many) is the arts section. There will be a breakout section in the morning focused on answering the question of how can you make the arts relevant to millennials. From those breakouts, there will be as many as four different potentially actionable ideas that will emerge. After the #MILLSUMMIT, maybe two weeks later, there will be another discussion panel, which will be attended by decision makers in different arts-sector organizations and hopefully many attendees from the #MILLSUMMIT who attended the breakouts on Aug. 1. Those ideas will be narrowed down to one, and that one idea will be turned into a reality and supported by and implemented into the organizational schedule of many of these arts organizations. It will also have some seed money to get started, and this will be provided in part by the #MILLSUMMIT.
TD: How did the Summit come to be?
CV & RH: We met more than a year ago after being introduced by Pauline Himics and have been collaborating on a few different potential projects before the #MILLSUMMIT emerged from one of those discussions. A common problem we have found that many organizations have boils down to two related issues: how to recruit and retain the millennial workforce and how to bridge the generational divide in the workplace. Many organizations in Wilmington are trying to solve that problem. The #MILLSUMMIT is our way of bringing everyone to the table and talk about it in a more focused, and fun way.
TD: How can people get involved?
CV & RH: The best way anyone can get involved is to go to the #MILLSUMMIT and meet some new people and learn about some of the different organizations that are really moving the needle in and around Delaware. They can learn more or register at millsummit.com.
TD: Anything else?
CV & RH: We would love to get some more young professionals involved with the planning process for the 2018 #MILLSUMMIT, which will get underway later this fall. Anyone interested in that should contact Robert or Charlie at email@example.com (after Aug. 2).
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