Millennials, Regional Leaders Connect During Speed Networking

February 7th, 2014

February 7, 2014

Millennials, Regional Leaders Connect During Speed Networking

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Handshakes, business cards and ideas for the future of Northeast Indiana were all frequently exchanged last night by area Millennials, those roughly between the ages of 15 and 25, with leaders from across the region. The two groups participated in a speed networking event hosted by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships Millennial 2020 program.

MLA_ROC Speednetworking 2014

"It was great to learn that our regional leaders are willing to serve as mentors, sharing their personal experiences and helping us prepare to take on greater leadership roles in our careers and communities. And I enjoyed seeing that they are genuinely interested in hearing what our generation has to say," said Emilee Deming, a member of Millennial 2020's Millennial Leaders Alliance (MLA).

Almost 50 members of the MLA, the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC) and even Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana paired up across generational lines to discuss pre-selected discussion questions. The questions were designed to spark meaningful discussion between the emerging and established leaders and covered serious subjects like leadership styles, career paths and overcoming obstacles. The groups also had some fun together, responding to questions like "What would you name a racehorse?"

The event concluded with a reception so the groups could get to know each other further and continue conversations sparked during the question-and-answer session.

"I appreciated the opportunity to connect with so many enthusiastic and dedicated young adults in our region. It is evident from the passion they exhibit for Northeast Indiana that our future is in great hands. I look forward to watching their progress and accomplishments," said Parkview Health President and CEO Mike Packnett, who is chairman of the Partnership's governing board and a member of the ROC. The ROC is comprised of over 100 regional leaders and oversees the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership's Vision 2020 initiative.

Each year MLA members take an entrance and exit survey to measure the program's yearly impact. In the most recent round of surveys, 36.84% of Millennials said that they felt strongly attached to Northeast Indiana prior to participating on the MLA. At the end of the term, 69.23% of members said they were strongly attached to Northeast Indiana, an increase of 32.39%.

To view photos of the event, visit the Partnership's Flickr page.

Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020 , a regional initiative stewarded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, working to transform Northeast Indiana through the five pillars of 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. Millennial 2020 gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020's mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent. For more information about Millennial 2020, visit

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit



Courtney Tritch
Director of Marketing
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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