GenNext Summit: Momentum inspires Winnipeg leaders to make change

400 of Winnipeg’s brightest community leaders attend 3rd annual United Way Winnipeg GenNext Summit.

For the past three years, hundreds of people focused on creating a better city for everyone joined forces at United Way Winnipeg’s GenNext Summit. The one-day development and networking conference is an opportunity for Winnipeg’s next generation of leaders to gather, listen, discuss, challenge, and be inspired. It’s a chance to start a conversation about what we are doing well as a community, and what we can do better.

GenNext Summit: Momentum brought 400 of Winnipeg's brightest leaders to the RBC Convention Centre in October.

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The 2018 Summit theme was Momentum. It was built on the notion that Winnipeg’s young change agents have already started the movement towards building a better Winnipeg. They have the ambition and the ideas to take ownership and affect meaningful change in our communities. The GenNext Summit was an opportunity to bring those leaders together and give them space to join forces on this collective goal.

The Summit included a keynote from Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North Sports & Entertainment, who gave his insight on leadership and the power of taking action. Jane Helbrecht, past Chair of the GenNext Council, challenged people to think about what they would do if they knew they couldn’t fail during her workshop What’s Stopping You?

During the GenNext Talks: 7×7 session, seven dynamic local individuals each spoke for 7 minutes. They shared their vision to ignite passions and inspire people to act towards a better Winnipeg. They included Evan Maydaniuk , MARL & Princess Auto; Dorota Blumczynska, IRCOM; Tessa Blaikie-Whitecloud, One Just City; Nils Vik, Parlour Coffee; Alexa Joy Potashnik, BlackSpace; Kristy Muckosky, Thrive Community Support Circle; and
Michael Champagne, AYO.

The day ended with the first ever GenNext Impact Studio – a smart, interactive session that gave attendees the chance to work together on a common issue, and possible solutions. This final session left the audience with the understanding that together we can create change and unite our communities.

One of about 20 United Way Winnipeg agency partners sharing knowledge at the Summit during the lunchtime GenNext Connect session.

One of about 20 United Way Winnipeg agency partners sharing knowledge at the Summit during the lunchtime GenNext Connect session.

The 2018 GenNext Summit Committee and United Way Winnipeg GenNext Manager Susan Boissonneault (right).

The 2018 GenNext Summit Committee and United Way Winnipeg GenNext Manager Susan Boissonneault (right).

Save the date for the 2019 GenNext Summit:

Thursday, October 24!

The GenNext Manifesto, created through the input of 2018 Summit goers.

The GenNext Manifesto, created through the input of 2018 Summit goers.