The nature of belonging and gathering is an important concept to millennials according to the Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2025 study published by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. All of us have an instinctive need to belong and be involved regardless of generational sub-groupings. What separates millennials from other generations is that they live globally because of the latest technology and communications but act locally. “Millennials want to have a great impact on their community and their world, work with a team, get things done,” John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll, has said. The Lakefront Career Network (LCN) is a dynamic group of Young Professionals (YP’s) who want to do exactly that.
LCN was established in 2015 as a Michigan City Chamber-supported program for YP’s to network, develop professionally, and engage with the community in a meaningful way and has over 300 registered participants. The LCN has played a significant role in championing issues that will impact not only their generation but future generations. This year will bring an expanded focus on community outreach, education and professional engagement. I encourage your organization, business and ownership to connect with LCN because they are the leadership of the future. At 70 million strong in the United States millennials will make up most of the workforce by 2025. The time is now for all of us to belong and gather.
Mary Jo Orlowski