Community and Business Leaders Rallied Around Orange County Girl Scouts for a Forum on Relationship & Engagement Strategies Across Generations
IRVINE, Calif. (May 11, 2016) - It’s no secret that the generational gaps in today’s workforce are growing. Professionals are finding themselves managing teams from four different generations - each with unique strengths, weaknesses, needs, and attitudes – and the gaps are only growing in size as more baby boomers work past retirement and more tech-native millennials graduate. So how do we bridge the gaps between our generations and pave the way for young women entering the workforce to thrive?
A packed room of 180 Orange County business and community leaders rallied together with local Girl Scouts at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on Friday, May 6th for a much-needed conversation on this critical issue. The 5th Annual Voice for Girls event provided attendees with a foundation for understanding and navigating multi-generational work relationships and also inspired participants to prepare their own organizations and the communities they lead to welcome and embrace the contributions of the next generation entering the workforce.
Voice for Girls 2016 featured a keynote address by acclaimed psychologist, author, and generational speaker Dr. Rita M. Murray, an interactive table exercise, and a panel of Girl Scouts ages 15 - 18. Dr. Murray kicked off the morning by sharing how the era we are born in shapes the way we communicate and the words we use affect how we engage with one another. Attendees were then introduced to four generations active in today’s workplace –Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials – and given background on events that shaped each generation’s perspectives and how they relate to the work environment.
Following the keynote, attendees participated in an interactive table exercise led by Dr. Murray. Each table was given a generation to describe by their positive attributes. Among many qualities, the audience reported Traditionalists as having a strong work ethic with expertise and insight that is often undervalued, Baby Boomers as being adaptable consensus builders with high political savvy, Generation X as tech-forward trail blazers who value efficiency, social responsibility, and creativity, and Millennials who are adaptive, flexible, and have high emotional intelligence.
The table exercise was the perfect segue into the all Girl Scout panel, speaking on behalf of the next generation of girls entering the workforce. Panelists Katelyn Keen (18) of Laguna Niguel, Jessica Kent (17) of Huntington Beach, Phoebe Logier (16) of Anaheim, Sharleen Loh (15) of Placentia, and Rebeca Sofia Oropeza (16) of Yorba Linda “wowed” the audience with insights into their accomplishments – such as Katelyn’s publication of a children’s book Kids Go Green, comfort level with technology – Sharleen’s use of Genome Editing search and design tool CRISPR, and future aspirations – Jessica’s desire to pursue a career in sustainable energy sources. The audience also received rare insight into the heart of why the panelists have remained in Girl Scouts into their older years – as Jessica Kent put it best, Girl Scouts gave her an environment where anything is possible, where she could “try so many things” and “find her niche.”
Voice for Girls attendees took away new strategies to enhance their communications across generations in the workforce and left inspired to carry on the work of Girl Scouts by creating dynamic work environments where these bright and talented young women, and the over 21,000 Girl Scouts across Orange County who join them, can thrive when they enter the workforce.
About Girl Scouts
We are the Girl Scouts of Orange County. We’re 36,000 strong— more than 21,000 girls and nearly 15,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed` in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. And with programs in every zip code in Orange County, there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing. We’re the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.GirlScoutsOC.org.