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February 14
​Minnesota Next: Millennials, Leadership, and the Information Economy

Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting

Paul Mattessich, Wilder Research executive director and Minnesota Compass project director, welcomed a full house at the 6th Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting held February 11 at Wilder Center. The event featured guest speakers Marilee Grant, MN director of community relations, Boston Scientific; Trista Harris, president, Minnesota Council on Foundations; and Jennifer Ford Reedy, president, Bush Foundation.

Shaping our Future: Millennials Outnumber Boomers
Compass Project Manager Craig Helmstetter and researcher Jane Tigan, paired up to highlight trends about our next generation of business and civic leaders, millennials age 14 to 33. Perhaps the most surprising trend: millennials make up the largest share of Minnesota’s population.

Navigating a Changing Workplace: STEM Skills are Critical
Marilee Grant highlighted the important role of STEM (science, technology, math, and science) in meeting future workforce needs. She described the collaborative effort to build a cradle-to-career STEM framework to identify needs and target resources most effectively.

Engaging Millennials; Inspiring Action
Trista Harris and Jennifer Ford Reedy provided insight on how we can successfully mentor and engage this next generation of leaders to promote our communities' quality of life. Trista told the audience to expect that the next generation of leaders will disrupt the traditional ways of doing things-they are going to tear it apart, take what works, and build new things. Jennifer Ford Reedy advised the audience to look to the positive when framing your story. She pointed out a lot of good news stories have been overlooked because the bad news gets the spotlight. For example, a common perception among Americans is that serious crime is on the rise. However, that is not true. Compass data show the serious crime rate has gone from 35 per 1,000 in 2000 to 28 per 1,000 in 2012. She cautioned nonprofits and advocates to frame challenges in a way that still gives people hope that they can make an impact.

The Buzz
Find out what people are saying about the event on Storify.
View photos from the event on Facebook.

Learn More
Check out Compass Points to see key trends in Minnesota.

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