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2010 SXSWi Panel with Sydney Owen, Ryan Paugh, Elysa Rice, Nisha Chittal, Ben Smithee

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My favorite panel at SXSW

  • Mar 19, 2010

Biggest Takeaway

There is still a crazy divide between generation X and Y workers. While it seems that everybody is willing to understand each side, nobody can find the direct way to get both sides to see eye to eye. I loved how interactive this panel was at SXSW. Rather than listening to the panelists speak for the entire hour, folks from the audience from both generations got up and asked questions, expressed viewpoints and challenged opinions from everybody in the room. At first, this was a bit awkward, but as the session got more into it, it seemed as if the town-hall like setting of casual interjections and passive aggressive statements were being accepted in a respectful manner.

Biggest takeaway for me was probably the realization that Generation Y may in fact have the biggest internal gap of talent than any other generation. There is a lot of people out there who suck in every way possible when it comes to professional development. Some make me embarrassed to be part of the generation Y category. But acknowledging what great talent is out there within my generation makes we wonder just how wide the gap is...

Best / Worst Quotes

"Rather than a work-life balance, generation Y is seeking more a work-life blend."

"Lack of loyalty happens when uncertainty of why we belong in the bigger picture starts forming." -Response to a question asked on gen Y's issue of loyalty. 

"Generation Y doesn't feel 'entitled' but more so 'empowered' today." -Comment made about breaking the resentment carried by Generation X towards Generation Y. 

My favorite panel at SXSW

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March 19, 2010
Caught this on your FB page!  Work-life blend?  I can feel that :P  Great review, Angelo.  You're one of the Gen Y-ers who I'm proud to be in the category with.  Oh, and to work with, too ;)
March 19, 2010
Thanks for this review! I wanted to make this panel but other things came up. I'm loving catching up on what I missed at SXSWi on Lunch!
March 19, 2010
Love how much you loved this experience. For whatever bad rap there is going for gen Y - rest assured that you personally defy every single stereotype of that group. You're the rockin-est gen Y'er I know when it comes to work ethic and professionalism ; )
March 20, 2010
This review and this comment almost made me tear up. I agree wholeheartedly.
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BEST panel i've been to at #sxswi, period. #sxgeny
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Event Description:Put aside the negative stereotypes of entitled, rebellious 20-somethings and take a minute to dig deeper and see what makes ustick. At almost 80 million strong, the Gen Y workforce is shaping the cubicle nation and the way brands are forced to engage consumers. It's more than a desire to wear t-shirts and jeans to work; it's a new mindset. As we digital natives migrate into a workplace full ofBoomers and Gen Xers, worlds collide. Truly learn the concept of ''with'' vs. ''for'' straight from the minds of 5 diverse and successfulGen Yers!Hilton DMonday, March 15 at 12:30 PM
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