by Carol Cain ... via Detroit Free Press
With more than 1,000 movers and shakers preparing to make the pilgrimage to Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber's conference May 29-31, I couldn't help but wonder: What if the Gen Y-ers were in charge of this event?
You know, the sons and daughters (even some grandkids) of boomers. The ones weaned on the Internet, who prefer tweeting about things rather than waxing poetic in newspaper op-ed pieces.
Instead of talking about the woeful state of public transit in the state as often happens at the conference, there's little chance the Gen Y-ers would have tolerated the endless chatter.
If there is a hallmark of this generation, it is impatience.
Not since our grandparents and great-grandparents' time has a generation been so smitten by the entrepreneurial bug and focused on the need to start endeavors they can call their own.
Perhaps their independent streak stems from seeing what happens when you rely on outside entities. Many have had front row seats to seeing what the Generous Motors culture has done to their parents. They also have grown up in the post-9/11 world.
It's wonderful some Gen Y-ers will be among boomers during an entrepreneurial panel at the conference. And they're making their way onto leadership boards.
Folks like Rishi Jaitly, 29-year-old director of the Knight Foundation, who moved here with his wife, Anuja, leaving a career at Google to co-found Michigan Corps, www.michigancorps.org, Kiva Detroit,www.kiva.org/detroit, and be a part of Detroit's rebirth.
"What excites me most about our generation is that we are a collection of civic-minded entrepreneurs who naturally see our purpose as engaging fellow citizens in their ideas and leadership," Jaitly said.