Posts Tagged ‘parents’

Podcast Interview With Teen Founder of

November 24th, 2009

Hi All!

I recently launched my new podcast show, Millennials In Motion, and each month I interview a Millennial (Gen Y) who is doing great things the world should know about. I also interview organizations that support young people in a variety of ways.

This week, I had the honor of interviewing Kendall Ciesemier, a 16 years old a junior at a suburban Chicago high school.  Kendall says she’s just “an average girl who wants to make a difference.” For the past five years, she’s been doing just that. Since 2004, Kendall has championed a cause to raise awareness and funds for AIDS orphans and African children in need.  It all started in 2003 when she saw an Oprah Christmas special about the plight of AIDS orphans in Africa.

Over the years, Kendall has inspired several thousands of students to raise funds individually or in groups to help vulnerable children in Africa. To date, Kids Caring 4 Kids has received over $760,000 in donations and drawn national attention including former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

She has also been named as one of the “Top 10 Youth Volunteers” in the U.S. receiving the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and one of Chicago magazine’s Chicagoans of the Year in 2007. Most recently, she was selected by Build-a-Bear Workshop as one of their 12 Huggable Heroes for 2009.

Be sure to listen to the interview where I ask:

1.     You started Kids Caring 4 Kids when you were only 11.  What made you decide to do this?

2.     What is the goal of Kids Caring 4 Kids?

3.     What kinds of projects does Kids Caring 4 Kids support?

4.     Since you started Kids Caring 4 Kids, what have been some of the most interesting or surprising developments?

5.     What else do you do with your free time (if you have any)?

6.     How can other people get involved in Kids Caring 4 Kids?

Kendall is an amazing young woman who is making a difference in society and in the world! If you’re a parent, have your kids listen to this interview! And regardless of how old you are, and what you do, you will be moved by Kendall’s spirit, drive, and heart.

Click here to listen to this inspiring interview now:

And be sure to check out Kendall’s website for more info about her journey, charter, and how you can get involved:

Thank you, Kendall! You rock, girl…keep up the great work 🙂

Bye for now,


NY Times: Bridging the Workplace Generation Gap

November 14th, 2009

Hi All!

I was recently interviewed for an interesting NY Times article: Bridging the Workplace Generation Gap: It Starts With A Text, written by staff reporter, Alina Tugend.

It’s filled with interesting stats and research findings about the current generational gaps within the workforce. Here’s a snippet of the article:

…The point, she says, is not to look like a 26-year-old or even to necessarily act like one, but to be open to the fact that times have changed. And if we 40-plus-year-olds refuse to acknowledge that, we’re only punishing ourselves.

This is particularly true in the workplace. Much of the baby boom generation is going to want to — and, in many cases, going to have to — stay on the job longer. “But we won’t be working with our fellow septuagenarians, but with people our children’s ages,” Ms. Satran says.

Now, the generation gap is nothing new. In fact, it seems most people have recognized it since at least 40 years ago. In a Pew Research Center survey released this summer, 79 percent of respondents said they thought there was a generation gap, slightly higher than the 74 percent who answered affirmatively to the same question in a 1969 Gallup poll.

What’s interesting is that the generational divide is far less obvious than in the 1960s. Parents and their children dress similarly now, at least in casual clothes, and may listen to some of the same music. We don’t hear the ’60s slogan “You can’t trust anyone over 30,” but that’s probably because our children are silently texting it rather than shouting it.

Yes, much of what divides us now is technology. According to the Pew survey, while three-quarters of adults age 18 to 30 say they use the Internet daily, only four in 10 adults age 65 to 74 do so.

But be sure to click here to read the whole thing! I’m quoted on Page 2 of the article!

This is the second time Alina has interviewed me for one of her stories, so thank you, Alina, for the interview and mention!

Bye for now!



How Millennial Moms Are Different from Older Generations

November 03rd, 2009

Hi All,

Clearly I have been swamped! My blogging time has suffered, but there’s only so many hours in a day…

I came across this article a week ago but just now getting around to telling YOU about it. See? I am behind. I spoke at the big SEMA event in Vegas yesterday, and then head to Philly on Thursday to speak at the Annual SOPHE Conference. Lots happening!! Oh, and my new book, Millennials Into Leadership, is coming out in 2 weeks. I need to clone me right now.

Here’s the scoop: So much time is spent on discussing Millennials (aka Gen Y) as kids and/or young 20-somethings, but the eldest are now in their late-20’s and are “adults”. Even to this day when I conduct seminars about generations at work, Millennials in the workforce, etc. people have a hard time grasping the concept that millions of Millennials are close to 30 years old. “Older” people seem to think the eldest are still only 22, just graduating college or entering their first jobs.

Well, here’s the reality: We’ve got tons of Millennials out there becoming parents, and they are over 25 years old. The “Millennial Mom” movement is in full affect! And, no, I’m not referring to teen pregnancy. I’m referring to adult young woman having kids at around the same age their parents, or yours, probably did.

Back to the article I wanted to share…Brandon Evans, Managing Partner, Chief Strategy Officer for N.Y.-based social marketing agency Mr Youth. wrote an interesting blog post entitled “Millennial Mom 101”, outlining the 4 ways Millennial Moms mirror college students. I’ll give you an excerpt, but be sure to click here to read the whole thing.

And, if you’re interested in receiving a free White Paper with more stats and info about Millennials entering Mommyhood, visit to download it!

Here are 2 of the ways Millennial Moms mirror college students that Brandon discusses…click here to read all 4!

Moms and college students have long been critical targets for brands, moms for their hefty control of household spending and college students for the important transitional life stage they are in, which shapes their brand preferences for years to come.

Most Millennials, born between 1977 and 1996, are well within their baby-rearing years. These new parents have been raised on the Internet, email, SMS and IM and quickly adopted social networking in their teens or early 20s. What may have seemed like two polar opposites a decade ago now bear considerable resemblance as a result of changes in communications spawned by technology.

4 Ways Millennial Moms Mirror College Students

I. They’re Multi-Tech Multi-Taskers

Family Management 2.0: As do college kids, Moms view technology as a way to integrate all areas of their lives. According to BSM Media, moms’ primary objective in using technology is for scheduling and to stay in touch with their busy families. In fact, 65% of moms use five or more separate technologies each day, including video, blogs and wireless devices to multi-task.

Unlikely Tech Trendsetters: In a recent study of over 1,000 people that included 300 moms and 300 college students, conducted through Mr Youth’s RepNation word-of-mouth influencer network, a nearly identical percentage of moms (49%) and college students (48%) agreed with the statement, “I am enthusiastic about learning about the latest products and technologies.”

II. They Build Communities To Ease Transition

It Takes a Virtual Village: As moms seek advice and reassurance, many turn to online support systems to help them raise their children. Millennial Moms use this digital community to reinforce their parenting ideas or seek out new ones that fit instead of looking for “expert” books and advice that promote a singular way of thinking.

Community Leaders: While online communities first targeted the youth market, moms could be the ideal users. A recent study by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association found that moms are 10% more likely to be on Facebook, nearly 10% more likely to be on MySpace and more likely to be on Twitter than the general adult population.

Social Networkers Anonymous: Communicating online has become an integral part of moms’ daily lives. While addiction may be a strong word, the Mr Youth/RepNation study found that half visit social networking sites “many times a day.” Moms’ usage patterns are a major driving force for why women’s online communities are among the fastest-growing Internet categories.

Be sure to read the complete article, and download the free White Paper, here!

Bye for now…

OH! And be sure to follow me on Twitter @GenerationsGuru !


Interesting Blog Discusses Millennials Becoming Parents

July 24th, 2009

Hi All!

I follow Carol Phillips’s blog, Millennial Marketing, where she discusses trends about Millennials (aka Gen Y) “as consumers” (whereas I focus on them as employees in the workforce). Carol is the President of BrandAmplitude, and a Marketing Professor at the University of Notre Dame, so I find her insights to be very interesting and valuable.

She recently wrote a blog entitled “Millennials: A New Generation of Family Values”. Yep, Millennials certainly are not “kids” anymore. The eldest Millennials are reaching their late-20s, so starting families are becoming part of their reality.

Here’s an excerpt from Carol’s blog post, but click on the link above to read the entire article! She dive into “What types of parents will Millennials be?” Interesting, considering we’ve spent so much time talking about THEIR “Helicopter Parents” and up-bringing.

“For first-wave Millennials like myself, we were coming of age just as all the characters on FRIENDS were starting to settle down and even have babies. I think girls my age thought “Why am I going to waste a decade trying to find myself, when in the end what I’m looking for is a family?”

There’s more than anecdotal evidence that a baby boomlet may be on the way. Birthrates per women reached the magical 2.1 population replacement rate in 2006 for the first time since 1971. More babies were born in 2007 than even during the height of the baby boom. Studies of values shows Millennials put having a family as a goal. According to longitudinal survey of high school students conducted by the College Board, 77% of students nationwide say “raising a family” is an “essential” or “very important” life objective. In 1977, by comparison, just 59 percent of students gave the same level of importance to raising a family.

Cool stuff…thanks, Carol, for your great insights. I love your blog posts!

Bye for now,


Website Features Children Doing Great Things for Society

July 07th, 2009

Hi All,

I’m going to keep this blog post short. There is a terrific website called It highlights great stories of young kids (around 7-17 years old) who have supported causes, created fundraisers, created foundations, helped strangers, etc. 

These are stories of Millennials who have, at a young age, done their part to change the world in some way. And the website also has info on: Ideas parents can share with their kids; ideas for schools; and how you can nominate a child to be featured for something great they have done, or are doing, for society.

Just wanted to share this info…very inspiring!

Bye for now,


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