Representing the Citizens League's fresh, forward-thinking approach to expand and engage its young adult membership, the Emerging Leaders Committee formed in 2008 to create events and opportunities for younger generations. The committee achieves its goals through targeted communication strategies utilizing familiar technology, programming aimed at participants ages 21-35 and building civic capacity among its peers -- all while supporting the Citizens League's innovative policy development mission.
What do we do?The Emerging Leaders Committee embraces a "casting-a-wide-net" approach to captivate the millenials. It all started with committee throwing Policy and a Pint after parties at the Loring Pasta Bar's red room. Remarkably, the committee learned, young folks yearned for more. Since then, the committee's agenda continues to evolve and includes such activities as:
- Planning the very successful Generation Gap event at Five Event Center. There, Citizens League members participated in a dialogue on how the experience of previous generations can be leveraged and combined with the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of the millennial generation to create important policy decisions and change going forward.
- In 2009, commencing a bimonthly networking happy hour series at Sweeney's on March 11th with the theme of "Minnesota Firsts."
- Hosting a bimonthly intergenerational event for young leaders to learn from some of the Citizens League's veteran members, who boast a lifetime of public policy and civic leadership experience. The inaugural event was held on March 25th, 2009, hosted by senior leader Dick McFarland, Chairman of RBC Wealth Management.
- Organizing the ambassadors program, through which experienced members help new members figure out how to get involved with the Citizens League.
Who's involved?The committee is made up of Citizens League members who are passionate about and committed to assisting important policy change in Minnesota. The committee encompasses a wide spectrum of backgrounds and interests, but its members come together on common ground for the common good of its communities and its generation.
If you are interested in joining the group and getting involved, please contact Catherine Beltmann (cbeltmann[at]citizensleague.org).
And find us at the upcoming Citizens League events!