More than 500 attendees from 100+ organizations are expected to come and learn from 80+ speakers about leadership, service, and how you can take charge, get involved, and make an impact in your career and community
Wilmington, DE, July 18, 2018 – A diverse coalition of young professionals from organizations throughout the state has spent the past year planning the second annual Millennial Summit leadership and development conference. The 2018 #MILLSUMMIT will be held on Tuesday, August 7 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Led by Charlie Vincent of Spur Impact and Robert Herrera of the Mill, the planning committee is bringing dozens of national, regional, and local experts as well as business leaders to Delaware. Last year's event drew more than 350 attendees from seven states. This year, the planning committee hopes to inspire more than 500 professionals from across the region and country.
"Our goals for the Millennial Summit this year have been focused largely on building the momentum from last year's event and creating another unique and fun experience for young professionals that will leave them inspired afterwards to get more involved," says Charlie Vincent, Co-Founder of the Millennial Summit and Executive Director of Spur Impact, the Delaware nonprofit that organizes and manages the Millennial Summit.
Robert Herrera, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the Mill and the Millennial Summit, agrees. "Our generation wants to get involved and often we can't easily connect with those organizations already working on finding sustainable solutions to various problems. We built the #MILLSUMMIT on the idea that bringing everyone together under one roof can spark real dialogue and positively spur impact in our community because they can meet new people, hear about exciting new ideas, and get plugged into many great organizations."
There are more than 70 different speakers who will be part of different panel discussions and breakout sessions throughout the conference, including 3 keynotes:
- Primary Keynote: Katie Meyler, CEO and Founder of More Than Me, a nonprofit that uses education as a catalyst for transformative social change for every girl in Liberia, Africa. Meyler was named Time Person of the Year in 2014 (at age 32) for her work on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. The primary keynote address is sponsored by Capital One, the Title Sponsor for the 2018 Millennial Summit.
- Opening Keynote: Devon Still, CEO of Still in the Game. Still is a Howard High School of Technology (Wilmington, DE) graduate and retired NFL player who also helps raises money for pediatric cancer research and families through the Still Strong Foundation.
- Closing Keynote: Jasmine Crowe, CEO of Goodr, a food waste management company that uses blockchain technology to connect businesses with local charities and has helped transfer nearly a million pounds of food from restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores to different food shelters and food banks around Atlanta in only two years.
Other more prominently known speakers and panelists at the Millennial Summit this year include Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long Delaware State Treasurer Ken Simpler, Wilmington Mayor Michael S. Purzycki, Cerron Cade (Secretary of Labor, Delaware Department of Labor), Sarah McBride (National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign), Kristen Cambell (Executive Director, PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement)), Layla Zaidane (Chief Operating Officer, Millennial Actio Project), Angel Rich (CEO, WealthyLife), Alisa Morkides (Owner, Brew Ha Ha! and Brandywine Coffee Roasters), and TJ Hanna (President, Harvey Hanna). Representatives from organizations including Capital One, Microsoft, M&T Bank, The Chemours Company, University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours, DANA, and Delaware Community Foundation will also be speaking at the Millennial Summit. More about the speakers and schedule are online at millsummit.com.
In addition to the many different breakouts during the day, attendees will also get the opportunity to interact with many other organizations and experience other cool things like:
- A business strategy simulation contest where area high school students will be competing. Hosted by Wilmington University, DelawareCAN, and PNC Bank, the championship round will be held at the Millennial Summit.
- The #Nonprofitluau, a speed networking lunch featuring 20 different nonprofits (led by Tapp Network)
- A Rotary-sponsored lunch that will be attended by many local Rotarians
- Free business portraits will be taken on site thanks to Foschi Photography
- WDEL will be broadcasting live at the event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Pre-summit panel discussion on balancing personal and professional social media led by Gaby Indellini (Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau) (Monday, August 6)
- Post-summit networking happy hour at Constitution Yards (featuring Grace Otley, a local artist and electric violinist)
#MILLSUMMIT attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the Delaware National Guard's War on Hunger and other household supplies like laundry detergent, toiletries, and first aid kids for the homeless supported by Family Promise of Northern New Castle County.
Despite the moniker, #MILLSUMMIT offers something for everyone, regardless of age or seniority. Registration prices range from $99 to $150/person depending on age. Discounts are available for students and employees of nonprofits and government agencies. In addition to the above, registration includes:
- Discount on the post-summit networking happy hour at Constitution Yards (Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
- Optional attendance at the social media panel discussion (Monday, August 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Use of the Millennial Summit app to connect and interact with everyone throughout the day and after the conference
Doors for the Millennial Summit open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, with the event starting at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information or to register, visit millsummit.com.
About the Millennial Summit
The Millennial Summit is a one day experience designed to help connect young professionals, difference makers, rising stars, and other leaders who want to make an impact in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. #MILLSUMMIT will inspire everyone who attends to speak up and get involved with our community, grow professionally, meet other visionaries and innovators trying to move the needle, and empower you to take a seat at the table and start making a difference. Learn more at millsummit.com.
About Spur Impact
Spur Impact Association is a Delaware-based nonprofit whose mission is to be the premier hub developing, engaging, and inspiring tomorrow's leaders by fostering connections with people, nonprofits, and businesses to promote growth personally, professionally, and philanthropically. The Millennial Summit is an initiative of the Spur Impact. For more information, visit spurimpact.org.
About The Mill
Located in Wilmington, the Mill provides a shared, community-driven workspace for location-independent workers, entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. Learn more at themillspace.com.
About Tapp Network
Tapp Network provides innovative digital marketing and technology solutions to nonprofits and mission-driven enterprises to make the world a better place. Learn more at www.TappNetwork.com.