What would you say?

So in 17 days, I’ll be hopping on a flight to Austin for SXSW. In 21 days, I’ll be speaking on a panel with four of my fellow Gen-Y bloggers/pros/friends/future colleagues. I’m so freaking excited I can’t even stand it.

I’m excited because, HELLO, this is an awesome opportunity. I think we’re going to have an incredible discussion about why Gen-Y wants to work “with” you, not “for” you. I anticipate a lot of our Brazen buddies and other community members will be there. I also hope to see many of my mentors, some of which I met at the conference last year. I’m excited because just a year ago, I dreamed of someday speaking at SXSW, and now that “someday” is 23 days away. Safe to say that happened a little bit faster than I had planned.

I’m excited because there are a TON of people there that I’m super-stoked to finally meet offline. I’ve been talking to Jenny Blake for over a year now and we finally get to connect face to face. That’s going to be AMAZING! There are a bunch of students from USF that are coming, and I can’t wait to see them again and catch up on their lives in Tampa and see how their coursework is coming.

I’m excited because I want you guys to tell us what you want to hear. I know a handful of you will be at the panel – and we’ll obviously have video to share afterwards. So what do you want to hear? What parts of the Gen-Y reputation/stereotype/etc would you like to have discussed? Is there any part of “with” vs. “for” that you agree with? Disagree with?

This is a huge opportunity for five of us to have a voice. If you were on the panel – what would you say?

  • ahockley

    Sounds like an interesting panel… sadly the audience that *needs* to hear it probably won't be at SXSW. They'll be at home, grumbling about how they have to do real work while kids are down in Austin screwing around.

  • http://25andtrying.com Beth Oppenheim

    Thats an amazing topic and opportunity. Congratulations! I think its a great topic – and would definitely mention the community within community aspects of networking – i.e. finding your niche.
    And agreed – Jenny is awesome :)

  • patrickbjohnson

    The first thought that came to mind for me is how would I leverage the work “with” not “for” ideal to an HR manager. Ultimately one wouldn't be working with them. How can you make that idea stick for someone that strictly does hiring and not actually working in your environment with your potential co workers, etc.

  • http://www.lifeaftercollege.org jennyblake

    Aw, thanks Beth! You are too sweet, and the feeling is mutual :D Are you coming, btw?!

    To Sydney I would say: CANT WAIT TO MEET YOU IRL!!! LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY!!!

  • http://paulstamatiou.com Paul Stamatiou

    Is this your first year at SXSW? Last year was my first year.. and it was a *blast*! http://paulstamatiou.com/thoughts-on-sxswi-2009… I think my first tweet in that post pretty much sums it up. Although I hope to go to more panels this year.. last year was all networking/partying and all of 3 panels, oops!