Over the last year, I’ve found myself complaining about the younger generation. I know … I know … everyone has a thing or two to say about those little whippersnappers. I’ve said things like they “feel entitled” and have “little initiative” and frankly, I have been a bit disappointed in their work ethic. I’m not trying to generalize, but it feels like the older I get, the younger generation’s symptoms get worse. You think there might be a direct correlation with my age? Nah … Because I like to keep things fair and objective, I should say that this generation has some attributes that are truly appealing. They are technologically savvy, can type like nobody’s business and they value their family and friend time. The other area that makes them endearing to me is that they like to volunteer to help the underprivileged among them. Volunteering their time to support charities in the community, sit on boards and give of themselves is pretty awesome — I mean totally rad. It’s so rad that we partnered the “Me Generation” of the 80s and the CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser with today’s generation of do-gooders who are consistently “Caring About Women Locally.” Now, let me be clear, women of all ages are out there taking care of others. This year, we’ve just found an amazing young woman who has taken her community by storm. At this year’s homage to one of the best decades, we recognized Lindsay Peters, Director of Marketing and Development at Eaton Rapids Medical Facility. She grew up in the Eaton Rapids community and instead of moving away and using her talents elsewhere, she committed herself to making a difference closer to home. Lindsay sits on multiple boards in her community and has dedicated herself to shining a light on the good and spending time supporting women, children and families in need. She is a definite bright spot in her generation and it was our pleasure at CAWLM to recognize her accomplishments. March was an extremely busy month for all of us here at M3 Group. Some of you might be aware that we publish the Greater Lansing Business Monthly now and that publication also had a big event in March, the Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards. Congrats again to all of our nominees and winners this year. I also want to thank all the sponsors of our events. AT&T, Jackson and Dean Transportation truly came through to highlight the 80s and support Lansing Promise. And, MSU Federal Credit Union was our top sponsor of the Entrepreneurial Awards. Without them, the events just wouldn’t happen. My team was pulling double duty and really shined. They probably all need a break, however, there is no rest for the weary. There’s always another issue of the publication and event on the horizon. The next event you might want to know about is the Connections and Coffee series, sponsored by the Greater Lansing Business Monthly and the University Club of MSU. The first one will be April 22 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will have two five-minute presentations and 45 minutes of networking. Go to www.lansingbusinessnews.com to learn more. A summer Connections and Coffee is set for July 22. The other event to think about is the CAWLM Lady Classic golf outing held in September every year. I love to think about this event now based on the crazy winter we’ve had this year. At this point in the season, I hope you’ve thawed out and are ready to celebrate the spring. Get yourselves outside and get some sun on your faces. It’s time. Have a great spring and Happy Easter, Tiffany Dowling | Publisher
Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.