Second season of CNN Dialogues features forum on Millennials

CNN's Ali Velshi moderates event at the Rialto Center Oct. 4

Oct. 2, 2012


The first full year of CNN Dialogues culminates in Atlanta with a live event on the Millennial generation — how members of this generation are changing how we work, live and think. Born after 1981, Millennials are more multicultural, less religious, more educated and more technologically savvy than older generations.  

"The Millennial Generation: Changing the Way We Do Business" will be held at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth Street, NW) on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Emory's James Weldon Johnson Center for the Study of Race and Difference.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Millennials make up just under a quarter of the American workforce — and that share is growing. Participants in the CNN Dialogues forum will discuss the role of Millennials in business life — how they are changing the American workplace, and how the most challenging economy in generations may be changing them. 

CNN anchor and chief business correspondent Ali Velshi will moderate the forum. Velshi is based in New York and anchors "World Business Today" on CNN International and "Your Money" on CNN/U.S. Velshi is an author, reports on global business events, contributes his expertise to CNN's cross-platform business news, and interviews compelling personalities from the world of finance.   

"The millennial generation is like nothing we've ever seen before – given the access they have had to education, technology and globalization. Their entrance into the workforce changes the way business has traditionally operated, opening borders and concepts that were barriers just a generation ago," says Velshi.  

The panelists for this public discussion include some of the nation's most experienced experts on the Millennial generation in the workforce. Each panelist will bring to the discussion a depth of knowledge and various expertise, including professional management, scholarly research and publications, and personal experiences:  

  • Dev Aujla is the founder of DreamNow, a nonprofit that helps young people organize community volunteer projects. Together with Billy Parish, Aujla interviewed hundreds of Millennials for their book "Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World" (2012);  
  • Nadira Hira is a journalist, author and a Millennial, and has completed extensive research on Millennials in the workforce at companies including UPS, Syfy, and Ernst & Young;  
  • Neil Howe, the social generations scholar who coined the term "millennial," is the author of "Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation" (2000);  
  • U.S. Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds (U.S. Marine Corps) is the commanding general of the Marine Corps Eastern Recruiting Region and of the Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. Under her command are 1,600 recruiters tasked with identifying and enlisting the next generation of Marines; and,  
  • Marian Salzman is the CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR North America, who manages about 70 Millennials in a workplace environment she has designed to leverage their most creative capabilities.  

Tickets: Admission for this program is free, but pre-registration is required for entrance to the event. Tickets may be reserved by visiting, or by calling the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 404-991-6988.