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The Generation Opportunity grassroots team met thousands of women leaders at the 2011 Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston. The more than 6,500 women in attendance – including young adult “Millennial” women ages 18-29 – represented small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate and government professionals, non-profit and community leaders, and student organizers.
“This event allowed us to meet with thousands of women leaders and entrepreneurs, especially Millennials, who have experienced first-hand the true cost of the bad policies pushed by elected leaders in Washington, D.C. and the dire lack of economic opportunity that is the result of the poor economy.
These leaders understand that job creation and opportunity are created through individual initiative, active professional networks, and investments, and that government intervention and taxes are a barrier to success and long-term independence,” said Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity and the former Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Labor under Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.
“Elected officials in both parties should listen to the concerns of women leaders, in particular young women. Their experiences reveal the negative impacts of current policies coming out of Washington which are impacting their plans for the future and causing them to put off things like buying a home, paying off student loans, starting a business, or saving for retirement.”
Attendees represented states throughout greater New England as well as dozens of other states across the country including Arizona, North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia, and Colorado. The event, which provides “connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year,” was held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with the theme “Live Fearlessly!”
The conference focused on personal finance, professional and business skills, and entrepreneurship. In addition to connecting with young adult women leaders at the 2011 Massachusetts Conference for Women this month, the Generation Opportunity team trained Massachusetts community college leaders from North Shore Community College and Regis College at the American Student Government Association (ASGA) Conference earlier this year.
Generation Opportunity, which has more than 1.9 million fans on Facebook, continues aggressive grassroots efforts around the country, engaging tens of thousands of young adults in person as a compliment to its aggressive social media strategy. Generation Opportunity commissioned a poll with the polling company, WomanTrend. Highlights of the results for young adult women, ages 18-29, appear below:
Delayed Professional Plans and Personal Dreams – The Human Cost of the Poor Economy:
Young Adult Women on Government Spending and the Economy:
Young Adult Women 18-29 Look Ahead to 2012:
American National Security and Future Global Leadership: