First TEDx Salon
On February 20, 2019, Leadership Programs hosted its first TEDx Salon event on the theme of Generations. Not to be confused with TEDx Talks, salons are more intimate gathering that encourages small group discussions as panelists discuss a topic from another TEDx event. This TEDx Salon focused on generational cohesion in the workplace and how each generation’s college experience differs from the others.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni started the evening by grabbing a name tag and a sticker that represented the generation they were born in; baby boomers were represented by a slinky, Generation X was represented by a Rubik’s Cube, millennials were represented by a Game Boy and Generation Z was represented by a fidget spinner. The Georgia State University Alumni Association partnered with the TEDx committee to bring past students Allison Parker, Melody Barnett and Tom Mallory to serve on the panel. Current student Frederick Nelthrope completed the panel and allowed for attendees to hear from someone that represented each generation. The panelists tackled questions surrounding their college experiences, transitions to the work force, stereotypes of their generations, and assets that their generation brings. The event also included music bingo featuring songs from the 60’s to current hits and popular candy from each generation.
This TEDx Salon was the first of three being offered this semester and serves as an opportunity for individuals to share their perspectives and gain new ones. Check out the next TEDx Salon taking place on March 27,th in the Student Center East Ballroom.