MCON 2017: Changing the Game with Millennials

June 26, 2017


Tim McClimon

For more than a decade, American Express has focused on training high potential emerging leaders across the nonprofit and social purpose sectors. To share these leadership lessons with changemakers at MCON 2017, American Express hosted pop-up workshops with Glen O’Gilvie – CEO and leadership expert from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, a grantee of American Express. Glen’s top three cross-sector tips for millennials looking to change the world include:

  1. Be Authentic: A lack of authenticity leads to a lack of trust between leaders and their teams. Get to know your colleagues beyond the organization – understand what makes them tick, what their passions are, and what inspires them to perform at a high level.
  2. Be Transparent: Don’t hide anything and always trust your gut. As leaders it is our job to process, understand, and share honest information with our team in a way that makes them spring into action – not head for the door.
  3. Be Courageous: Whether it be speaking up or networking, challenge yourself to tackle uncomfortable situations. Being nimble is not just an option – it is necessary for survival.

More than 30,000 emerging nonprofit and social purpose sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express’ leadership programs. As millennials continue to enter the ranks of leadership, we look forward to seeing the positive impact America’s largest and most diverse generation can have on the nonprofit and social purpose sectors.

Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, you can join the conversation via Twitter using #amexleads and visit for additional leadership resources.

American Express welcomes cause champions to the #amexleads booth at the MCON Lounge.

Changemakers gather with Glen O’Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement (center) at the #amexleads photo booth.

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