Take Five: How Millennials are Transforming the Workplace

Millennials and Gen Z are creating new rules for the workplace and redefining what it means to be a successful leader today. We spoke with a few thought leaders who have built brands with Millennials and Gen Zs at the forefront. Find out how they navigate the shifting perception of what it means to be a woman in business, how to create cultures of inclusivity, and how to inspire tomorrow’s leaders.
Bring Your Whole Self To Work
“I had to re-educate myself on how to be a better leader, and how to show vulnerability, and that comes from just being truthful. Often you’ll get more out of the people you’re working with by being honest about what you’re going through and what the issues are.” ~ Dee Poku, Founder, The Other Festival
Don’t Be Afraid To Have Difficult Conversations
“We encourage our team to have difficult conversations about real things, so that things don’t just get hidden under the hood and then come out in [unproductive] ways.” ~Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO, Girlboss
Hold Office Hours To Break Down Walls
“I have office hours, therapy time [where I encourage employees to] come talk to me, tell me all your problems. It’s refreshing when people break down those walls and barriers that had been there before.” ~Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder and Creative Director,

Jen DaSilva, Dee Poku, Sophia Amoruso amd Rebecca Minkoff in the Girls' Lounge at Cannes Lions.

Jen DaSilva, Dee Poku, Sophia Amoruso amd Rebecca Minkoff in the Girls’ Lounge at Cannes Lions.

Show Some Vulnerability 
“Millennials want the freedom and acceptance to be themselves. In turn, we need to show vulnerability as leaders to allow them to be vulnerable in the workplace.” ~Jen DaSilva, President, Berlin Cameron
Diversity Isn’t Just About Gender Or Race
“When you’re hiring for diversity and want to have a diverse team, we’re not just looking for diversity in terms of the surface. You want people to bring their authentic self; you want diversity of thought.” ~ Dee Poku
The next generation is the NOW generation. Showing vulnerability as a leader, encouraging people to bring their authentic selves to work, and modeling how to have honest conversations will  inspire Millennials and Gen Z—and, in the process, transform workplace culture.
You can watch these thought leaders discussing Millennials and the workplace in the Girls’ Lounge at Cannes Lions here. For more on successful leadership today, check out:
Lead With Impact: How To Speak Up And Be Heard
How Women Leaders Are Taking The Reins
What If: The Parkland Students On How We Can Change, Together