Calling all Professionals: Connect, Learn, and Grown at MEDA Convention Networking Events! 

MEDA’s 2023 Convention is offering an extraordinary event that has the power to transform your professional journey. This year, we’re thrilled to present our much-anticipated “Inter-Generational Speed Networking” event, an opportunity like no other to connect, learn, and grow. 

What is Inter-Generational Speed Networking?

This is an event designed to bridge generational gaps, foster connections, and enhance your networking and pitch skills. Inter-Generation Speed Networking will be an engaging platform where the wisdom of experienced professionals intersects with the fresh perspectives of the younger generation. 

This unique event takes the art of networking to a whole new level. Think of it as a lively mingling of insights and experiences, where attendees get to interact with professionals from different age groups. Whether you’re an established expert or just starting out in your career, this event offers something for everyone. 

Why Attend Inter-Generational Speed Networking?

You might be wondering why you should clear your schedule and join us for this event. Here are a few compelling reasons: 

 1. Networking Skills Are Your Key to Success 

Research consistently shows that networking is a critical driver of professional success. It’s not just about collecting business cards; it’s about building relationships that can help you advance in your career. 

Effective networking can lead to job opportunities, career guidance, and a broader understanding of your industry. According to a Harvard Business Review article, strong networks can even boost your job satisfaction and overall well-being. 

2. Pitch Skills Elevate Your Impact 

The ability to deliver a compelling pitch or presentation is a skill that can set you apart. Whether you’re pitching a project, a business idea, or even yourself during an interview, your pitch matters. 

Research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) highlights the importance of effective communication and presentation skills as one of the top qualities employers seek in new hires. It’s not just about what you know; it’s about how you convey your knowledge and ideas. 

3. Learning from Different Generations is Invaluable 

One of the most significant advantages of the Inter-Generational Speed Networking event is the opportunity to learn from professionals of various age groups. Each generation brings a unique perspective and skill set to the table. 

In a survey conducted by the American Management Association, it was found that nearly 60% of respondents believed that mentoring and learning from older generations are vital for career development. On the flip side, younger professionals can offer fresh insights, tech-savviness, and innovative thinking. 

A Glimpse into the Event

At this Inter-Generation Networking event, you’ll experience a fast-paced, interactive, and informative session that includes: 

Speed Networking: An exciting opportunity to engage with professionals from various generations in short, focused conversations. 

Pitch Techniques: Discussions on perfecting your elevator pitch and presentation skills. 

Networking Strategies: Insights on effective networking and relationship-building techniques. 

Q&A Sessions: Your chance to ask burning questions and gain practical advice. 

Meet the Event Hosts!

Macy Troyer and Dawn Graber are business professionals with impressive professional backgrounds and will co-host this event. As our experts on the topic, they will share the secrets of honing a successful sales pitch and how to master the art of networking. 

Macy Troyer is a serial entrepreneur and author of ‘Ready, Mindset, Go!’ a book for aspiring entrepreneurs launching on November first. Owner of three companies, Macy is an expert in personal branding, social media marketing, and scaling brands in various sectors, including professional athletes. A graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Macy is passionate about serving others and serves on the Boards of Girls on the Run Central Indiana and the Downtown Westfield Association. 

Dawn Graber couples her love of people and passion for helping other with her 30+ years of leadership and learning experience in multicultural settings for the betterment of your success. She is in the benefit of “alongside partnership” with her clients through the lens of listening, helping, and learning specific to process consulting. Dawn is a passionate learner, teacher, facilitator, and speaker who is skilled in executive team development, women’s empowerment, and helping clarify organizational vision. Dawn relates to a wide berth of organizations from her experience as a woman in leadership in education, and nursing both as a teacher and administrator, as well as in faith-based settings. 

We encourage you to save the date because the Inter-Generational Speed Networking is an event you won’t want to miss. It’s your chance to connect, learn, and grow in the company of professionals from all walks of life. The insights you gain and the connections you form might just be the catalyst for your next career breakthrough. This event will be taking place on the Friday evening of Convention, so register now

This year, let’s connect, learn, and grow together. 



  • MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)

    MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

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