Share Tweet Meet Lisa, our Gen Y Mastermind & Online Connector, based in Australia. Connect with the author by reading on here. I am Lisa Mangelsdorf, the author of Generation Y. New I say? Yes, we are a new resource empowered by GAIA Insights. On this blog, I am going to write about my passion of connecting. For me, connecting with others brings the opportunity to empathise with people. To empathise with people, one needs to acknowledge that each individual has unique values, beliefs and experiences. These three elements influence our personalities, opinions and behaviours. Not everyone needs to agree in society. Whether the topic of discussion is political, the workforce or social, it is still about respecting these differences that allow us to try and be the best version of ourselves. Striving to be the Best Version of Myself Whether the best version of yourself is to succeed in a project, leading or managing a team, a community initiative, delegation, teamwork, productivity or even in making mistakes. I am human and have made plenty of mistakes but can say I have no regrets because, on reflection, each of my mistakes has only led to more learning opportunities. Without risk there is no reward and sometimes being the best version of yourself involves taking risks which can result in making mistakes. Understanding someone is not easy nor does the desire to come naturally to some people. However, living in a silo can be boring and unproductive. We, as individuals have the power to motivate ourselves to learn to relate to others. So I invite people who share the similar value of ‘lifelong learning’ to join me in learning from each other on how to connect with multiple generations. If we knew better we would do better, so embrace change by allowing yourself to know better by striving to understand GenY. Follow me through twitter and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest topics or for more information. Professional Background Ten years of varied work experience associated with project management, relationship management, event management, communications, marketing and staff management. All of my roles have involved communicating with multiple generations. Well versed in establishing, attaining and retaining business relationships with most sectors of the community. I have completed my Masters in Business Administration. An alumnus, Board Member and now Deputy Chair for a Regional Leadership Program in Australia. I have a typical 9-5 Monday-Friday job but like many other GenYs, I endeavour to fight the norm by chasing flexible working options and change seekers, hence my involvement with this blog. Outside of Work I confess that I don’t live to work, I work to live. My partner and I relish traveling, cultural activities and the great outdoors. Tennis, yoga, snow skiing, water skiing, bike riding and jogging – you name it, and we will probably give it a go. I am by no means a fitness addict though, because with each activity I am likely to spend double the time socialising with friends, family and trying to eat all the cuisines of the world one snack at a time.