Longtime listeners of The Wedding Biz will definitely recognize today’s special guest, as she has been on the podcast several times before! Christina Matteucci is the executive director of David Beahm Experiences, and in today’s conversation, she and Andy talk about the generational gap in the event industry. She offers potential solutions not only to bridge that gap but also to thrive even more in our careers.
Christina reflects on an article she wrote for Special Events titled “X Marks the Spot: A Forgotten Generation’s Plea to the Hospitality Industry,” an article about the generational gap in her industry. She passionately argues that the generational gap is problematic within the events industry and that bridging that gap and having more generational blending can do nothing but benefit an office environment. She offers several examples of how generations can lean into their differences and learn from each other which, again, will only benefit the company and the industry overall.
It was an incredible time for Andy to discuss this topic with Christina, and he encourages you to check out the article that she discusses in this conversation. Christina always has such great wisdom to share, and he really appreciates her time. If you enjoyed his conversation with Christina and/or found it helpful, then Andy would love if you were to share this episode with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also appreciate it if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure also to leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!
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[2:20] – Christina explains what compelled her to write an article about the generational gap.
[5:50] – Christina argues that generational blending is beneficial to a work environment.
[7:30] – Hear an example of how generations group together.
[9:38] – Different generations should lean into differences rather than commonalities.
[12:37] – Christina gives an example of how experience helped some people overcome COVID.
[14:38] – What are some specific ways that we can bridge this generational divide?
[17:42] – Andy gives examples of guests on the podcast of different generations.
[20:00] – Hiring younger people is absolutely an investment.
[22:25] – Christina is very proud of the industry right now!
[25:14] – Where can we get ahold of Christina?
[26:03] – Andy gives us more of Christina’s contact information.
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