Ian Abston is the Founder and CEO of Millenian, LLC where he helps large corporate clients attract, engage and retain top-performing millennials. He also serves as the Director of the Hoan Group, a group comprised of more than 100 of Milwaukee’s future civic leaders committed to developing the leadership necessary to create change within Milwaukee and the surrounding region. In 2009, Ian also founded Newaukee, an organization focused on connecting and empowering young professionals through engaging events, programming and volunteer activities. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a degree in Marketing and Social Collaboration, Ian is also a highly sought-after presenter on millennial trends, attitudes and tendencies and a TEDx speaker.
Ian describes himself as one of the wealthiest people in Milwaukee because of the relationships he’s cultivated since moving to the city in 2009. A natural people person, Ian grew up in a small town and first used his connection talents in high school, where he arranged events that attracted friends to come to his house, since his curfew time made it a challenge to venture to other venues. He continued that momentum in college, where he became known as someone who could create fun events and gather people together. After graduating, Ian explored life in Seattle and Denver before returning to Wisconsin and making Milwaukee his new home.
Mike and Ian cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including his belief in the power of small dinners, how to move past a thousand relationships that are less than an inch deep, why change happens at the speed of trust, how a book called The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson impacted his thinking, why Lighting the Hoan Bridge is a new passion of his and how the Brain Drain concept is effected not just by millennials leaving a city, but by retiring entrepreneurs and executives as well.
And now here’s Ian Abston.
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