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Release Date: 08.24.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to Host Event on the Rising Influence of Millennials

Event Will Be Available Via Live Webcast, September 13, 2012 (6 p.m. ET)

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series will host a program on September 13, 2012, on the rising influence of the Millennial generation.

The Speaker Series program, "Future Trends: Millennials in Ascent" will feature Young Invincibles Co-Founder Aaron Smith, Program Director Amber Cruz, and The Futures Company Executive Chairman J. Walker Smith. CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien will moderate the program.

Known by many names – Echo Boomers, Gen Y or Millennials – a new generation of Americans, 80 million strong, is exerting political, economic, education and cultural influence.

Millennials have become the objects of desire for companies, politicians and institutions seeking to form ties with a generation on the rise. In turn, the most diverse, tech-savvy generation in history is demanding social and environmental returns from corporations accustomed to looking only at financial ROI, seeking more transparency from government and creating new ways for citizens to participate in civic matters large and small.

Through its Pathways to Success education initiative, the Foundation has invested $16 million in efforts to expand education opportunities for Millennials and to help young adults make successful transitions from high school to college and career.

The Blank Family Foundation will produce a live webcast of the Speaker Series event beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Click here for information on the webcast (or go to No registration is needed to view the webcast.

Seating at the event is limited, and individuals interested in attending should contact JoAnn Ellis ( to determine availability.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series:
By convening individuals around issues, innovations and ideas that will shape the quality of life for families in Atlanta and beyond, the Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series aspires to spur civic action and citizen involvement for positive change in people's lives. 

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons. Mr. Blank co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $250 million to various charitable organizations.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2062