BML Munjal University successfully concluded the BRIJ Leadership Summit 2023. The summit was dedicated to exploring the influential role of Generation Z in technology, climate change and well-being. Dr. Ritu Chikkara and Dr. Sangita Dutta Gupta, Chairs and Co-Chairs of the BRIJ Leadership Summit, shared their perspectives on the vision and findings of the summit.
1. How did the BRIJ Leadership Summit create a platform for meaningful discussions and interactions between participants and attendees?
The BRIJ Leadership Summit, as highlighted in the university’s survey report titled “Revealing Tomorrow: Empowering Generation Z in a Changing World,” fostered meaningful discussions by taking a multidimensional and experiential approach. He recognized the current global geopolitical changes and took advantage of them to have deep conversations. By focusing on Generation Z, the summit embraced their passion and unique perspective, fostering a platform for dynamic discussions about leadership in the 21st century. The summit’s workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities created an engaging atmosphere for participants to share ideas and learn from each other. It also harnessed the wisdom of the past while providing tools for the future, bridging the gap between generational differences and preparing Generation Z for the unique choices and challenges they face.
2. How does the BRIJ Leadership Summit contribute to the broader mission and vision of the university, especially in terms of leadership development and industry collaboration?
The BRIJ Leadership Summit aligns closely with the university’s broader mission and vision by actively contributing to leadership development and industry collaboration in several key ways. The summit embodied the university’s commitment to a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach to education. Focusing on leadership, the summit helped instill values such as responsibility, caring and inspiration in attendees, which are integral to the university’s vision of producing well-rounded, socially responsible leaders.
In terms of leadership development, the summit recognized the unique challenges facing Generation Z, including rapid technological advances and global issues such as climate change. It provided a platform for Gen Z attendees to learn from seasoned experts, facilitating knowledge transfer and skill development. Additionally, the summit’s emphasis on industry collaboration was evident in its panel discussions and workshops that brought together industry experts, academics and students, to foster a collaborative environment where ideas and best practices were shared.
3. The survey indicated that Generation Z views AI positively, but there are concerns about job displacement. How do industry experts see the relationship between Generation Z and technology evolving, especially in terms of hiring in the private sector?
When it comes to technology, an impressive 65% of members of Generation Z believe that AI will play a substantial role in various aspects of human life, and 33% foresee its influence on society in the future. However, a substantial 62.8% of Gen Z respondents express genuine concern that AI could disrupt traditional job roles and job stability. Industry experts predict that Generation Z’s technological relationship will evolve into a tech-savvy workforce. Generation Z’s mastery of technology is expected to influence hiring processes, with virtual methods and AI-powered assessments becoming more frequent. Companies will need to align with the values of Generation Z, emphasizing ethics, sustainability and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). As Generation Z seeks work-life integration, employers can adapt with flexible arrangements. To address Gen Z’s concerns about job displacement, continued skills development will be essential. In short, Gen Z’s technological affinity will reshape hiring and workplace dynamics, favoring companies that embrace change and shared values.
4. Could you discuss the survey results related to Generation Z’s concerns about climate change and suggested measures to address this issue?
Generation Z is deeply concerned about climate change, with approximately 50% expressing significant concern. The measures they propose include the transition to renewable energy, stricter emissions regulations, sustainable infrastructure and awareness of climate change. It should be noted that 41% are willing to support environmentally sustainable companies. The results of this survey demonstrate that Generation Z is not only concerned about climate change, but is also proactive in promoting meaningful solutions. They see climate change as an urgent issue that requires immediate action and are willing to support initiatives and companies that align with their environmental values.
5. The survey results also address Gen Z’s approach to wellness. How is Gen Z redefining wellness and what are some notable aspects of their wellness journey?
Generation Z is reshaping wellness with a holistic approach that prioritizes physical, mental and social well-being. A notable 48% of Gen Z people consider mental and emotional well-being extremely important, reflecting their commitment to self-care. They defend sustainable and ethical options in products and services, aligning their well-being practices with values of responsibility and environmental management.
Additionally, Generation Z emphasizes DEI in well-being, both personal and work-related. They are conscious consumers who make informed decisions and value diversity and inclusion in their wellness products and services.
While seamlessly integrating technology into their wellness journey, Generation Z also recognizes the need to strike a balance between the digital and real world. Challenges related to stress and anxiety, stemming from fear of failure, require personalized support systems. These findings underscore the importance of addressing the multifaceted well-being of Generation Z, highlighting their commitment to holistic and inclusive well-being practices.
Dr. Ritu Chikkara, Chairperson, BRIJ Leadership Summit, Associate Professor of Marketing and Sustainability, BML Munjal University
Dr. Sangita Dutta Gupta, BRIJ Leadership Summit Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Economics, BML Munjal University
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