Generation Next

CenterState CEO, is dedicated to the success of its business members and prosperity of the region. It understands that diversity – in all its forms – is imperative to the success of any business or community.


Generation Next is one of CCEO’s initiatives designed to attract diverse talent to available positions in Central New York, foster career advancement and connect people through social engagements and networking opportunities. It is led by Dr. Juhanna Rogers, Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Impact, and incorporates members of the community to serve on committees, or volunteer as mentors or advisors.

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Generation Next has a sub-group focused on technology, called Generation Next Tech and Culture. You can sign up here for the Tech and Culture mailing list with information on upcoming events, networking and opportunities and job postings.

The Tech and Culture subgroup has its own series of events and programming. These executives recently held programs for members:

Generation Next is designed to help young, diverse professionals to connect with community leaders to build a pathway for a new generation of leadership. It also offers grants to increase diverse ownership of small businesses, support talent attraction and retention efforts of local employers.

It’s designed to assist young professionals living and working in Central New York, or businesses looking to attract and retain diverse talent in their organizations.

CenterState CEO is making a pledge to drive equity within the Syracuse and Central New York business community by working toward:

  • Diversity in leadership development and advancement

  • Economic prosperity, including equity in pay and investment in minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE)

  • Diversify the field: workforce cultivation

  • Building a more inclusive work environment

By working collaboratively, we can help address the regionís talent and diversity pipelines and grow economic opportunities for a more diverse community. Corporate executives, institutional leaders and employers are invited to sign and commit to creating organizational plans to address inequities in the workplace, and to work in collaboration with CenterState CEO and community partners to achieve this vision.