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45 EpisodesProduced by Meghan M. GraceWebsite

#GenZ is a podcast about Generation Z. The post-Millennial generation born 1995-2010. We chat about various topics related to Generation Z, but also talk with members of Generation Z to hear their stories, listen to their experiences, and understand their perspectives.

45 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

Season 5 Teaser

February 21st, 2023


Season 5 of #GenZ is on the way! Get excited and get ready for this new season. In this teaser, Corey and I share about a new study we are launching with the Institute for Generational Research and Education later this …

Episode 44: Naming a Generation

December 29th, 2022


What's in a name? Actually quite a bit. Episode 44 features a conversation with Sophie Kihm, Editor-in-Chief of Nameberry and baby name expert, where …

Episode 43: Gen Z Values and Identity

December 22nd, 2022


We can't talk about culture without exploring values and identity. Episode 43 features a discussion with Sam LaCrosse, author of the book, Values …

Episode 42: Gen Z & Military Service

October 26th, 2022


Is there alignment between military service and Gen Z's interests and passions? This episode features a conversation with Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. We discuss the …

Episode 41: Measuring Cohort Culture-Part 2

October 19th, 2022


Measuring cohort culture is no small feat, which is why we need multiple minds working to build greater knowledge. In part 2 of Measuring Cohort …

Episode 40: Measuring Cohort Culture-Part 1

September 8th, 2022


Can you quantify the culture of a generational cohort? This two-part series dives into that question and kicks off with a conversation with Andrew …

Episode 39: Food Culture

August 9th, 2022


Grab your favorite snack because this episode is all about food. Sophia Rascoff, founder of the social media app ReCon Food, joins this episode to …

Episode 38: Millennial and Gen Z Lotería

June 22nd, 2022


Expressing and celebrating culture can take place in so many ways. It can be creative, meaningful, and fun. That's exactly what Mike Alfaro, does …

Episode 37: Cohort Culture & Peer Personality

May 11th, 2022


How do generations develop a shared set of behaviors, values, and perspectives? Dr. Corey Seemiller helps kick off Season 4 and explore generational …

Episode 36: Mentoring Generation Z

December 23rd, 2021


Mentoring relationships provide invaluable relationships, both for the mentee and mentor. These relationships can provide insight and advice that can help with advancing a career, navigating life's challenges, and more. …

Episode 35: Side Hustle and Entrepreneurship

November 30th, 2021


Generation Z has been knocking on the door of entrepreneurship for years and the "side hustle" has been a huge part of the increased interest among young people engaging in entrepreneurs. Sammy Handler, artist and CEO …

Episode 34: Gen Z and Leadership

November 15th, 2021


Generation Z has grown up seeing various models and practices of leadership, but they are now in professional, political, and organizational roles of …

Episode 33: Marketing to Gen Z

October 19th, 2021


How can companies and organizations catch the eye of Generation Z? Marketing to Gen Z consumers requires much more than a flashy campaign. Ava McDonald, CEO of Zfluence, joins the conversation to discuss what matters …

Episode 32: Fashion and Style

July 13th, 2021


Every generation has its trends they've ushered into popular culture. So what is cool and on-trend with Generation Z? Madison Semarjian, the Gen Z …

Episode 31: Job Search and Career Development

June 22nd, 2021


Many in Generation Z are on the hunt for jobs and are taking steps towards their career. This episode features Dr. Monica Fochtman, owner and founder …

Episode 30: Money and Finance

June 3rd, 2021


Money and finance have been top concerns since we first started studying Generation Z in 2014. This episode features Anna Kubiak, a finance professional and member of Generation Z, to discuss money concerns and …

Episode 29: Media and Expression

February 26th, 2021


The media and entertainment industry is no longer about consumption--Users and consumers play a role in shaping content and use platforms as a form …

Episode 28: Environmentalism

February 3rd, 2021


More than just going green or celebrating Earth Day, Generation Z has been rallying around the environmental movement for years. This episode features a conversation with a Gen Z youth climate activist, Kevin J. Patel, …

Episode 27: Generation Z Votes Part 2

September 25th, 2020


The co-executive directors of Coalition Z join for a conversation about Generation Z voting and political perspectives. We discuss the social issues …

Episode 26: Generation Z Votes Part 1

September 10th, 2020


Season 3 kicks off with a conversation with Dr. Corey Seemiller about Generation Z and voting and politics. We discuss findings from our most recent …

Episode 25: COVID-19 Part 3: Elementary & Junior High

May 5th, 2020


The final episode of a three-part series covering the experiences of Generation Z during the COVID-19 pandemic features three young Gen Zers. Currently in elementary and junior high, these Generation Z students share …

Episode 24: COVID-19 Part 2: High School

April 28th, 2020


This episode is Part 2 of a three-part series covering the experiences of Generation Z during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 2 features three high …

Episode 23: COVID-19 Part 1: College

April 22nd, 2020


This episode kicks off a three-part series covering the experiences of Generation Z during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1 features three college …

Episode 22: The Power of Gen Z

December 17th, 2019


Still not convinced Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with? This episode might change your mind. In the Season 2 finale, Ziad Ahmed shares about the potential and power of Generation Z. 

Episode 21: Music & Generation Z

December 10th, 2019


Music is a powerful thing that brings people together, creates conversation, and allows listeners to have a soundtrack to their lives. This episode …

Episode 20: Religion & Spirituality

December 3rd, 2019


Is Gen Z going to church? What about staying spiritual? This episode features Scofield Foster and Catherine Stretar of the Grace Church in South …

Episode 19: Growing Up Gen Z

November 19th, 2019


Growing up as a member of Generation Z means growing up a world vastly different than previous generations. Benjamin Laufer joins me to discuss what is shaping Generation Z and how society is influencing their cohort …

Episode 18: Mental Health with Cassanora Lampley

September 5th, 2019


The media paints Generation Z as the most anxious and depressed generation to date. But are they really? This episode features Cassanora Lampley, who has supported Generation Z's mental health in a variety of …

Episode 17: Designing Learning Environments for Gen Z with Dr. Jim Downey

June 13th, 2019


From the classroom to conferences and staff development and training sessions, Generation Z learners are everywhere. This episode explores ways to engage Generation Z in learning environments. Dr. Jim Downey shares some …

Episode 16: Virtual Reality with Avery Wagar

May 24th, 2019


In this episode, Avery Wagar joins me to discuss the next frontier of technology: Virtual reality. We discuss what virtual reality is, augmented and …

Episode 15: Digital Leadership with Dr. Josie Ahlquist

April 23rd, 2019


Generation Z experiences many aspects of life online and through social media. How they lead and who they look to as leaders are also influence by digital spaces. Dr. Josie Ahlquist joins me for a conversation about …

Episode 14: Activism & Advocacy with Nadya Okamoto

April 11th, 2019


Generation Z is ready to make the world a better place. Aware of social issues and with the technology to confront them, Gen Z isn’t waiting for …

Episode 13: Communicating with Generation Z with Andrew Roth

March 28th, 2019


#GenZ is back! Season 2 kicks off with a focus on communicating and connecting with Generation Z. Andrew Roth, of Gen Z Designs, shares his insights on how to best communicate and engage Generation Z. From in-person to …

Episode 12: Season 1 Reflection

December 26th, 2018


And that’s a wrap on Season 1!

In this episode, Dustin Ramsdell of The Higher Ed Geek Podcast helps me reflect on season 1 of #GenZ. We talk about what I love about Generation Z, what I’ve learned about podcasting and …

Episode 11: Generation Z: A Century in the Making is AVAILABLE NOW

December 3rd, 2018


In this episode, Dr. Corey Seemiller and I reflect on our newest book Generation Z: A Century in the making. We discuss what the book is about, who …

Episode 10: Microgenerations Part 2-Little Zs

October 24th, 2018


In the second part of the series on Microgenerations, I spend some time chatting with three Little Zs, some of the youngest members in the Generation …

Episode 9: Microgenerations Part 1-Big Z's

October 4th, 2018


In the first part of this two-part series, we begin to dive into the concept of microgenerations. Kicking off the conversation, my guests include three members of Generation Z who fall within the "Big Z" age-range being …

Episode 8: Giving Gen Z Voice with We R Gen Z

September 24th, 2018


In this episode, I chat with Kathleen Hessert and Lydia Laramore of the We R Gen Z Think Tank. We R Gen Z was created to provide a platform to give Generation Z a way to share their voice, opinions, insights, and …

Episode 7: Entrepreneurship with Haley Hoffman Smith

August 23rd, 2018


This episode dives into entrepreneurship, innovation, and inspiring Generation Z's big ideas. Haley Hoffman Smith shares her experiences in engaging in entrepreneurship at a young age and how she works to empower and …

Episode 6: Post-Grad Plans Part 2 with Aisha Kassim

July 30th, 2018


This is the second half of the two-part series on Generation Z's post-graduate plans after K-12 education. In this episode, Aisha Kassim, a rising …

Episode 5: Post-Grad Plans-Part 1 with Jack Brennan

July 20th, 2018


This episode the first half of a two-part series focusing on Post-Grad Plans and Gen Z's perspectives on life beyond K-12 education. In this episode, …

Episode 4: (Team) Gen Z Went to Brazil!

July 5th, 2018


Corey and I recently collaborated on some Generation Z research with a university in Brazil. In this episode, we reflect on that process, our …

Episode 3: Gen Z & Social Media with Natalie Riso

May 31st, 2018


Generation Z knows their way around social media. As I've done more research on Generation Z social media behaviors, I want to know the Generation Z perspectives behind those behaviors. Natalie Riso, member of …

Episode 2: Our Journey with Generation Z

April 30th, 2018


What do you get when a Gen Xer and Millennial get together to research and chat about Generation Z? The story of how Dr. Corey Seemiller and I started our work with Generation Z. In this episode, we chat about our …

Episode 1: Welcome

April 28th, 2018


Welcome to #GenZ! A podcast where a Millennial generational researcher discusses Generation Z. Give Episode 1 a listen to hear a bit about my story, the inspiration for this podcast, and what you expect to hear in later …

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