Eunice Lin Nichols, vice president and Gen2Gen campaign director, Encore.org (@encoreorg)

Eunice Lin Nichols’ mom was 22 when she left Taiwan. Like so many immigrants, she came to the U.S. alone, with little more than a few dollars in her pocket and hopes of pursuing the American Dream. Homesick, she struggled with English, loneliness, and Minneapolis snowstorms. But she remembers, with gratitude, the American family that invited her for holiday dinners and gave her a sense of home. As a result, Eunice’s mom established the tradition of inviting outsiders to join her family’s holiday table. Throughout her childhood, her house was filled with Chinese students who—far from home—crowded around the table, sharing stories and Peking duck.

Examine what it means to live in a nation where so many people are geographically separated from their families, where there are more people over 50 than under 18, and where many institutions are age-segregated. Eunice will share her advice for creating a sense of extended family and community that comes so naturally in certain cultures, but can feel very distant and inaccessible in ours. Learn how to build opportunities to connect older and younger generations in our lives and in our organizations.