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10 Speakers on Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace

by Olivia Hunt
10 Speakers on Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace

Every generation has lived through a paradigm shift in society that has, in turn, formed its collective values. For Baby Boomers, it was post-World War II optimism and the Vietnam War. For Generation X, the end of the Cold War and the rise of the Internet. Gen Y—popularly known as Millennials—experienced the Great Recession, 9/11, and the explosion of social media. Finally, Gen Z, an umbrella term for the youngest people on Earth, are (and continue to be) shaped by our hyper-connected world. The values and convictions we hold, resulting from the times we grew up in, undoubtedly affect our work life.

Comprised of several different generations, the current work force is extremely diverse in terms of expectations and motivations. But what are each generation’s specific expectations and motivations? What, exactly, caused such disparities? And, most importantly, how can we lean into these differences, work through them, and create happier and more productive work environments?

The following speakers are experts on the topic of generational differences in the workplace and understand the strategies companies can implement to better attract, motivate, and retain their employees.

10 Speakers on generational differences in the workplacE

        1. Maddy Dychtwald, Expert on Marketing to Baby Boomers and Seniors
        2. Lauren DeLisa Coleman, Digi-Cultural Trend Analyst and Contributor to MSNBC, Forbes, & Inc.
        3. Paul Taylor, Author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown 
        4. David Stillman, Expert on Generations and GenZ
        5. Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle, Founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes
        6. Michael Parrish DuDell, Best-Selling Author, Expert on Millennial Workforce & Entrepreneur
        7. Jon Steinberg, Former COO and President of Buzzfeed, Former CEO of Daily Mail North America, and CEO of Cheddar
        8. Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Marketing Director at Nike, and Author of "Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat
        9. Dustin Garis, Former Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble (Global Brand Innovation Leader, P&G FutureWorks)
        10. Neil Howe, Generations Expert and Demographer

Read on for more information about these keynote speakers:

MADDY DYCHTWALD

Expert on Marketing to Baby Boomers and Seniors

With over 30 years of experience investigating the lifestyle and market trends of adults and Baby Boomers, Maddy Dychtwald is a leading expert on the changing demographic trends currently shaping the marketplace, the workplace, and our lives. She is the co-founder of Age Wave, the nation’s foremost thought-leader on population aging trends and their profound business, lifestyle, and cultural implications, and is regularly featured in prominent media publications, including Bloomberg BusinessweekForbesNewsweekTIME, and U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Maddy Dychtwald here.

LAUREN DELISA COLEMAN

Digi-Cultural Trend Analyst and Contributor to MSNBC, Forbes, & Inc.

A digi-cultural trend analyst, author, speaker, and consultant, Lauren DeLisa Coleman analyzes and forecasts the intersection of cultural trends and emerging tech behavior as it pertains to the new, high-tech millennial class. With over 14 years of experience working for notables from Snoop Dogg and Jay Z to Microsoft, she helps companies incorporate future trends into concrete business practices. Learn more about Lauren DeLisa Coleman here.

PAUL TAYLOR

Author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown 

Paul Taylor is a speaker, writer, and researcher who specializes in demographic change and generational trends. Drawing on his work at the Pew Research Center where he served as executive vice president from 2003 to 2014 and oversaw all demographic research, Taylor’s book, The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown presents a striking social, economic, political, and technological portrait of the Millennial generation. Learn more about Paul Taylor here.

DAVID STILLMAN

Expert on Generations and GenZ

A passionate, energizing speaker, David Stillman breaks down the implications of GenZ’s entrance into the workforce. Working with his son, Jonah, Stillman delivers cross-generational insights to audiences, explaining Gen Z’s entirely new attitudes about work, technology, travel, money, and life. His generational research has been featured on multiple news networks, including CNN, CNBC, and The TODAY Show. Learn more about David Stillman here.

JOHNNY "CUPCAKES" EARLE

Founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes

Named “America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur” by BusinessWeek, Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle shows audiences how to leverage social media and word-of-mouth advertising to create a cult-like following. He’s the founder and CEO of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand and namesake, Johnny Cupcakes, and has shared his strategies and creative consulting with numerous big-name clients, including Apple, L’Oreal, Disney, IBM, Audi, Marriott, and P&G. Learn more about Johnny Cupcakes here.

MICHAEL PARRISH DUDELL

Best-Selling Author, Expert on Millennial Workforce & Entrepreneur

Recently named “one of the nation’s leading Millennial voices” by IBM, Michael Parrish DuDell is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and the best-selling author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business and Shark Tank Secrets to Success (the official business books from ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank). He delivers interactive speeches and workshops designed to help businesses and leaders build future-focused organizations and connect with a new generation and is frequently featured across media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, and Fox News. Learn more about Michael Parrish DuDell here.

jon steinberg

Former COO and President of Buzzfeed, Former CEO of Daily Mail North America, and CEO of Cheddar

Having led or worked with many of the major brands shaping millennial content consumption, Jon Steinberg is the content and trends expert to turn to when it comes to understanding the next generation of consumers. He’s the former COO and president of Buzzfeed, the former CEO of Daily Mail North America, and is currently the founder and CEO of Cheddar, a video-based media company that caters to millennials. Steinberg discusses the challenges facing modern businesses, what it takes to retain a competitive edge, how to spot trends before they happen, and how to grow exponentially by accessing the millennial consumer. Learn more about Jon Steinberg here.

sarah robb o'hagan

Former CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former Global President of Gatorade, and Former Marketing Director at Nike, Author of "Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat" and Founder of Extreme Living

Twice named to the Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list, Sarah Robb O’Hagan personally led the development of several breakthrough innovation efforts in her corporate career, including the shake-up of legacy products at Nike and Gatorade. She explains how the business environment has changed—with barriers to entry being lower than ever—and how businesses must can adapt in order to play at the edge of their potential. Learn more about Sarah Robb O’Hagan here.

dustin gARIS

Former Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble (Global Brand Innovation Leader, P&G FutureWorks)

“80% of Millennials prefer experiences over stuff.” For world-renowned innovator and expert marketer, Dustin Garis, this is the most powerful, yet untapped human insight that is driving the marketplace. The Millennial social movement, changing the traditional model of consumption, presents a challenge to brands with implications across all functions (marketing, product design, hiring, etc). But it’s also an extraordinary opportunity if people can understand the dynamics of this movement and how to fuel it. Drawing from his wide array of experience working with some of the world’s most respected companies, Garis teaches brands and retailers “how to fish” for hidden insights, and offers a futurist look at the trends (and countertrends) of Millennial-first brands that are changing the world of business—and the world. Learn more about Dustin Garis here.

NEIL HOWE

Generations Expert and Demographer

As the original creator of the term “Millennial Generation,” Neil Howe is a renowned authority on the different generations in the U.S. He provides powerful insights into who today’s generation are, what motivates them as consumers and workers, and how they will shape our national future. His first best-seller, Generations (co-authored with William Strauss) was called “the most simulating book on American history that I have ever read” by Al Gore, who sent a copy to every member of Congress. Howe’s articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, American Demographics, USA Weekend, and other national publications, and he has drafted several Social Security reform plans and testified on entitlements many times before Congress. Learn more about Neil Howe here.

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