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SIM Executive Forum: Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce
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When: 3/22/2018
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Ironworks
2721 E 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana  46240
United States

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Perspectives on Leadership, Motivation, and Expectations

The sweeping generalizations that come with cohort stereotypes - GenXers frequently labeled as “cynical and disengaged” and Millennials dubbed the “entitlement generation” - can immediately put entire groups on edge and at odds; and could lead even the most well-intentioned leader astray. Yet much is said today regarding the perceived challenges and opportunities of the dynamic created as Millennials and iGen advance in a workforce frequently led by Boomers and GenXers.

As the Indianapolis tech community sees heightened talent competition which shows no signs of slowing, is there some wisdom to be gleaned from any of the generational characterizations when it comes to attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent? Joining us for this Forum is a panel representing various industries, experience levels, and backgrounds to provide their own diverse perspectives and insights. This Forum is designed to be a conversation between panel and audience on the relationship between multi-generational leaders and teams as we prepare for the workforce of the future.

*This is a SIM Indy Members-Only event.*

Event Agenda

  • 5:30PM: Networking
  • 6:30PM: Dinner (Catered by Provision)
  • 7:15PM: Chapter Update & Introductions
  • 7:30PM: Panel Discussion
    • Jeff Ton, Bluelock
    • Kristi Kennedy, NCAA
    • Joe Walters, MISO
    • Dayton Haynes, IUPUI
  • 8:30PM: Networking


Free self-parking, or optional valet

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Panelist Bios

Jeffrey S. Ton

In October 2015, Jeff joined Bluelock as Executive Vice President of Product and Service Development. He is responsible for driving the company’s product strategy and service vision and strategy. Jeff focuses on the evolving IT landscape and the changing needs of our customers, together with the Bluelock team, ensures our products and services meet our client's needs and drives value in their organizations now and in the future.

Prior to joining Bluelock, Jeff spent 5 years at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana where he led the development and implementation of the enterprise-wide information technology portfolio, including applications, infrastructure, security and telecommunications across the Goodwill business units. Taking a cloud-first approach, IT transformed into partner with the business units, providing significant value throughout the organization.

He has owned his own management consulting firm and was the CIO for Lauth Property Group. Prior to Lauth, Ton spent 14 years in various technology roles with Thomson Multimedia (RCA).

Jeff serves on various boards and advisory councils including: Hoosier Environmental Council board of directors, Indiana Network of Knowledge Governance Committee, Connected World Magazine Board of Advisors, CIT Industrial Advisory Board (IUPUI), SAVI Technical Advisory Committee (The Polis Center) and the Mud Creek Conservancy.

Jeff also spends time as a keynote speaker, blogger and writer on a wide variety of topics, including leadership, employee development, technology, and business operations. Away from work, he and his wife enjoy family, canoeing, gardening and travel.

Kristi Kennedy

Kristi Kennedy is the Director for the NCAA IT PMO, headquartered in downtown Indianapolis. Her primary responsibilities are to lead the project management office and project portfolio, and all related activities. The User Experience and Testing & Quality Assurance teams also report to her, as well as the Business Intelligence technical lead and web administrator.

She enjoys the camaraderie, collaboration and leadership opportunities that come with her “hub of the wheel” role. Kristi lives in Indianapolis with husband, Sean, and 3-year-old daughter, Alexandra.

Joe Walters

Joe Walters is an IT configuration and compliance analyst for Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) who helps monitor and protect critical IT infrastructure responsible for running the bulk electric system. Joe is proud of the importance of his work and is driven by the millions of people who depend on reliable energy every single day.

Joe has been and still is active in organizational-lead advisory groups pertaining to improving company culture and providing support to younger professionals. The opportunity to learn from his peers as well as provide insights that could improve the professional and even personal lives of others is what he truly treasures from his work.

Joe has his ITIL v3 Foundations certification and is currently working towards a CISA certification. Joe holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Systems Technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Dayton Haynes

Dayton Haynes is a senior at Indiana University-Purdue University graduating with a degree in Computer and Information Technology with concentrations in Information Security and Networking systems.

Dayton has completed two internships with Liberty Mutual Insurance as an IT help desk agent and a Security Operations Center analyst. In September, Dayton will join Liberty Mutual Insurance’s TechStart program on a security track.

When not working or attending school, Dayton regularly volunteers at Gleaner’s Food bank in food reclamation. Along with fighting food insecurity, Dayton also focuses on disaster response and rebuild by volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse to rebuild disaster-stricken homes.

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