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When: 2/2/2016
3:30 PM
Where: Top of the Tower
Contact: Maureen Waddington

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Decoding and Engaging Millennials
Entitled, Lazy...or the next Greatest Generation? The seemingly controversial Millennial generation has been judged and labeled in unending news coverage.
One point, however, is incontrovertible-they are our future. At 80 million strong, by 2020 Millennials will represent half the U.S. workforce. 15% already have leadership roles.
What distinguishes them from previous generations? In this interactive and hands-on session, Suzanne Kaplan will cut through the hype and focus on the reality of Millennial values, motivators and communication styles. Participants will learn 5 strategies for decoding Millennials, integrating the multigenerational workforce, and improving productivity, including how to:
  • Identify the two major societal factors that have shaped the Millennials and made them who they are
  • Connect the dots-see how the Millennial workforce is having major impact on six areas of bottom line productivity and profitability
  • Discover what Millennials want from their organizations vs. what organizations say Millennials need for success and the sticking points between the two
  • View the generation from both a US cultural lens as well as a global perspective
  • Find clear and concrete solutions thatleaders can useimmediately for productive leadership and development and engagement of Millennials-that stress inclusion and will positively impact your entire workforce.
Dinner Presentation:

The Evolution of Business in the Coming Transformative Period

Humanity may change more in the next twenty years than in the previous 300. Peter Drucker says, "In times of change, the greatest danger is to act with yesterday's logic." The premise of this presentation is that the evolution of business is not just likely, but critical. Our businesses were structured for a different time - a time dominated by linear thinking. As the world shifts to exponential thinking, imagination and creativity come front and center. Leaders will search for effectiveness. Whereas the goal of efficiency is doing things right, effectiveness will focus on doing the right things.
In parallel, and after hitting an efficiency wall, companies will focus on creating next generation efficiencies. As commoditization across industries accelerates, companies will differentiate by creating consumer-like experiences, specializing, and effectively using insight and foresight. How will automation, genetic engineering, and human artificial intelligence effect society?In this presentation, you will learn about major shifts, Digital DNA, and the enablers that will transform organizations.Frank Diana will describe the blurring of boundaries in a future of exponential organizations with "massive transformative purposes" that could, in amazingly short order, change everything we know and understand about business.
Seminar Speaker:

Suzanne F. Kaplan,President,Talent Balance
Suzanne F. Kaplan,President of Talent Balance, understands the daunting task leaders face in juggling the needs and challenges of five distinctly different generations in today's workplace. She also knows that without investing in those generations, organizations will not remain competitive.
As a top-rated speaker, consultant and leadership trainer to clients including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Verizon, Sara Lee, Vertex and Siemens, Suzanne teaches businesses how to improve communications, innovation and productivity across multiple generations.
Suzanne encourages organizations to look beyond generational stereotypes and identify common ground that fosters collaboration and engagement to ensure full utilization of employees' talents. Her clear solutions lead to effective leadership at every level, and a better bottom line.
Suzanne has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, having partnered with a wide range of organizations in pharmaceutical, financial services, healthcare, consumer products, academics, legal fields and non-profits. Prior to founding Talent Balance, she was Managing Principal of MultiCultural Solutions and held a variety of corporate executive positions in employee relations, organization development, corporate business and strategic planning.
With a focus on decoding Millennials, multigenerational integration, leadership and workforce development, Suzanne offers customized workshops, consulting and interactive speaking engagements that deliver solutions that can be put to use immediately.
The author of dozens of industry articles, Suzanne is frequently quoted in the media as an expert in her field. Suzanne and her husband reared two Millennial children, who are happy to keep her current on this generation, which will soon represent half of the nation's workforce.


Dinner Speaker:
Frank Diana,
Principal, Business Evolution,
Tata Consultancy Services
Mr. Diana has served in various executive roles throughout his career and has over 30 years of leadership experience. Currently at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), he is focused on thought leadership and advisory services in the context of business, societal, and economic evolution. He blends a futurist perspective with a pragmatic, actionable approach, leveraging future thinking to steer executive strategy and action. Prior to joining TCS, Mr. Diana was Executive Vice President of enherent Corp., where he led a business analytics growth initiative focused on leveraging advanced forms of analytics to deliver business outcomes. For Aelera Corporation where he served as Chief Product Officer, he managed the development of a market facing social computing and advanced analytics platform. Mr. Diana served as CEO of Traxian, Inc., a Silicon Valley software start-up focused on the B2B enablement of small and mid-sized businesses, and as Chief Technology Officer of Fujitsu Consulting, he developed the company's extended enterprise vision, serving as the face to the market and analyst community. He began his career at AT&T, holding various senior roles including CIO for the company's international financial operation. Mr. Diana also sat on various industry steering committees focused on the development of XML-based data standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Rider College. Mr. Diana can be reached by email at


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