Navigating the New Workforce: Q&A with Kim Leer

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Navigating the New Workforce with Kim Leer


Study after study has shown us that multigenerational teams outperform more homogeneous groups by almost every measure. This can be attributed to their unique and diverse experiences– the more seasoned employees offer wisdom and expertise while those on the younger end offer a fresh and innovative perspective. While the advantages are numerous, it turns out, managing multigenerational teams is easier said than done. Today’s teams are often plagued by issues regarding everything from work ethic and retention to succession and fairness. Today , each generation is taking on new roles in the workplace. Millennials are no longer entry-level employees - they are managers who may oversee older, more seasoned employees. Gen Xers have stepped up to the C Suite, reinventing and redefining what it means to be a leader. Boomers are transitioning and taking their careers in new directions and Gen Zers are now on the scene, ready to shake up the work world and present a whole new challenge to their Millennial supervisors. The key to understanding and leveraging these generational trends is to recognize that it’s not about “out with the old, in with the new.” Every generation brings value to the workforce. On top of these new roles, global changes impact all of us, from technology, to increased competition, to the rapid rate of change. But when faced with these changes, each generation learns to adapts differently. Kim Lear will give you a closer look into who these generations are and the trends emerging as they adapt to each new career stage. Her research, insights and original concepts will help you better understand each generation. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for their unique perspective as they navigate the challenges of building effective teams in this brave new multigenerational workforce.


• Explain who the generations are in today’s workforce

• Identify the negative stereotypes that hold teams back

• Present solutions for team synergy, engagement and motivation of all generations

• Uncover the importance of legacy when founders begin to retire

• Explore the new life stages: Encore, Pivot and Emerging Adulthood

• Provide takeaways on how to best lead multi-generational teams and groom the next generation

of leaders

• Explore best—and worst—case studies from organizations who are finding success or failure in

this new world of work

• Transform workforce and marketplace obstacles into opportunities


  • Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends. Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the world. She has received rave reviews from clients such as AmericanExpress, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, Linked In, Mastercard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, and more. In addition to speaking, Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry and the impacts of mindfulness practices on healthcare costs. A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today and more. She is currently the head of research on a new book published by Harper Collins about Gen Z, the teenage demographic. Kim lives and works in Minneapolis where she is currently running a research initiative to identify how the Sharing Economy impacts our perspectives on community and consumption. When not delving into the minutia of human behavior, you can find Kim paddle boarding,planning an overseas adventure or re-watching Game of Thrones.


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