Managing Generational Diversity in the Workplace

Linda Trompetter, PhD, MTS
Director, NEPDEC

September 13th (1-3pm)
Maternal and Family Health

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Most workplaces in America are wrestling with the problem of managing different generations. Traditionalists, Baby boomers, Gen X, Millenials: they all seem to want something different. Boomers are good team players, love the social interaction at work, will work all hours and are willing to invest time in working their way up the corporate hierarchy. Gen Xers are more skeptical, think the boomers are crazy to work so hard, and are determined to do a good job, but just as determined to go home at night and have a life. And the latest crop, Millenials, have no patience at all. If they are not happy, they won’t work through it. They just leave. Boomers like handwritten notes and phone calls, Gen X mostly do email, and Millenials do text or instant messaging. How are you supposed to pull all these people into a team and get them to work well together?

This workshop provides specific information about generational differences, and specific strategies for drawing everyone into productive teams and retaining employees with sharply difference world views.


Linda Trompetter established The Diversity Institute at Misericordia University in 1992 and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC) in 1998. She holds an MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in ethics, from Harvard University. As a tenured professor of philosophy at Southeast Missouri State University, her academic work centered on human rights, prejudice, and discrimination. Trompetter currently serves as director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, an independent educational resource for regional schools, colleges, universities, businesses, health care institutions, and government agencies.

Trompetter is a welcome presenter across the country on diversity education, multicultural learning environments, and successful strategies for organizational diversity planning. She is founder and president of Consult4Diversity an educational team that provides training and consultations to help organizations develop a corporate culture that promotes multicultural understand and supports the effectiveness of strategic planning.

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About

NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.