Sarah SladekFounder and CEO, XYZ University
Best recognized as a best-selling author, speaker and CEO, there’s little that Sarah L. Sladek hasn’t accomplished, and there’s only more to come as she continues to push her career into new, purposeful endeavors. Since 2002, Sladek has dedicated her career to helping organizations engage future generations of members and talent. As the founder and CEO of XYZ University, Sladek looks to create a brighter tomorrow built on foundational leaders via the growth of her future-focused company comprised of generational researchers, presenters, and strategists. XYZ U has helped hundreds of organizations grow membership and reduce turnover among younger generations. As a leading researcher of generational insights, Sladek has authored more books and research papers on the generational topic than any other consultant. Her five books include two best sellers — Association Management Press: The End of Membership As We Know It (2011) and Knowing Y (2014). Sladek is also blazing trails on a national scale as the founder of the RockStars@Work Conference: the nation’s first business conference focused on bridging talent and leadership gaps in the workforce.
Business will forever evolve alongside mankind, in an ongoing effort to maximize efficiency and achieve success beyond our wildest imaginations. Those big-picture ideas and momentous innovations won’t appear out of thin air; it’s up to us to make our visions a reality – each era comes with its quirks, making things easier said than done. Welcome to the Talent Economy, a 21st century economy characterized by unprecedented innovation, connectivity, disruption and opportunity. Drawing from documented workforce and talent-development research, as well as Sladek’s ongoing study of generational impacts, this presentation cites numerous examples of organizations that have been capable of engaging employees in this era of disruption: what they did, why it worked and how it’s made a difference to organizational outlook and the bottom line.