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IFMA SV: Debunking Multi-Generational Mythology

March 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

OK Boomers, prepare yourselves. It turns out that much of the anecdotes about entitled Millennials and short-attention span Gen Z’ers are not backed up with evidence. In fact, workplace science is revealing quite a different picture than all those “Generations in the Workplace” experts painted. The evidence is pointing toward a far more significant trend where such broad-brush strokes could stifle innovation and negatively affect recruitment and retention. Join us for a panel discussion where we will separate the fact from fiction and learn a more fluid approach to generations in the workplace.

What are the top takeaways from the presentation:

  1. Learn a more refined approach to understand the wide range of ages and skill sets in the workplace than the traditional generational divides
  2. Learn how to foster innovation and connection among diverse age ranges
  3. Learn what can FMs do to support their organizations with these knowledge as well as their own FM teams


Wayne Whitzell, LEED AP, BEP, GBO (Moderator)

Wayne Whitzell has been an active member in IFMA since 2000. He is IFMA’s 2018 International Distinguished Member of the Year. In 2015, he was selected as IFMA’s Associate of the Year at IFMA’s World Workplace in Denver and was selected as IFMA’s Distinguished Author of the Year in 2016. He is the current Programs chair for IFMA’s Corporate Facilities Council and the Past President of IFMA East Bay. Over the years, he has held various chapter positions such as Sustainability Committee Chair, Website Chair, and Sacramento Valley Chapter Vice President. He has been to thirteen World Workplace conferences and has presented at several IFMA chapter and council events and Facility Fusion. He supports the IFMA Foundation initiatives by routinely speaking at local schools and colleges about a career in FM. Wayne holds credentials as a LEED®AP, Business Energy Professional (BEP), and is a certified Green Business Operator (GBO).

Sally Thornton

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, project-based work, and improving the system of work through increased diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

A speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, diversity & inclusion, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan is a global expert on talent with over 30 years experience in the HR field. Steve was the first VP of HR at LinkedIn and since leaving in 2013 has dedicated himself to understanding how professionals and organizations can navigate this new talent reality where the future of work seems more and more uncertain every day.

Erik Lucken

Erik Lucken is Director of Workplace Strategy for RSP Architects. Serving clients from small start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, he collaborates with design teams across RSP’s six locations to align design solutions to organizational goals.

For the last decade Erik has studied the intersection of business performance and the workplace environment, focused on the design imperative to support both how and why people work today. Leveraging both quantitative and qualitative research, Lucken is a frequent speaker on critical workplace drivers such as engagement, wellbeing, and workforce demographics.



4030 George Sellon Circle

Santa Clara, CA


5:00pm-5:30pm- Registration

5:30pm-7:00pm- Presentation

7:00pm-8:00pm- Networking Reception


March 25, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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