David Stillman


About David Stillman - Speaker on Generational Issues in the Workplace:

David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For over twenty years he has been called on by business leaders, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has been commenting on the generation in the media for CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

David's creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades - including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, the much-coveted CLIO Award, and most recently was named as one of 200 People to Watch by the Business Journal as well as one of the Power50 in the state of MN.

In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace. David’s latest book Gen Z @ Work published by HarperCollins - describes the seven key traits of Gen Z. He coauthored this book with his Gen Z son, Jonah.

Diane Sawyer from ABC said it best - “David will help you see the world through the eyes of a different generation.”

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What David Stillman Talks About:

Believe it or not – there’s life after the Millennial generation. A new generation is impacting our workplace and not enough leaders are paying attention! Are you ready for Gen Z? The leading edge of Gen Z is well into their 20s. They are not like the Millennials, which means your recruitment and retention strategies need to change.

Attendees will learn:

  • What factors makes Generation Z unique
  • What influences have shaped this dynamic generation
  • What they expect from a career
  • How you recruit them
  • How you retain and manage Gen Z

This dynamic keynote gives audiences fresh insights based on national studies of Gen Z’s workplace attitudes, interviews with hundreds of CEOs, cutting-edge case studies – and insights from Gen Zers themselves.

Presented by David, or David & Jonah together. Available as a 30-90 minute Keynote or as a Half-day Workshop.

Based on three national studies and the first global study of Generation Z, you will get a 15-20 minute introduction into both the events and conditions that shaped Gen Z – and the seven key traits that define this generation: Realistic, Phigital, Drive, FOMO, Hyper Custom, DIY, and Weconomists.

Afterwards, keep the generational dialogue going during an in-depth Q&A session – to ask burning questions on what YOU need to know about this new generation.

Attendees will learn to zero in on Gen Z’s exact needs, such as:

  • How does the phigital world impact Gen Z’s view of remote working?
  • Is FOMO a good thing or bad thing on the job?
  • How does hyper-customization impact sales and marketing?
  • How do these weconomists define the shared economy?
  • How does DIY impact training and development?

Presented by David, or David & Jonah together. Available as a 30-60 minute Keynote.

If only we could group our younger workforce and marketplace into one generation – life would be easier. In many ways, leaders have been operating that way. Many are not paying attention to Generation Z – and are just assuming everyone under 30 is a Millennial. Gen Z is nothing like the Millennials.

Attendees will:

  • Unpack the key differences between Millennials and Gen Z
  • Showcase how Boomers and Xers parenting styles had radically different results
  • Explain Millennial’s collaborative nature vs Gen Z’s competitive drive at work
  • Identify what leaders need to know to manage each unique generation
  • Highlight areas the generations will click and clash

Presented by David, or David & Jonah together. Available as a 30-90 minute Keynote or as a Half-day Workshop.

Do they shop online? In-store? What does loyalty look like? These questions and more are addressed as the newest generation of customers pull out their wallets. Gen Z has disposable income to spend, but only if marketers can connect with them.

More than their own disposable funds, Gen Z’s influence on family spending is the highest it’s ever been. If brands want to find success in the future – then understanding the Gen Z customer is paramount.

Based on national studies, insights from focus groups, and working with some of the world’s top brands – find out what it takes to connect with, sell to, and retain the Gen Z customer.

Attendees will learn:

  • How the Gen Z consumer is different from the other generations
  • How different social media platforms connect with different Gen Z consumers
  • About the phigital landscape – where Gen Z sees no line between physical and digital
  • The difference between a digital pioneer and digital native
  • What brands are connecting best with the customer of the future

Presented by David, or David & Jonah together. Available as a 30-90 minute Keynote.

You may think you know the generations, but the Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials are carving out new territory as they evolve. And here comes the latest twist – the arrival of Generation Z.

Just when you think you’ve bridged the gaps, it’s time to learn what’s happening now as the generations continue to collide.

David Stillman presents:

  • Where all the generations are in their careers today
  • What each generation needs to be successful
  • What it takes to connect with each generation of consumers
  • What big generational issues are on the horizon for leaders, managers, individuals, and marketers?

David can offer his generational insights in three distinct areas:

  1. Workplace: Recruiting, retaining, communicating with four generations
  2. Marketplace: Customer service and sales for four generations
  3. Giving: How to attract and retain four generations of donors and volunteers

Presented only by David. Available as a 30-90 minute Keynote or as a Half-day Workshop.

For the first time in history, we have five generations in the workplace and marketplace. Not one generation is stagnant, so staying on top of how their generational personalities play out can be challenging.

Even though there might not be as many Traditionalists around – there are still many Traditional cultures. Boomers are working longer and reinventing retirement. Xers are slowly taking over the C-Suite. Millennials are no longer the newbies and are well into management. And yes, there is a generation after the Millennials…Gen Z. A lot to unpack – but in this two part presentation, David Stillman and Jonah Stillman can get the job done!

In Part 1, David Stillman, who has 22 years of studying the generations, presents:

  • What shaped Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Xers, and Millennials
  • How generational core traits are playing out in today’s economic climate
  • What each generation needs and wants from their careers over the next 10 years
  • Where and how the generations like to shop

Following a break, in Part 2, Generation Zer Jonah Stillman will join David to:

  • Introduce Gen Z and the key events that shaped them
  • Present the seven key traits of Gen Z
  • Identify what Gen Z needs and wants from their careers
  • Highlight how Gen Z will click and clash with the other generations

Presented by David & Jonah. Available as a minimum of two hours and special pricing applies.

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While most generational “experts” are still trying to understand what makes millennials tick, David has taken generational research a step further and looked to the future of the workforce - the new Gen Z.

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