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SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series: Building an Innovative, Multi-Generational Workplace in Tech Valley

Deb Leadership CoachLeadership Authors Set To Talk at Saratoga Economic Development Council’s Leadership Breakfast in May

(Saratoga, NY) –– Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and featured 2013 SHRM Talent Management Conference speaker, will be presenting on Building an Innovative, Multi-Generational Workplace in Tech Valley for the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Breakfast Leadership series on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am.

Building an Innovative, Multi-Generational Workplace in Tech Valley will be the second out of four presentations Mackin is hosting in collaboration with the SEDC. The topic to be discussed is an increasingly important one in the business world: how do we get all three generations of our workforce working together effectively? What does it take to lead Baby Boomers, to groom Gen X and to build the leadership skills of Gen Y or Millennials? Since the professional world has become a mix of generational knowledge, few have stopped to try and understand what assets they have by having all these generations in one area. Many find that the differing generations butt heads; however Mackin will be presenting on how to get these generations to work together to create more organizational leaders.  Joining Mackin this time around is newcomer and fellow leadership author, Matthew Harrington, who will add a Gen Y twist to the presentation.  Harrington is seen as a subject matter expert in the field of Millennial workers having presented and written on the topic extensively.

Mackin states, “Managing a diverse workplace can be difficult at times. Finding the key to using every generation’s strengths can make the workplace more productive and less tense. I find that in order to keep the harmony going among those of the Baby Boomer generation, Gen-X and that of Generation Y, you need to find the skills that are divergent and develop them for the benefit of the organization.”

Mackin, considered an international authority on implementing self-directed teams, will also be available at the end for a book signing of her best selling book, The Team-Building Tool Kit, 2nd Edition (AMACOM).  Mackin was a featured speaker at this year’s SHRM Talent Management Conference out in Las Vegas where she will be talking about many of the same themes.  Mackin and Harrington recently teamed up to author the upcoming leadership book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive due out in June.

With the Saratoga Region experiencing an explosion of growth over the last few years as large organizations such as GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM and GE have begun to demonstrate a resurgence of global manufacturing in the area, SEDC and Mackin decided a series of breakfast workshops would work best to discuss some global concepts.  “With Deb’s many years of partnering with large organizations like Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Delta Faucet, and Alcoa and having worked right in the ‘belly of the beast’ in terms of organizational development we thought she would bring a real, practical, ready-to-implement style of workshop to the Saratoga Region,” stated Shelby Schneider, Director of Marketing and Economic Development Specialist at SEDC.  “After the first workshop which received an overwhelming amount of praise, we’re excited to see where Deb takes the next one!”

The SEDC’s Breakfast Leadership Series will be continuing throughout the year with appearances from Mackin in October 2013 and January 2014. Other workplace topics to be discussed include: Managing your Tech Valley Talent Pipeline and Preparing for Tomorrow’s Talent Gap, and A HEW Culture: How to Build a High Engagement Workplace Culture in Tech Valley.

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