Breaking the Communication Barrier: Why and How to Build an Inter-Generational Workforce (Luncheon Seminar) (F1)

Type: Seminar
Date: 09/11/11 12:15 PM CT - 09/11/11 1:45 PM CT
Location: Chicago, IL United States
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Fee: $125 (counts as 1 seminar towards a Value Package Plan) View Pricing

Speaker: Ken Macro


“My GenY thinks she is entitled to a job!”, “OMG, if my Boomer boss doesn’t tell me how I am doing soon, I think I will die!”, “Why does my GenX employee always want to work alone?”, and, “Gee, that’s the ultimate Moondoggie…now get to work!” Communicative breakdown between the generations is a reality. Learning to communicate openly and effectively is NOT a daunting proposition—IF you understand each other’s differences. This educational (and amusing!) seminar/luncheon will expose the sometimes-troubling-and-often-charming characteristics exhibited between generations that are often misconstrued. Learn how and why it’s in your best interest to gain a fresh perspective on your inter-generational colleagues. Here you will learn how to incite openness and encourage collaboration. A multi-generational panel of professionals will be on hand to share their insights for what promises to be an encouraging and entertaining discussion. This seminar includes a buffet lunch at no additional cost.

Room S406b 

You Will Learn:

  • Who are Seniors, Boomers, GenXers, GenYers, and Millennials?
  • How each of these cohorts think and act based on generational characteristics
  • Learn how to normalize your workforce through generational harmony
  • Develop new and innovative communication strategy for including—and codifying—everyone in your organization.

Who Should Attend:
Everyone who engages in daily operations with representatives from multigenerational cohorts.

Business Categories:
Entrepreneurship, Executive, Management, Sales and Marketing, Trends and Opportunities

Ken Macro

Ken Macro, Associate Professor
Cal Poly, Graphic Communication Department

Ken Macro is an associate professor in the Graphic Communication Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He leads courses in print production management, marketing and sales, post-press processes, and specializes in knowledge management, Lean manufacturing, sustainability, distance learning, and generational inertia. He is an advocate for engaging creative processes that champion both sustainable production practices and innovation in the graphic communication industry. He has an affinity for the history of print and incunabula.

Prior to academia, he was the director for Reprographics, Mailing and Shipping Services at both Cal Poly and The University of Akron. Ken’s prior career portfolio consists of facilitating roles as graphics manager for Alltel Directories Publishing in Hudson, Ohio; marketing director for various healthcare facilities in the Pittsburgh area; owner and president of a printing and copying business in central Pennsylvania; regional sales coordinator for Kinko’s of Ohio; and, a radio broadcaster for small radio station in central Pennsylvania.

Ken holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in education and knowledge management from Walden University.

He has authored numerous papers and articles in respected industry-related journals and periodicals and is the co-author of the book “Lean Printing: Pathway to Success” (2007, PIA/GATF).

He has provided consultative services in the areas of change management, knowledge management, and Lean manufacturing for corporations such as Heidelberg, Xerox, and Ricoh, as well as several domestic and international commercial businesses. He has recently served as a Visiting Professor at NorQuest College Centre for Excellence in Print Media located in Edmonton, Canada (Summer, 2011). He has presented papers, lectures, and seminars for national and international universities such as Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), NorQuest College (Edmonton, Canada), London College of Communication (London, England), Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (Beijing, China), Moscow State University of Printing Arts (Moscow, Russia), The North-West Institute of Print at St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design (St. Petersburg, Russia), and, Institute for Printing and Publishing Industry at the National Technical University of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine) In addition, he has presented lectures, seminars, and papers for domestic and international organizations such as International Publishing Management Association (IPMA), Association for College and University Printers (ACUP), Printing Industries of America of Northern California (PINC), Printing Industries of America Northern Kentucky and Ohio (PIANKO), National Government Printers Association (NGPA), International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA), International Circle for Educational Institutes of Graphic Arts Technology and Management (ICEIGATM), University Print Management Group of the United Kingdom (UPMG), National In-House Print Professionals of Australasia (NIPPA), New Zealand Print Management Group (NZPMG), and the Graphic Communication Institute (GrCi) at Cal Poly.

He resides in Atascadero, California with his wife and three sons.