2016 Webinar Series | Val Grubb

Clash of the Generations: The Top 10 Practices for Managing the New Workplace Reality

Date: Nov. 1, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT
Presenter: Val Grubb, Operations Consultant, Trainer, Author
Moderator: Ruth Stergiou, CEO, Invent Your Future

It’s gotten way harder to lead the human capital functions in corporate America. More Boomers are sticking around than originally expected and we still haven’t figured out how to cope with Millennials in our midst (although it’s been 10 years since they showed up). To make things even more challenging, members of Gen Z are poised to enter the work force in just a few short years. With employees spanning four or five decades in the office, the stage is set for disaster for those companies still lagging in their ability to manage the new workplace reality.

This highly engaging and interactive discussion will detail the top 10 management practices for overcoming the wildly different ideas between the generations about work ethic, work-life balance, and long-term career goals, among many other issues. Drawing on real-world success stories from small, medium and large employers, we’ll review proven strategies that leaders can immediately employ to ease the clash of the generations.


  • What management practices need to be retired before alienating all the generations (and increasing turnover).
  • How to expand your company’s culture to embrace the wisdom of age and the contributions of youth.
  • Find out what has worked (and not worked) for other small, medium and large companies when engaging employees spanning multiple generations.
  • Adapting your workforce policies and procedures to meet the needs of employees potentially spanning four or five decades.

About our Speaker:

Val Grubb is the principal of Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., an operations consulting and training firm that she founded after holding several leadership roles in major corporations.

Val’s passion is working with companies to help their executives and employees reach their full potential by amplifying strengths, identifying and mitigating areas that need improvement, and developing corporate and individual growth strategies. Whether a business is expanding or just starting out, it needs strong and efficient back-office operations to succeed. Although higher profile concerns such as sales and marketing often overshadow human resources, facilities, purchasing, and other areas, the vital importance of operations becomes clear whenever a company is under pressure.

Recent long-term operations consulting clients include Madison Square Garden, Game Show Network, Physio-Control, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Best Buy. She has taught throughout North America, Asia, Europe/CEE, and South America and worked with clients such as Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Coca-Cola, Children’s Place, the city of Twin Falls (ID), and Seattle Genetics.

Valerie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and obtained her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She remains highly involved with the Kelley School as an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Women’s Philanthropy organization at the IU Foundation. She is also the President of the NY-Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications.

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