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Get Wise – Get Wealthy Inter-generational Diversity. Presented to: Federally Employed Women DFC Chapter November 19, 2008 By: Ann Vanderslice. Elvis joins the Army. Jimi Hendrix dies. MTV debuts. Kurt Cobain dies. People resemble their times more than they resemble their parents.

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Get Wise – Get Wealthy Inter-generational Diversity

Presented to:

Federally Employed WomenDFC Chapter

November 19, 2008


Ann Vanderslice


Elvis joins the Army.

Jimi Hendrix dies.


MTV debuts.

Kurt Cobain dies.


People resemble their times more than they

resemble their parents.

~ Arab Proverb

the greatest generation
Born between 1925 and 1945

AKA – The Silent Generation

-- The Postwar Generation

-- The Depression Generation

Leaders – No US Presidents

-- Many major civil rights leaders

-- Many women’s rights leaders

The Greatest Generation
the baby boomer generation
The Baby Boomer Generation

Born between 1946 and 1964

Leaders – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

generation x
Born between 1964 and 1979

AKA – MTV Generation

-- 13th Generation

-- Baby Busters

Leaders – President-elect Barack Obama

Influences - Bill Gates

Steve Jobs

Andy Bechtolsheim

Generation X

Netting the Net Generation


What Gen Y Really Wants

Time Magazine

‘Generation Me’ Enters the Work Force

ABC News

Motivating the “What’s in It for Me?” Workforce

Attracting the Twentysomething Worker


The “Millennials” Are Coming

CBS News

Generation Y : They’ve arrived at work with a new attitude

USA Today

Generation Y for Dummies

The Bottom Line on Next Gen Workers


the millennial generation15
Born between 1980 and 1998

AKA – Gen Y

-- Echo Boom

Influences – Heroes – Police, Firefighters

-- MySpace

-- YouTube

-- Facebook

The Millennial Generation

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speaking greatest generation ese
They’re helpers – ask for some

Ask for their opinion

Remember they see themselves as vital, active people in the prime of life

Speaking Greatest Generation”ese”
speaking boomer ese
Be respectful

Take your time – build a relationship

Try face-to-face for the important conversations

Speaking Boomer”ese”
speaking gen x ese
Get to the point

Use technological communication efficiently

Avoid cliches and hyperbole

Speaking Gen X”ese”
speaking millinneal ese
Don’t be put off if they’re multi-tasking while communicating with you

Share where they fit in the overall picture

Ask for help with technology

Speaking Millinneal”ese”

Employees From All Generations Agree

  • Work is a vehicle for personal fulfillment and satisfaction
  • Workplace culture is important
  • Being trusted to get the job done is the most important factor in defining job satisfaction
  • Feeling valued by their employer is a requirement to be happy in their job
  • Flexibility in the workplace is important
  • Success is finding an employer you can stay with for a long time
  • Career development is the most valued form of recognition – even more so than pay raises and enhanced titles

“He who knows only his own generation remains always a child.”

~ Cicero, early Roman Statesman