Sarah is a best-selling author and CEO of XYZ University. She brings her expertise to 40+ events a year, presenting to audiences worldwide on how to drive stronger engagement with younger generations.

Her presentations have been described as rockin’, thought-provoking, a wake-up call, unique, buzz-worthy, and hugely relevant. Here’s why:

  • As a leading researcher of membership and employee engagement trends, Sarah has authored five books and 10 research papers in the past 10 years.
  • In addition, she either conducts audience research prior to her speech or live polls the audience during the speech. This ensures every speech Sarah presents is unique, relevant, customized—sometimes on the fly!—and tailored to the specific needs and interests of the audience.

Audiences rave about her ability to deliver cutting-edge information in entertaining and provocative ways, blending pop culture with best practices, trend forecasting, research, and strategy.

Spent two years researching the traits shared among the most successful and highly engaging organizations in existence today.

Authors new research every year on topics ranging from consumerism to advocacy, employee turnover and education.


Sarah doesn’t just “talk the talk” – she truly walks the walk.

After being promoted into leadership roles at a young age, Sarah became aware of age gaps in organizations and their lack of planning for future generations. In 2002, she founded XYZ University, the nation’s first future-focused generational research and management consulting firm.

Shortly thereafter, she founded the nation’s first business conference focused on bridging talent and leadership gaps in the workforce. She also authored curriculum for the first online course designed to help associations develop an engaging, future-focused membership strategy.

The depth of Sarah’s expertise is unparalleled. She has been an advocate for younger generations and succession planning for 16 years. She brings this passion to the stage, inspiring audiences with her message and equipping them with tactics to succeed.

Founder of a ground-breaking business, conference, and curriculum designed to help organizations plan for their futures.

Featured in international media, contributor to Skillsoft’s Leadership Channel, and named a Talent Economy Influencer in 2017.

Keynotes events globally, and works with organizations in construction, healthcare, finance, and other industries seeking to engage members and talent. 

“Sarah Sladek was leading the charge for organizations and companies to adapt to younger members and workers long before anybody else. She understands demographic shifts and how to exploit them; her advice her tactically sound, easy to follow, and consistently right. Anybody honest enough to recognize they have a challenge before them should engage her in addressing that challenge.”


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“I am thankful for Sarah’s continued crusade to teach marketers like me how to engage younger generations and about the upcoming tsunami of consumers and employees about to crash in on U.S. commerce and employment.”


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