Based on the book!

Welcome to the Talent Economy–an economy characterized by unprecedented innovation, connectivity, disruption, and opportunity. And yet, job satisfaction is declining, employee turnover is skyrocketing, millions of Boomers are retiring, and the impetus to close the gap between talent-development practices and business impact has never been greater.

How is it possible we’re in a Talent Economy and struggling to engage talent? For too long, we’ve just assumed there is no solution, but Sarah proves otherwise.

Drawing from documented workforce research, as well as her own ongoing study of generational impacts, Sarah’s presentation cites numerous examples of organizations that have been capable of engaging employees in this era of disruption—what they did, why it worked, and how it’s made a difference to the organizations’ outlook and bottom line.

She proves it’s possible to create an organization designed to engage talent, and she provides audiences with the guidance to do it.


Based on global research!

The first generation of the 21st century came of age during the most disruptive decade of the last century. Born 1996-2009, Gen Z’s arrival marks the end of clearly defined roles, traditions and experiences. Zs are more cautious and pragmatic, but they are also inspired to change the world — and chances are, they will.

While the spotlight has been on Gen Y/ Millennials for several years, Z is about to step into the limelight, and they are nothing like their Millennial elders. Undoubtedly, their arrival to the workplace will create another wave of change.

Drawing from considerable research, Sarah’s presentation brings Z’s unique traits, expectations, and values to life, and identifies what organizations will need to do to prepare for Z and engage them as employees, consumers, members, and volunteers.


A core challenge over the next decade will be to attract and retain a skilled workforce. This situation is exacerbated as companies find themselves managing four generations–each with their own distinct values and attitudes toward work.

To successfully integrate these generations into the workplace, companies will need to embrace radical changes in recruitment, benefits, and culture.

Using humor, pop culture references, and numerous best practices, Sarah shares valuable insights into what makes each generation tick, as well as successful motivation and management techniques to fuel teamwork and inspire organization-wide success.


By 2025 the workforce will be more mobile, diverse, and robotic, and 75% of the global workforce will be under the age of 40. Is your organization ready?

In this presentation, she presents in-depth insight into the trends, behaviors, and expectations of the future workforce and features strategies employers can use now to shape the future to their competitive advantages.
Her presentation fuses humor with hard-hitting facts. She draws from her own research and showcases examples of fatal mistakes and tremendous successes in future planning.

Audiences will learn the “Future First” strategy, as well as the chief workforce indicators of change, how to position an organization to be innovative and responsive to these changes, and how to attract top talent and win in the future’s marketplace.


Based on the book!

Shaped by economic recession, digital innovation, political revolution, and helicopter parenting, Generation Y, also known as Millennials, is often hailed as the future hope for our industries and government. Unfortunately, few organizations have been successful at engaging them.

In this insightful, sometimes shocking view into the Post-Industrial Era mindset, Sarah delves into the management and marketing strategies your organization needs to engage this next generation now. Her presentation fuses economics and business insights with pop culture and social change and draws upon the success strategies gleaned from considerable generational and organizational research.

Whether you are trying to engage them as employees, members, leaders, or volunteers, Sarah’s presentation will prove that knowing Y is a critical first step.

“Recruiting younger members is essential to our future if our organizations are going to remain vibrant and relevant. I give Sladek a lot of credit for taking on a hard and important issue.”


John Graham, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership

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