Sarah Sladek

Sarah Sladek

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Sarah Sladek has been referred to as a social equity expert, a global leader in business strategy, and a Talent Economy influencer.

As a renowned thought leader on the topics of generational shifts, engagement strategies, and change management, organizations worldwide have relied on her strategic guidance and next-gen intelligence to plan their futures, foster collaborative cultures, and realize growth.

Since 2002, Sarah has been researching workforce trends alongside social change and shifts in demographics, economics, and consumerism. She has identified why declines in engagement occur and what organizations must do to reverse the decline and retain their talent.

Sarah is the founder and CEO XYZ University, one of the nation’s only firms focused on generational research and the development of inclusive, inter-generational workplaces. She’s also the founder of Membership University, a future-focused membership strategy and training firm, and host of the Save the Associations web show and Membership IQ podcast.

In addition to her business ventures, Sarah is a member of Forbes Business Council and the best-selling author of five books. Her latest book, Talent Generation, is based on research of the nation’s most profitable and people-centric organizations in existence today. The book identifies the game-changing strategies essential to engaging talent in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

Sarah’s expertise has been prominently featured in international media, and she has keynoted events worldwide. Backed by years of experience and supported by solid research, she remains committed to helping organizations plan for their futures and prosper in the new economy.

The Future Of Work – IS NOW!

The 21st century economy characterized by unprecedented innovation, shifting values, global connectivity, disruption, and opportunity is something Sarah Sladek has been helping leaders and organizations prepare for. As inflation increases, today’s leaders and managers of talent are stressed and often overworked, facing tremendous pressure to produce and deliver even more with less while workplace teams are constantly changing.

The Great Resignation began happening long before the pandemic as we’ve been experiencing an epic workforce talent shift for more than a decade. The workplace disruption was ushered in by new generations of talent entering alongside a retirement tsunami of the second largest generation in history. Just as waves of younger talent having a different view of work continue to enter the workforce, the Boomers, having held fast to leadership roles and managing our workplace talent over the past 35 years, continue to take critical skills and knowledge from our workplaces into retirement.

Sarah can provide your organization’s leadership, managers, and team leaders with the understanding of exactly why they are struggling to lead, engage, and maintain a high-functioning team.  In just 60 minutes, she will help your organization finally see and understand why this is happening. Sarah will show what simple changes are necessary in order to be successful in today’s Future of Work and new era of working and living called the Talent Economy.

Team-Building in a Turbulent Time

Society is changing, demographics are shifting, and work as we’ve always known it is at an end. In this time of incredible transition, teamwork has taken a hit.

We’ve all felt stressed, directionless, isolated, and wary of facing any additional change. Enthusiasm and motivation has waned, and we desperately need to get the team — and ourselves — reconnected, inspired about the future, and re-engaged in the work and mission. But how?

It’s become obvious we can’t rely on ‘pep talks’ to bring a team out of its funk. In fact, many of our tried-and-true team building efforts are falling flat in this changing work environment and at a time when the call for inclusion and collaboration is louder than ever.

But there is a solution.

In this presentation, Sarah Sladek will share strategies to motivate, inspire, and reconnect with your team. Drawing from her research on both employee engagement and generational shifts, Sarah will share her insights on what it takes to bring people together in a time of change and create a happier, more productive work environment.

Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success

Welcome to the Talent Economy – a 21st century economy characterized by unprecedented innovation, connectivity, disruption, and opportunity. As well as unprecedented turnover, declining job satisfaction, and shrinking profitability. 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 way out of this mess, but Sarah Sladek proves otherwise.

For her book, Talent Generation, Sarah spent two years studying the traits shared among organizations realizing the highest employee engagement and profitability. Drawing from this documented workforce research, as well as her own ongoing study of generational impacts, her 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.

Sladek proves that it’s possible to create an organization designed to engage talent and thrive in an era of disruption, and she provides audiences with the guidance to do it.

Ready or Not Here Comes Z

Meet Gen Z. This generation of teens and 20-somethings are coming of age during the most disruptive decade in history. They’re walking into the workforce with radically different skillsets, values, and expectations. Does your organization have what it takes to engage them?

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 driven to create meaningful change — and in many ways, they already are. After all, Zs have been taught the skills to successfully defy the norm.

While the spotlight has been on Millennials for several years, Z is stepping into the limelight, and they are nothing like their elders. There’s much to learn about Gen Z before you can successfully engage their participation.

Drawing from research, Sarah Sladek’s presentation brings Z’s unique traits, expectations, and values to life. She clearly identifies what organizations need to do now to make room for Z and engage them as employees, consumers, members, and volunteers.

Ready or not, here they come!


The Great Resignation. The War for Talent. The Silver Tsunami. Whatever you call it, turnover is skyrocketing and generation gaps are partly to blame. Research indicates workplace hostility, ageism, and conflict are looming large, killing concepts like inclusion, collaboration, and teamwork dead in their tracks.

Sarah Sladek specializes in helping teams understand and leverage their differences and bridge the gaps.

Sarah has been researching demographic shifts and helping organizations navigate generational differences for 20 years. Using humor, pop culture references, and numerous best practices, she shows multi-generational teams how to build trust, empathy, and get to a place of enjoying work. Together.

In this presentation she shares valuable insights into what makes each generation tick, when and why conflicts emerge, and how best to resolve them. In the process, audience members learn a lot about themselves and one another and have fun doing it.

Think you know everything there is to know about generations and workplace conflict? Think again. Audiences rave about Sarah’s unique approach, in-depth perspective, and research on the subject matter.

Need a completely different, proven approach to generational team-building? Sarah Sladek provides it.

“Sarah has led presentations for BestPrep twice, in 2015 and again in 2021. Both times, the presentations were met with rave reviews. The information that she presents is fascinating, engaging, and relevant for a variety of audiences. I highly recommend working with Sarah!”
–Shana Weaver Hoffer, BestPrep

“Sarah presented at our Virtual Annual Meeting and was outstanding! Sarah was focused on getting to know our audience, and our attendees commented that Sarah’s keynote Leading an Inter-Generational Workforce was on point, informative, and very engaging. Her presentation was pre-recorded; and she also offered to join the live session when it aired so that she could respond immediately to questions as they came in through the Chat and Q&A, which prompted wonderful interaction between Sarah and the attendees. In addition to her keynote, Sarah facilitated a panel discussion with three young manufacturing professionals. The Recruiting the Next Generation of Manufacturers panel received many positive remarks from the audience. Throughout the process of confirming her presentations, Sarah was accommodating to our requests and was a pleasure to work with. The issue of attracting a company’s future workforce is not unique to manufacturing but is a problem in many other industries as well. Sarah Sladek shares practical advice and creative solutions for employers. I would highly recommend her as a speaker at any conference!”
–Cindy Day, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association

“Sarah Sladek gave a very engaging opening presentation on Generations@Work for the first SEI Structures virtual event. She was to have opened our in-person conference (starting the day previous) that was canceled due to COVID19. She and her team joined us to pivot and in just a few weeks shifted to the virtual format and excellent interaction via live online Q&A and social media with our global audience on this critically important topic of making the most of multigenerational team collaboration. Sarah tailored her talk to the situation that was relevant and timely for all – and a very good opener for the rest of our program and continuing conversations!”
–Suzanne Fisher, Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE

“When we launched our new program for student members, we did so with a year-long series of workshops and webinars presented by Sarah Sladek. We were delighted with the quality of the information and the insightful targeting of content for each specific audience. Sarah received rave reviews from the participants and was not only available to answer questions on a variety of issues but gracious in her approach while doing so. Our inaugural year was a huge success, and we credit Sarah for helping us set the tone and provide information with relevance and impact.”
–Susan  Franceschi, American Water Works Association

“Sarah was our keynote speaker at MMA’s GROWGenerations event. She instantly drew the audience in with her humor, facts, and natural speaking style. The positive feedback and comments just keep rolling in. ‘She was engaging and amazing!’,  ‘What a great speaker! My eyes were opened up today.’ I highly recommend Sarah for any speaker event and her company’s consulting solutions. I am a raving fan!”
–PK Kriha, Marsh & McLennan Agency

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