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    May Program: Generations in the Workplace

    Date: May 26, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Siouxland SHRM
    College Center 1001 College Way, South Sioux City, NE 68776
    $20 for non-members, Free for members
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    Speaker: Mary Zink has over 25 years of experience working in education, consulting, and management in the private and non-profit sectors, including extensive work in the quick service restaurant, high tech, healthcare, banking and manufacturing sectors.  Prior to joining the faculty at Briar Cliff University, she worked as an assistant professor of management for nine years at another similar school. Prior to entering higher education, Mary was a regional manager for a large, multinational corporation specializing in employee benefits, payroll, and human resource outsourcing.  Zink was, at that time, responsible for directing eight consultants doing business in four states and a $7.75-million-dollar book of business.

    Mary enjoys teaching business fundamentals and leadership to future businessmen and women, and has special interests in leadership, employee productivity, business communication, strategic management, and ethics.  As an educator, she takes a practical approach in the classroom, cutting through confusion to help students apply business skills directly.  In her classrooms, students engage in discussions and focus on learning to think critically, communicate clearly, use quantitative data to make reasoned judgements, and act ethically.  Zink also emphasizes the collaborative, coaching aspects of leadership popularized by Ken Blanchard.

    Zink has an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Carleton College, and an MBA from Regis University in Denver.  She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration degree with CalSouthern University.  A human resource management specialist, Mary Zink has held certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and from the Society for Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified Professional.


    Topic: Generations in the Workplace

    The Slacker generation is finally in charge.  Generation X, born between the years of 1965 and 1980, had 51% of leadership roles as of 2018.  This is no surprise, as about 10,000 Baby Boomers retire each day.  Millennials, the “Entitled Generation” are now between the ages of 26 and 41.  Millennials are now seasoned professionals with homes and families of their own.  Generation Z, the newest generation in the workplace, has about 68.2 million individuals, and they are currently ages 10-25.

    This program will provide information on the different generations in the workplace.  Research on what each generation “wants at work” will be presented.  The third topic will be how the current hiring climate makes providing the right work conditions critically important, and finally there will be an examination of new polling results on what Generation Z, the newest workforce, wants employers to do.


    Credits: 1.5 HRCI Continuing Education Units and 1.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits applied for

    Please RSVP by Thursday, May 12, 2022 at