David Stillman

Succession, leadership, talent management, diversity, social media—name a hot topic in business today and you better bet generational gaps are getting in the way. Are you looking for a savvy and insightful spin on the most pressing themes plaguing managers today? Generational expert David Stillman brings the ideas, the energy, the multi-media, the entertainment value, and the business solutions that make him one of the most sought-after speakers today. With clients that range from AARP and Deloitte to G.E. and MTV, Stillman is frequently called upon by CEOs to share his powerful insights.

Diane Sawyer from ABC News said of him, “David will help you see the world through the eyes of another generation.” He’s one of The Generations People who make up BridgeWorks’ multigenerational team of experts, speakers and corporate entertainers. Individually and together they deliver highly customized, high energy keynotes and workshops that entertain and enlighten audiences and leave them with plenty of practical, actionable solutions. Stillman is co-author of the best-selling book When Generations Collide and the recently-released The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace (HarperBusiness 2010). His firm routinely conducts large-scale surveys as well as focus groups and one-on-one interviews to discover firsthand the ways in which the generations are shaking up today’s business world. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show, as well as in TIME magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

 

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

Rocking the Workplace: Managing and Leading Four Generations
If you think you’ve heard the generations topic before, guess again. The team that brought you the best-selling book, When Generations Collide, uses cutting-edge research, multimedia, stats and case studies to highlight what it’s going to take to attract and retain the best and brightest talent of every age. Find out…

  • What makes the generations so different—and so perplexing?
  • How will demographic shifts drastically change the ways we recruit, retain and manage in the next decade?
  • How do you engage one generation without alienating another?
  • What can leaders do now to plan for succession and win the war for talent?

The M-Factor: Seven Ways the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Things Up at Work
Eighty million Millennials are flooding into the workplace and clashing with the generations already there. Learn the seven surprising trends that shaped this influential generation and the best tips and techniques for managing them. Based on the brand new best-seller, The M-Factor . Learn…

  • How you can win the war for young talent and become the place Millennials want to work
  • The keys for bridging communication gaps between texters, tweeters, and traditional communicators
  • How to handle entitlement?
  • What it takes to engage Millennials without alienating the other generations

Selling and Marketing to the Generations
Markets are becoming increasingly segmented and one size no longer fits all clients and customers. This presentation reveals the hot buttons and preferences of Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials that marketers and sales people need to know to connect. This isn’t about inventing a new selling system—it’s about adding a generational lens to your already successful approach. Learn…

  • What should sales people do to customize their message to each generation they sell to?
  • What should managers know to coach all the generations on their sales team?
  • How can marketers target campaigns to one generation without turning off another?
  • How can you put a generational lens on your company’s selling system to make it even more impactful?

Just for Associations:

Engaging Four Generations of Members
Generation gaps are making it nearly impossible to meet the needs of every generation of members. This program reveals how to connect with each cohort and create loyalty with every generation. You can’t afford not to see the association world through a generational lens. Topics include…

  • How do you convince the generations to get involved with your association and stay committed?
  • How can you connect with loyal traditional members while getting the young ones in the door?
  • How can you engage four very diverse generations of staff?

Each presentation is customized to your event, audience, and objectives.

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Full Biography

David A. Stillman is co-founder, with business partner Lynne Lancaster, of BridgeWorks, a company dedicated to speaking, writing, training, entertaining, and consulting on generational issues in the workplace and the marketplace.

One of the youngest keynote speakers to hit the national circuit and over the past decade, David has been engaged by numerous organizations ranging from the IRS to MTV—all grappling with how to connect with four distinct generations of employees and customers. His keynote speeches and workshops on generational issues in the workplace and marketplace receive rave reviews from client companies and associations nationwide.

In addition to speaking, David is co-author of the lively, entertaining and savvy best-seller When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperBusiness, 2002). He has appeared nationally on CNN, CNBC, and the Today show and has been featured in such prestigious publications as TIME magazine, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, and USA Today.

David recently wrote and produced the corporate entertainment show TimesFour. This production is breaking new ground in the corporate entertainment market as one of the first shows to offer more than just entertainment; it has true strategic value.

David’s creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, and the much coveted CLIO Award. He was recently named to the prestigious list of “Forty Under 40” movers and shakers by The Business Journal.

Prior to launching BridgeWorks, David worked for ABC television in New York City as an intern for PrimeTime Live. Later with CBS radio, he embarked on a round-the-world trip covering such topics as the end of apartheid in South Africa and the fall of the former Soviet Union. Upon his return to the United States, David was employed as creative director for the multimedia and computer based training firm, Integrated Strategies Inc. As he worked with clients such as 3M, American Express, and Wells Fargo, he concluded that communication strategies that hit hot buttons of one generation often missed the mark with another—thus, the creation of BridgeWorks with business partner Lynne Lancaster.

David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with B.A. degrees in Communications and Sociology. He was selected as a fellow for the Michigan State University Mass Media in Britain program and studied in London with the BBC. Most recently, David received a certificate in non-profit management through the University of St. Thomas.

Alexander Blass

One of today’s most acclaimed social entrepreneurs and innovators, Alexander Blass is a visionary who has improved and inspired countless lives across the globe. He invented and launched person-to-person charitable giving on the Internet, a revolutionary technology adopted in dozens of countries around the world. Blass is most famous for is leaving a high ranking position at a venture capital firm to make a real difference in our world and the lives of other people. After getting tired of seeing countless stories in the news of good people in need, he decided to do something about it.

Blass invented, patented and launched RealityCharity, the world’s first person-to-person giving website and philanthropy community commonly known as the “eBay of Giving.” RealityCharity became an overnight sensation when it appeared around the world in the Associated Press on its launch day and continues to change lives around the globe everyday. It has received over 6 million hits and hosted thousands of fundraisers ranging from wounded veterans, to cancer patients, to disaster victims, supporting fundraisers in 50 countries.

The grand prize winner of the Top Innovator of the Year Award, Alexander is one of the most in-demand and best innovation keynote speakers. He also serves as an invited expert, Master Class presenter, and consultant to various audiences. He has traveled to 50 countries and enjoys inspiring others to succeed by sharing his passion, vision, expertise, and fascinating experiences.

Wharton-educated and an Oxford MBA, he also received the Influential Marylanders Award, recognizing the top 50 people in the State up to the Governor.

Mr. Blass is also the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award as well as the prestigious international WebAward for Outstanding Achievement, and has been honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the renowned Wharton School of business.

PROGRAM TOPICS

PRICELESS STRATEGIES FROM AN INNOVATOR:
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
In a constantly evolving world and today’s challenging economic climate, leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his strategies for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and strategies of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative organizations. Grasp some of the challenges you must overcome to foster a thriving culture of innovation. Learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovative endeavors with increasingly limited resources.

HOW TO DOMINATE YOUR MARKET AND BEAT THE COMPETITION
Alexander Blass teaches strategic methods for market domination and how to stay ahead of your competition. International case studies and best practices are studied across multiple industries to uncover what has differentiated the companies that have dominated their markets from those that have become defunct. Learn how to create unparalleled excitement and free publicity and media coverage for your products and service. Craft highly valuable, innovative and sophisticated buzz marketing and viral campaigns for your brand’s endeavors, which harness and grow your community of loyal customers and render your competition obsolete.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SECRETS AND WEB 2.0:
HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing “catch up” to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.

FUNDRAISING 2.0: REVEALING AND RAISING THE INVISIBLE MILLIONS
Blass, credited with “revolutionizing charitable giving,” offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.

Complete Biography

Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” for inventing person-to-person giving technology on the Internet. He presently serves as President of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based in Baltimore.

Alexander keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development & entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.

Frequently interviewed by the media, Alexander is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Master Class presenter, invited expert and consultant. Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and students.

Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, SME Advisor Middle East, Private Sector Qatar, and many more.

Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.

Philippa Gamse

Web strategy pioneer, Philippa Gamse has been working with Internet applications since 1991. Long before most people saw the potential power of online communication tools, Philippa was an “Internet evangelist” for a major national nonprofit organization, inspiring her colleagues to work together online, and building the expertise that led to her form her own consulting and speaking practice. She is regularly contacted by clients and the media for her expertise on subjects including eBusiness strategy best practices, creating Websites that produce results, and small business online techniques and solutions. Read more

Lynne Lancaster

Are you struggling with generational gaps in recruiting, retention, or communication? Do you need to engage the newly-hired Millennials in the room without turning off the Generation Xers and Baby Boomers? Are you looking for an insightful presentation on the hottest talent trends accompanied by practical, applicable solutions? Savvy, engaging, and entertaining, Lynne Lancaster delivers sparkling keynotes and workshops tailored to your strategic issues. Lancaster is one of the nation’s foremost generational experts and cultural translators. Read more

Geoffrey Moore

Geoffrey Moore is a best-selling author, a managing director at TCG Advisors, and a venture partner at MDV. Read more

Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen, CSP energizes, motivates and inspires business owners and managers to make positive changes to increase business growth and build profits. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and humor make her a dynamic presenter. She has built and sold numerous highly successful companies in diverse industries and now teaches the lessons of success with her insightful business-building strategies to companies around the world. Debbie teaches others how to move past limited personal beliefs that may be holding them back from reaching their peak potential in business and in life. Read more

Michelle Rosado

Michelle Rosado has a message of inspiration and empowerment for your audience, as well as an engaging style that will make your entire organization strive to new heights by helping them to discover their own inner strength both personally and professionally. Internationally recognized as “The Woman of Empowerment“, Michelle has overcome some incredible life obstacles, including surviving a physically and mentally abusive relationship, as well as escaping the World Trade Center just seconds before her offices were destroyed. Read more

Charles P. Garcia

Supercharging audiences with positive energy, Charles P. Garcia provides invaluable takeaways for individuals, which will help them break through their perceived limitations and pursue extraordinary success. Speaking from true experience Garcia has a life story that is both eclectic and inspiring. He grew up in the Republic of Panama, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, founded an investment banking firm that grew from three people into 60 offices in 7 countries and serves as one of the youngest members of a Fortune 500 board, among other accomplishments. Read more

Jonathan Salem Baskin

Jonathan Salem Baskin combines technology, history, 30 years of successfully bringing brands to market, and the latest research to deliver provocative insights into the ways people interact with businesses, governments and one another. He is regularly quoted by the news media because he speaks honestly and passionately about today’s latest trends, “providing thinking that goes way beyond what could be found with a Google search,” according to one client.

 

 

Jonathan has three decades of experience marketing some of the world’s biggest brands, having run communications for Limited, Blockbuster and Nissan, while later advising such iconic brands as Apple. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, a columnist for Advertising Age, marketing category expert at Answers.com, and has written extensively on technology and brands for InformationWeek. Baskin has written seven books: his first book Branding Only Works on Cattle, earned praise from Publishers Weekly and The Economist; his third book, Histories of Social Media, looks at the underlying dynamics of today’s social media technologies, and his fourth book, coauthored with Sue Unerman and entitled Tell The Truth: Honesty Is Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool, charts a new path for brands to build credibility and trust. He’s currently at work on his 8th book, The End of Anonymity, which will explore the challenges and opportunities for online relationships, whether between people, or with businesses and government.

 

 

He is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and received a degree in English Literature from Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

PROGRAM TOPICS

The Coming Privacy Crisis

Consumers are mostly unaware of the breadth and depth to which their once private data are being used by companies to not only serve them, but predict and then direct their online behaviors. Businesses have done little to bridge this gap in understanding, and consumers’ reaction once they find out could dwarf the uproar over the Snowden/NSA revelations. Baskin uses the latest research and evolving content for his next book to recommend ways businesses can help preclude this crisis, and how doing so can strengthen customer relationships on a highly topical issue.

The Innovation Trap

After years of being scolded for not innovating enough — and watching startups celebrated as the engines of disruption — established companies are beginning to realize that innovation was a trap from which they had little chance to successfully escape. Baskin spends his days as a managing director of Chicago’s oldest and most successful tech entrepreneur venture collaborative, and can show how big companies are learning to innovate on their own terms…and take tech startups with them.

Social Media, the Next Story

Now that the social revolution is over, the challenge for brands is to find new and compelling ways to engage with consumers who are busier, more critical, and less interested than ever before in what brands have to say. Baskin, a regular columnist for America’s Forbes and Advertising Age magazines, has studied brand engagement for years, and can specify what works, what doesn’t, and where brands should invest their money going forward. This insightful presentation playfully challenges the conventional wisdom, and yields actionable conclusions for better social engagement.

How to Create Sustainable Corporate Reputations

It’s common belief that a negative event can damage corporate reputation, and that the only way to prepare for such surprises is to have a PR plan at the ready. Baskin has studied data on 7000+ public companies over 10 years, and developed statistically reliable models that reveal most negative events aren’t really surprises, and that PR responses have little (if any) impact on them. The good news is that the likelihood of a crisis can be controlled by internal transparency and good governance. He shares specific case histories of what works, why, and how those insights can be applied to any company’s operations.

 

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Full Biography

Jonathan Salem Baskin started in the brand marketing business in high school, working at ad and PR agencies while his friend’s bagged groceries and delivered pizzas. In college, while he pursued his degree in English literature, led the student judiciary and played in a punk rock band, he started a company to help local businesses create ad campaigns.

After graduation, he gravitated to New York working first at Edelman Worldwide and then at Grey Advertising where he won the PRSA’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil. At 26, he was named the youngest EVP in Grey’s history. Relocating to the West Coast in 1989, Baskin was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Grey’s Los Angeles office, where he led the communications strategy for the launch of Nissan’s Infiniti car division.

Baskin shortly thereafter moved “in-house,” joining Nissan to establish its first public affairs operation for North America. He lead the company’s first integrated marketing campaign for the Nissan Altima, spearheaded its foray into alternative fuels racing by solar vehicles in partnership with M.I.T. and he created Nissan’s corporate ad campaign “Built for the Human Race.” Baskin spoke often on emergent brand marketing issues, such as “e-Marketing,” to audiences at the Conference Board and Association of National Advertisers. He was not yet 30.

Baskin then moved to Columbus, Ohio, to serve as director of communications for Limited, Inc. (which owned such well-known brands as Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bath & Body Works). He invented the company’s first television network for communicating with its 100,000+ employees (“LTV”), pioneered brand-relevant actions on product sourcing (sustainable supply chain) and testing and participated in the development of the company’s first online fashion webcasts. Recruited away to lead Blockbuster’s worldwide marketing communications efforts, he spearheaded the company’s repositioning as a retailer of diversified entertainment content, adapting everything, from its awards program (The Blockbuster Awards) to store signage in support this new brand strategy.

Returning to Chicago in 2000, Baskin led creative development for a technology marketing firm and then the visual design department for a systems integrator called Inforte. In 2003, he established Baskin Associates, Inc. and forged a network of consultants across four continents to help clients translate their business strategies into brand plans that involved more than words and images. While the client list remains confidential, Baskin has partnered with many of the world’s leading brand names.

Baskin speaks around the world to groups of corporate leaders, marketers and all-company audiences. He writes regular columns for Advertising Age and Forbes magazines. His first book, Branding Only Works on Cattle (2008) was both a synthesis of his thinking and an entertaining, hands-on guide to creating and delivering a radically new model of brand. His second book, Bright Lights & Dim Bulbs (2010), was a readable collection is his more foresighted essays. His third book, Histories of Social Media (2011) traces online behaviors back to their historical roots. His latest book, Tell The Truth (2012), was called one of the year’s must-read books. He is currently at work on his fifth book.

He devotes his personal time to his family and to creating music in his basement digital studio.

Mike Frank

“Little Ideas Pay Big Dividends in Sales”

While Mike Frank speaks on a number of business related topics, sales is his background and his strongest suit. He worked his way up from a fledgling salesman to vice-president of sales for an international company – he did this within four years and by the age of 26. His strength is in customizing the presentation, based on the client’s requests. He provides a high energy style, yet with solid practical, real life sales information. Read more