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David and Jonah  Stillman

David and Jonah Stillman

Generational & Workplace Experts


David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For almost twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Read More >

His creative communications work have earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, the much coveted CLIO Award, and most recently was named as one of 200 People to Watch by the Business Journal as well as one of the Power50.

In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace.

David’s latest book Gen Z @ Work published by HarperCollins describes the 7 key traits of Gen Z. He has coauthored this book with his Gen Z son, Jonah.

Growing up, for 10-years, Jonah competed on the national US circuit in snowboarding. He was ranked in the top 5 in the US before hanging up his helmet to pursue working in the generational field.

Jonah is the Co-author of Gen Z @ Work published by HarperCollins. It describes the seven key traits of better understanding and connecting with Gen Z in the workplace.

GenGuru, the company which he co-founded with his father, has worked on Gen Z strategy projects with some of the world’s biggest companies, including Microsoft, The NFL, Gatorade, 3M, Universal Studio, NBC,Virgin, and Clif Bar.

He has shared his insights on Gen Z with CNBC, MSNBC, TED, and CBS and is featured in Fast Company, TIME, INC, Forbes, Fortune and the NY Times.

Success Magazine voted Jonah and David in the top 25 most influential speakers and authors. Read Less ^

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Speech Topics

The Generations in a New World

This is an uplifting conversation around what has changed and what has not for each generation. A combination of primary data, case studies, and first hand stories explain the traits that each generation can bring to the table as we repair our world. In addition, areas of concern with each generation are discussed, so that we can all be more aware of how to help each other. This presentation is customized, high energy, informative, and entertaining. Best of all, each keynote or workshop has tangible take home tips.

Make Way for Gen Z!

Believe it or not…there’s life after the Millennial generation.  A new generation is impacting our workplace and not enough leaders are paying attention! Are you ready for Gen Z? The leading edge of Gen Z is well into their 20s. They are not like the Millennials, which means your recruitment and retention strategies need to change. Read More >

In “Make Way for Gen Z”, you will learn:

  • What factors makes Generation Z unique.
  • What influences have shaped this dynamic generation.
  • What they expect from a career.
  • How you recruit them.
  • How you retain and manage Gen Z.

This dynamic keynote gives audiences fresh insights based on national studies of Gen Z’s workplace attitudes, interviews with hundreds of CEOs, cutting-edge case studies and insights from Gen Zers themselves. Read Less ^

Seven Key Traits of Generation Z

Based  on three national studies and the first global  study of Generation Z, you will get a  1520-minute introduction into both the events and conditions that shaped Gen Z and the seven key traits that define this generation: Realistic, Phigital, Drive, FOMO, Hyper Custom, DIY, and Weconomists. Afterwards, keep the generational dialogue going during an in-depth Q & A session, to ask burning questions on what YOU need to know about this new generation. Read More >

“Seven Key Traits of Generation Z” allows attendees to zero in on their exact needs, such as: Read Less ^

  • How does the phigital world impact Gen Z’s view of remote working?
  • Is FOMO a good thing or bad thing on the job? • How does hyper customization impact sales and marketing?
  • How do these weconomists define the shared economy?
  • How does DIY impact training and development?

Millennials Vs Generation Z

If only we could group our younger workforce and marketplace into one generation - life would be easier. In many ways, leaders have been operating that way. Many are not paying attention to Generation Z and are just assuming everyone under 30 is a Millennial. Gen Z is nothing like the Millennials. Read More >

“Millennials vs Generation Z”, will: Read Less ^

  • Unpack the key differences between Millennials and Gen Z.
  • Showcase how Boomers and Xers parenting styles had radically different results.
  • Explain Millennial’s collaborative nature vs Gen Z’s competitive drive at work.
  • Identify what leaders need to know to manage each unique generation.
  • Highlight areas the generations will click and clash.

Z Ultimate Consumer: Who is the Gen Z Customer?

Do they shop online? In-store? What does loyalty look like? These questions and more are addressed as the newest generation of customers pulls out their wallets. Gen Z has disposable income to spend, but only if marketers can connect with them. Read More >

More than their own disposable funds, Gen Z’s influence on family   spending is the highest it’s ever been. If brands want to find success in the future, then understanding the Gen Z customer is paramount.

Based on national studies, insights from focus groups, and working with some of the world’s top brands, find out what it takes    to connect with, sell to, and retain the Gen Z customer.

In “Z Ultimate Consumer: Who is the Gen Z Customer” you will learn: Read Less ^

  • How the Gen Z consumer is different from the other
  • How different social media platforms connect with different Gen Z
  • About the phigital landscape - where Gen Z sees no line between physical and digital.
  • The difference between a digital pioneer and digital native.
  • What brands are connecting best with the customer of the future.

Take 5: Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, Millennials - and now Gen Z!

For the first time in history, we  have five generations in the workplace and  marketplace.   Not one generation is stagnant, so staying on top of how their generational personalities play out can be challenging.  Read More >

Even though there might not be as many Traditionalists around - there are still many Traditional cultures. Boomers are working longer and reinventing retirement. Xers are slowly taking over the C-Suite. Millennials are no longer the newbies and are well into management. And yes, there is a generation after the Millennials...Gen Z. A lot to unpack - but in this two part presentation, David Stillman and Jonah Stillman can get the job done!

In Part  1, David Stillman, who has 22 years of studying the generations, presents:

  • What shaped Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Xers, and Millennials.
  • How generational core traits are playing out in today’s economic climate.
  • What each generation needs and wants from their careers over the next 10 years.
  • Where and how the generations like to shop.

Following a break, in Part 2, Generation Zer Jonah Stillman will join David to: Read Less ^

  • Introduce Gen Z and the key events that shaped them.
  • Present the seven key traits of Gen Z.
  • Identify what Gen Z needs and wants from their careers.
  • Highlight how Gen Z will click and clash with the other generations.