TAG Young Professionals: Generational Stereotypes



 Avoiding the Generational Stereotype Trap: How to let go of Clichés and Grab on to Collaboration in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 12 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Thoughtworks | 
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This year, the millennial generation will surpass baby boomers in size. By 2020, they will represent half of the workforce. Thus, organizations across industries are trying to uncover the secret to attracting millennials. But at the same time, a cloud of negative stigma surrounds this generation. Generation gaps are as old as history, yet businesses seem to be more worried than ever before about managing age groups with such differing attitudes.

New research is debunking myths about Generation Y left and right. These 18 to 34 year-olds typecast as loners whose main concern is their smartphone have in fact proven to be huge proponents of collaboration.

Perhaps the secret to attracting millennials and creating a workplace where employees of all ages can thrive is to not rely on generational clichés, but rather to treat everyone like an individual.

As the business landscape becomes more interconnected and complex, leading organizations are leveraging and promoting the technological and human resources that enable strong collaboration and interactions in decision-making across generations.

Join us on August 12th and learn how top companies have made strides in fueling their workforce!


Public parking is located under the 100 Colony Square building accessible from 14th street or Peachtree Street 

From the parking decks (RED< GOLD< BLUE), please take escalators to the Food Court Level. Walk past the security desk towards the W Hotel entrance at the end of the mall. Turn right into the corridor just before Moe's. Once you pass through the glass doors, you'll want to take the elevators on the left-hand side of the elevator bank to the 14th floor.

The ThoughtWorks office will be to the right of exiting the elevators. The door will be open and you'll see a registration table.


Brian Fink, @thebrianfink

As a Senior Executive Recruiter with Velossent, Brian Fink focuses on driving talent towards opportunity. Crediting his experiences as a fraternity rush chairman at UGA, Fink is "Damn glad to meet you," and aims to stretch the professional capabilities of everyone he works with. Whether he's helping startups like ZocDoc, Pindrop Security, Everyday Health, Criteo, OpenX, Birchbox, HowAboutWe, AppNexus, or Rubicon grow and successfully scale their IT, Recruiting, HR, Product, and Executive Leadership teams, Fink thrives on discovery and building a better recruiting mousetrap.


Jason Rhoades, @toolbox9


Jason Rhoades is the founder of Toolbox No. 9 — a UX/UI Design and Development agency in Atlanta. Toolbox was formed in 2005 with the mission of creating the ideal workplace — a company that believed in the elegance of art and design, the power of emerging technology and the importance of people and culture.

Gail Tolbert, @tolbertg 

Gail Tolbert is an accomplished Operations and HR professional  with blended expertise in start–up and growth environments at both corporate and consultant levels. She infuses extensive organizational efficiencies with strong coaching and project management talents to drive performance and productivity results. Gail is a trusted advisor in delivering strategic solutions clearly linked to corporate goals. She builds collaborative relationships with stakeholders, colleagues, and employees alike. Gail received her undergraduate from Emory University as well as a M.S in HR Management from Georgia State University.  

Meredith Campbell, @MerJoyRecruiter

Meredith Campbell is a Senior Recruiter with Commvault, a technology company Headquartered in NJ with 2,400 employees.  She has over 10 years’ experience as a Recruiter both on the agency and Corporate side, working for and with multiple industries and recruiting for a wide range of functions.  Today, she specializes in Enterprise Sales positions and Executive recruitment.  Previously, at Ariba and SAP, Meredith focused on roles in the Marketing and Corporate Finance space.  She believes in networking to get your foot in the door, wearing suits to interviews, being prepared to ask questions, thank you notes via email, discussing compensation openly and candidly, and firm (and not clammy) handshakes.


Jennifer Martz, @JenniferAMartz

Jennifer Martz is a Senior Human Resources Professional with 20 years of experience partnering with business leaders in both the IT and Consumer Goods industries to solve the most complex human resources problems.  Through collaboration, and an understanding of business needs & objectives, she has helped companies achieve their goals through strategic workforce planning, talent management programs, performance management, and the development of positive employee relations programs.  Currently, Jennifer is the Global Human Resources Manager for Recall Corporation, a leading global provider of digital and physical information management services, headquartered in Norcross, GA.

A native of Ohio, Jennifer has a Master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo, and is SPHR certified.  She is a member of the TAG HR Diversity Society Executive Board, SHRM Atlanta, and has been a volunteer for organizations such as Dress for Success, Junior Achievement, and the RUMC Job Networking Ministry.



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