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Sarah Sladek is a best-selling author and CEO of XYZ University. She brings her expertise to 40+ events a year, presenting to audiences worldwide on how to drive stronger engagement with younger generations. Audiences rave about her ability to deliver information in entertaining and provocative ways, blending pop culture with best practices, trend forecasting, research, and strategy.

“Sarah Sladek's understanding and knowledge is exceptional and inspires thinking outside the box. Her understanding of generational transition and its implication to real world challenges and opportunities is second to none.” - R. Pontillo, Manufacturers and Business Association

About Sarah

Sarah Sladek is the leading researcher and foremost authority on Generations X, Y, and Z. Since 2002, her life's work has been dedicated to helping organizations engage future generations of members and talent. She has authored more research papers and books on the topic of generations than any other consultant.

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As founder and CEO of XYZ U, Sarah has grown a future-focused company comprised of researchers, presenters, and strategists which has helped hundreds of organizations reduce turnover and grow membership among younger generations. She founded the nation’s first conference focused on bridging talent and leadership gaps, and co-founded and produced Millennials to Members, the first online course designed to help associations develop a future-focused membership strategy.

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Sarah's latest book

Talent Generation – New Release

“It’s critical for associations to understand how the Talent Economy will impact the industry. Talent Generation gives great insight on how organizations can make smarter and more informed decisions.” - ASAE President and CEO, John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

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Sarah’s expertise has been prominently featured in international media including Forbes, Fast Company, and National Public Radio, and she has keynoted events worldwide. Backed by years of experience and supported by solid research, she remains committed to helping organizations engage every generation to thrive and prosper in the new economy.

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"Our organization chose Sarah Sladek as a keynote speaker at a national event because her research and knowledge of millennials and membership was better than any other speaker we explored.  She delivers a compelling and engaging presentation that draws in a multi-generational audience.  She has made a tremendous impact at YMCA of the USA." - C. McDermott, YMCA of the USA

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