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This is your wake-up call.

XYZ University’s presentations have been described as “thought provoking” and “a wake-up call”. We've engaged audiences worldwide through programs ranging from intimate, collaborative workshops to riveting keynotes. No matter the size of your audience, our lineup of speakers will be fired up and ready to inspire.

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Sarah Sladek

CEO

“Sarah Sladek’s work is not only pushing industries to take a risk, but embrace new leadership and talent. Her presentations express the importance of integrating new generations and audiences can feel the passion she has towards the topic.”

XYZ University Speakers

Elisa Webb Hill

Elisa is a workforce strategy and innovation expert. Prior to becoming a speaker and trainer, she held senior roles in such notable companies as Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, and Federated Department Stores. She brings these executive management insights to her presentations, helping organizations navigate workforce shifts, engage young professionals, and implement future-focused talent strategies.

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Jodie Swee

Jodie has spent the last 20 years working with younger generations -- building relationships and seeking to understand what motivates and engages them. She is a bridge-builder and educator, with a passion for helping different generations understand each other and how to work together for a stronger workplace.  Prior to becoming a speaker and consultant, she was the Area Director of a non-profit organization and brings her unique combination of leadership and relational experience to XYZ University. Jodie also has a background in sketch comedy and uses that to bring humor and warmth to this challenging topic.

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Josh Miller

Josh is a passionate and informed advocate for his generation—Gen Z. He started speaking on national stages at the age of 13. Now, at the age of 16, he’s an award-winning entrepreneur and thought-leader who has met and been mentored by several notable business leaders. Miller brings considerable research and insight to his presentations, drawing on his experiences as both a high school student and a young consultant to Fortune 500 companies. His presentations resonate with audiences that want to learn how to engage today’s students and young professionals, and glean valuable insights into future workforce trends.

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More than a speaker

When you book one of our speakers, you're getting more than a presentation. We're are a passionate community of gap-bridgers dedicated to equipping you with the tools you need to overcome generational hurdles within your team, company or industry.

Our goal is to turn on the light bulb for your a-ha moment. With an XYZ University speaker, your audience will learn something new and gain practical solutions that can be immediately applied.

Speaking Services

Keynote

Backed by years of experience and supported by solid research, our interactive presentations have wowed audiences worldwide. In addition to generational expertise, presenters have backgrounds working in membership, marketing, corporate innovation, talent development, and management roles.

Workshop

In-depth training sessions customized to meet your organization's needs. Participants learn through a variety of team building exercises and group discussions. Workshops are available in half-day (3-4 hour) sessions or full day (4-6 hour) sessions.

Keynote + Workshop

Build on the energy generated by our internationally renowned keynotes, giving participants access to additional education and interactive training via a 1-2 hour workshop. (60 min keynote + 60-120 min workshop)

Webinar or Virtual Seminar

Customized and interactive, webinars are available on-demand (recorded for future reference) and/or presented live (30-60 minutes).

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Speaking Curriculum

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Advocacy in an Era of Activism

Discover best practices for inspiring and engaging this generation in your association's advocacy efforts.

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An Important and Unexpected Role - Talent Generation in Membership Associations

This presentation, based on her latest book, Talent Generation, Sarah Sladek shares the results of her study of the most future-facing organizations in existence today, and serves up a call to action on the important role associations must play in solving the global workforce crisis.

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Generation Z

Meet Gen Z (born 1996-2009). The first generation of the 21st century came of age during the most disruptive decade of the last century and are about to make a big impact on your organization and our economy.

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Generations@Work

Discover solutions and proven strategies for engaging employees in this ever-evolving, multi-generational workforce.

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Getting Gen Y to Buy

The largest generation in history is not spending like other generations. How do you sell to a generation with a disinterest in ownership and advertising?

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Knowing Y

Explore recruitment, retention, management, and marketing strategies your organization needs to engage Gen Y.

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Like a Boss

Equip young leaders with the tools to manage, motivate, inspire, and engage their older counterparts.

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Managing Millennials

Knowing what Millennials want and need is critical to every company’s survival.

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Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations Are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success

Welcome to the Talent Economy—a 21st century economy characterized by unprecedented innovation, connectivity, disruption, and opportunity.

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The End of Membership as We Know It

Demographic shifts, changes in technology and a declining economy merged to create the perfect storm for associations and weakened their grip on the marketplace.

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When Millennials Run the Association

It's been a struggle to engage Millennial members, but few associations have actually put Millennials in charge of solving this problem.

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Speaking Calendar

2017 Events

Presentation

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Jan 14, 2017
Austin, Texas
Elisa Webb Hill
Keynote

American Waterworks Association

Jan 19, 2017
TBD
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago

Feb 10, 2017
Addison, Illinois
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

USMA

Feb 11, 2017
Minnesota
Presentation

Southern Gas Association

Feb 16, 2017
Texas
Elisa Webb Hill
Presentation

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Feb 27, 2017
Puerto Rico
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education

Mar 2, 2017
Minnesota
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

Southern Carolina Hospital Association

Apr 11, 2017
South Carolina
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

Gustavus Adolphus College

Apr 27, 2017
Minnesota
Jodie Swee
Keynote

Associations World Congress

May 3, 2017
Austria
Sarah Sladek
Workshop

University of MN

May 15, 2017
MN
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

Associations North

May 17, 2017
US Bank Stadium
Presentation

SIOR - Florida Chapter

May 18, 2017
Winter Park, FL
Elisa Webb Hill
Keynote

American Waterworks Association

Jun 12, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

Spiral Duct Manufacturers Association

Jun 12, 2017
Pennsylvania
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

PHCC's Leadership Conference

Jun 12, 2017
Washington D.C.
Elisa Webb Hill
Presentation

University of California at San Diego Health Leadership Academy

Jun 23, 2017
San Diego, California
Sarah Sladek
Workshop

Association Trends - Membership 2020

Jun 26, 2017
Washington, DC
Sarah Sladek
Webinar

Like a Boss

Jul 12, 2017
Minnesota
Jodie Swee
Presentation

South Central Service Cooperative

Jul 13, 2017
Minnesota
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

Grain Elevator & Processing Society (GEAPS)

Jul 18, 2017
Bloomington, Minnesota
Keynote

American Waterworks Association

Jul 26, 2017
Denver, Colorado
Sarah Sladek
Webinar

5 Must-have Strategies for Membership Growth

Jul 27, 2017
Wild Apricot
Sarah Sladek
Webinar

Talent Generation: How Associations Will Solve the Nation's Workforce Crisis

Aug 9, 2017
Associations North - MN
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

ASAE 2017 - Ready or Not, Here Comes Gen Z

Aug 13, 2017
Toronto, ON
Sarah Sladek
Trade Show

2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

Aug 14, 2017
Toronto, ON
Presentation

ASAE 2017 - What Happens When Millennials Run the Organization?

Aug 14, 2017
Toronto, ON
Presentation

IIABI of Idaho

Aug 15, 2017
Idaho
Jodie Swee
Keynote

Design Professional Coalition

Aug 24, 2017
Kohler, WI
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

Mechanical Contractors

Sep 19, 2017
Illinois
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

ASAE - Associations@Work

Oct 17, 2017
Baltimore, MD
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

NRAA Annual Fall Conference

Oct 19, 2017
Austin, Texas
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

Minnesota Society of CPA's

Oct 25, 2017
Brooklyn Center, MN
Jodie Swee
Workshop

BOMA International Conference

Oct 27, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Sarah Sladek
Workshop

VMAE Fall Conference

Nov 3, 2017
Sonoma, CA
Jodie Swee
Keynote

Minnesota Construction Summit

Jan 10, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Sarah Sladek
Keynote

Institute of Real Estate Management - Chicago

Jan 12, 2018
Chicago, IL
Elisa Webb Hill
Presentation

Florida Institute of CPAs

Jan 21, 2018
Miami, FL
Sarah Sladek
Workshop

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

Jan 26, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

MPI Minnesota Chapter

Feb 8, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Sarah Sladek
Presentation

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Feb 12, 2018
Washington, DC
Sarah Sladek

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