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Connection Series: Connecting Members to Leadership Ideas

OWA Connection Series

Getting Four Generations Working Together

Have you ever been frustrated because you feel you're not speaking the same language when you talk to someone from a different generation? Have you ever wondered why one of your business colleagues acts or thinks the way they do? Have you found yourself saying, "They just don't get it," when talking about a co-worker from a different generation? Well you are not alone. Generational differences can cause conflict and misunderstandings in the workplace because generations DO speak a different language, based on when they grew up and the different cultural events and experiences happening at that time.

This year's Optical Women's Association Connection Series event, Getting Four Generations to Work Together, brought together six panelists from the four generations in the workplace today to tackle common "sticking points" that arise such as communication styles, how feedback is delivered and how often, and what is considered a good work ethic.

Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart

Representing the Traditionalist generation was Mimi Friedfeld, ClearVision Optical; representing the Baby Boomers were Donna Gindy, REM Eyewear and Dr. Gary Gerber, the Power Practice; representing Gen Xers was Dr. Jill Saxon, Bausch + Lomb; and representing the Millennials were Gillian Mulhere, Jobson, and Steven Squires, LocalEyeSite.

Moderated by Baby Boomer, Christie Walker and Millennial Nogah Jones, the event took place on Thursday, September 17th, and it was open to members and non-members, men and women.

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Mimi Friedfeld
Traditionalist
Mimi Friedfeld
(ClearVision Optical)
Donna Gindy
BabyBoomer
Donna Gindy
(REM Eyewear)
Gary Gerber
BabyBoomer
Dr. Gary Gerber
(The Power Practice)
Jill Saxon
GenX
Jill M. Saxon, OD
(US Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb)
Gillian Mulhere
Millennial
Gillian Mulhere
(Jobson)
Steven Squires
Millennial
Steven Squires
(LocalEyeSite)