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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

In-Person: Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce - Online Registration Closed - Walk-Ins Welcome!

Start Date: 9/14/2022 7:45 AM EDT
End Date: 9/14/2022 10:00 AM EDT

Venue Name: VT Executive Briefing Center

900 N. Glebe Road
2nd Floor
Arlington, VA  United States  22203

Organization Name: HR Alliance DC

Amy Steinbicker
Email: staff@hralliancedc.org
Phone: (703) 433-9576

In-Person Registration

Networking: 7:45 - 8:15 AM
Join us early for an opportunity to meet new people!

A multigenerational workforce provides opportunities for learning, creativity, and innovation. People communicate, think and work differently to execute common results, positively influenced by generational differences.  It is comprised of workers from different generations defined by major world events that occurred during their lifetime, as well as the general parenting style in which they were raised.

There are five active generations in the workforce today, more than any other time in history. These include Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists.  Each generation has unique characteristics, expectations, and perspectives. It’s important for leaders, managers, team members, and business owners to be mindful of this and understand the expectations of each generation, including what motivates them and the various communication styles, to successfully engage and utilize their talents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences of a multigenerational environment to operate more effectively
  • Identify the benefits of a multigenerational workforce to increase performance
  • Learn about the challenges of a multigenerational workforce and how to overcome them
  • Obtain tips for best practices for managing a multigenerational workforce

Moderator and Millennial: Lauren Liddle, Helios HR, Human Resources Recruiting Consultant

  • Traditionalist: Kent Menser, US Army, Colonel (retired)
  • Baby Boomer: Michael Johnson, City of Alexandria, Manager - Community Outreach
  • Generation X: Karen McDaniel, Fannie Mae, Information Security Program Lead
  • Generation Z: Lukas Butler, Control Systems Engineer, Thermo Systems


Lauren Liddle is in her sixth year as a Consultant at Helios HR, a leading human capital consulting and recruiting firm in Reston, VA, where she began her career as an intern.

Lauren holds her Professional in HR (PHR) certification from The Human Resources Certification Institute and is also a Certified Diversity Recruiter.  She has expertise in full life cycle recruiting including process and SOP creation, through to offer negotiation and onboarding.

Lauren has worked within a variety of organizations including commercial, Not-for-Profit, and Government Contracted businesses. She enjoys building and strengthening workplace cultures and diverse teams.


Kent Menser is a veteran of 27 years in the United States Army.  As an aviator and armor officer during that period, he served tours in Germany, Viet Nam, Korea and the United States.  His final years of service were highlighted by consecutive commands of three Army installations:  Arlington Hall Station, VA, Camp Page, Korea and Fort Meade, MD.

After departing the Army, he served in executive roles with Cigna Financial Advisors, SAS (the business intelligence software company), the Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee and as the Management Advisor to the Croatian Ministry of Defense.

Menser is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Norwich University and holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Auburn University.  His service to his Maryland community has been recognized through: The Governor’s Citation for Support of Family Literacy, Governor’s Salute to Excellence for Community Support and the Maryland Economic Development Agency’s Economic Development Project Award (2014).  He is a past President of the Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation. Kent and Arlene have been married for 56 years and currently live in Columbia, Maryland. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

Michael Johnson has over 35 years of youth community outreach. Currently, Michael is a Community Outreach /Safe Place coordinator for the ‘Kids in Crisis’ for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.  He coordinates with recreation centers, city agencies, non-profit organizations, court services, and local community groups to ensure services are delivered to underserved populations within the city of Alexandria, for the past 24 years.
Prior to joining the City of Alexandria, Michael worked for Fairfax County as a Relief Counselor providing supervision/direct care for young adults in a detoxification program and served clients with co-occurring disorders in a residential setting.

Michael also serves as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) instructor for law-enforcement officers and has been a consultant for the National Drug Court since 2017.

Michael is a graduate of Alexandria City H.S. (formerly T.C. Williams H.S.); served in the United States Marine Corps; attended Northern Virginia Community College; and is currently a 2024 master’s candidate at Coppin State University.

Karen McDaniel is an Information Security professional with over 20 years of experience managing cyber security initiatives, education and awareness programs, security operations activities and delivering leadership performance metrics.

In her current role, Karen is responsible for leading a team in the development and delivery of cyber training and education to the entire organization. She has a strong background in developing plans and evaluating cyber training/education courses, methods and techniques based on instructional needs that enhance overall program awareness effectiveness.

Karen has consulted and coached cyber security project teams through organizational change management and project implementation efforts. She has led cross-functional teams and has excellent stakeholder and client relationship management skills.

Throughout her career at Fannie Mae, Karen has participated in several Women’s Resource Engagement Group (ERG)initiatives. She was selected to attend the UCLA Anderson School of Management Women’s Leadership Institute, where she earned a Certificate in Management Leadership.  

Karen has an M.S in Information Management from Trinity Washington University and a B.S. in Information Technology from University of Phoenix.

Lukas Butler is a 2022 graduate from George Mason University, where he earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He completed a summer internship at Thermo Systems LLC in Reston in 2021 and was subsequently hired by the firm as a Control Systems Engineer.

In his current role, Lukas is responsible for working on industrial HVAC-related control systems projects in the DMV area. The position offers an opportunity to gain experience in hardware and software design, development, integration, testing, and installation support. At this entry level position, Lukas listens, takes direction, and seeks guidance from the assigned project leads and company leadership.

Lukas is a competitive rower who has been rowing for 9 years, and currently competes with Potomac Boat Club in Washington DC. His competitions have taken him all around the country as well as other countries. Lukas also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in high school while doing Boy Scouts, exploring his passion for nature and a clean environment. He enjoys observing nature both above and below the sea, utilizing his certification in scuba diving to explore many different reefs and sea beds.

Professional Development:
HR Certification Institute's® (www.HRCI.org) official seal confirms that HR Alliance DC meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.  This program has been awarded 1.50 HR (General) credits.

HR Alliance DC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.  This program is valid for 1.50 PDCs for the SHRM-CP®or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

Staff Notes:
  • This program will be In-Person, but we will be live-streaming through our Zoom Meeting platform.
  • HR Alliance will cover the parking fee for those who register by close of business on 9.5.22.
  • In-Person Registration Closes at 5:00 PM on 9.12.22.

Pricing for In-Person:
  • Members:
    • Individual and Organizational Members - Free
    • Annual Sponsors - Free
    • Virtual Members - $30
  • Org. Member Substitutes - Free (promo code must be entered)
  • Guests of Members: $40
  • Public - $60

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 9/12/2022 5:00 PM

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