Learning & Development

SUMMIT Keynote


Preparing for the Future: Leveraging Demographic Shifts & New Workplace Trends

Kim Lear, Founder & Content Director, Inlay Insights 

Tuesday, November 19 | 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

We are in the midst of a period of great change in the workplace. Hierarchies are flattening, networks are gaining power, the traditional “American Dream” is being re- examined, and unprecedented access has created a culture of empowerment.

On top of these universal changes, each generation—Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Gen Zers— are all embarking on new life stages. What they expect from their leaders and workplaces is constantly evolving. 

The time has come to challenge conventional thinking and explore bold new approaches to recruitment, retention and engagement. Supported with cutting edge research and category leading case studies, this program will take a deep dive into the emerging trends shaping our workplaces. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Decode the major factors changing the way we work
  • Identify how these factors change work expectations
  • Provide actionable solutions for leaders to better engage their workforce
  • Explore best—and worst—case studies from organizations who are finding success, or failure, in this new world of work
  • Transform workplace conflicts into growth opportunities

About Kim

Kim Lear is a writer and researcher focused on generational patterns and demographic shifts. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends. Her undergrad research is around Baby Boomers and longevity. Her post grad work is around Millennials and social media networks.

Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the world. She has received rave reviews from clients such as American Express, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, Linked In, Mastercard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, and more. In addition to speaking, Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry, and the impacts of mindfulness practices on healthcare costs.

A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today, TIME Magazine and more. She was most recently the head of research on a new book published by Harper Collins about Gen Z, the teenage demographic.

Kim lives and works in Minneapolis where she is currently running a research initiative to identify how the Sharing Economy impacts our perspectives on community and consumption. She is an advisor to Tuesday Strategies, a political tech startup focused on engaging Millennial voters and she is a volunteer for The 78 Cents Project where she provides speech coaching to young women.

When not delving into the minutia of human behavior, you can find Kim paddle boarding, planning an overseas adventure or binge watching Game of Thrones.