Jessica Kriegel

Stereotypes about generations—especially millennials—can hold your company back.

Author of Unfairly Labeled; Speaker on Managing Different Generations

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Jessica Kriegel | Author of Unfairly Labeled; Speaker on Managing Different Generations
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Stereotypes about younger workers are wrong, argues Jessica Kriegel—and they’re hurting our economy. In her book Unfairly Labeled and columns for Forbes, she debunks the most problematic myths about millennial and multi-generational workforces. Offering tips for managing workers of all ages, Kriegel’s revealing talks help foster work cultures with less bias, better communication, and happier employees. 

Jessica Kriegel is the author of Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit from Ditching Generational Stereotypes—a book that tackles intergenerational dynamics head-on and rejects viewing employees through a generational lens. Kriegel works as an Organizational Development Consultant for Oracle Corporation, where she acts as an adviser and strategist in matters of organizational development, change management, and talent development. She is also a regular to contributor to Forbes.


“It’s a must read for anyone tired of playing the generational differences game and serious about developing leaders and creating a culture of collaboration.”

— Dr. Salvatore Falletta, Drexel University

Kriegel was awarded the Association of Talent Development “One to Watch” Award, Training magazine’s “Emerging Training Leaders Award,” and made Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She sits on the board of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, the Sacramento Chapter of Street Soccer, USA and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Alumni Association. She has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a specialization in Human Resources Development from Drexel University.    

Speech Topics

Corporate Culture
Millennials The New Generation of Employees in the Workplace

As more baby boomer employees are retiring, more millennials are joining the workplace (and with 80 million people born between 1982 and 2000 in the US alone, that’s a major shift). Millennials have been the focus of countless books, blogs, and speaking engagements, each purporting to offer a guide on how to manage, recruit, and connect with this new generation.

However, Jessica Kriegel argues, most of our information is incorrect and misguided by stereotypes. Misconceptions about millennial attitudes and behavior are not only negatively impacting their chances of being hired, but can cost organizations talented employees. In this eye-opening and highly customizable keynote, Kriegel illustrates the most harmful and unfair myths about millennials affecting their role in the workplace—and politics. She offers tips for millennials struggling to distinguish themselves in a world of stereotypes. She gives advice to managers and CEOs on how to lead millennial workforces (are they really all digital natives?). And, with rare clarity and insight, she provides suggestions to HR executives tasked with developing new engagement models to take into account shifts between baby boomers and younger workers.

Corporate Culture
Unfair Labels Your Guide to Generational Dynamics in the Workplace
Managers, political pundits, and the media consistently use generational stereotypes to make decisions and predictions, presuming to understand the collective tastes, ambitions, values, and work habits of millions of people born in the same 20-year time spans. The results? Miscommunication among team members, lower productivity, and worse.

In this refreshing and thoughtful talk, Jessica Kriegel argues that not only does such labeling create unfair biases and lead to inappropriate reactions, but there’s no clear evidence to support the messages the stereotypes convey. Citing extensive academic research of her own, Kriegel provides an informative session for anyone working in an organization with three generations of employees. Among other helpful advice on running multigenerational businesses, Kriegel offers insight into:

· how interpersonal dynamics contribute the most to business success;
· why generational labels work for marketers but not for managers;
· how generational stereotypes differ between countries and what this means for an increasingly international workforce;
· why a line should be drawn between generational traits and those tied to life stages;
· how we can facilitate inter-generational awareness in the workplace; and
· six steps to becoming an agent for change to bust stereotypes and work more effectively with an inter-generational team.