Communicating Across the Generations

Communicating across the generations

Dr. Linda Gravett, founder and senior partner of Gravett and Associates, will lead us through a lively discussion on communicating across the generations.  With four – sometimes five – generations working side-by-side in today’s workforce, it’s important to understand the generational traits that can support or detract from successful communication in a business setting.

Dr. Gravett will share the most recent research around each generation; how they communicate and how they want to be treated.  Along with our panel, we’ll explore the best ways to leverage the skills and talents of each generation to improve the outcomes of family and private businesses.  


Meet Our Panel:

Communicating across the generations

Moderator - Dr. Linda Gravett

Radio Baby – 1930-1945:

John Goering is a former UC accounting professor, registrar, and founder of The Goering Center for Family & Private Business, which opened in 1989. From his own experiences, John recognized that family businesses often need communication assistance to successfully manage conflicts and disagreements. He grew up in his family’s meat packing business, and later owned two businesses with his two older brothers. Mr. Goering continues to support the Center’s mission as an active board member and benefactor.

Baby Boomer – 1946-1964:

Rodney Landers is Business Systems Manager with Hydrotech, Inc., which he joined in 1985 following four years in the Navy. As Business Systems Manager, Rodney provides direction for Hydrotech’s operating units, while also developing policy and contributing to strategic planning. He is responsible for ensuring Hydrotech’s competitive advantage relative to its technology and systems by recognizing new developments in information systems technology, and anticipating organizational modifications. 

Generation X – 1965-1976:

Tina Taylor, SHRM-SCP, is Owner and Director, HR Advisory Services. With more than 20 years of experience in the Human Resources industry, Tina has a strong record of creating and implementing successful HR programs. Her business experience includes HR leadership roles with Deloitte, Huffy Corporation and Fifth Third Bank. She has a Masters of Business Administration in International Management and Finance from the University of Dayton and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Wright State University with a minor in Psychology.

Generation Y – 1977-1992

Susan Casella Odell serves as a Family Succession Advisor and a Future Generations Specialist with Coppertree, Ltd. She is a facilitator of the Generation Preparation (GenPrep) workshops, and specializes in working with family members in the second, third, fourth, etc. generations. Susan brings a unique perspective to this role as a third generation member of a family business. Susan holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Dayton. She is skilled in addressing the individual’s needs while keeping the big picture of the family unit at the core of her work.

Millennial – 1993-2005

Drew Harmon is an Executive Associate at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and is currently seeking the professional licenses needed to be a financial advisor. Prior to joining Ameriprise, Drew worked as a resident professional for both Main Street Family Advisors and Advisors Ahead, gaining valuable work experience after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2014.  He was a student worker at The Goering Center for Family & Private Business while pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and Family Business Certificate.



When:  January 20, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

What: Presentation, workshop and moderated panel discussion. Breakfast provided.

Attire: Business casual

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pfeiffer Rd. at I-71

Who should come:  Goering Center Core Members only, family members and employees