Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce
Julia Kramer, Executive Vice President and Chief Organizational Performance Officer at BXS Insurance, was the guest speaker at WFE’s last luncheon of the year on October 18th at the Briar Club.
Julia’s presentation on Navigating a Multi-Generational Workforce began by defining and outlining the key characteristics of the Fabulous Four – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. Although Generation Z currently has no significant work presence, Julia provided some great facts about this new generation that outnumbers Millennials. Next, Julia outlined ways to improve communication and team building based on generational differences. As Julia quoted in her presentation: “It’s nature’s way that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.”
The group had the opportunity to ask questions and share their observations on generational impacts at home and in the workplace.
Welcome to our latest installment in our “Meet the Member” series, where we will feature a WFE member. This quarter meet Susan Jistel Spillios!
Read on to learn more about Susan:
How did you get involved with WFE and how long have you been a member?
Margaret Ceconi introduced me to WFE when I met her in 2009.
What is your favorite thing about WFE?
The wonderful friendships that have resulted from being a long term member and participating in the organization.
10 Quick Questions:
1. What was your first job?
I joined the audit department at Deloitte after graduating from the University of Texas with an accounting degree.
2. What do you like most about your current job?
I joined Axia Partners as a Partner on September 4th. I love everything about my job, it’s the people I work with that make the difference. Our CEO is someone I’ve known since early in my career and there’s a Partner and Director that I worked with at another firm for seven years. We finish each other’s sentences!
3. What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
You are in charge of your own career, take responsibility for it, set your goals and make it happen!
4. Who is your role model?
I have struggled to find a female, business role model. I admire female CFOs, CEOs and Board Members that have broken through the glass ceiling to rise to the top of their organizations and professions.
5. If you weren’t a Partner at Axia Partners, what would you be doing?
Professional dancer on Broadway or Dancing With the Stars.
6. Do you have any pets?
My 82 lb. rescue dog, Jill. Love, love, love her!
7. What are you currently reading?
Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark Winters for business. I also read the Wall Street Journal daily and Houston Business Journal weekly.
8. How do you handle stress?
Exercise, I take classes at Lifetime City Centre – Zumba, Strike, Barbell Strength, Barre Fusion.
9. What do you make time for no matter what?
Daily phone call to my elderly Mom, I usually do it from the car!
10. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love to sing, I took singing lessons to stretch myself outside my comfort zone.
11. What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today?
Never leave the house without lipstick.