Nashville Leaders Aim to Bridge Workplace Generational Divide at Citywide Forum​​​​​​​

Nashville industry leaders will convene November 9, 2017 to discuss generational division at work and how managers and workers can leverage differences for more fruitful and fulfilling work in an open forum available to the public at Houston Station.

The evening will culminate with a live case study between a Millennial senior-level manager at Lyft and a Baby Boomer senior-level manager at Adams & Reese.

The event will not be a Millennial bashing session, nor "out with the old, in with the new." Rather, the evening will provide institutional case studies on enhancing cross-generation workforces.

“It’s no secret there is generational division in workplaces across the vocational spectrum,” said Missy Wallace, executive director of the Nashville Institute for Faith and Work (www.nifw.org), which is hosting the event. “Boomers, Millennials, Traditionalists, Gen Xers, and Generation Edgers across the spectrum have different expectations in their day-to-day work which can lead to gaps and misunderstandings .

“This is not ‘out with the old, in with the new’ but instead of furthering workplace division, we hope this evening will provide a gateway to fruitful dialogue about the unique and necessary benefits each generation brings to the workplace.”

Speakers at the event include:

  • BridgeWorks Keynote Speaker and Consultant, Phil Gwoke

  • Adams & Reese Managing Partner, Guilford Thornton Jr.

  • Lyft Tennessee Head of Marketing, Joel Rakes

A self-proclaimed “generation junkie,” Phil Gwoke is a Keynote Speaker and Consultant for BridgeWorks, an organization aimed to bridge generational gaps in the marketplace.

Named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 for Government Relations, Guilford Thornton Jr. has served as Managing Partner at Adams & Reese in March 2015, leading his firm with integrity and excellence.

Joel Rakes heads up Lyft Tennessee’s marketing division, based in Nashville, and provides the regional marketing voice for the fastest ride-sharing company in the United States.

The program will be held on November 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Houston Station, 434 Houston Street, in Nashville. The cost is $25. Register at www.nifw.org/generations.

Nashville Institute for Faith and Work

The Nashville Institute for Faith and Work is dedicated to helping individuals and groups integrate their Christian faith into their day-to-day work in a way that brings about human and organizational flourishing in Nashville and beyond. The Institute, funded by Christian Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, aims to serve all of Nashville in an ecumenically-sensitive manner.