March 15 Mar 15
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Wednesday Wed

Communicating Across Generations: Creating Belonging and Inclusion in Diverse Workplaces

Boomers, Millennials, Gens X and Z all have different ways of communicating and seeing the world. This interactive workshop will draw on recent research on characteristics of younger generations and examine the effects of growing up in a culture dominated by academic achievement pressure, 24/7 technology, COVID-19, and social and political division. We will highlight strengths and potential obstacles of intergenerational work, and we will offer strategies for building more inclusive and productive workplaces.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand some key differences between people born in different generations.
  • Discuss benefits and challenges of intergenerational workplaces.
  • Learn specific strategies to diffuse tension and increase belonging and inclusion in their communities


Denise Pope

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a school reform nonprofit that partners with schools and families to embrace a broad definition of success and implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning.

She is the author of, "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and lead author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). She also co-hosts the Stanford University SiriusXM radio show called “School’s In.” 

Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year "Educators' Voice Award" from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University.