Dr. Gretchen Carroll, Ed. D, JD., SHRM-SCP

Dr. Gretchen Carroll, Ed. D, JD., SHRM-SCP

Organization - Adrian College


Attracting & Retaining Talent - Generational Differences In The Workplace

Learning Objectives

1. Develop an understanding of generational differences in the workplace;

2. Learn strategies for attracting and retaining millennials and generation z; and,

3. Understand the various types of employee rewards desired by various generations.


Generational Differences in the workplace is one of the hottest diversity topics in the United States. While much discussion has been placed on the impact of the Millennial generation in the workplace, a new generation, generation Z, is beginning to enter the workforce in large numbers with different expectations and attributes! In a tight labor market, companies must be prepared to attract and retain employees of all generations and celebrate and reward the talents they bring to the workplace. This session is based upon original research conducted on generation Z regarding the 21 factors they seek in employment and will provide a well-rounded focus on effective human resource practices that meet the needs of all generation. The session will also provide the opportunity to meet generation Z college students, and future HR professionals, and ask questions regarding their employment expectations.


Dr. Gretchen Carroll is a Professor of Management at Adrian College, an employment law attorney, an MBA, and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional. She is also the President of Leadersrock, Ltd. and specializes in HR strategy, employment law, organizational development and developing leaders at all levels in organizations. She has over three decades of teaching, training, and consulting experience in health care, manufacturing, retail and higher education and has delivered more than 20 presentations at professional conferences including OHIO SHRM and TAHRA. She has received numerous academic honors including the OATYC Teacher of the Year for the State of Ohio; ACBSP Winner of Teaching Excellence; and Order of the Coif. In her spare time, she loves skiing, white water rafting, hiking, cooking and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren at the lake.