Generations in the Workplace: Ask-A-Millennial Panel Discussion


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By 2025, a projected 75% of the global workforce will be comprised of millennials. But what are the values, motivations, and trends that this generation brings to the workforce? Are the stereotypes true, and what are they based on? What are the best ways to engage, inspire, and lead millennial employees? In November's monthly meeting, hear the results of NOARK's COVID-19 Regional Workforce Impact Survey compared to national trends, and then hear from a panel of millennial HR professionals about how to understand and engage with this growing workforce population!


COVID Impact on the Workplace Survey Report and Analysis:

MONICA SOARE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Human Resources Lead

Monica has 18 years of experience working with large Consumer Packaged Goods and Pharma companies. She devoted her last seven years to consulting, coaching and training, and interacted with senior leaders in various industries: Technology, Business Services, Infrastructure, Automotive etc. Monica has a pragmatic and analytical approach; she brings passion, energy, and a vast experience in understanding business needs, people development and human behavior.

Monica’s areas of expertise include: business and staffing strategy, organizational development, talent acquisition and talent management, coaching, leadership, employee engagement, change management, compensation & benefits, trade unions.

Monica has worked with hundreds of managers for assessing and developing abilities in leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, as well as business understanding through training programs or individual coaching. Monica works with managers who are dealing with a new environment, who want to undergo professional change or to maximize results with their teams.

She holds three degrees: BS in Finance with the Academy of Economic Studies (Bucharest, Romania), BS in Psychology with Babes Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and MS in Human Resources with National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, (Bucharest, Romania). She is an affiliate of CIPD (Chartered Institute in Personnel Development, London, UK).

Generations in the Workplace: An Overview:

Judith Tavano M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Judith Tavano, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, has been studying generational dynamics, diversity, and theory for the past 20 years. She has seen the Boomers age, Xers struggle to find their place, Millennials disrupt, and Generation Z, our Post Millennials, rise up and find their voice. Over the past several months, Judith has begun studying the most recent (yet-to-be-named) generation and how the 2020 pandemic will shape their lives as they mature.

Judith is a graduate and post graduate of Simmons University, Boston, a long time human resource professional and consultant, a retiree of the University of Arkansas, a nationally recognized generations scholar, an active advocate for veterans in the workplace, and the daughter of two extraordinary members of the Greatest Generation.

Ask-A-Millennial Panel Discussion:

Moderator: Morgan Scholz, MA, SHRM-CP, Business Consultant, Startup Junkkie Foundation

Morgan is a Business Consultant with Startup Junkie Foundation. She has served the NWA small business and nonprofit community for over ten years through development, education, communications, and HR support. Prior to joining the Startup Junkie team, she served as Director of People and Culture at a rapidly-growing private company and developed robust processes and systems for HR, internal and external communications, and community partnerships. She previously served as Director of Development and Promotion for an NWA nonprofit economic revitalization and historic preservation organization, and she served as project manager for a grant writing and consulting company. Morgan is certified through the Society of Human Resources Management and chairs two committees for the Northwest Arkansas chapter. She is passionate about creating a tailored, comprehensive HR curriculum for startups and growing companies that reflects and supports individual company culture. Morgan earned her Master's degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy from the University of Arkansas and specialized in curriculum development and design by helping pilot and revise the University's composition curriculum. She is also a former university composition instructor and received the Larry Guinn Endowed Award. She earned her Bachelor's degree from John Brown University and an Associates degree from Johnson County Community College and has lived and worked in India, England, and the Middle East.


Brandon Clayberg, 401(k) Plan Manager, Walmart Inc


A native of the Philadelphia area, Brandon Claybook graduated from Hampton University and began his career at The Vanguard Group working with retail investors seeking advice on portfolio management before moving into the company's high-net worth investor advisory group. There, Brandon managed a business valued at approximately $1.2 billion for 3 years while serving in several leadership roles in the Zeta Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, including Sergeant-at-Arms, Treasurer, and Assistant Dean of Intake. After leaving the City of Brotherly Love, Brandon moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, and changed careers in 2015, joining Walmart's Treasury Department responsible for corporate cash operations. During his time in Arkansas, Brandon's love for advocacy and the Northwest Arkansas community grew. He leveraged his financial background and hosted several financial wellness events for both teens and college students while becoming a member of the EngageNWA's Board of Economic Development. In 2017, he became a charter member of the Arkansas Urban League Young Professionals and has since served in various capacities including Treasurer and Advocacy Chair before accepting the role of Regional Vice President. That same year, Brandon joined Walmart's Benefits Group as a 401(k) Plan Manager where he continues his passion for community development and financial wellness, which has afforded him opportunities both personally and professionally to continue serving his community.

Katie Thompson, Director of Science Venture Studio and Founder of Rooted Startups

Katie Thompson is the Director of the Science Venture Studio and Founder of Rooted Startups Over the last 8 years, she has worked with multiple technology startups in Northwest Arkansas, many of which have received federal funding as their first round of funding to develop their technology. She is passionate about helping people on any part of their entrepreneurial journey, rather it be through federal research proposals, business development, or management of employees. She received a Master’s in Arts in Teaching at the University Arkansas and taught in Springdale Public Schools as a 5th grade Math and Science teacher for 6 years before joining her husband’s technology startup as an operations manager. While in this ecosystem, she has developed a unique insight in how these technology companies can grow, specifically with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals. She has been on the team of two federal research grant supported technology companies in Northwest Arkansas in which she has provided support in proposal editing, accounting, and bookkeeping. She has received a certificate of completion from Dawn Breaker in training of SBIR and STTR support for small businesses. Her goal is to bring together current initiatives that support technology entrepreneurs into a single pipeline, so that the technology startup has every opportunity to grow.

Raven Campbell, MA: People Operations Lead, Walmart


Raven works for Walmart as a People Operations Lead where she oversees Talent Development, Performance Management, and Succession Planning for 164 Neighborhood markets in 11 states. She originally hails from Newport News Virginia. Raven holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She has worked in academia, government, and corporate settings focusing on talent development, performance management, and investigation. She is a people-oriented leader who focuses on creating inclusive working environments and is a forward-thinking and sociable mentor who builds meaningful relationships with her reports.

Shavawn Smith, MA:  Assistant Director of Fiscal Affairs, University of Arkansas’s Arkansas Archeological Survey


Shavawn has worked in higher education administration for a decade and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Fiscal Affairs for the Arkansas Archeological Survey. In this role, she supports the Director, Coordinating Office, and Research Stations staff in the vital mission of research, preservation, and education.   Business Services at the University of Arkansas where she was the Manager of Travel Support for the Travel Office. Before earning her Master’s in English Literature from the University of Arkansas, Shavawn got her Bachelor’s in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Nevada (2005). Though Shavawn is from Nevada, she chose the UofA for graduate school due to her strong ties to Northwest Arkansas. Both her parents hail from Berryville and her siblings were born in Fayetteville. Shavawn’s master’s thesis is titled “We Can Come Back From This: Navigating the Perils of the Anthropocene in The Walking Dead.” She, thus, maintains wildly varied interests and is excited to learn interesting things from everyone she interacts with.