Generation Y – Myths and Realities for your Workforce

KCMN September Meeting

While having the right processes and procedures in place is critical to enhancing profitability, there’s a third “P” that can sometimes be the most difficult to get right – People!  Today’s workforce is undergoing a metamorphosis-the values, work habits and experiences of workers can create management challenges.  Join us as we will host speakers who will identify workforce trends, and give you strategies for meeting your workforce challenges.

  • Kirk Young, Job Match Assessment – Employing Gen Y – Are You Prepared?
  • Nathan Goodpasture, Pride Manufacturing, Inc. – Managing Multiple Generations
  • Victoria Ogier, MARC  – Workforce Program Overview And Update

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Avenue

Kansas City, Kansas

Our Speakers Will Discuss:  

Nathan Goodpasture, Director of Business Development, Pride Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Attraction & Retention: Creating a path of clear progress on meaningful work.

Incentivizing the risks of long term training.

Overcoming the expectations of Gen Y.

Empowering the Boomers, a consultancy solution.

Shifting the paradigm of American education (Mfg is not plan B).

Learning from local and regional programs that are already working.

Pride Manufacturing is an aggressive custom machining and fabricating company headquartered in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan area. They produce plastic and metal components, tooling, fixtures, weldments and molds for a broad spectrum of industries and applications. Its equipment portfolio is diverse and state-of-the-art, and team comprised of the foremost members of their respective specialties. Clientele choose Pride for the unmatched quality, as well as personalized engineering and logistics solutions that accompany the fulfillment of each production requirement.

Kirk Young, SPHR,  CEO, Job Match Assessment, Inc.

They are coming.  The birth rate in the U.S. spiked starting in 1980 and a new generation as influential as the Baby Boomers is now bringing change with them to work.  Are you prepared?

Workforce Generational Shift:  Demographics drive Destiny.

Is Gen Y Motivated? Getting Gen Y Engaged

Gen Y is Similar to the Boomers

Gen Y’s Life Experience is Different

Gen Y Bring New Challenges to Our Values

Kirk Young, SPHR, is a 26 year HR veteran, who served in nine different roles with Ernst & Young, Unilever and Lear Siegler. Now he is CEO of Job Match Assessment, Inc. where he applies his experience with engagement and job-fit metrics for more than 160 clients in diverse economic sectors.  Kirk has directed the Human Resources and Development functions.  He implements recruiting, performance management, compensation, succession planning, and assessment systems all over the country and in Canada.  He is well experienced in employee and labor relations management.    Mr. Young has an MBA from St. Louis University and a BS Psychology from Emporia State University.  He is MBTI qualified, a DDI certified instructor, and a Strategic Partner of Profiles International.

Victoria Ogier, Workforce Development Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council

Mid-America Regional Council has launched a Manufacturing Sector Partnership Taskforce to identify skill needs and gaps in the workforce.  Victoria will provide an update on the taskforce’s activities.

Meeting Details:

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Our founding sponsors, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise, will be our sponsors for this event. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

Sign up no later than September 9 by clicking here  or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958 or

Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event. You may register as a guest for up to 2 events before membership is required. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958