The Executive Breakfast in July featured the young and inspiring dynamite, Holly Ransom. The topic of the morning was the effects of intergenerational differences between millennials and older generations in organisations and communities. Who is Holly Ransom and why is this topic relevant? 

Holly is a Millennial with an awe-inspiring list of credentials. As a highly regarded thought leader and accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across 6 continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama. Holly is also CEO of her own company, Emergent, which specialises in change strategy and building capabilities in intergenerational workforces. Emergent has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Virgin, INPEX, Europcar, KPMG, & the AIS, as well as local, state and federal government departments globally. 

At the Executive Breakfast, Holly shared her insights on:

  • engaging and communicating with Millennials to achieve greater success;
  • the make-up of Australia’s workforce and the expected changes in the coming 10 years; and
  • effective action items to improve communication and teamwork in organisations. 

Why was is this topic so relevant? 

The event was well attended by over 200 CEOs, Executives and Project Professionals. So, why were they all so interested? Well, it’s not every day you have an opportunity to hear from someone of the calibre of Holly – but there’s more to it than that.

Millennials may still be a minority in the workplace, but will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025(Deloitte, 2014). These millennials have very different expectations towards their workplace as previous generations. The 2018 Deloitte Millenial Survey showed that for millennials a positive work culture, diversity and flexibility is just as important as having a good pay. The survey indicates a decreased sense of loyalty towards their workplace among millennials and revealed that 35% of millennials planned to leave their jobs in the next two years. Indicates a lower engagement to work among millennials, meaning they simply turn up to work and do what they need to. Why is this engagement so important? Greater engagement is considered to be connected to greater business outcomes. When employees are engaged they become more productive, customer ratings go up and so do business profits (Gallup, 2016). It is therefore crucial to have understanding of the needs and expectations of millennials in the workplace and how we can best communicate with them. 

Being a Millennial herself, CEO of her own company Emergent and the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’ , Holly Ransom wants to work with companies, governments and non-profits organisations to develop high performing intergenerational workforces. At the Executive Breakfast, Holly Ransom shared how we can better engage and communicate with Millennials to achieve greater success in our organisations and communities. She gave an overview of the make-up of our workforce and the expected changes in the coming 10 years. She provided effective action items to improve communication and teamwork in organizations. The event was well attended with over 200 CEOs, Executives and Project Professionals joining. 

Missed this event, but curious to hear Holly Ransom speak? 

We are excited to announce that Holly will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 PMI Australia Conference to be held on the Gold Coast. Tickets for this national conference can be booked here.


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