Generational Impasses or Opportunities?

Look no further for the summer read that will grab your attention and possibly ignite ideas to re-pivot your team and your workplace. Lindsey Pollak’s The Remix shows you how to adapt and win through proven strategies that serve all generations’ needs. The result is a workplace that blends the best of each generation’s ideas and practices to design a smarter, more inclusive work environment for everyone.

Millennials have only just begun their reign as the largest generation in the workplace. But they are not alone. For the next decade at least, these young professionals will be working side by side with more established generations, including the Baby Boomers who are working longer than ever, and an entirely new group coming up, Generation Z.

This means within any organization, any team, any meeting, any marketing opportunity, you may find any combination of generations. Each of these age groups has their own attitude, expectations, and professional style. To lead and succeed in any organization today, you must adapt to how Millennials work, while continuing to accommodate their older colleagues and paying attention to the next generations coming up. The Remix shows you how to adapt and win through proven strategies that serve all generations’ needs.

As the leading expert on generations in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak combines the most recent data from a variety of authoritative sources with her own original research, as well as detailed case studies from her Fortune 500 clients. Pollak outlines the ways businesses, executives, mid-level managers, employees, and entrepreneurs can handle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash and provide clear strategies to turn generational diversity into a business opportunity. Generational change is impacting all industries, all types of organizations, and all leaders. The Remix is an essential read for anyone who wants to survive and thrive today and into the future.

Grab the Remix today!

Blockchain Savvy.

We got this!

We had a mix of subject matter experts (not just on the panel!), folks creating social justice solutions, creatives and marketers all thrown together to play our ‘Blockchain GAME’.

Each player received a Starter envelope labeled with a letter and a number. Inside were either 3 tokens and/or pencil toppers or fun gadgets. Players

  • Participated in an exchange where one player ‘sent’ another player tokens by declaring both parties and amounts.
  • Players verified the transaction, checking the sender was not an impersonator and actually had the funds to make the exchange.
  • Once the exchange occurred. The transaction was recorded on the team’s ledger.

Of course, we had a few ‘rules of the game’ some of which included that

  • Players who began with a ‘toy’ had to SELL it during the game
  • Players who began with tokens had to ‘make a purchase’

The fun really got started when Player E was found to have passed on a contaminant.

Lucky we had ‘kept track’ of every transaction. Hence we were able to remove the ‘contaminated’ tokens.

Supply chain transactions are a natural fit for Blockchain. In real-life such as the romaine lettuce scare earlier this year, if the path of transactions were executed using blockchain, you could quickly detect the source of the contaminant and remove it. Why is this important? Millions or billions of dollars are spent pulling food and other items ‘off the shelf’. By using blockchain, the transactions are transparent and traceable.

Thank you to all of you who made this night happen. Thank you to our volunteer panelists Daisy, Betsabe, and Alex. A big thank you to Mitchell and Jess for working with us to not only create the ‘Game’ but test it out on some Fellows at Insight Data Science. Photos courtesy of Afshin Shirazian.

And, of course, we couldn’t have done this event at all if it were not for our sponsor, Heroku-Salesforce!

AI Hands-On

WST in collaboration with AI subject matter experts from, Insight Data Science, Women in Product, and Heroku developed programming where WST Attendees walked away with

  • Examples of different ways AI is used, lessons learned
  • Awareness of AI and new technology impacts (to the Industry, Jobs, Life)
    • Positive effects we desire
    • Common Use Cases: drive greater customer intimacy, increase competitive advantages, improve efficiencies
    • Negative/In-effective results that AI could bring (example: gender bias)
    • What questions to ask about AI
    • How to keep informed
  • Hands-on experience via ‘development team scenario’’ workshop
    • Set AI criteria and define assumptions  

Our Subject Matter Experts

2019, What’s Up?

WST plans to continue to empower you to Speak Up and take action with even more hands-on workshops, new partners, and….

  1. Network. Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor. Sign up for The Guild. Use the discount code WST20
  2. Get excited about Blockchain. The team at Insight Data Science and WST have been working to create a hands-on workshop where you will walk away with an understanding of what Blockchain is and how it can be utilized. As well plan to add a notch up on your ‘data-driven awareness’. Registration will open shortly. Our host: Heroku-Salesforce. Mark your calendar for February 7, 2019 from 6-9pm
  3. As a female, have you ever felt boxed in? Learn more about how our partner, Unboxd the Vogue for STEM is working to close the gender gap and inspire a better future for all.
  4. Serendipity’s Emerging Tech House interviews have been published. Get inspired! Anne Cocquyt, Liza Lichtinger, Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Anuradha Gali, Joanna Bloor, along with interviews from some of the top women in STEM.
  5. WST workshops and programming in development include Radical Collaboration, Power Dynamics, more AI Hands-On, …. stay tuned for details

Adjust Your Hearing. Drive Change.

Rebecca Traister explains how women’s anger has historically been a catalyst for social change and how people can better listen and respond to women’s anger.

Quick Summer Reads & Podcasts

A random collection of posts, articles and a few podcasts for your reading or listening pleasure.

What is catching your mind this summer?


Why All The Talk About Failure Is Backwards

by Darrah Brustein

“‘Success’ on other people’s terms is, well, not. If the recent suicides of some of our most iconic business moguls teaches us anything, it’s that the trappings of success are no measure of true happiness. Not a people person? Don’t start a relationship-driven business. Have a case of wanderlust? Don’t start a manufacturing business that will keep you grounded in one place. It seems simple, and yet, aligning the design for your life with your business model from the start is often overlooked. Happiness is too important to be an afterthought,” shares Molina Niño.

Talking About Failure Is Crucial for Growth

by Oset Babur

‘Ultimately, the researchers found that talking about failure — both during the fact and afterward — can help to cultivate closer relationships with colleagues.’

Johannes Haushofer, a Princeton Professor goes as far as publishing a ‘CV of Failures’ which  PH.D. students responded with ‘relief in finding solidarity for their struggles’.

What would your CV or Failures include? Do you have a ‘growth mindset‘?

Dr. Dweck found that people’s theories about their own intelligence had a significant impact on their motivation, effort, and approach to challenges. Those who believe their abilities are malleable are more likely to embrace challenges and persist despite failure.’ This model of the fixed vs. growth mindset shows how cognitive, affective, and behavioral features are linked to one’s beliefs about the malleability of their intelligence. 

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. – Graphic by Nigel Holmes

AI: Why Marketers Need to Look Beyond the Buzzword

…the reason marketers and industry experts are getting so excited about AI is that it’s paving the way for the industry to progress beyond data analysis and advance into data generation’

Neil Hughes

You Can Change Your Workplace, Here Are Four Ways To Start

‘As an intrapreneur ask yourself similar questions. “What is problematic about our culture, do certain actions not match corporate copy? What can be done better and what can I initiative or support to help achieve that that just makes common sense? That’s your starting point and your greater purpose.’ by Claudia Chan, CEO of S.H.E. GLOBL (note: 2018 S.H.E. Summit is October 18-19. Registration is open)

My Voice Got Deeper. Suddenly, People Listened.

‘My feminist mother taught me to speak up. Now, as a trans man, I am trying to make space for women to be heard.’ by Thomas Page McBee — Thomas provides us with a great lens to view from, as we navigate how we want to show up in this world.

Blockchain technology — .….

….is a bulletproof record-keeping system. That’s it, really. Provided it’s running on a robust-enough computer network, blockchains produce incorruptible records. That may not sound like much, but records are rememberingRecords are the protection of our memories for the future…..’ By,  Maria Bustillos

Dealing With Impostor

Syndrome  When You’re Treated as an Impostor

Impostor syndrome is not a unique feeling, but some researchers believe it hits minority groups harder. By,  Kristin Wong 


Finding My “I Am”

“Maria Shriver’s life is often summarized in fairy tale terms. A child of the Kennedy clan in the Camelot aura of the early 1960s. Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, and Sargent Shriver, who helped found the Peace Corps. An esteemed broadcast journalist. First lady of California. This hour, she opens up about having a personal history that is also public history — and how deceptive the appearance of glamour can be. ” from On Being Studios with Krista Tippett

Sometimes You Have to Quit to Get Ahead

‘Winners are just people who know when to quit — and do it often.’ By, Stephanie Lee

Want to Feel Happier? Your Phone Can Help. (Maybe.) 

By, Claire Coghlan

Benchmarking Global Readiness for GDPR Reveals Common Trends

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How Change Happens, In Generational Time


“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, ‘it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge ofour imaginations.’ She

is a culture-shifting artist. John Paul Lederach is one of our greatest living architects of social transformation. From the inaugural On Being Gathering, a revelatory, joyous exploration of the ingredients of social courage — and how change really happens in generational time.” from On Being Studios with Krista Tippett

How to achieve an invisible infrastructure with the four pillars of multicloud

By Bikash Koley | Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 20:09

These Are the Trailblazing Women Behind the Modern Internet

Alli Hoff Kosik · 

Secrets To Make Technology Serve You

“The internet makes dumb people dumber and smart people smarter.” –Kevin Drum

HOw Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. by: Tristan Harris

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.” — Unknown.

This Is Your Brain on Sex


“What we’re learning about the brain can help us navigate romance, love, sex, and relationships. Anthropologist Helen Fisher is a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, and Chief Scientific Advisor to dating In the research she does for and her TED Talks that have been viewed by millions of people, she wields science as an entertaining, if sobering, lens on what feels like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.” from On Being Studios with Krista Tippet

4 Things Every Child Needs Before BreakfasT

‘…It’s important to note that your confidence as a parent is also based on the fact that you yourself have been winning in the morning before you have interfaced with your child’ by,  Benjamin P. Hardy

Age old reminder: ‘You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself first!’