Mary Perry, President of the Promotion Agency division of Ryan Partnership, will present "Blending Generations in the Workforce," Tuesday, November 13 at 4:10 pm in Roberts Hall #101, as the David Orser Executive Speakers Forum guest presenter at the MSU College of Business. Business owners, members of the community and MSU students and faculty are invited to attend and participate in a Q&A session following the lecture.

Businesses are recognizing more and more a generation gap between the 20-something and 40- and 50-something employees. Differences in attitudes, values, work ethics and even vocabulary can contribute to misunderstandings and generational clashes, which can lead to unproductive and unhappy work environments. Perry will explore ways to manage and blend generational differences in the workforce in order to improve understanding between generations and help foster creativity and innovation.

Perry has over 25 years of experience in business and worked with Nestle brand promotions and financial institutions before she joined Ryan Partnership in 1990. Ryan Partnership, recently named "Agency of the Year" by PROMO magazine, is the leading independent marketing agency in the United States. As the President of the Promotion Agency, Perry is supported by six divisions spread over twelve offices with more than 500 employees who cater to iconic brands such as Dove, Heineken, Nestle, New Balance, Advil, and Energizer.

About the David Orser Executive Speakers Forum

In its 19th year, the David Orser Executive Speakers Forum brings accomplished and inspiring professionals to MSU's College of Business to deliver large, open-forum lectures and share their expertise and experience with students in the classroom. David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate, began funding the program in 1988 to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders.

Perry's lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dave Foster at 994-6188 or [email protected].