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    Using Brain Science to Improve Inter-Generational Engagement in the Workforce

    Date: April 12, 2018, 7:45am
    Yamhill County Human Resource Association
    Linfield College - Riley Campus Center, Room 201
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    Alan Cabelly, Ph. D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Leadership and Teambuilding Expert, Coach, Leader; Scott Crabtree

    Program Description:

    To succeed today you must work with members of all generations. But are our differences more generational, or more the age differences between us? Brain science tells us that brains change as they age; while older brains are more successful at some activities, younger brains are more capable at others.

    Neuroscience and social psychology can help guide us in working together. Understanding how groups can work through their differences allows them to capitalize on each others' strengths and get the best collaborative results. You will leave with immediately applicable action steps to improve your effectiveness, and that of your organization.

    Objective 1 - To understand age similarities/differences, how brains function at different ages, and generation similarities/differences--and how they impact organization effectiveness.

    Objective 2 - To experience that working within and through these differences is important in creating intergenerational engagement and a thriving organization.

    Objective 3 - To use social psychology to understand universal human needs, and how to satisfy those given age and generational differences.

    Objective 4 - To break down generational stereotypes by listening to others describe who they are as members of these groups and to feel firsthand what that means.

    Objective 5 - To create action steps for organizations to move forward toward intergenerational engagement and excellence.

    About the speakers:

    Alan Cabelly has been a Human Resource Management faculty member at Portland State University since 1980, and has advised its award winning HRM program and students during that time.  He teaches Leadership and Human Resource Management at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, as well as to many groups nationally and internationally.  He was recently honored by students, alumni, and corporate leaders who secretly raised funds to name a room after him in the new Karl Miller Center.  He will retire from the University in June 2018.

    Prof. Cabelly is founder and Executive Director of the Portland Leadership Institute (, which focuses on Leadership Excellence in the 21st century.  He uses the DiSC© system and other contemporary techniques for Executive and Leadership Coaching, and speaks widely on InterGenerational Effectiveness in the Workplace; Strategic Negotiations; Corporate Teambuilding; Authentic Leadership; Increasing Focus to Improve Your Personal Leadership; and various HRM topics.  He will present his Generations talks twice at the 2018 SHRM Conference in Chicago.

    Prof. Cabelly was founding Chapter Advisor of the PSU Chapter of SHRM.  Since its inception in 1982, it has won 35 consecutive Superior Merit Awards from SHRM, along with numerous student competitions. He was President of NHRMA in 2000, Director of the Oregon State Council of SHRM in 2009, and currently serves on the Boards of PHRMA, OregonSHRM, and NHRMA.

    His personal mission is to help individuals increase their leadership skills and improve the functioning of their work teams.  He helps people find passion in their work life environment, leading to greater individual engagement and satisfaction, and increased organization productivity. His multigenerational family includes two grandsons and one granddaughter. In his spare time he gardens, teaches and travels the world with his wife and partner Jean Benevento, and remains physically active.

    Scott Crabtree is a passionate teacher of neuroscience, psychology, and the science of happiness. He is empowering individuals and organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge brain science to boost productivity and happiness at work. Repeat clients include DreamWorks, Boeing, Intel, Activision/Blizzard, HP and Nike. He often follows up large group workshops with individual coaching.

    Scott previously served as a leader in game development and software engineering. He’s founded startups and worked at a variety of technology companies large and small. He resigned his position at Intel in early 2012 to pursue his passion full time: helping people apply science to be thrive at work. .

    Scott holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College.

    When he is not immersed in scientific data, he loves spending time with his wife, two young daughters, especially in nature, and also enjoys playing music. He lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.