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Generation at Work Millennials in the Workplace

10/30/2013 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In the next decade, the Millennial generation (those born between 1981-2000) will make up a significant percentage of the workforce. What strategies are companies implementing to engage and lead this enthusiastic, dedicated and connected workforce? Join us for a discussion with leaders of local Pacific NW businesses on recruitment, employee development, and leadership/mentoring of the potential next "Greatest Generation".


5:30 - 6:30 PM - Doors Open

6:30 - 7:30 PM - Program

7:30 - 8:00 PM - Networking


Amy Balliet, Co-founder/Chief Swiss Army Knife, Killer Infographics

aka "The Millennial Leader"

Amy Balliett has been using digital media to grow her own companies since she was 17, when she took on ownership of a combined arcade, ice cream parlor, and penny candy store near her hometown. She subsequently built a successful career in SEO and marketing before utilizing both her entrepreneurial spirit and her inner artist to co-found Killer Infographics, a firm leading the way in infographic and motion graphic design for some of the world’s largest brands. Balliett now spends her days meeting the multi-faceted demands of her title, Co-founder and Chief Swiss Army Knife of Killer Infographics; this includes managing the day-to-day workflow, overseeing projects, new product development, marketing and more. Pulling from her past and present digital strategies, she now enables clients worldwide to use visual communication in order to grow their brands, connect with customers, and ultimately find success.

Zac Cohn, Partner, Liffft

aka "The Millennial"

Zac loves making things happen, organizing people and communities, and solving problems that matter. He is a partner at LIFFFT where he build products and consults with large companies to help them move faster and think more like startups. Before LIFFFT, he was part of the core Startup Weekend team managing strategic partnerships with Google. When he’s not changing the world through entrepreneurship, he’s training parkour and doing backflips, making viral videos, and running the Hacker News Seattle Meetup. He also thinks Space is really, really cool.

Forest Key, CEO/Co-founder, buuteeq

aka "The Gen X-er"

Forest Key is the CEO/co-founder of buuteeq inc. a Seattle based company which offers a marketing automation SaaS platform for the $500bn+ global hotel industry. buuteeq has over 5,000 hotel customers in 40+ countries. Previously Forest was the GM of .NET Platform & Tools Strategy in Beijing China for the Server & Tools Business group at Microsoft, and the Sr. Director of Product Management for the Silverlight, WPF, and ASP.NET platform technologies. Earlier in life he was the Product Manager for Flash at Macromedia, and the founder/CEO of Puffin Design, a successful start-up that developed high end tools for the TV, film and visual effects industries before being acquired by Pinnacle Systems. Before entering the software industry, Key worked as a professional editor and CGI artist at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where his credits included Star Wars, Mission Impossible, Men in Black and numerous TV commercials and music videos. He loves spicy food and Mexican telenovelas.


David Niu, Founder, TINYhr

David Niu is a passionate serial entrepreneur and angel investor. David recently sold everything and bought one-way tickets to New Zealand for himself and his lovely wife and 10-month old daughter. For the next 6 months, they traveled the world, from New Zealand to Seoul. As part of this "careercation", David interviewed entrepreneurs throughout the trip, uncovering their best practices and pain points when it came to people management, culture and leadership. Upon returning, David focused on what he learned from these business owners to develop TINYhr’s first solution- TINYpulse. The goal of TINYpulse is to give leaders a pulse on how happy, burnt out, and frustrated their employees are so that they can build bridges to spark dialogue for positive change. Prior to TINYhr, David co-founded BuddyTV in 2005 and NetConversions in 1999. Before founding his own companies, David’s career has ranged from being the Associate to the CEO of Billpoint spearheading special projects to working in Andersen Consulting’s Strategy Group. David graduated from UC Berkeley with Distinction and received his MBA from The Wharton School.

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