Crawford County 20/20 to host SPARK session

Staff report

The Crawford: 20/20 Vision initiative will host a session early next month about how each generation influences and challenges the workplace with their values, communication styles and work habits.

The event, presented as part of the “Supervisors Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Knowledge” series, will feature a panel of local leaders representing the following generations:

  • Traditionalists/Veterans those born between 1928-1944;
  • Baby Boomers, 1945-1964;
  • Generation X, 1965-1979; and
  • Generation Y/Millennials, 1980-1994

Participants can choose to attend either the morning or afternoon sessions from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-5 p.m on Dec. 2. Both sessions will be held at the Crawford Success Center, 130 N. Walnut St., in Bucyrus.

“This is an interesting topic that we think will appeal to a wide variety of business professionals,” said Michelle Failor, Crawford: 20/20 Vision’s communications coordinator, in a statement. “It’s surprising how much we don’t really know about different generations and what drives them. Simple communication gaps can be resolved more easily if we are tuned in to those differences.”

Crawford County employers have commented that it can be challenging to hold evening meetings, she said, as gen xers and millennials strive for a work-life balance because many of them grew up in a household with two working parents. On the other hand, baby boomers are used to that structure and often there is a disconnect as a result.

A spin-off of Crawford: 20/20’s successful Supervisor Boot Camp program, this SPARK session will feature one of the camp program’s main instructors, Lorie Simpson.

“Our Boot Camp students love Lorie’s dynamic and fun style of teaching and we hope to see some of them again at SPARK because there is a lot of new material that this multi-generational course will cover,” said Christina Sisson of Acloche, the company that 20/20 partners with to provide this training. “For example, we’ll be introducing some of what we’ve learned about the next generation that’s getting ready to enter the workforce— digitarians!”

Casie Grau, human resources manager at Ohio Mutual Insurance Group and chair of 20/20 Vision’s SPARK committee, said she is also excited for this event because it will be valuable training that she can apply to her workplace now.

“This is an especially relevant topic for many of us in Crawford County and it is timely,” she said. “Baby boomers are retiring or getting ready to and it is important to be prepared for different management and leadership styles. I’m looking forward to learning more about it!”

Each session is limited to 50 participants. The cost is $80 per person and the link to register can be found at

Call 419-563-1809 or email [email protected] for more information.

Staff report