SAE 2014 Convergence

October 21-22, 2014

Detroit, Michigan, USA

COBO Center

Millennials: The New Generation of Employees

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Organized by Jeremy Kearney, Alisyn Malek

The Millennial generation, also known as, Gen Y, is entering the workforce in large numbers with high expectations, extraordinary talents and a great deal of motivation. As great as this may sound, the entrance of Gen Y into the workforce has become a major disruption for companies that have not taken the time to understand Gen Y.

With Baby Boomer's retiring and Gen X being the smallest generation in US history, Millennials have quickly become 35% of the US workforce and that number is still rising. Millennials are typically categorized as individuals born between 1980 and 1995. They are sometimes described as feeling entitled and being impatient. At first glance this may seem to be true, but as we begin to take a closer look, we quickly realize their expectations are different than previous generations simply because their experiences have been different.

Join us as we explore the next generation of employees (Millennials), how they differ from the previous generation and how these differences affect the work place and products.

Jeremy Kearney, General Motors
Andrew Glasgow, Viacom Media Networks
Doug Williams, Microsoft Corporation
Dave Whitman, General Motors Corp.
Kristal Kilgore, EMAG, LLC
Joann Heck, Chrysler Corp.
Marc Issner, Chrysler Corp.
Tobin Williams, General Motors Corp.


Jeremy Kearney Jeremy Kearney
Global Issue Resolution Team (IRT) Co-Chair
Chair, Young Professional Strategic Leadership Council, SAE International
General Motors Company

Jeremy Kearney is the global interior Issue Resolution Team (IRT) Co-Chair at General Motors. He serves in China and the US as the liaison between engineering and manufacturing and ensures all interior engineering product and process issues are resolved. Jeremy joined General Motors in 2007 and has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility. This includes Engineering Process Lead, Engineering Specifications Analyst, Validation Engineer and Design Release Engineer.

Jeremy is passionate about increasing the engagement, development and visibility of young professionals in the automotive industry. He does this by supporting SAE International as Chair of the Young Professional Strategic Leadership Council and being a member of the Convergence Strategic Leadership Council.

Jeremy has been featured in publications such as the Automotive Engineering International magazine, General Motor's Sustainability report and DRIVEN: A Tribute to African American Achievement in the Automotive Industry. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems and Master's degree in Computational Science and Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He has also earned his MBA from Michigan State University.


Joann Heck Joann Heck
Director of Consumer and Market Insights
Chrysler Corp.

JoAnn Heck was appointed the Director of Consumer and Market Insights for Chrysler Group LLC in 2007, with full responsibility for consumer-facing research, including Product, Brand, Marketing, Consumer Experience Insights, and Consumer Trends. She is also on the Steering Committee for MOTIV, Chrysler's office in Solana Beach, California. In her previous position, JoAnn was responsible for the global ten-year volume forecast and sales reporting.

Since joining Chrysler in 1987 as a Market Analyst in Service and Parts Operations, JoAnn has spent much of her time in various roles in International Operations including Marketing, Product Planning, Operations, and Strategy. Her favorite positions in International were head of Southeast Asia Business Operations and Director of International Product Strategy and Business Development.

Leading the Consumer Insights organization, JoAnn has expanded the scope and changed the approach of research at Chrysler, and has integrated her team into the operating teams to enable greater engagement, and to more fully contribute to the tactical and strategic decision-making process.

JoAnn earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Michigan Technological University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management (then the American Graduate School of International Management). In 1998 she was named the Outstanding Young Alumnae for Michigan Tech. JoAnn currently is a member of the Michigan State University MSMR Advisory Board.

Kristal Kilgore Kristal Kilgore
Marketing Manager

A graduate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kristal Kilgore has gained significant international experience in the fields of press, communications and marketing. After completing her Political Science and German degrees, Kilgore was awarded a Fellowship to work in the Bundestag (Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany) in Berlin. Working directly in the office of an elected official she supported press and communications work, as well as committee meeting research. Kilgore transitioned to the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, where she was the editor-in-chief of their membership publications and communications specialist in Frankfurt am Main. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for the North American representation of the EMAG Group, a world-wide leader in providing manufacturing systems for precision metal components.

Marc A. Issner Marc A. Issner
: Interior Project Responsible - Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler Group LLC

Marc A. Issner assumed his position of : Interior Project Responsible - Jeep Grand Cherokee in September of 2014. The Chrysler Leadership development program, managed by Corporate Audit, is designed to develop future leaders through an array of consultative and audit based projects focused on definition of business processes and identification of financial, operational, and strategic risk across Chrysler's core disciplinary functions.

Issner joined the Company in 2006 as part of the Chrysler Institute of Engineering (CIE) program. In this program, he held positions in the Product Design Office, Powertrain Systems Development, Steering and Suspension, Vehicle Dynamics, and Plant Vehicle Engineering where he obtained reactive greenbelt certification. Following the CIE program, Issner joined the Rear Wheel Drive Steering and Suspension team responsible for the design, development, and implementation of suspension tuning components, rear suspension hardware, and vehicle alignment. In 2010, he joined an international consultancy, Management Engineers, focusing on program management, product portfolio planning, product development, and manufacturing efficiencies in both automotive and manufacturing industries.

He earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University (2007) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University (2005).

Issner was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Andrew Glasgow Andrew Glasgow
Vice President
Viacom Media Networks

Andrew Glasgow is Vice President of Scratch, a division of Viacom. Andrew Glasgow has held a number of roles at Viacom since joining in 2006. In his current role, he leads key client engagements for Scratch, setting the vision and strategy for projects, managing cross-functional teams, and contributing to the thought-leadership and overall direction of the group. Prior to joining Scratch, Andrew led a new business Marketing team at Nickelodeon tasked with securing new non-endemic marketing partnerships across the brand's on-air, digital, print, mobile, and off-channel platforms. Before Viacom, Andrew held roles at Turner Networks in integrated marketing, and Alan Wasser Associates, marketing Broadway and national touring theatre. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University and lives in the Bay Area.

Dave Whitman Dave Whitman
Manager, Innovation Exchange Solutions
General Motors Corp.

Dave joined GM in 2003. During his 10 year career with GM, Dave has held various roles in Warehousing and Distribution, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Health & Safety, OnStar and Organizational Capability in locations in Pontiac, Warren, and Detroit Michigan as well as Norton, Massachusetts.

In his current role as Manager, Innovation Exchange Solutions, Dave is responsible for connecting people and ideas to accelerate impact within the GM enterprise. Dave brings to this role his skills and experience in the areas of: Organization Development, Employee Engagement, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management as well as functional HR. Dave has BA degrees in History and Philosophy from John Carroll University and an MLA in General Management from Harvard University, concentrating in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources.

Doug Williams Doug Williams
Enterprise Solution Sales Specialist
Microsoft Corporation

Doug Williams is a Solution Sales Professional for Microsoft's cloud technologies and services for Commercial Sector Enterprise accounts in the Heartland District (MI,OH,TN, and KY).

In this role, Williams is responsible for Microsoft's customer relationship from a capability development perspective by positioning public-cloud services. Currently, Williams focuses on helping large enterprises develop solutions that will deliver end-to-end value through Microsoft's commercial cloud offering, Windows Azure.

Early in his career at Microsoft, Williams has already been recognized as a top-performer and key contributor in the organization. He has been featured on the company's intranet for some of his accomplishments, as well as being recognized for showing best practices and results of both internal and external programs that further Microsoft's Diversity and Inclusion strategy. In 2013, Williams was also selected as the keynote speaker for Microsoft's "Powered to Dream" Technology camp for underserved youth.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Williams worked in the field of Software Product Marketing and Product Development for one of the industry's leading utility manufacturing companies, Neptune Technology, Inc. While working full-time and gaining experience, Williams completed his MBA from Troy University in May 2012. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Alabama State University. While a student, Williams received numerous awards and honors including being named a 2008 College of Business Administration's "Pursuit of Excellence" recipient. This honor is awarded annually to the top five students selected by the College of Business' faculty and professors. He is also a proud member of the Beta Zeta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Aside from his professional aspirations, Williams is committed to making a difference. Williams serves as a non-profit board member for the Shiloh Community Restoration Foundation, Inc. The mission of the Shiloh Community Restoration Foundation is to restore and preserve the Shiloh Rosenwald School so that it will be an everlasting national treasure to promote civic and community pride. In addition, Williams is an active mentor via Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Detroit as well as donor to several charities. Williams is very active with several Metro-Detroit groups such as Detroit Young Professionals and Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders. He also enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, and recreational activities.

Tobin Williams Tobin Williams
Executive Director - Staffs HR
General Motors Corp.

Tobin Williams serves as a senior leader in the Human Resources function for General Motors (GM) - Executive Director Staffs HR reporting to Melissa Howell, Senior Vice President Global Human Resources. In this role Williams leads the core HR functions for Finance, Communications, Information Technology, Public Policy, Legal and Human Resources. This appointment was effective 16 July 2012. Most recently Williams was the Director Organizational Capability, which includes, Global Organization and Leader Development, Diversity, Global Learning, Global Talent Management and Global Talent Acquisition. In this role Williams led the global strategy and operating objectives for Organizational Capability for General Motors.

Williams began his career with GM in 1983 as a College Graduate in Training (CGIT) in Flint, Michigan.

Having spent more than five (5) years in production manufacturing as a production supervisor, Williams transitioned into Human Resources as the Coordinator for Joint Training Programs for GM Truck Assembly - Flint. Williams continued to progress through a variety of increasingly responsible positions in Human Resources including, Supervisor Plant Safety, Supervisor Labor Relations, Salaried Personnel Administration and Assistant Plant Personnel Director.

In May 1994 Williams was appointed to the Corporate Employee Benefits Staff as Manager Pension and Retirement. He served in this position for approximately two (2) years. Having completed the assignment in Corporate Employee Benefits, Williams was appointed to the following positions: Manager Human Resources Truck Group Staffs, Manager, North America Staffing Center and Manager Human Resources Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality. In the above positions Williams served on both the National and Local Negotiations Committee with both the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE).

In 2003 Tobin was appointed Vice President Human Resources GM Thailand and Director Human Resources ASEAN (Association of Southeastern Asian Nations) Operations, which included, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and later (2006) Vice President Human Resources GM India. In 2007 Tobin was appointed to the position of Director Regional Human Resources for Asia Pacific and later GM International Operations.

Williams is a graduate of Central Michigan University with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration.

Williams is a past Board Member of the United Negro College Fund Campaign Walk for Education and United Way, as well as current Chairperson of GM's African Ancestry Network and a Board Member of the Urban League of Detroit and Southeast Michigan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and other charitable not for profit organizations.