Diversity Beyond Gender: the Challenge of Generation Y & beyond

June 10, 2014 12:00 - 14:00


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Get an insight into the next generation of workers. Explore age diversity in the workplace. How can businesses adapt NOW?

Baby boomers seem to be forgetting what it was like to be young; to want to do things differently; to have different priorities and expectations to their parents; to want to live in a world in their own image and in tune with their own experiences. So Gen Y - and perhaps even already a younger generation beyond that - is causing all sorts of palpitations among today`s bulge generation.

HR Managers talk of an impatient and unsettled generation; marketers can`t rely on traditional means of promotion and selling; the media frets about an always online age group losing social skills and real world context.

But what are the real challenges of this generation, and why do these issues exist? Are today`s business leaders addressing the right problems in the right way? Where better to look for insights than someone tasked with understanding and educating our future clients and colleagues. On June 10 are delighted to be hosting Brian Christian, Principal of The British School in Tokyo, winner of the 2013 British Business Awards "Global Talent" trophy to take us behind the scenes of a new generation - to explore the strengths and challenges inherent in multigenerational workplaces, and find ways to leverage age diversity. 

Speaker: Brian Christian, Principal of the British School in Tokyo

Moderator: Graham Davis, Head of BCCJ Events


- Global Jinzai - Nurturing Talent for the 21st Century

The British School in Tokyo plays a special role in supporting British business in Japan and shoulders an important responsibility as the standard-bearer for British education in this remarkable country. Just a few weeks ago I was privileged to meet the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, during his brief visit to the city and to receive from him a thoughtful and very encouraging message of goodwill for our forthcoming 25th anniversary. In it he commented upon the school’s place at the heart of the community, and concluded with the phrase that Mrs Thatcher would have been extremely proud of the school she opened all those years ago. In our conversation he added that the redoubtable late Prime Minister (and former Minister for Education) had always been acutely aware of the impact of good schools and dedicated teachers, and I believe that it is this impact that has now been recognized by BST’s award for nurturing Global Jinzai. The inaugural British Council Global Talent Award was aimed specifically at companies or individuals who have sought to develop talent and skills that will help to create a bridge for UK-Japan relationships in the future. Nominees were asked to provide measurable evidence of their commitment to such goals by demonstrating that they could meet very specific criteria in five different areas. In BST’s case, it wasn’t at all difficult to provide sufficient evidence; the greater problem was one of selection – there wasn’t room for everything, what could I leave out? READ MORE

- Career Thought Leaders: Age Diversity in the Workplace HERE

Workforce demographics are shifting, and the number of mature workers will steadily increase in the years to come.  For workers ages 55-64, 36.5% more will be in the workplace in 2016 when compared with 2006 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Even more dramatic increases are forecasted for those ages 65-74 and those 75 and up – a whopping 80% increase in each category.  By 2016, 6.1% of the U.S. labor force will be age 65 and older, compared with only 3.6% in 2006. This trend leads to a new take on workplace diversity– age diversity.  Today’s workforce spans four generations: Traditionalists (born before 1946); Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964); Generation Xers (born 1965-1981); and Millennials (Born 1982-2000). READ MORE


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Paid reservation by  June 4 17:00, after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged. 

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Grand Hyatt Tokyo 2F Sage Room
6-10-3 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo

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Member Cost: ¥6,000

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