Working with Boomers: Making the Most of Millennial and Baby Boomer Differences (Diversity & Inclusion track)

You have heard about baby boomers struggling to attract and work with millennials. But what are the challenges millennials face when working with boomers? Join us for a panel discussion on these challenges as well as tips for successful, even outstanding collaborations. Also, learn to recognize when a workplace issue is related to generational differences and when it is not. Panel moderator Anne O’Meara was born at the end of the baby boomer generation. Panelists are professional women who are also millennials: Lisa Winders, Gabriela Dorantes, and Kim Leutenegger.


Kim Leutenegger

A native of Michigan, Kim Leutenegger made the move across the lake to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University where she completed her education with degrees in marketing and international business. As the manager of procurement at Direct Supply, she leads a supply chain team focused on facilitating the relationships with suppliers in a virtual distribution model providing products and services to the senior living market.

Kim and her husband live in Cedarburg, WI, with their two boys, ages 5 and 3, where she is actively involved in the community as a member of the Cedarburg Junior Women’s Club. Coworkers, friends and family describe her as having gumption and ambition with a passionate, relentless and energetic drive to succeed. As a professional working mother who relies on her peers, friends and family for support and motivation, Kim subscribes to the mantra “Find your tribe. Love them hard,” and believes it can apply to all facets of your life.


Gaby Dorantes

A Milwaukee native, Gabriela Dorantes joined the staff of the Roberto Hernández Center at UW-Milwaukee in March 2014. A first-generation student, she obtained a bachelor’s in Communications and Spanish from Marquette University in 2010 and is currently pursuing a master’s in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education at UWM. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program.

Gabriela has a passion for higher education and assisting in the advancement of under-represented student groups. She is involved with area organizations that promote peace, awareness and progress. With a special interest in student/academic affairs and a background in nonprofit work, she is excited to be part of the RHC’s team working toward higher Latino-student success in the Milwaukee community as well as at UWM.

In addition, Gabriela brings a special understanding of cultural identity from her Mexican-German background and experiences while living and working in Mexico. She holds dual-citizenship with Mexico and the United States and is energized by the diversity within the Latino heritage.

Lisa Winders

Lisa Winders is a 27-year-old professional at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee. During her final year of school she started with Johnson Controls as an intern in its Lithium Ion Battery department before being hired full-time as an advanced manufacturing engineer in the same area. Johnson Controls offered Lisa the opportunity to pursue her MBA, which she completed in 2015. As she studied for her MBA, she also changed roles at Johnson Controls and moved into a Financial Costing Analyst position that allows her to build on the knowledge she gained as an engineer while applying her new skills from her business degree.

She enjoys hanging out with husband, Ryan, and golden-doodle puppy, Louie. She’s also an avid tennis player and enjoys monthly wine nights with friends. She plans to continue pursuing leadership opportunities at Johnson Controls and mentoring others following in her footsteps.

Anne O’Meara

Anne O’Meara is the director of Business and Technology Programs and program director for Project Management, Business Analysis and Technical Writing at UWM’s School of Continuing Education. Anne holds a master’s in administrative leadership/adult education from UWM and a bachelor’s (Phi Beta Kappa) in journalism from UW-Madison. She has worked in education and program management in Milwaukee and Chicago. Anne has run programs and conferences in writing and publishing, business and technical writing and public speaking, as well as art and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Anne loves to travel and has recently visited Cuba and Spain (as a tour leader with UWM Osher Lifelong Learning Institute); Hong Kong, Italy; New York, NY; Santa Fe, NM, and many places in Wisconsin. Outside of work she enjoys friends and family, reading, gardening and volunteering for the Shorewood Public Library and the Riverwest Food Pantry.