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Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2015) -- A panel discussion at California Baptist University explored the topic of "Leading Gender and Generational Differences" in the workforce on Oct. 5. The panelists discussed their experiences on these topics.

The Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education Graduate Leadership Program hosted the event as part of the Leadership Seminar Series. Panel members included Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, vice provost, Dr. Natalie Winter, associate professor of marketing, and Dr. Esmirna Valencia, executive director of Early Childhood Programs at Riverside County. Dr. John Shoup, dean of the School of Education, moderated the discussion.

The panelists began the discussion by recalling past work related experiences they have faced.

Winter said for the first time, four generations may coexist in a single workplace. Each generation can tend to think their ways are "right," and that can produce conflict in the workplace, she said.

The four generations are: The Silent Generation (those born from 1925-1942); The Baby Boomer Generation (those born from 1943-1960); Generation X (those born from 1961-1981); and the Millennial Generation (those born from 1982-2000). 

Also discussed were generational and gender-related origins and how women's confidence and upbringing may affect their pursuit of leadership.

"Ambition for me was being the first person in my family to get an education and get a doctorate," Valencia said. "Many asked me ‘why would you want to do that?' And [for me] it was always my goal."

Jacobs added, "My dad would have never dreamed I would have a PhD, growing up."

The discussion concluded with the panelists' recommendations for leading in the workplace.

"I believe most of my frustration has come from trying to lead like a man. Be who you are; I am a woman," Jacobs said.