From Typewriters to iPads by Bill Fournet




Join EST & IEEE for this joint event as Bill Fournet, President and CEO of The Persimmon Group, speaks about successfully leading high-performing, multi-generational teams.


Do you ever feel misunderstood by other generations? At times, have you also felt that you didn’t understand the people you interact with, whether they were co-workers or family members? You are not alone! Now more than ever, generational gaps are very distinct, and how we get along with one another and work together can be either hindered or helped by these generational understandings. The current workforce ranges from Baby Boomers to Gen Y, and the distinctions between generations – their cultures, expectations, styles, and “toys” – have never been so sharp and diverse.

So how do you create a high-performing, multigenerational team? This engaging session will help participants gain an understanding about generational differences and learn practical techniques for how to effectively interact and manage each generation. Bill will provide the latest business management approaches, and participants will develop skills to create a collaborative environment among multigenerational team members. In addition, participants will explore how Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y view current technology dilemmas, in the areas of hiring, privacy, and productivity. This generational diversity course will enable attendees to harness their team members’ strengths and understand their various drivers.

Learner Objectives:

  • Understand each generation’s motivators, expectations, and work styles
  • Learn how to create high-performing, muligenerational teams
  • Leverage collaborative techniques to engage our team

Session Benefits:

  • Identify and understand the different generational management trends
  • Understand each generation’s drivers to help prevent future misunderstandings
  • Leverage the generational perspective to enhance team performance
  • Develop techniques for creating a collaborative, multigenerational environment
  • Have a clarity about other generations that will help your interactions be more cohesive and successful with your team, your project, and with others


About Our Speaker:

President and CEO

The Persimmon Group

Bill Fournet is the President and CEO of The Persimmon Group, the management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Persimmon consults clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized businesses in various industry verticals.

Bill has been a project manager for 25 years in the IT, engineering, manufacturing, and business change areas. He has led teams of more than 150 people and budgets totaling more than $2 billion dollars.

Bill is a sought-after speaker on Generational Diversity, Leadership and Project Management, who believes “we are in the midst of a great transformation.” From technology to generational issues, Bill analyzes where we have been and where we are now to help businesses understand the future of work.

Bill’s experience in managing high-performance teams has directly influenced the unique business philosophy and atmosphere that has created one of the leading small businesses today.

The Persimmon Group received the Families and Work Institute’s 2013 Effective and Flexible Workplace Award in 2013. The Persimmon Group was awarded the Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its success as one of the leading small businesses in America in 2011 and again in 2014. The Persimmon Group was also named in 2013 to the Inc. 500/5000 list for the U.S. Fastest Growing Companies.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master`s degree from Oklahoma State University. In 2010, he was named Small Business Person of the Year by Tulsa’s Metro Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as a Member, Board of Directors at Boy Scouts of America, Indian Nations. He is a two-time honoree for “Most Admired CEO” in Oklahoma.

He and his wife, Christy, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma with their three sons.







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OU-Tulsa's Learning Center Building

Room 145





Bill Fournet Image by MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

April 19, 2016 at 6pm - 8pm
OU-Tulsa'a Learning Center, room 145
4502 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK 74135
United States
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