Boomers, GenXers, Millennials and the Working World Shift

Saturday, September 24
4:45-5:45 PM
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

About this Session: Often ridiculed and derided in media, the Millennial generation makes up the largest percentage of the American workforce. 91% of Millennials expect to stay at their job for less than 3 years. Our panel will explore how GenXers and Baby Boomers can work with Diverse Millennials to retain talent and achieve team objectives.

Featured Speakers

Patrick Bredehoft

Penn Alumni Interview Program
University of Pennsylvania


Patrick Bredehoft is the Director of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, based in the Office of Alumni Relations. Each year, his department is responsible for coordinating over 35,000 alumni interviews for prospective Penn undergraduate applicants around the world, managing the efforts of more than 10,000 alumni volunteers on behalf of the Penn Undergraduate Admissions Office. From 2010-2012, he worked for Penn Admissions, reviewing applications for international and domestic students. Before coming to Penn, Patrick was an IB English teacher and college counselor at a small boarding school located outside of Istanbul, Turkey, where he also served as Head of Foreign Languages. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Literature & Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and a Master of Education from Lesley University.

Rachel L. Cohen C'12


Rachel lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a management consultant in financial services. In her spare time, she helps run the virtual arm of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, organizing chairs and interviewers worldwide. Since Rachel helped found the virtual interview program, over 17,000 additional Penn applicants have received interviews and over 6,500 additional virtual interviewers have signed on! Fun fact: Rachel logged onto the Portal more times in 2015 than any other alumni interviewer. Rachel assures us that she does actually sleep and she also enjoys rock climbing, custom suits, and attending wacky talks at the 92nd Street Y.



Jeffrey Martín W'13

Founder & CEO


A 2013 Teach For America Corps Member in the Rhode Island Region, Jeffrey served as the Math Special Educator and Data Coordinator at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts-integrated, 7th through 12th grade charter school, for two years and is a certified mathematics and special education instructor in both Rhode Island and Georgia. Prior to joining TFA, Jeffrey served as the Vice President of The Waller Scholars Inc., an emerging educational non-profit in Atlanta, GA, and also as a summer analyst with Goldman Sachs in the New York/ New Jersey offices. Jeffrey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a degree from The Wharton School and a minor in Urban Studies. He has also completed graduate studies work at Brown University in their Urban Education Policy program and is currently pursuing a project with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform on honorCode's data metric system. Outside of his work at honorCode, he enjoys spending time with his partner, playing piano, singing, going to the many concerts in the Atlanta scene and traveling

Patricia Rose

Director of Career Services
University of Pennsylvania


Patricia Rose is Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania. In that capacity she oversees career counseling and programming, graduate/professional school advising, employer outreach and recruiting for all Penn undergraduates and graduate students in nine schools. She previously worked with Wharton MBA’s, and ran a program to help non-business PhD’s make the transition to the corporate world. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and before embarking on an administrative career she taught English at liberal arts colleges and at Penn, where she did her graduate work.

Pat Rose speaks frequently to students, alumni and business groups on career management topics and employment trends, and has a particular interest in the use of technology in the job search process. She serves on the board of Philly Fellows, and is the Clerk of the School Committee (board of trustees) of Germantown Friends School. In her spare time, she roots for the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.

Robert L. Wallace ME'78

President/CEO/Founder, BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. CEO/Founder, BITHENERGY, Inc. Founder, EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC
Affiliate Professor of Business, Loyola University


Mr. Robert L. Wallace President/CEO/Founder, BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. CEO/Founder, BITHENERGY, Inc. Founder, EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC Affiliate Professor of Business, Loyola University

Robert L. Wallace is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, author, business consultant and internationally-known keynote speaker. He is the founder of three companies - BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc., BITHENERGY, Inc., and EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC. BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. is a successful information technology services company that specializes in managed security services, health information systems, infrastructure IT services, wireless engineering, and biometrics. BITHENERGY, Inc. is a dynamic energy engineering and management company that develops and implements energy management, energy efficiency, and renewable energy solutions for government and commercial clients. Mr. Wallace also founded EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC, through which he conducts economic and entrepreneurial research and has authored five best selling books that provide solutions for addressing the unique challenges facing small, emerging, women-owned, and minority-owned companies. His ground breaking research through has provided the foundation for his entrepreneurial training programs that have benefited entrepreneurs throughout world.

Mr. Wallace graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. It was at Pennsylvania where he began his foundational research on innovative emerging energy technologies. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane letter from Sojourner Douglas College. Prior to starting his own companies, he worked for IBM, DuPont, Procter & Gamble, and Westinghouse. He was a highly sought after advisor for numerous business executives and political leaders. He was recently chosen by the Mayor of Baltimore City to lead the newly-created Mayor’s Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. He has served as Chairperson for the State of Maryland Information Technology Board (ITB), the Governor’s Advanced Technology Commission, Small Business Task Force, Minority Business Task Force, and the BRAC Commission. He currently co-chairs the Commerce and Infrastructure Committee for the Maryland/Liberia Sister City Agreement, Maryland’s first sister city agreement with an African nation and is an Affiliate Professor of Business at the Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University, where he lectures on the power and promise of innovation in the global economy.

Mr. Wallace is a committed and passionate and generously gives of his time and resources to uplift humanity. He has helped fund major humanitarian projects around the world and unselfishly serves on numerous private and civic boards. Some of these boards include the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, the Tech Council of Baltimore, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Baltimore Center Club Membership Committee, and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He is also a prolific author who reaches a host of readers and viewers throughout the world via diverse media outlets. He has authored numerous articles and books on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, wealth creation strategies and urban economic development and the following books:

  • Black Wealth Through Black Entrepreneurship (Duncan & Duncan, 1993)
  • Black Wealth: Your Road to Small Business Success (John Wiley & Sons, 2000)
  • Soul Food: 52 Principles of Entrepreneurial Success (Perseus Books, 2000)
  • Strategic Alliances: An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Joint Ventures And Alliances (Dearborn Publishers, Fall 2004)
  • The Ssese Principles: Guidelines for Creating Wealth through Faith (AuthorHouse, spring 2005)
  • The Color of a Billion: Women and Minorities Who Are Building Billion Dollar Enterprises (forthcoming)
  • Green Gold: Building Wealth in the Green Industry through Alliances and Partnerships (forthcoming)
  • CRASH: Business Lessons from the Emerging World (forthcoming)

    Robert’s blending of the theoretical aspects of entrepreneurial success – success profiling and success modeling – with the practical day-to-day wisdom of starting and building actual businesses, helps make him a true global, renaissance entrepreneur.

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