Reunion keynote speaker to address millennial generation in the workforce

April 29, 2015
Lauren Rikleen '75

Lauren Stiller Rikleen '75 will give the Reunion Dinner keynote address on May 15.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen '75, a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multigenerational workforce, will be the keynote speaker at the May 15 Clark University Reunion Weekend Dinner in Tilton Hall.

Rikleen's talk is titled "Developing Millennials to Challenge Convention and Change our World."

As president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Rikleen conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, retreats, and professional events, and provides training programs focusing on unconscious bias, strengthening intergenerational relationships in the workplace, and women's leadership and advancement.

She is also the executive-in-residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management, which links academic research and corporate practice to create workplace cultures that support individual and organizational success.

Rikleen is the author of "You Raised Us — Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams." The widely acclaimed book provides new insights and rebuts old stereotypes about millennials as they begin their careers in the midst of an economic crisis, and offers practical recommendations for all generations to help navigate their differences.

She also is the author of "Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, and Success Strategies for Women Lawyers." She has written for and been interviewed by publications and media outlets across the country, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and Forbes Woman.

As a former law firm equity partner, Rikleen managed a diverse environmental law practice, bringing her strategic and negotiating skills to her clients' enforcement and compliance problems. For two decades, she was selected by her peers to be listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has also been included in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Rikleen is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2011, she received the "Friend of the Division" Award from the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for her guidance, support, and mentorship and was honored by the Boston College Law School Women's Law Center as its Woman of the Year. Among her other honors, she was a 2010 Leading Women Award recipient from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, a recipient of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2009 Women of Justice Award, the 2007 Barbara Gray Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Violence, the 2005 Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Boston College 2004 Alumni Award for Excellence in Law, and the Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Medal. In 1997, the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce named her Business Leader of the Year, and she was the 2001 winner of its Athena Award.