Steve Bench

Steve Bench

Steve customizes keynote presentations and training sessions that deliver workforce retention strategies to attract Millennial and Gen Z talent, empower Gen X management, capture Boomer wisdom and cultivate future leadership by leveraging the strengths of each generation. Steve has shared his message with audiences across the country, earning the nickname “The Millennial Guy”. Steve is also the creator of “The Pitch!”, a Shark Tank-style business contest that puts the next generation of workforce talent in charge to create a start-up company and make the perfect sales pitch! When not in a classroom, Steve spends his time in gyms around the midwest coaching AAU basketball.

Most Requested Programs

Attracting Tomorrow's Talent with Today's Leaders
This keynote session focuses on talent attraction and workforce retention by building understanding of who we are, how we were raised, and how each generation views “work” as a part of their identity. Learn talent attraction and retention strategies to overcome generational differences and attract Millennial and Gen Z employees and keep them from leaving! Adulthood has changed, and depending on my life stage, I might prioritize my lifestyle over my career… So how do you manage and motivate someone who may not be as committed to their job as previous generations? This session will give you the answers!

Generation Z: Manager’s Survival Guide
This session focuses on Generation Z and discusses their life stage and decision making profile. From staff we work with, to the members of the community we serve (and our kids!) this generation of young adults is growing fast. Topics include how Gen Z is different from Millennials, and how we can offer Gen Z the resources they need to be successful at work. This session will improve your understanding of Gen Z and provide best practices for how to attract, retain and manage the youngest generation in the workplace.

How To Communicate Virtually Across Generations
The Covid-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way we work. Some changes will be temporary and others will be permanent. So what will come back and what will never come back? This session will examine the ways in which the pandemic affected the workplace and how we can leverage the lessons we learned from working remotely in 2020 to position our organization for future success.

Overcoming Generational Differences: The Millennial Mindset
In this session Steve Bench aka "The Millennial Guy" will help you identify areas of generational conflict and help you manage those generational differences at work with an improved understanding of each generation, especially Millennials and Generation Z. What young professional want from our job, our manager and our employer are also highlighted.


“I wanted to thank you for speaking to the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs' Association. The people in attendance were absolutely raving about you and your topic. Let me just say, that is not an easy feat to impress that group. I would say you were the “speaker” of the event!” - Steven Davis, Fire Chief, Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs'

"AssociationThank you for delivering what I believe is the best presentation I have ever attended. I can whole heartedly tell you that I have a different mindset and outlook after learning more about Millennials and Gen Z through your presentation. I sat my Gen Z daughter down and apologized to her for not understanding how she was feeling when she started to break down into tears. Her response to my apology was priceless… “I don’t know who this guy is but I want to thank him”. - Cythia De Vor De Vor Communications

"Steve was dynamic, professional and engaging - our members were so impressed with his knowledge on recruitment, retention, and generational differences in the workplace; issues so many of them struggle with. We are glad to have had Steve speak and share his insight on how to help the Wisconsin homebuilding industry thrive!" - Alicia Naleid Wisconsin Builder's Association