David Stillman is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and author of two best-selling books about generational challenges at work. His passion lies in helping organizations maximize their employee populations while bridging generational gaps that are currently disrupting leadership, succession management, and talent management practices.
With two decades of expertise, he has advised business executives, politicians and the media on how to effectively bridge generational gaps. He has been featured on CNN, CNBC and the Today Show for his advice.
Early Life and Education
David Stillman was born on March 3, 1919 in Hornell, New York to Agnes Kenyon Clarke and her grandparents Alpheus B. and Veola Kenyon.
He spent his teenage years as a member of both the Boy Scouts and Order of the Arrow, where he also kept bee hives for hobby.
He remained involved in church and civic activities all of his life. As a volunteer with the Alfred Lions Club, he provided assistance to migrant workers in Allegany County.
He served as pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist church in Alfred, New York during the 1960s and advocated for ecumenism. Additionally, he introduced outdoor camping as a form of Christian education into their denomination.
For nearly two decades, David Stillman has been studying and consulting on generational behaviors that impact business. His expertise lies in helping clients bridge the gap between generations, offering solutions to various management problems.
Stillman brings his professional expertise and enthusiasm for mentoring, coaching and training together. As an experienced business leader with expertise in strategy implementation, change management and talent development, he is well-equipped with invaluable insights.
He has served as trial attorney for some of New York City’s most well-known defendants, such as Mayor David Dinkins in a stock deal investigation and Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a tax evasion and conspiracy trial.
Achievements and Honors
David Stillman has achieved many remarkable things in his professional career. He is best known for his research into DNA replication-coupled chromatin assembly and discovery of the Origin Recognition Complex (ORC).
His studies have provided insight into how cells divide and genes are organized into chromatin, a chromosomal structure. Furthermore, he discovered that proteins associated with chromatin can be passed down from one generation to the next.
He is an accomplished mathematician, having researched computational algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. He was one of the creators of Macaulay computer algebra system which proved Grobner basis techniques can be applied to solve real world algebraic geometry problems.
David Stillman is a generational expert and co-founder of Bridgeworks, an internationally acclaimed generational consulting firm. Additionally, he serves as keynote speaker to numerous audiences around the world.
For two decades, he has been helping businesses, politicians and media understand the nuances of generations. He has written, lectured and conducted generational research for numerous organizations such as 3M, American Express, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Disney General Mills Johnson & Johnson – just to name a few.
He is the author of several best-selling books, such as When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Transforming the Workplace. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC and NBC as a generational expert. Currently he’s working on a book about Gen Z and how this new generation will alter workplace rules.
David Stillman is a renowned generational expert and has been sought out by companies and politicians for his insights. He co-authored the best selling books When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How Millennials are Revolutionizing the Workplace, appeared on CNN, CNBC and the Today Show, and his articles have been featured in publications like Fast Company or The New York Times.
His creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades, such as gold medals at the NY Film Festival and a CLIO Award. The Business Journal named him one of its 200 People to Watch and named him a Power50 in Minnesota. Recently, he co-wrote a book with his Gen Z son Jonah.