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Hiring and Inspiring The Next Generation Workforce

January 19, 2019

Water's Edge at Giovanni's

2748 Post Road

Darien, CT 06820

About the event
Lucy Tancredi will moderate a panel consisting of Millennials, Generation Z  and an HR specialist whose team  focuses on strategies and programs to keep GE's early career pipeline flowing.


Just when you were starting to have a handle on managing Millennials, here comes Generation Z.   While Millennials (age 23-38) still make up the majority of the workforce, Generation Z (22 and under) is even bigger, a full quarter of the American population.  Having grown up fully immersed in technology, an explosion of non-stop information, and an uncertain economic climate, what unique characteristics do they have?  What motivates Millennials and Generation Z to join and stay with an organization, and how can you get their best?

Lucy Tancredi
SVP, Cognitive Computing, FactSet Corporation
Executive Committee, Director of STEM Outreach for FWSIM

As FactSet’s SVP of Cognitive Computing, Lucy leads a team focused on improving the firm’s competitive advantage, customer experience, and internal operations by leveraging Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning to develop innovative and personalized product and content, and add efficiency to internal workflows.  Lucy has a special passion for Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, and serves on three non-profit boards, including as FWSIM’s Director of STEM Outreach.



Julie D. Grzeda
Director of Early Career Talent Development, GE

With over 25 years as an HR leader building culture and capabilities for GE, Julie currently leads a team and strategy focused on the early career talent pipelines for GE. From university recruiting, internships and rotational development programs, her teams are inspiring, guiding and challenging the next generation of leaders and innovators for GE in every business across the globe.

Julie is a Chicago native and graduated with a B.S. degree in psychology from Indiana University.She is a graduate of GE’s HR Leadership Program and progressed through HR roles of increasing responsibility and a wide range of GE businesses and markets.   In each role, she has contributed to improving leadership team effectiveness, engaging employees and developing people.


Kaity Lambracht
Program Manager, FactSet Corporation

Kaity Lambracht is a Program Manager for the Systems Infrastructure department (including cloud and digital transformation efforts) at FactSet.  In addition, Kaity is on the leadership team for FactSet's Pride BRG (Business Resource Group) and was tapped by the CTPO (Chief Technology & Product Officer) to represent millennials for several of FactSet’s ongoing initiatives, including FactSet's agile transformation and new headquarters design. In this capacity, she represents the importance to millennials of supporting flexible work schedules, corporate social responsibility, athletic amenities and Diversity & Inclusion programs. 


Mike Certoma
Product Business Analyst, Sitehands

Mike Certoma is an analyst in the Product Management team at Sitehands, a Fintech start-up. In addition to product development and research, Mike is involved in project management, marketing, systems integration, as well as other aspects of the business and technology. His passion is continuous learning across different business units developing the skills and experiences to grow as a leader within the organization. Mike began his career in Aerospace & Defense engineering at Raytheon.  While at Raytheon, he earned an MS in Engineering Management at Tufts University before moving to Sitehands this summer.

Jessica Benkert
SHS student, Founder of Stamford Girls Who Code

A senior at Stamford High School, Jessica spends most of her free time trying to expand educational opportunities within her high school and the community. She started a Girls Who Code branch at her high school three years ago and since then had been able to collaborate with GEGirls, NatWest Markets, ESPN, and Google to organize events for the club and schools in the Stamford area. Jessica won first place at a local NatWest Markets sponsored hackathon and received a six-week scholarship at Columbia University's SIAM Coding Bootcamp. Last year she took on a Capstone project that analyzed the trends, predictions, and factors of the paucity of women and minorities in the technology industry, a topic she is very passionate about.