I am Generation X and proud! While age bias is real, it’s time us 40+ year olds flip this script and talk about the advantages of being 40+ as we lived life before it was automated.

I remember life before the internet and watched Google, Amazon and Apple rise from nothing.

I didn’t have Google during my school days… we were still reading books and used the library for research. Creativity was alive and well.

I watched analogue turn digital and all the creativity that took.

I was part of an original Salesforce pilot when they were nothing more than a mere startup during my days as an Account Rep at RL Polk & Co. I was part of the Polk team when we purchased Carfax now both owned by IHS markit.

I watched the rise + fall of the pets.com sock puppet.

I lived through 9/11 and watched the devestating blow to Detroit; the former Big 3 – Ford, GM and Chrysler were offering 0% loans for 72 months along with government bailouts as the automotive industry blew up and left thousands of people jobless with upside down mortgages. Abandoned homes were the new norm as people bailed out of MI in search of new opportunites in a new state.

In these troubled times, being 42 years old is a competitive advantage! 
#resilence  #culturefirst  #ageism #bias 


  • Ilana Frenkel Kearns

    Strategic Business Operations and Communications Leader Connecting the Dots to Drive Process Improvement and Organizational Success | Chief of Staff


    With over a decade serving alongside top executives at global Fortune 500 and privately held companies as their trusted business partner and advisor, I provide strategic support for all operational efforts to relieve them of administrative functions, allow them to focus on strategic and tactical responsibilities, and achieve key business outcomes. The following are highlights of the value I’ve brought to organizations: Developed and lead and partnered with C-level executives to design and execute company-wide strategic initiatives, including working with department leaders to define, manage, and track their priorities. On-dollar projects, including new space build-outs, flagship events, and multiple-day offsite events to create team cohesion. Researched, prepared, and coordinated corporate communications and marketing programs to build awareness, and collaborated closely with internal and external partners to drive unmatched results. Guided companies towards increasingly sophisticated and effective use of technology, including effective remote work at the onset of COVID-19. Collaborated to produce and write articles, blogs, social media posts, and communications to build both professional and personal brands, increased partnerships, and boost revenue. Served as a Community Relations Strategy Leader for a multi-million-dollar corporation building relationships with 10+ unique nonprofits across the city of Atlanta and galvanizing volunteerism, sustainability, and people-driven community service. Reach out and connect with me here on LinkedIn so we can discuss the challenges you face with managing daily operations. I’d love to show you how I can lend my expertise to help solve them. Strategic Planning | Risk Management and Mitigation | Cross-Functional Leadership | Stakeholder Engagement | Corporate Communications | Project Management | Meeting and Event Management| Policy and Procedure Management | Collaborative Leadership | Workplace Culture | Resource Optimization | Conflict Resolution | Transparent Communications | Business Case Writing | Corporate Social Responsibility | Inclusion and Diversity