Understanding Gen Z in the Workforce with Dr. Santor

On this episode of Leadership Level Up, Dr. Santor Nishizaki returns to sit down with Jeff and Brian to discuss his deep dive into working with Gen Z. Santor, an accomplished author and CEO of Mulholland Consulting Group, connects his research and experiences to the fast-evolving landscape of leadership and workforce dynamics post-COVID-19.

In this insightful episode, Dr. Santor highlights key takeaways from his book, “Working with Gen Z, A Handbook to Recruit, Retain, and Reimagine the Future Work.” He elaborates on the profound impact the pandemic has had on Gen Z and what employers need to know to foster a thriving work environment. Topics such as mental wellness, hybrid workplaces, and the vital role of mentorship are thoroughly explored, providing listeners with valuable knowledge on effectively leading the newest members of the workforce.

Dr. Santor also teases his upcoming projects, including a book focused on mental health in the workplace and another guide aimed at first-time and emerging leaders. His TEDx talk is now live and promises to further delve into the evolving demands on leadership in our current times.

Throughout the conversation, Dr. Santor’s passion for bettering workplace environments shines as he discusses the importance of empathy, vulnerability, and professional development in leadership. He stresses the necessity of learning from past mistakes and fostering a genuine understanding between different generations.

Tune in to learn practical strategies for leading Gen Z and adapting to the post-pandemic workforce landscape. Discover how prioritizing mental health and well-being can significantly enhance team dynamics and productivity.

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Meet Your Guest

Dr. Santor Nishizaki

Award-winning CEO, #1 Bestselling author, TEDx & keynote speaker with NASA & Fortune 100 experience, helping Millennials and Generation Z reach their full potential using a strengths-based approach.

Dr. Santor Nishizaki is the Founder and CEO of the Mulholland Consulting Group, LLC. Santor created MCG to create a happier workplace by helping organizations increase generational awareness and discover strengths that can elevate individuals to reach their full potential.

Dr. Santor has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, NBC, Fox, BBC,, CBC, and more. To see Santor’s full press, check out his website.

In addition to keynote speaking and corporate training, Dr. Nishizaki is a college professor who teaches classes around soft skills, leadership, global business, and social entrepreneurship at many schools in Southern California, including Pepperdine University, up to the Ph.D. level and was nominated as Lecturer of the Year in 2023 at Cal State LA.

About the Leadership LevelUp Podcast

Being a boss and a leader are very different. A boss tells you what to do and a leader partners with you in the process. Jeff, being a leader of leaders, has a vast knowledge of best practices and exercises to discover leadership traits. Brian shares stories with Jeff about the ups and downs of his leadership quest while talking to business and community leaders to discuss their personal leadership journey. Who influenced them? What do they do when they have a bad day? What gives them inspiration? Do french fries or tacos or ice cream make them feel better after a bad day? Through laughter and casual conversation, Brian and Jeff explore all aspects of good leadership.

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Jeff Williamson

Brian Prairie

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