Dillon Kalkhurst is the author of the groundbreaking book, Intergenerational Engagement: Understanding the Five Generations in Today’s Economy. He has more than 20 years experience creating strategic partnerships that engage different generations, specifically, Millennials and Gen Zs to drive business objectives with social impact. Dillon has extensive knowledge of what motivates Millennial parents and their Gen Z kids thanks to the partnerships he has formed to help Fortune 500 corporations work with schools to boost family engagement. In his experience working with Scholastic, the largest children’s publishers in the world, he managed and engaged their volunteer base of over a million millennial parents annually.
In his education-based strategic partnership roles, he has helped generate over $10 million to support literacy and family engagement initiatives in schools, while helping media partners secure more than 20 million in non-traditional partnership revenue. Dillon successfully launched a media campaign with 127 television stations to promote “positive news” from local schools. The program generated over $30 million in earned media while helping media partners secure new advertisers.
Dillon is Co-Founder and CMO (Chief Motivation Officer) at D. Knight Marketing & Consulting Group, Inc. where he aligns school districts, community organizations, and businesses that have multi-generational employees and customers. He advises organizations on Millennial and Gen Z friendly corporate cultures and communications strategies and creates customized social impact programs that drive brand awareness, sales, and employee engagement objectives.
In 2017, he launched The Center for Intergenerational Engagement to share the findings from his book. The Center provides Intergenerational Engagement keynote presentations, corporate training, and strategic marketing consulting for a broad variety of industries including local educational agencies.
Dillon is a regular contributor for Intergenerational Engagement content on sites like Huffington Post, Inc, Fortune, LinkedIn, and others. As a professional photographer and videographer, he has perfected the art of storytelling using images to demonstrate the impact of business, school, and community partnerships. Millions have viewed his social-impact photographs and videos on his social channels.
Dillon bases out of the Orlando, Florida metro market with his wife Linda and son Jordan who is a junior in college studying to become a special education teacher. He enjoys everything outdoors and is an avid photographer.