Kim Lear

Future Workforce and Generational Expert

Inlay Insights

Kim Lear is a trendspotter and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. For the past four years, she served as the director of content for a research firm studying Millennial trends and generational dynamics. Now, as the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of cutting-edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations.

Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the world. She has received rave reviews from clients such as American Express, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, Linked In, Mastercard, Wells Fargo, and more. In addition to speaking, Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry and impacts of mindfulness in healthcare.

A researcher to the very core, Kim has earned the reputation of “stat nerd.” She employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today and more. She is the head of research on a new Harper Collins book about Gen Z, the teenage demographic. Kim lives and works in Minneapolis where she is currently running a research initiative to identify how The Experience Economy and The Sharing Economy impact our views on work, consumption and community.