2016 Manufacturing & Workforce Development Summit

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What: Manufacturing and Workforce Development Summit
The North Carolina Chamber is the exclusive state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, so industry leaders are always in attendance at this event. New for 2016, this event will feature two tracks – one focused on workforce development and the other focused on manufacturing. Topics will address how employers can assist in creating a job-ready workforce that will provide manufacturers with the talent necessary to compete on the global stage, regulatory issues and other areas regarding the importance of manufacturing to North Carolina’s economy.

When: June 7-8

Manufacturing | June 7 | 11:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Workforce Development |  June 8 |  8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Grandover Resort & Conference Center | Greensboro, NC
Rooms are available until May 8, 2016 for a $168 discounted rate – This rate will be offered on a space available basis after May 8. Call 800-472-6301 to reserve your room.

Tickets: SPECIAL OFFER BUY-ONE, GET-ONE FREE! Act now before it’s too late! 

Cornerstone Members: $160 for one day only | $275 for both days
Members: $190 for one day only | $325 for both days
Non-Members: $275 for one day | $525 for both days

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Day 1
June 7, 2016 – Manufacturing

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Registration and Networking

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.
Opening Remarks/ Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
The State of Manufacturing in North Carolina
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC

Despite reports of the demise of manufacturing, North Carolina still boasts the fourth largest manufacturing GDP in the country. Hear from Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC how North Carolina stacks up against the competition

1:05 – 2:05 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

Session One: How Digitization Can Help Future-Proof Your Company
Steve Gansen, Cisco

In today’s competitive landscape, you need to make sure you are differentiating yourself from the competition and delivering value to every level of your operations. Digitization is disrupting manufacturing companies globally and helping them drive value throughout their organizations while delivering the necessary results to help future-proof their companies. You will learn about trends in manufacturing and how the world of IOT can deliver the change you might need to deliver the results you are looking for.

Session Two: Challenges in Manufacturing and Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence
Andrew Gager, Managing Director of Asia/Australia/North America, Nexus Global Business Solutions, Inc.

• Lean Operations – The importance of incorporating the right process
• Maintenance Excellence – Safer work environment, reduced costs and reliable assets through effective maintenance management
• Inventory Optimization – Reducing Costs of Good Sold, optimizing asset maintenance, and establishing the right vendor partnership/relationship

2:05 – 2:25 p.m.
Break and Activity (TBD)

2:25 – 3:05 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

Session One: Responding to Rising Costs through Manufacturing Innovation
Kevin Grayson, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions

When the costs of inputs and through puts rise, one of the best weapons in a company’s arsenal can be innovation. Here real examples of how these companies used ingenuity to excel.

Session Two: IoT: How Sensors, Data and the Cloud will Shape the Future of Manufacturing
Matt McCann, Oracle

The world is more connected than it has ever been and the rate and pace in which it’s becoming more connected is affecting the daily habits of how people interact with data, machines and one another. In this interactive session, get a glimpse into the not so distant future to see how these changes may impact you and your company.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

Session One: Achieving Zero-Waste-to-Landfill
Tausha Fanslau, Bridgestone

As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone claims many firsts in the tire and rubber industry. In 2014, the Bridgestone Wilson passenger tire manufacturing facility in Wilson, NC became the first facility in the world to achieve the zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) designation. In this session, you will learn how after a decade of continuous improvements and tracking, this Bridgestone facility successfully diverted all waste from landfills through reuse and recycling, achieving ZWTL. The plant also received ISO 50001 certification for superior energy performance.

Session Two: Using Cloud Computing as a Core Method of Managing Your Supply Chain
James Kirkland, Red Hat

Your supply chain can have a huge impact on costs and efficiency as well as your customer’s experience. Hear real examples of how companies are utilizing the cloud to maximize their performance.

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Cybersecurity Threat Mitigation 

There are two kinds of companies – those that know they’ve been hacked and those that have been hacked but don’t know it. Cyber threats affect everyone and interruptions to the manufacturing process are expensive. In this session, you’ll learn 12 ways you can be proactive to mitigate Cyber Security Threats.

5:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks followed by networking reception

Day 2
June 8, 2016 – Workforce Development

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.
Opening Comments

8:40 – 11:55 a.m.
Demystifying Generational Diversity and How to Use it to Your Advantage
Chuck Underwood, The Generational Imperative, Inc.

When the North Carolina Chamber recently surveyed a list of CEOs and asked what issue they were most concerned about, talent supply came back as a resounding priority. In this Deep Dive Session, you will learn each generations’ core values, career attitudes, and motivators. You will also learn very specific strategies to manage and lead each generation effectively to maximize employee engagement and enhance inter-generational understanding and cooperation. Bring an open mind, a pen and a lot of paper as you will want to take copious notes of ideas you can take back to your workplace and begin to implement immediately.

8:40 – 9:20 a.m.
The Golden Generation: Helping Baby Boomers Adapt to a Changing Workforce

Boomers will blow past traditional retirement age, which means employers must now adapt to a new model of recruiting, onboarding, leading, and retaining them.

9:20 – 10:00 a.m.
Generation X: Growing the Next Crop of Leaders in North Carolina

There are not enough of Generation Xers to replace Boomers. With unique core values, skills, and shortcomings, they must be recruited, managed, and retained differently from Boomers. Also, how do we prepare them for leadership?

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Networking Break

10:20 – 11:40 a.m.
Embracing Millennials: How a New Generation is Redefining Work in a Global Economy

Millennials are off to a rocky start with employers, but destined to become a very good career generation. They are redefining early adulthood in America. So, how do we UNDERSTAND this very, very different generation?

11:40-11:55 a.m.
Questions and Answers with Chuck Underwood

11:55 a.m.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Finding Talent Through Non-Traditional Channels
Roger Collins, Siemens
Darrell Kain, Department of Commerce, Workforce Solutions

In this interactive session, you’ll hear real success stories about companies that have found talent by looking to ex-military, apprenticeships, internships and the above 50 crowd.

1:20 – 2:20 pm
Strategies of an Effective Performance Management System
RPG Solutions, a division of HUB International Southeast

You’ve got them…now keep them. From training, to cultivating, to coaching, and to rewards.

2:20 – 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks

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