Webinars

Webinar 2 of a Series of 3 Webinars:
21st CENTURY LEAN BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION: COMPRESSION THINKING

Thursday, March 19, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
FREE to WiM members

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How can a company transform beyond merely being competitive to make a difference in the resource-constrained world of the 21st century? In one sense “Compression” describes that squeeze.

In another sense, Compression Thinking is a pathway to 21st century business models, not just cost saving. It prods us to consider much more when making decisions, great and small. What kind of business models would let us all live better using much, much less?

Can we learn to improve resilience and outcomes for the people and communities we serve? Extend process improvement well beyond internal operations?

We will introduce six principles of Compression Thinking, but emphasize only one, “Quality Over Quantity, Always.” That ties into rethinking a company’s mission (and business model) to improve quality of life for all stakeholders while using much less. That is a service model more than a model to maximize revenue from unit sales.

We will introduce at least one “how to” tool and end with a self-assessment framework, a Matrix for Vigorous Learning using Compression Thinking.

Participant Benefits:
  • Understanding Compression Thinking as a link between lean and resource shortages and other environmental issues.
  • Understanding Compression Thinking as “lean on steroids,” but not thereby as a route to high growth.
  • Discovering a pathway for lean and quality to lead to a different culture and new business models.
  • Learn to see opportunities for your business in a new kind of business model.
  • A method for self-assessment, the Matrix for Self-Assessment Using Compression Thinking.
Presented by:
Robert W. “Doc” Hall
Chairman of the Compression Institute, author of Compression and 37-year veteran of lean. Author of Zero Inventories (1983). Editor of Target (22 years). Co-founder of AME.
John W. “Jack” Ward
Extensive top executive experience with the Melville Corp. and as a turnaround executive for several other companies. Vice President of Compression Institute.
This webinar is being held in partnership with AME


Webinar 1 of a Series of 3 Webinars:
HOW LEAN CAN REACH ITS POTENTIAL

Thursday, February 19, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
FREE to WiM members
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We begin the first of a series of three webinars with four questions:
  • How and why did Toyota develop TPS?
  • What have been the main failings of lean in North America?
  • What characterizes great examples of excellence in practice?
  • How can lean reach a new level and its potential?
New Concepts:
  • Compression Thinking: Since the world and all its resources are finite, how can we pragmatically learn to live better while using much less?
  • Vigorous Learning: Make all decisions, great and small, by considering many more factors, much faster. One individual can’t do this. How can we project our effects on all process stakeholders as far into the future as we can see?
  • A Lean Maturity Index (for self assessment).
Participation Benefits:
  • Understanding lean as a much deeper system than as a mash up of its techniques.
  • A vision of lean and beyond for the 21st century.
  • A vision of lean and quality as a different culture and a medium for developing a new business model.
  • A tool for self-assessment, a Lean Maturity Index.
Presented by:
Robert W. “Doc” Hall
Chairman of the Compression Institute, author of Compression and 37-year veteran of lean. Author of Zero Inventories (1983). Editor of Target (22 years). Co-founder of AME.
John W. “Jack” Ward
Extensive top executive experience with the Melville Corp. and as a turnaround executive for several other companies. Vice President of Compression Institute.
This webinar is being held in partnership with AME


JANUARY 2015 - Manufacturing Your Way to Lower Taxes with the R&D Tax Credit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
FREE to WiM members
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With tax season underway, please join Scott Schmidt, Principal of PMA associate member company Black Line Group, for an in-depth look at what many PMA members already know: that "job shops/contract manufacturers" ARE doing R&D and can avoid leaving money on the table by taking advantage of the R&D tax credit.

Also, learn about the new significant rule change that the IRS made in 2014 that could potentially make the R&D tax credit more attractive and easier to claim for many more small and mid-size companies.

Special guest Jody Fledderman, PMA Chairman and the Board and President & CEO of Batesville Tool & Die, Inc., will speak about his experiences with the R&D Tax Credit. Also, Omar Nashashibi, partner at The Franklin Partnership, LLP, will provide an update on the latest developments in Washington, D.C. related to tax reform, including making the R&D tax credit permanent.

Many of the day-to-day activities taking place in the job shop/contract manufacturing environment DO qualify for the R&D tax credit! For companies that have yet to take advantage of the R&D tax credit, this potentially can mean the creation of immediate and substantial amounts of cash - typically into the tens of thousands of dollars each year! In addition, companies can reduce future tax liabilities and improve cash flow.

Does your company:
  • Manufacture new and/or improved products, including making parts for larger OEM customers?
  • Develop new and/or improved production/manufacturing processes?
  • Develop prototypes and models, including computer-generated models?
  • Design tools, jigs, molds and dies?
  • Conduct testing of new concepts and technology?
  • Attempt using new materials?
  • Add new and/or modify existing equipment?
  • Implement automation and/or technology into the manufacturing process?
If so, don't miss this webinar to learn more about how your company can benefit from the R&D tax credit!

DECEMBER 2014 - Business Continuity Planning
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

Join Brian McCrane, President, Standfast Global, LLC on a webinar on Continuity Planning. During this webinar you will gain insight on what is continuity planning, why is it important, what are disasters, why should I have a plan, is there an ROI for Continuity Plan and what non-disaster benefits does the plan provide, how do I gain market share with a Continuity Plan?

Brian leads the company's efforts to provide Business Continuity and Disaster Planning for corporations, nonprofits and government entities. Prior to Standfast Global, Brian developed an enterprise-wide resiliency program for the Atlantic Container Line, an international shipping company. He led efforts to develop plans ranging from Continuity of Operations, Crisis Communication, Stowaway, Pandemic, Terrorism and Strikes.


NOVEMBER 2014
- Build Your Brand Through Social Media

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

Caitlin Andrews of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, WiM's strategic communications firm, will discuss how you and your company can benefit by using social media. Whether building brand awareness online, connecting with industry colleagues and competitors, or reaching decision makers to advocate for policy positions-or even all three!- social media is all about strategy. This session is for everyone from social media newbies to avid tweeters and will include information on developing accounts and maximizing their use to achieve you and your companies goals.

Develop a social media strategy that best suits your resources and goals, effectively incorporate social media into your marketing and brand strategy, turn social media data into actionable insights and build your personal and professional brand through social media outlets.

Caitlin Andrews is a strategic communication adviser at the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. Her focus is on the design and implementation of comprehensive strategic communications and government relations programs. As part of her work, Caitlin manages the social media accounts for a range of companies and associations in sectors including manufacturing, consumer products and energy.

OCTOBER 2014 - The Fundamentals of Project Management

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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JoAnn Mitchell, Senior Project Leader, Sandvik Coromant USA, will discuss the five major process areas of project management; initiation, planning, execution, monitoring/controlling and closing. She will also speak on the 'triple constraints' of project management and additional constraints such as quality, resources and risk.

JoAnn Mitchell was born and raised in manufacturing with experience in the textile industry and in equipment manufacturing. She also has more than 15 years of teaching experience with a nationally recognized education company. JoAnn has held many responsibilities within Sandvik Coromant, the global leader in cutting tool solutions, and is currently senior project leader for Market Area Americas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an MBA from Felician College, as well as the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

AUGUST 2014 - Tax Incentive Update –Major regulatory changes impacting your industry

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
If you'd like a copy of this webinar please email Kristin Moore at kmoore@pma.org
(Members ONLY)

Recent regulatory changes are allowing businesses within your industry to qualify for tax credits and incentives like never before. For new product designs, prototypes or for even the simplest changes made on the factory floor, companies can be awarded in the form of valuable tax incentives, potentially providing them the means for major reinvestment and growth. During this presentation, Michael Siegel will discuss how profitable many of your company’s daily activities truly are and how your business can reap the full rewards of the tax code.

Michael Siegel is a Managing Director with alliantgroup, the nation’s premier provider of specialty tax services. He is a Certified Public Accountant with more than a decade of experience providing tax consulting services to CPAs and their clients. He is a national practice leader with alliantgroup’s Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) practice and has worked with hundreds of AEC firms to secure Research & Development Tax Credits and the 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction.

JULY 2014 - Adapting to Change; Post-Recession Purchasing Trends

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
If you'd like a copy of this webinar please email Kristin Moore at kmoore@pma.org
(Members ONLY)

This 45-minute webcast, presented by Jeoff Burris, will discuss current changes in purchasing trends, forecasts and predictions for the future, how to adapt to current and predicted changes and the critical steps that need to be taken to be prepared for them.

Jeoff Burris is the Founder and Principal of Advanced Purchasing Dynamics. Joeff founded ADP after spending 20 years in the automotive field where he became a recognized authority on procurement processes in the industry. He believes that a transparent, highly professional, collaborative approach to procurement brings not only substantial financial rewards but it also allows informed people to operate in a thriving environment.

JUNE 2014 - Supporting the Transition from Veteran Employees to Next Generation Manufacturers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

Supporting the Transition from Veteran Employees to Next Generation Manufacturers

You know him. We all do. His name is "Bob." He is the 30-year veteran in your shop. Your go to guy. The master of forming and fabrication voodoo. The one who gets you out of hot water when timelines are running short budgets are stretched, and the customer is breathing down your neck. One problem though: Bob and his fishing boat are waiting to be towed off into his retirement and you'll be left wondering, where is "Bob" when you need him? The answer will be, #bobisfishing. The talent pool isn't very deep to backfill him and the last 10 years of the economy hadn't left you in a great position to train your next generation.

This webinar will focus on the role that technology can play as you plan for "Bob's" departure. It will open your eyes to the possibilities of advanced FEA technologies in your tool room and the action items your company can start taking to plan for this transition today!

David Darling, managing partner of US Forming Technologies LLC, will present the webcast. He is a passionate metalforming and die guy who served as COO of the world's largest tool and die manufacturing facility, where he was responsible for all aspects of operations.

MAY 2014 - ERP Software Selection; Which System Suits Your Organization Best?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

ERP Software Selection; Which System Suits Your Organization Best?

Join Eric Kimberling from Panorama Consulting Solutions for a webinar on ERP software selection and which system best suits your organization. Eric is an ERP systems expert, founder and managing partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions and will discuss selecting the right ERP system.

APRIL 2014 - How the Polar Vortex is Wreaking Havoc on Electricity Costs

Monday, April 28, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

How the Polar Vortex is Wreaking Havoc on Electricity Costs

Join Michael Payne, JD, LLM, Executive Vice President & Corporate Counsel of APPI Energy for a webinar that will discuss how extreme winter weather is impacting electricity bills. During this webcast, participants will learn how increased heating demand led to increased costs; why electricity suppliers are choosing to either absorb increased costs or pass-through costs to customers; when electricity customers can expect to see increased electricity bills; who is most likely to experience the highest cost increases; and how to eliminate risk and obtain budget certainty.

*Any members from any state are welcome to participate but we only marketed to those in current deregulated states: DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY, MA, RI, ME, NH, OH, IL and TX.

MARCH 2014 - Creating Your Social Media Strategy

Monday, March 31, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

Creating Your Social Media Strategy: Content Management, Audience Engagement & Results Tracking

Join 33 Mile Radius as they discuss creating your social media strategy through content management, audience engagement and results tracking. Learn how to create a social media strategy that will work for your business, how to increase your presence on Google, Yahoo, Bing and local directories such as Yelp, how to generate more relevant visitors, how to engage your audience and how and what to measure to determine your ROI.

FEBRUARY 2014 - WiM Website Tour

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

WiM Website Tour

Please join Women in Manufacturing and Higher Logic on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST for an informative and guided webinar that will cover the ins-and-outs of our new website. During this webinar we will provide an overall tour of the site, but more specifically cover how to: set-up your profile, connect with members, post discussion and library entries, add a new industry event and use the member directory.
Our website is an environment that allows you to connect, engage and share critical industry information and best practices in real time. Our website and community helps WiM members communicate more dynamically by directly networking and sharing with your peers.

 
FEBRUARY 2014
- Manufacturing Your Way to Lower Taxes with the R&D Tax Credit

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
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(Members ONLY)

Manufacturing Your Way to Lower Taxes with the R&D Tax Credit

Please join Scott Schmidt, principal of PMA associate member company Black Line Group, for an in-depth look at what many manufacturers aldready know: Companies can avoid leaving money on the table by taking advantage of the R&D tax credit. Special guest Omar Nashashibi, partner at The Franklin Partnership, LLP, also will provide an update on the latest developments in Washington D.C. related to comprehensive tax reform, including making the R&D tax credit permanent.

FEBRUARY 2014 - Manufacturing: 2014 Economic Outlook

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
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2014 Economic Outlook for Manufacturing

Join us to hear Mekael Teshome, a PNC economist, as he discusses the economic outlook for manufacturing in 2014 and beyond. Mekael Teshome is the assistant vice president and economist for The PNC Financial Services Group. He is responsible for contributing to PNC's regional, national and international economic analysis.

 

DECEMBER 2013 - Automotive Vendor Tooling Study

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
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Insights Into the Global Tool Manufacturing Industry: 2013 Automotive Vendor Tooling Study

Harbour Results, Inc.(HRI), President Laurie Harbour will present key insights and implications from the 2013 Vendor Tooling Study released on Oct. 30th. Automotive vendor tooling is a $10 billion market industry and growing in North America and a major area of focus today for all automotive OEMs, suppliers and tooling suppliers.

The study sheds light on best practices that eliminate waste within product development, purchasing and manufacturing. The analysis, based upon 2013 data collected through interviews with all major OEMs, 50 Tier 1 suppliers, and more than 50 tooling suppliers, identifies best practices, opportunities, waste and risks throughout the entire tooling value stream. This event features an in-depth analysis of current vendor tooling practices, as well as the culture shift necessary for OEMs and suppliers to succeed in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. This area of business is growing and has a tremendous capacity constraint. Laurie will examine this business and provide insights to meet the challenges.
 

NOVEMBER 2013 - Health Care Reform Law

Friday, November 15, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
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here for archived recording.
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Impact of Health Care Reform Law on Your Business: A Status Update

The official rollout of the new health care law created more questions for employers throughout the country. Requirements under the Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, with many more mandates coming on January 1, 2014. As rumors of delayed deadlines circulate in Washington's corridors, businesses and employees need some answers.

As a benefit of your Women in Manufacturing membership, we invite you to participate in a FREE webinar on the Affordable Care Act on Friday, November 15 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. John Guzik and Omar Nashashibi of The Franklin Partnership, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and government consulting firm, will provide an update on the law and the impact it is already having on small and mid-size employers. This webinar is your chance to hear directly from Washington about the health care law.