2017 Summit Agenda

The Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT will be held September 13 - 15, 2017. This annual SUMMIT is geared toward women who have chosen careers in manufacturing and want to share perspectives and network with others in the industry. SUMMIT 2017 is expected to attract more than 300 professional women in manufacturing with titles ranging from production to CEO.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Early Registration & Plant Tours
Plant Tours (optional)
Kaman Corporation (9:00 a.m. departure)
CNC Software (9:30 a.m. departure)
Hartford Flavor Company (11:30 a.m. departure)
TRUMPF Inc. (12:15 p.m. departure)
Pratt & Whitney (12:30 p.m. departure)
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Traveling Dinners (offsite)
Sign up to attend a travelling dinner and you’ll be placed within a small group of attendees to enjoy dinner off-site at a local restaurant. This is a wonderful opportunity to closely network with your peers and see the sights of Hartford! Transportation to and from the restaurant will be provided, and you will receive additional details prior to the SUMMIT. Space is first-come, first-serve, and is limited.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Morning Yoga (optional) 
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks & Invites to Government Officials
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Developing Your Personal Brand”
Christina McKenna, Founder and President, Bluestone Executive Communications
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.
“Engineering Young Women”
Jonna Gerken, Manager, PCME Group, Pratt & Whitney & President, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Recruiting A Pipeline for Skilled Labor Positions”
Lorinda Lewis, Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement, Oshkosh Defense, LLC
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Boxed Lunches & Headshot Studio
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. WiM Board Meeting (board members only)
noon - 2:30 p.m. CEO Lunch & Roundtable (Owners, CEOs, & Presidents only)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“Problem Solving Workshop”
Dr. Kathryn Jablokow, Associate Professor of Engineering Design & Mechanical Engineering Division, Penn State University
3:30 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
“Building My Brave”
Mary Burke, Founder & CEO, Building Brave

Friday, September 15, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Chapter Leadership Meet & Greet
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
“Empowering Women Through Sales”
Siobhan Pandya, Director Lean/Continuous Improvement, Mary Kay Inc. Manufacturing
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
"The Growing Digital Intensity of Manufacturing"
Dr. Irene Petrick, Director, Business Strategy for the Industrial & Energy Solutions Division, INTEL
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Supported by:
CEO Fishbowl (registration required)

"Manufacturing 4.0 A.K.A The Smart Factory"
Heather Preu, VP WW Connected Operations, IBM Watson Internet of Things
“Women and Money: Financial Tips for Women of All Ages and Stages”
Jane Stauton, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Private Client Group, TD Wealth
Marion Schmeelk, CFP, Wealth Market Leader, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Private Client Group, TD Wealth
“The Lean Journey”
George Saiz, President & CEO, Association for Manufacturing Excellence
“Unconscious Bias”
LaChel Hird, Chief Career Officer, CliftonLarsenAllen LLP
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions II
“Testing Orion: The World’s Next Crewed Spacecraft"
Nicole Smith, Project Manager, Orion Testing at Plum Brook Station, NASA Glenn Research Center
"Believe to Achieve: Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing “Mini” Workshop"
Kathleen Buse, AWinSTEM LLC

“Lean Augmented Humanity (wearables on the factory floor)”
Peggy Gulick, Director of Business Process Improvement, AGCO Corporation

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Keynote TBD
2:00 p.m. Adjourn