Management Development Program

Winter 2023 Cohort Schedule

Session I - January 23-27, 2023
Session II - February 27-March 3, 2023
Virtual Program

Monday, January 23, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Orientation/The Importance of Professional Development and Your Leadership Journey

Facilitators: Virginia Harn, Principal, Manufacturing and Distribution - CLA; Allison Grealis, President and Founder - Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) and Education Foundation (WiMEF)

  • In this session, you'll be welcomed to the Women in Manufacturing's Management Development Program (MDP) by Allison Grealis, President and Founder - Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) and Education Foundation (WiMEF) and Virginia Harn, Principal, Manufacturing and Distribution - CLA
  • This is an interactive series of virtual workshops designed to help you grow your business and leadership acumen to prepare you for success in your current and future roles. Each virtual workshop is 90 minutes will be interactive and engaging, facilitated by an expert – with plenty of opportunity to share your ideas, ask questions, interact with your peers and document how you plan to practice your new skills back at work!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management

Facilitator: Kathleen Buse, President - Advancing Women in the Workforce; 

  • This session will allow you to understand the challenges that women face as they pursue leadership positions
  • Build skills that enhance your development as a leader
  • Use your natural strengths to build and maintain a strong team
  • Implement a plan to target the leadership skills you most want to improve
  • Develop your personal/professional vision
  • Understand how to make the transition into management
  • Avoid the common pitfalls that derail new managers

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Managing & Developing Human Resources to Attract, Retain and Engage Talent

Facilitator: Diane McNally, Founder and President - Diane McNally Consulting LLC

  • In this session, you will gain understanding of why attracting, retaining and engaging employees is important to your organization.
  • Get familiar with your role as a supervisor or manager in recognizing talent and how you can help to develop your employees through engagement and development.
  • Lastly, you will learn a few key metrics and why they are important to help with attracting, retaining and engaging your talent.

Thursday, January 26, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Diversity in the Workplace

Facilitators: Cara Herzog, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Southwire Company; Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Southwire Company

  • In this session, you will learn about the state of diversity, equity and inclusion within the manufacturing industry, but more importantly, gain insights as to what you can influence in your role as a leader within your organization
  • It's not just about having people that look different - it's about building and maintaining a culture that allows individuals to feel safe being their authentic selves. We are better together

Friday, January 27, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Objective Setting, Delegation and Performance Management

Facilitator: Stacey Schroeder, President & Founder - EVelop

"If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there." – Lewis Carroll

  • People look to their leaders to help them determine what to work on, how to prioritize their activities, and take action when things don't go as expected.
  • In this session, you will learn how to set clear, actionable objectives, translate and breakdown those objectives into smaller components for your team members, and provide feedback in regards to performance.
  • Come prepared with questions and examples from your current role, and get ready to learn from your instructor and each other!


Monday, February 27, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Planning Strategies and Business Models

Facilitator: Jd Marhevko, Vice President of Quality, ZF Division U. Electronics & ADAS - ZF Group

  • In this session, you'll gain awareness of the basic steps that go into strategic planning
  • Strategic planning is the continuous process of making decisions systematically while considering the future, systematically organizing the efforts needed to carry out these decisions, and measuring the results of these decisions against the expectations through organized, systematic feedback
  • You will learn a structured, portable methodology to aid you in strategic planning efforts within your team and your organization

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Effective Business Communications

  •  In this session, you'll learn the basics of effective professional communication. We will walk through stories and examples and tease out insights to help you communicate with power, precision and poise in your role
  • Getting your message across
  • Emails, list serves, LinkedIn, and social media
  • Construct and express clear and concise messages in both written and spoken communication
  • Utilize an empowering and dynamic communication process to increase team members’ motivation and commitment
  • Deliver messages that address the interests of the listener
  • Make verbal and nonverbal communication congruent to reinforce the intent of messages
  • Use reflecting, supporting, advising to demonstrate active listening to others
  • Provide the rationale for your feedback, whether to reinforce or improve performance

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

Facilitator: Daniele Caserta, Principal, Manufacturing and Distribution - CLA

  • In this session, you will gain an understanding of the basic financial statements of a company
  • Gain insights into how things that you do in your job impact the financial position and performance of the company
  • Review concepts such as balance sheets, income statements, the impact of defects or scrap on financial performance, how financials drive decisions, and how standard costing impacts production
  • Understand the role you play in financial performance and empower you with questions to ask and concepts to discuss with your organization

Thursday, March 2, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
The Power of Negotiation

Facilitator: Carrie Uhl, Chief Procurement Officer - GE Healthcare

  • Opening exercise, topic introduction & orientation
  • Negotiating and closing skills every manager should master
  • Dealing with difficult negotiations
  • Negotiating with people from other countries, cultures, backgrounds

Friday, March 3, 2023 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
The Importance of Networking and Developing Your Personal Brand

Facilitator: Allison Giddens, President - Win-Tech, Inc.

  • Networking - yuck or yay? No matter how you feel about the word, building thoughtful relationships inside and outside of your organization is a key factor to your success!
  • In this session, we will practice our elevator speeches, give and receive feedback, and explore how we want to be known and viewed for the long run
  • You will also gain insights about different types of networking situations and how to handle them, and learn some actionable strategies to use LinkedIn and other technologies to network and build your personal brand effectively