In Review - Winter Leadership Conference (WLC)

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About the Winter Leadership Conference (WLC)

The WLC is a special event for WiM's National Board of Directors and Corporate member company representatives. Participants discuss and determine solutions to common industry challenges, network and exchange ideas, and walk away with tangible next steps to improve their workforce attraction, engagement, and retention.

The inaugural WiM WLC was held on January 31 – February 1, 2022 in St. Pete Beach, FL. Every Corporate member of WiM was encouraged to send up-to-two representatives at no cost. More than 130 manufacturing leaders were in attendance from 74 companies.

2022 Highlights

  • Interactive roundtable discussions on key topics of interest:
    • Future of Work - What's Next?
    • Enhancing Diversity in Leadership Positions and Throughout
    • Building a Culture of Inclusion
    • Supporting Working Parents & Caregivers
    • It Takes A Village: Building Local Workforce Ecosystems
    • The Future-Minded Leader: A Mindset for moving forward in uncertainty
  • Presentations given by fellow Corporate member companies:
    • Future of Work
      Erin Peters, Global Talent Process Leader, Nordson
    • Grow & Retain Your High Potential Employees
      Christine Benz, Head of TruServices, TRUMPF
    • What Gen Z REALLY wants in a Manufacturing Workforce: Insights from the 2021 Future of Manufacturing Workforce Study
      Heather Badower, Lead Industry Marketing Manager, Manufacturing, UKG
      Sindhuri Adepu, HR Lead, Simpson Strong-Tie
    • Creating Equity for Women and People of Color Through Development Programs
      Jessica Jones, Associate Talent Acquisition Manager, Smithfield Foods
  • Interactive panels:   
    • Manufacturing Success Requires a One Company Culture
      Rhonda Tobin, Managing Partner,Robinson & Cole, LLP
      Jeff White, Partner, Chair, Manufacturing Law Group, Robinson & Cole, LLP
      Jennifer Shanley, Partner, Robinson & Cole, LLP
      Lynn Kier, Vice President Corporate Communications, Diebold Nixdorf
    • How to leverage your WiM membership!
      Lisa Skidmore, Sr. Director Advanced Quality Engineering, GE Appliances, a Haier Company
      Leifje Dighton,Senior Director - New Product and Process Introduction,GE Appliances, a Haier Company
      Carrie Uhl, Chief Procurement Officer, GE Healthcare
  • Networking with senior leaders
  • A beach BBQ networking reception

View photos from the event here! 

Thank you to our sponsors of the Winter Leadership Conference!

July 18 - 19, 2022 | Greenville, SC 

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