Agenda Recap

PEAK North

April 15, 2019 | The Henry, Autograph Collection | Dearborn, MI

8:00 - 8:30 am – Registration

8:30 - 9:15 am – Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Breakfast
Allison Grealis, President | Women in Manufacturing (WiM)

9:30 - 11:45 am – Plant Tours:

Shinola

Shinola is an American luxury goods brand based in Detroit. It produces watches, bicycles, and leather goods, among other products. You will be taking a tour of Shinola's Manufacturing Plant located in the A. Alfred Taubman Building/Center for Design Education. Also known as the Argonaut Building, this location was once the research and engineering headquarters of General Motors. Today, they share this space with the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Academy.

Ford, Van Dyke Transmission

Van Dyke Transmission Plant first opened its doors in 1968 and currently utilizes its 2-million-square foot facility to supply more than 70 different models of transmissions to six North American assembly plants and 12 overseas facilities. Transmissions built at Van Dyke Transmission include vehicles such as the Edge, Escape, Explorer and Flex, and are also used in the Transit Connect van.

12:00 - 1:00 pm – Industry Luncheon

1:00 - 1:45 pm – Breakout Sessions I:
Women in Male Dominated Industries: Can We Have It All?
Coryne Forest, Dept. Director, Organization Development | US Army Tank-Automotive RD&E Center

Smart Leadership: Delivering Business Results and an Engaged Workforce
Laurie Harbour, President & CEO | Harbour Results, Inc.

2:00 - 2:45 pm – Breakout Sessions II:

Production Lines: Are We Assembling Women Leaders or Breaking Them Down?
Amy Doughten, Vice President, Kronos Solutions | EPI-USE America, Inc.

Inspire Yourself. Inspire Your Circles - Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery
Telva McGruder, Director, Facility Engineering and Manufacturing Operations | General Motors

2:45 - 3:15 pm – Afternoon Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm – Workshop:

The Nag in the Attic

Do you have a critical inner voice that is like a nasty coach who constantly nags you with
destructive thoughts towards yourself or others? Kim Boudreau Smith calls this voice her "nag in the attic". Learn how
to conquer your "nag" so it becomes your biggest ally instead of your biggest bully.
Kim Boudreau Smith, CEO | Kim Boudreau Smith Inc.

4:30 - 5:30 pm – Cocktail Hour


Women in Automotive (WiA) Northern Conference

April 16, 2019 | The Henry, Autograph Collection | Dearborn, MI

8:00 - 8:30 am – Registration

8:30 - 9:30 am – Networking Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45 am – Welcome & Opening Remarks
Allison Grealis, President | Women in Manufacturing (WiM) 

9:45 - 10:45 am – Keynote Presentation:

The Future of Mobility: How Do We Get There from Here?
Carla Bailo, President and CEO | Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

10:45 - 11:15 am – Morning Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm – Panel Discussion:

Advancing Women Leaders in Automotive
Moderated by:
Cheryl Thompson, Director of Prototype Operations | American Axle & Manufacturing;
Founder | Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement

Panelists include:
Katie Andersen, Vehicle Performance Development Engineer | Nissan
Kristina Karschnia, Plant Manager | Ford Motor Company, New Model Program Development Center
Sandra McNeil, Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer | General Motors
Heather Pishalski, Product Line Executive, Engineering Services | American Axle & Manufacturing

12:15 - 1:00 pm – Industry Luncheon and Keynote Presentation:

Fueling the Future of Mobility
Jessica Robinson, Executive Director | Michigan Mobility Institute

1:00 - 2:00 pm – Keynote Presentation:

Manufacturing at the Speed of Light using Augmented Reality
Paul Ryznar, President and Founder | OPS Solutions, Light Guide Systems

2:00 - 3:00 pm – Workshop:

Powerful Networks: Secrets to building and leveraging your network
What we can learn from men on networking, how to monetize your network, networking demonstration and practice
Cheryl Thompson, Director of Prototype Operations | American Axle & Manufacturing;
Founder | Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA)


3:00 pm Conference Adjourned 

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