Women in Manufacturing Summit

Women in Manufacturing Summit


Please check back at a later date for more information on the 2019 SUMMIT.

2018 Schedule

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Early Registration & Plant Tours (optional)

  1. Praxair Surface Technologies (8:30 a.m. departure)
  2. Major Tool & Machine (9:00 a.m. departure)
  3. Fastenal Company (9:30 a.m. departure)
  4. Crown Equipment Corporation (11:15 a.m. departure) Sold out
  5. Rolls Royce (9:00 a.m. departure) Sold out
  6. Salesforce (1:00 p.m. departure)
2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-Up

5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Traveling Dinners (offsite)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga (optional)

7:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Plated Breakfast, Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m.

“Challenge Yourself”

Kim Beardsley, Vice President, Worldwide Parts Services, John Deere
9:30 a.m.

“Embracing Technology for a Competitive Advantage”

Vicki Holt, President & CEO, Protolabs
10:00 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

“Finding Your Voice and the Importance of Speaking Up”

Angela Braly, Former Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, WellPoint, Inc. and co-founder of The Policy Circle
11:00 a.m.

“Our Path to Gender Equality”

Molly Q. Ford, Office of Equality, Salesforce
12:00 p.m.

Buffet Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

CEO Fishbowl: Competing in the age of Technology disruption (Lunch Provided)

Moderators: Kim Doyle, Partner, Plante Moran

Kristen Stempo, Partner, Plante Moran

1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Forging the Critical Edge presented by Close Quarters Defense

2:30 p.m.

PANEL: Combatting the Skills Labor Shortage

Tom Peters, Director, Symbol Training Institute

Stacey Schroeder, Director of Workforce Development, NTMA

Michele Barney, Site Director, BASF
3:30 p.m.

Chapter Leadership Meeting: “Making an Impact in Your Communities”

Facilitated by: Allison Giddens, Secretary for WiM National Board of Directors, WiM Georgia Chapter Vice President

Lesa Nichols, Lesa Nichols Consulting, WiM Kentucky Chapter Secretary
3:30 p.m.


5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

6:00 p.m.


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote

Presented by: Susan Murray Carlock, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Relations, Mursix Corporation

Friday, October 5, 2018

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Presentation with Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

PANEL: Tactics for Creating an Inclusive and Intentional Company Culture

Moderator: Caitlin Sickles, Director, PRG, Bracewell LLP

Brenda Neely, Production Director, BASF

Ira Holliday, Corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy, Altria

Anne Hultgren, Director, Channel Marketing, Residential HVAC & HVAC Supply, Ingersoll Rand
8:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions I

  1. “Succession By Design: Begin Your Legacy Today”
    Samantha Metcalf, Managing Principal of Industry Manufacturing & Distribution, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

  2. “It’s OK to be a Girl” Tracey Lockhart, Head of Quality, Defense, Rolls Royce

  3. "Women in Manufacturing In the Fourth Industrial Revolution" Cindy Bolt, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Salesforce

  4. Achieving Business Excellence with your People, Processes & Solutions Joseph Anderson, VP, Institute for Process Excellence
9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session II

  1. “Tight Tolerances: Setting Your Specs for Professional Success”
    Rachel Ciullo, Owner-President, Composite Cutter Technology

  2. “Leveraging Gender Intelligence to Advance Women at Work” Vanessa Abrahams-John, Executive Director, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition, Praxair, Inc.

  3. “It's Primal! The Role of Emotions in Leadership and Life Ellen Van Oosten, Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior Faculty Director, Executive Education, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

  4. "Crisis Management: Preventing and Recovering from Significant Business Interruptions" Lyndsey Taylor, Business Security and Crisis Management Leader, GE Appliances, a Haier Company

    Catherine Werner, Business Environmental, Health, and safety Leader, GE Appliances, a Haier Company

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session III

  1. “Leaning Out Your Life – Starting Your Continuous Improvement Journey”
    Stacy Pease, Director of Customer Success, MachineMetrics

  2. “#LeadLikeAGirl: Unleash the Hidden Potential of Women” LeAnn McCrum, Director Leadership Insight and Growth, DDI

  3. “Women Leading Change & Creating Impact” Ashleigh Walters, President, Onex

  4. “Developing Strong Organizations” Lee Ann Cochran, VP of Sales and Marketing, Pradco
11:30 a.m.

“Why Not You for Corporate Boards!”

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards
12:00 p.m.

Meeting Adjourn


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