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Seminars & Events > Manufacturing Talent Summit
Manufacturing Talent Summit

In its fifth year, the MFG Talent Summit focuses on best practices to grow the manufacturing workforce. Companies of all sizes can learn from the successes and challenges of exemplary Michigan leaders and how to adapt these strategies for your own company’s success in developing a world-class culture, retention and recruitment plan.

Join us in Cereal City on Thursday, 10/20/16 for:

  • The Value Gap, The New Bottom Line for Trades — Jen Guarino, Shinola
  • Partnering for Tomorrow’s Workforce — MMA and SME
  • Storytelling to Recruit Talent — Brian Town, Michigan Creative
  • Marketing in a Multigenerational World — Julie Davidson, Shape Corp.
  • Get Naked At Work — Nate Nixon, Ranir
  • Reducing the Human Struggle to Retain Talent — Greg Bylsma, Herman Miller
  • PLUS: Celebrate the 2016 MFG Talent Champion


Register now if you are a:

  • Manufacturing executive and/or HR leader
  • Employment professional
  • Workforce development agency leader
  • Educator and/or administrator
  • Anyone else interested in learning how to combat the manufacturing talent crisis!

Event Agenda

Manufacture Connections

Arrive early and begin connecting with your industry peers. Take advantage of the many networking opportunities built into the MFG Forum; you can turn a conversation into a long-term partnership!

Morning Keynote: The Value Gap, The New Bottom Line for Trades
Speaker: Jen Guarino, VP Manufacturing, Shinola

Attracting the future masters of our trades is essential for both the preservation and growth of manufacturing. Join us for a presentation by Shinola’s Jennifer Guarino as she shares her passion about leather goods and domestic manufacturing at large. She will deeply challenge the way industry and society view trade work while repositioning how its contribution to the health of our economy and culture is viewed.

MMA & SME: Partnering for Tomorrow's Workforce

The nationally recognized SME PRIME® program is helping manufacturers across the country inspire, prepare and support young people in their pursuit of manufacturing career pathways.

Learn how the new partnership between MMA, the SME EDUCTION FOUNDATION-PRIME and the MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE’S DREAM IT DO IT® will help Michigan manufacturers by delivering manufacturing driven customized curricula to local schools to generate a qualified manufacturing talent pool. Find out what this new partnership can do for you in your area.


Storytelling to Recruit Talent
Speaker: Brian Town, CEO, Michigan Creative

People drive by your place everyday and, more than likely have no idea what you do. They don’t know what products you make, or that they may have several of them in their own house. We talk about how manufacturing is different than it used to be, but does anyone outside the walls know that? If the community doesn’t know about your manufacturing facility, chances are your potential talent won’t either.

Brian Town talks about his company's experience working with manufacturing plants across the state and helping them use video to tell their story.

Think Fast!

This moderated networking opportunity will provide attendees an opportunity to work with like-minded business owners to identify relevant talent strategies, challenges resources.

Lunch & Networking

2016 Manufacturing Talent Champion Award

The talent challenge cannot be solved alone, but one person can make a HUGE difference. One person can be the example for everyone else. MMA is proud to honor this year’s Manufacturing Talent Champion, for shining a spotlight on our industry’s most pressing long-term issue.

Marketing in a Multigenerational World
Speaker: Julie Davidson, Talent Acquisition Manager, Shape Corp.

Business owners with a multigenerational staff already understand each generation approaches their work differently. These differences also extend to job search habits. Before you can build a successful marketing strategy to attract your future workforce, learn how to build a research-based multigenerational marketing plan.

Learn what Shape Corp. is doing to attract a multigenerational workforce and how you can put this process into play at your facility.

Get Naked At Work: Stripping down to the heart of the matter
Speaker: Nate Nixon, Ranir

How do we improve our workplace culture? How do we find and keep good people? These seem to be shared themes that can be so frustrating because it feels like we revisit this issue year after year. What if stripping down at work was the starting point to the answer? Is it possible to move business to #2 on our yearly goals and be successful? You are invited to be part of a journey to explore ways to change the work environment as we know it.

Afternoon Keynote: Reducing the Human Struggle to Retain Talent
Speaker: Greg Bylsma, Executive VP & COO, Herman Miller

When people know you care about them, it is truly reflected in their work. Whether a company is a small, medium or large manufacturer, focusing on the human element can make all the difference. Learn how to decrease the human struggle in daily operations to decrease turnover, improve retention and develop a world-class culture that makes your company the ideal employer!

Networking Reception

Continue the conversation and connection building after the MFG Summit with this exciting networking reception. No need to travel — we will host this connection-rich reception on-site at the McCamly Plaza.

Show Off Your Brand at the 2016 Summit

Get your company in front of a targeted audience. MMA has opportunities for your business to Sponsor and Advertise at the 2016 MFG Talent Summit.

Contact Mark Lee at 517-487-8532 or e-mail lee@mimfg.org, for more information.


Check Out These Highlights from the
2015 Manufacturing Talent Summit

See more of last year's talent-focused festivities by visiting our MMA Facebook page.

Michigan's Lt. Governor Brian Calley
joined attendees to talk talent

MMA's MiMfg Magazine was a great
take-away for attendees with interviews,
the agenda, resources and more.

MFG Forum

Register for the
MFG Talent Summit

October 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
McCamly Plaza Hotel
50 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek


Register online or contact MMA’s Sarah Martin by phone 517-487-8521, fax form to 517-853-3321 or e-mail martin@mimfg.org.

*Networking Reception

Join us after the event for a networking reception exclusive to Talent Summit attendees.

Additional Information

Overnight rooms are available at the McCamly Plaza Hotel at a special group rate of $109/night. Subject to availability after 9/26/16. Contact the McCamly Plaza Hotel directly to make your reservation at 888-622-2659 and indicate that you are with the MMA group.

2016 MFG Talent Summit Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors