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.
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!
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.