Ohio Manufacturers' Workforce Summit 2018 - November 1, 2018

At this statewide convening of manufacturers and their workforce partners, attendees will:

  • Hear about workforce best practices and initiatives underway across Ohio,
  • Learn about tools and resources that support regional workforce development,
  • Share lessons learned, and
  • Celebrate progress because this is hard work!


9:00 a.m.
Level 2
Ohio Manufacturers' Workforce Summit 2018

Registration opens

Coffee, water, soft drinks and a light breakfast are available
10:00 a.m. Short North Ballroom
Level 2
General Session:  Industry-Driven Sector Partnerships:  A Proven Workforce Model 

Our Emcee: Jessica Borza, Strategic Workforce Advisor, Thomas P. Miller and Associates

Welcome: Eric Burkland, President, The Ohio Manufacturers' Association

Industry sector partnerships are a recognized best practice with demonstrated results across the country for addressing manufacturing workforce shortages.

Panelists from four emerging Ohio manufacturing-led partnerships will discuss their experiences in adopting this strategy, how it allowed them to align around common challenges, their early results, and the elements that are key to their success so far. A Q&A session will follow.


Ben Brigham, Manager, Talent Development, Nidec Minster Corporation
Shawn Hendrix, President, Nissen Chemitec America, Inc.
Amy Meyer, Vice President, Corporate Development, Rhinestahl AMG
Kip Winzeler, Chief Operating Officer, Altenloh Brinck & Co. US, Inc./Trufast

Moderator: Scot McLemore, Talent Acquisition and Deployment, HR and Admin. Division, Honda North America, Inc.
11:30 a.m. Short North Ballroom
Level 2 
General Session: Innovative New Tools for Partnerships

How to Attract Talent: Marketing & Outreach – OMA has recently invested in a major round of quantitative and qualitative research among target Ohio audiences to learn what their perceptions are about careers in manufacturing and what would attract them to the industry. 

Learn what job seekers, students, and career-switchers say about careers in manufacturing and how to best position your company to attract them. See what new Making Ohio-branded marketing assets are available for industry sector partnerships to use in recruitment outreach. 

Presenter: Lisa Cook, Senior Vice President, Brand Planning, Fahlgren Mortine

Free & Open Training and Development Resources – OMA has partnered with SkillsCommons to create a portal of free & open manufacturing training resources created by colleges across the country. These hundreds of training resources have been curated by Ohio manufacturers and community college faculty to bring the best-of-the-best manufacturing training content to Ohio’s manufacturers. At no cost! Learn how SkillsCommons can help close training skill gaps you may be experiencing. 


Gerry Hanley Ph.D.
, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services and Executive Director of 
        MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org), California 
        State University, Office of the Chancellor
Maria Fieth
, M.A.2 RTC, Program Manager Communications and Community, SkillsCommons, California
        State University, Office of the Chancellor
Noon Networking lunch
12:30 p.m. Short North Ballroom
Level 2
General Session: Connecting Economic Development Strategies with Industry Sector Partnerships

Industry sector partnerships can be the foundation for enabling Ohio businesses to execute growth and expansion plans. In this presentation, you’ll learn about how JobsOhio might partner with Ohio manufacturers to build talent pipelines BEFORE the need for talent arises. 


Cheryl Hay
, Director, Project Talent Acquisition, JobsOhio
Lenee´ Pezzano, Manager, Strategic Talent Delivery, JobsOhio
1:00 p.m. Various rooms
Breakout Sessions – Hot Topics in Workforce Development

You asked, we’re delivering. Last year, Summit attendees told us in their follow up surveys what topics they wanted to learn more about. We have prioritized these suggestions as one-hour breakout sessions. There is one concurrent track of breakout sessions, so bring your team to ‘cover the waterfront” or concentrate your team on your priority topic.

1. Funding Your Sector Partnership – Learn how to research local, and otherwise, funding opportunities and
        write compelling proposals for a variety of funder types to support your industry sector partnership’s

        Lisa Brown,
Executive Director, Lorain County Community College Foundation
        • Kelly Karbowicz Riley
, Senior Project Consultant, Thomas P. Miller and Associates (TPMA)

2. You Can’t Boil the Ocean! – Learn how to create a meaningful yet actionable mission statement and set   
        strategic goals that are within your industry sector partnership’s reach based on existing capacity and


        Katie Cobb, Human Resources Leader, Owens Corning
        Casey Mackert
, Certified Client Coach
, Six Disciplines Consulting Services

3. Manufacturers’ Role in Training Program Improvement – Employers and educators have a shared
        interest in quality training programs and curriculum; in this session, manufacturers will learn what input,
        feedback and direction are most useful for educators to support manufacturers’ workforce requirements.

        •        Mara Lynne Banfield, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mahoning County Career and Technical
        •        Matt Joing, Plant Manager, Butech Bliss, and Vice President, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition
        •        Rebecca Kusner, Founder, R4 Workforce

4. Translating Workforce and Education Jargon – What do acceleration strategies and attainment goals
         have to do with growing the manufacturing workforce? Everything! But a seeming impenetrable wall of
         jargon can prevent business leaders from supporting the very programs that are designed to help them     
         recruit, train and retain workers. Let’s break down language barriers and bridge the skills gap!


        Terri Burgess Sandu,
Director, Talent and Business Innovation, Lorain County Community College
        • Cassandra Palsgrove, Program Administrator, Center for Student Supports and Education Options,
                Ohio Department of Education

5. Designing Your Youth Apprenticeship Program – Learn how to bring high-school students and young
        adults (16- to 24- year olds) into on-the-job training programs safely and effectively to grow your workforce of


          Patrick Reardon, Program Administrator, ApprenticeOhio, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
          Tony Trapp, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, Ohio

6. Moving from Initiatives to Partnerships – In this session, manufacturers and their partners will outline how
        they moved from working together on a single initiative or program to becoming an industry-driven sector
        partnership. Speakers will highlight ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness through manufacturing

        Debby Combs,
Director of Industry Partnerships, Partners for a Competitive Workforce
        Carla Fitzpatrick, Business Strategy Coordinator and Human Resource Manager, Anderson
                International Corp.
         Chris Leedy, VP of Manufacturing and Engineering, Pilot Chemical Company
         Jenny Stupica, Director of Manufacturing Engagement, ConxusNEO

2:00 p.m.  Networking break
2:15 p.m. 
Short North Ballroom
Level 2

General Session:  Apprenticeship Innovations: A National Strategy

The U.S. Department of Labor calls apprenticeship a workforce solution for the advanced manufacturing industry.

Across the nation, manufacturers are testing new, innovative apprenticeship models to develop, grow, and retain a skilled workforce. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Apprenticeship training ensures workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and tomorrow. 

Learn from national experts about the trends and opportunities in registered- and industry-recognized apprenticeships and what they might mean for growing your workforce.


Gardner Carrick, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Manufacturing Institute
Dean Guido, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Apprenticeship
Montez King, Executive Director of NIMS
Dr. Michael E. Wooten, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, Office of Career, Technical
        and Adult Education

3:15 p.m. 
Short North Ballroom
Level 2

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