|Ohio Manufacturers' Workforce Summit 2018
Coffee, water, soft drinks and a light breakfast are available
|10:00 a.m. Short North Ballroom
|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
|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
|12:30 p.m. Short North Ballroom
|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
• Chris Leedy, VP of Manufacturing and Engineering, Pilot Chemical Company
• Jenny Stupica, Director of Manufacturing Engagement, ConxusNEO
Short North Ballroom
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
Short North Ballroom
|Concluding thoughts and next steps