Upcoming Events


STEP Forward Wichita

Wednesday, 07/17/2019

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with  Arconic Foundation, Salesforce, and Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., are pleased to present Science, Technology, Engineering, & Production (STEP) Forward: Wichita, a networking event to promote diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace.

The STEP Forward networking series is designed to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss best practices and solutions to attract and retain strong manufacturing talent. Featuring two of the Institute's premier workforce programs, the STEP Women's Initiative and Heroes MAKE America, STEP Forward: Wichita will highlight D&I best practices with a special focus on veterans and women in science, technology, engineering and production careers.


2:00 p.m     Welcome Remarks

2:15 p.m     Panel Discussion
This panel will spotlight diverse manufacturing leadership roles to change the perception of the industry, as well as showcase the changing faces of manufacturing and the uniqueness of working in a manufacturing setting.
Jennifer Barbour, Director of HR for Engineering & Defense, Textron Aviation
Kristin Robert, Sr. Director, Operations Twin Aisle & Sikorsky Fuselage, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Jenna Witten, Business Systems Analyst, Flint Hills Resources 

3:15 p.m     Table Discussions
Creating a positive perception of manufacturing within the U.S. public is critical to attract new workforce talent. Participants will engage in a roundtable discussion to enhance their outreach and networking skills by crafting an elevator pitch with direct feedback from peers.

4:00 p.m     Networking Reception
Join us for a networking reception after this engaging forum. Keep the interaction going and continue the day’s conversations in a relaxed environment. This networking reception is a great opportunity for event participants to make contacts and strengthen relationships. Complimentary beverages and light fare will be provided.

We would be delighted to count you and your colleagues among our group of leaders at this event. From the C-Suite to the factory floor, it is together that we can take the next STEP Forward.

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Event Location:
Aloft Wichita
3642 N Oliver Ave
Wichita, KS 67220

Contact Info:
AJ Jorgenson

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