Join leading manufacturers, policy makers, and thought leaders for this national conversation on skills, training, education, and opportunity for our current and future workforce.




555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

8:00 am


8:30 - 9:15 am

Executive Kickoff
Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
Wesley Bush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

9:15-10:00 am

Policy Perspectives: Supporting Manufacturing Innovation and the Talent Supply Chain

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:00 am

Partnerships at Work: Engineering the Future Workforce
Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, Workforce Strategy & Solution Integration, Manpower Group

11:00-11:45 am 

Changing the Perception of Manufacturing Careers
Erin Streeter, Senior Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers
Margaret Cosentino, Senior Vice President for Business Development, Arconic Defense
Ray Peters, Vice President of Human Resources & Marketing, RoyOMartin

11:45 am - 12:00 pm


12:00-1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00-1:45 pm

Workshops: Policy in Action - Session 1

Building Skills for the Future: Spotlight on Aerospace
Moderator: Brent Weil, Senior Vice President, The Manufacturing Institute
Vearl Turnpaugh, Ivy Tech
Jose Anaya, El Camino College

Industry Credentials: ACT
Moderator: Debra Lyons, Principal Strategist - Workforce Engagement, ACT
PHIFER Incorporated
West Alabama Chamber
Business Council of Alabama

The American Model of Apprenticeship: Modernizing Workforce Training for 21st-Century Skills
Kim Menke, Toyota
Ray Peters, Vice President of Human Resources & Marketing, RoyOMartin

1:45-2:30 pm

Workshops: Policy in Action – Session 2

Small and Medium Manufacturers Fishbowl
Behlen Manufacturing
PHIFER Incorporated

Industry Credentials: MSSC 
Moderator: Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Tech College, Kenosha, WI
Paul Perkins, President, Amatrol
Leo Reddy, Chairman and CEO, MSSC
Andrew Ginger, President, Snap-On
Don Gogan, VP, Operations Management, Harley-Davidson
Michael Packer, Director, Production Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

2:30 pm

Closing Discussion

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