2021 D&I Summit
Join us December 2 for a full-day collaborative event that will explore dimensions of diversity and inclusion specific to the manufacturing workforce.
Manufacturing’s future depends on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Industries across the U.S. are facing workforce shortages—and our industry is no exception. It is estimated that 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled by 2030. One of the industry’s biggest opportunities is broadening the talent pipeline and prioritizing actions that recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
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Topics to be Covered:
- Making the Case: DEI has proven to drive business performance and innovation—yet the industry lacks diverse representation at all levels. Find out where manufacturing stands in terms of DEI and why it is critical the industry take proactive steps to diversify the talent pipeline and close the opportunity gap.
- Voices from Leadership: Hear from those at the forefront of action to increase diversity and inclusion to learn from their experiences and gain insights on how you can get involved.
- Engaging Production Workers Deep Dive & Best Practice Sharing: Creating an equitable and inclusive workplace extends beyond hiring practices—it must permeate an entire company, from the leadership level to the shop floor. But many find that getting workers from all levels involved can be a challenge. Dive into the best practices underway that you can take back to your business to create a more inclusive environment.
- ..and more!
Book Your Stay
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Grand Hyatt Washington ($179/night, plus tax). To make reservations, call the Grant Hyatt at (202) 582-1234 and reference the group code “2021 Manufacturing Institute D&I Summit” for the group rate. You can also make reservations online by clicking here. The cut-off date for reservations is Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, however once the room block is filled (which may be before cut-off) you may not be able to get the group rate.
Hotel Cancellation Policy:
Reservations can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty. If you cancel within 24 hours of scheduled arrival, a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room revenue will be charged.
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D&I Summit Health & Safety
As the United States moves in the direction of more normal business operations and vaccine availability becomes widespread, the Manufacturing Institute is embracing a cautious approach to reinitiating in-person meetings. Current CDC and local health guidelines will be followed and enforced, and the MI reserves the right to update health measures and attendance policies based on evolving health threats and guidance from Federal health agencies and local authorities. While we intend for the event to go forward as planned, the event may be impacted by future guidance from Federal and local authorities and protocols will be adjusted as warranted.
Full vaccination is required to attend the D&I Summit. All NAM and MI staff on site at the D&I Summit are fully vaccinated. All registrants must submit their CDC Vaccine Card using the ProtectWell app before their arrival to Washington, D.C. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
By attending the D&I Summit in Washington, DC you agree to abide by and engage in certain mandatory health and safety conduct while attending the event. Proof of vaccination through a third party will be required and instructions will be sent to all registrants before the event. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you need special accommodations and or cannot attend the meeting in person, a hybrid option will be offered.
Due to changes in CDC recommendations and our vaccination requirement, face masks are now OPTIONAL while attending any of our event functions.
We expect attendees to adhere to the following behaviors, consistent with CDC guidance, state and local health authority directives and hotel rules. If you are not willing or able to adhere to these practices, we ask that you plan not to attend the meeting. Please note that these standards are subject to change as conditions evolve up to our meeting date.
Before Leaving Home
- Submit your CDC Vaccination Card/proof of vaccination. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
- Follow relevant guidance provided by the CDC (Center for Diseases Control).
- Adhere to government issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you will be traveling to and the region you are traveling from.
- Stay at home if you feel sick and or if anyone in your household is sick.
On-site During the Event
- Adhere to guidance from local health authorities as implemented and shared by facility hosts.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Agree to wear face masks covering nose and mouth at all indoor meeting functions. Face masks can be removed while actively eating and or drinking.
- Adhere to social distance protocols. At a minimum, maintain at least six (6) feet apart. Respect the personal space of others.
- If you experience any flu-like symptoms, please DO NOT attend sessions. Please let the D&I Summit program host know.
Agree to notify the program host at [email protected] if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home for contact tracing purposes.
9:45 am – 10:00 am | Registration
10:00 am – 10:15 am | Welcome/Opening Remarks
10:15 am – 11:00 am | Latest Data/Business Case for D&I
Making the Case: D&I has proven to drive business performance and innovation—yet the industry lacks diverse representation at all levels. Find out where manufacturing stands in terms of DEI and why it is critical the industry take proactive steps to diversify the talent pipeline and close the opportunity gap.
11:00 am – 11:30 am | BREAKOUT SESSION – Military
Approximately 200,000 men and women leave the military each year. Learn how your company can connect directly to this population of transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard, reservists and active-duty military spouses.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm | BEAKOUT SESSION – Race
While data has found that Black employees, Asian employees, and Latinx employees are more equally represented among our workforce, survey findings show challenges remain in career progression and inclusivity. Find out how to promote racial equality in your company and community.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | BREAKOUT SESSION – Second Chance
One-in-four Americans currently possess a criminal record. Without second chance opportunities, many in this sizable talent pool are excluded from the workforce, needlessly leaving them on the sidelines as employers search for candidates who can fill skills gaps. Hear how leveraging second chance talent can widen your talent pool, reduce turnover, and help your company stay competitive.
12:30 – 1:00 pm | LUNCH AND NETWORKING
1:00 – 1:30 pm | BREAKOUT SESSION – Age
One-quarter of the manufacturing workforce is over 55 years old while millennials make up the largest generation of our workforce population. Learn how manufacturers are addressing shifting demographic challenges and engaging a multi-generational workforce.
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Exploring the Road Up to a More Inclusive Workforce
The Road Up follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they search for stable employment and a pathway out of poverty. In each case, they took their experience—often learned from the hardships of daily life rather than the workplace itself—and applied it to finding and keeping a job. Join a robust discussion about the film and the steps manufacturers can take across the employee lifecycle to find overlooked talent.
2:15 pm – 3:00pm | Executive Panel: Voices from Leadership
Hear from those at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity and inclusion and learn from their experiences and gain insights on how you can get involved.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm | BREAK
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm | Engaging Production Workers Deep Dive/Best Practice Sharing
Creating an equitable and inclusive workplace extends beyond hiring practices – it must permeate an entire company, from the leadership level to the shop floor. But many find that getting workers from all levels involved can be a challenge. Dive into the best practices underway that you can take back to your business to create a more inclusive culture.
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Wrap Up & Outlook
A note on COVID-19:
Due to venue capacity, we have an attendance cap of 35 to ensure the safety and social distancing of our guests and staff.
We ask that one representative from each company attend in person, and welcome multiple attendees from each company to attend the virtual experience held on December 14.
The Manufacturing Institute is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proof of vaccination is required and face masks will need to be worn while inside at the event. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].