Join us for two educational and networking events focused on how we can diversify recruitment and strengthen retention.
Recruiting and Retaining Military Workforce: From 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., we will hold an enlightening discussion focused on best practices for attracting candidates from the military community by creating welcoming and inclusive recruitment practices and workplace environments. Attendees will learn about The MI’s Heroes MAKE America initiative and hear directly from veterans and military spouses to gain insights and walk away with actionable steps to implement.
About Heroes MAKE America: The Heroes MAKE America program facilitates introductions and supports a community of veterans to ease the transition from active duty to a lucrative career in the manufacturing industry.
Women are the Future of Manufacturing: From 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., we are holding an event focused on recruiting and growing the next generation of women in manufacturing. Students and women at local community colleges, universities and educational institutions will convene to hear from a variety of women working in the manufacturing and transportation industries, including a panel of emerging leaders who are excelling in their roles that can directly talk about the benefits and opportunities of pursuing a career in these fields. You will have a chance to network with future talent and learn how you and your female colleagues can get engaged with the MI’s Women MAKE America Mentorship Program.
About Women MAKE America: The mission of the Women MAKE America initiative is to showcase existing female talent in the industry, as well as best practices for companies to close the skills gap by attracting, retaining, and advancing women in manufacturing.
3:00 – 3:25 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Manufacturing Institute and Union Pacific will set the stage for why it is critical for manufacturing companies to engage the veteran community, including an overview of the Heroes MAKE America program and its impact.
3:25 – 4:15 p.m. Best Practices To Build A Military Workforce Pipeline – Industry Panel
Veterans, military spouses and manufacturers will share best practices for attracting candidates from the military community by creating welcoming and inclusive recruitment practices and workplace environments. Attendees will hear directly from veterans and military spouses to gain insights and walk away with actionable steps to implement. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Registration and Lite Fare
5:00 – 5:20 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Manufacturing Institute and Union Pacific will set the stage for how the gender gap is affecting the manufacturing industry, including an overview on the current state of the industry and how focusing on increasing the number of young women and girls entering manufacturing will play a crucial role in closing the industry skills gap.
5:20 – 5:40 p.m. Women Connect: The Why and the How
Two leaders will speak directly to the audience on two relevant topics:
- Translating your passion into a career in the manufacturing industry
- Importance of mentorship
5:40 – 6:50 p.m. Ambassador Model: The Voice of the Next Generation – Industry Panel
Emerging leaders will share how each was drawn to the industry from a different path in order to provide young women in the audience with guidance on how to start a career in manufacturing as well as provide insight into what it takes to position our industry and recruit our future workforce. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists.
6:50 – 7:00 p.m. Where Do You Go From Here?
The Manufacturing Institute will discuss ways to get engaged and next steps in closing remarks.
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Closing Reception and Networking
Participants have the opportunity to connect with local manufacturers and future talent during this open networking reception.