Manufacturing Matters set for May 17

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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High-impact strategies to attract, retain and develop skilled and motivated workers is the focus of the May 17 Manufacturing Matters! Conference.

 “The Power of People: Unleashing Breakthrough Business Performance” is the theme of this year’s conference at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee hosted by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP). 

Talent management has never been more crucial so many of the day’s events tie into that theme, says Lee Swindall, WMEP’s acting executive director.

“The competition for talent to drive growth and innovation is heating up and will only intensify in the future,” he says, adding that a perfect storm of boomer retirements, global competition, new technologies and a generation of younger workers poses significant challenges for today’s manufacturers. 

Here are a few highlights from this year’s event:

David DeLong, co-author of “The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management: Powerful Tools for Leveraging a Changing Workforce,” is the morning keynote speaker and will focus on how executives can more effectively lead talent management initiatives at a time of unprecedented demographic and organizational changes. 

Afternoon keynote speaker Susan Schmitt, senior vice president of HR at Rockwell Automation,will share thought leadership insights the company has to secure, develop and retain skilled and engaged workers and how these strategies apply to smaller firms.

There will also be several breakout sessions and panel discussions featuring award-winning Wisconsin manufacturing firms.

“We’ve designed this year’s conference to give manufacturers mission-critical knowledge, tools and tactics they can put to work immediately to improve competitiveness and achieve higher performance in talent management,” Swindall  says.    

For more information or to register, click here.