Easy-to-access Education on Workforce Solutions for Our Industries

Discuss the challenges and solutions for retaining and growing the equipment manufacturing industry’s workforce and building a pipeline of qualified talent for future growth at AEM’s first Workforce Solutions Virtual Summit.

This three-day virtual summit will host two 45-minute sessions per day to deliver easy-to-access education on workforce solutions for our industries.

Register now!

Who Should Attend:

  • Executives and company leaders
  • Human resources and recruiting professionals
  • Hiring managers

Pricing:

All three (3) days: 
Member - $100.00
Non-Member - $160.00

Per Day:
Member - $49.00
Non-Member - $69.00

Agenda

Monday, August 10

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. CST
The Future Manufacturing Workforce

Rebekah KowalskiRebekah Kowalski, Vice President of Manpower Manufacturing

Which key considerations and skill sets should your organization focus on to stay competitive and future-proof your manufacturing workforce? Rebecca Kowalski, Vice President of Manpower Manufacturing, will examine the current statistics and upcoming trends that are shaping the future manufacturing workforce, and will show you how to use them to make smarter workforce decisions for your organization.

About the Speaker: Rebekah Kowalski is the Vice President of Manpower Manufacturing and is responsible for ManpowerGroup North America’s Manufacturing Sector Strategy, developing talent solutions for the rapidly transforming industry. Rebekah’s work focuses on developing solutions that help organizations and leaders deal with the implications of both the shortage of rightly skilled workers, and the evolution of roles and skills.

Rebekah led the ManpowerGroup team who worked with MxD (formally the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute) to define the future workforce for digital manufacturing and design. Rebekah also led the Workforce Strategy and Solution Integration team for Right Management, a ManpowerGroup company, where she was the primary architect of ManpowerGroup’s proprietary workforce supply and demand forecasting solution and consulting process. She pioneered the workforce strategy approach for government clients to help align their employment ecosystems with their long-term talent forecasts.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CST
Chris CzarnikWinning the War for Talent

Chris Czarnik, Career [RE]Search Group

Learn the best practices that companies around the country are implementing to successfully recruit, retain, engage and develop talent for their organizations. Chris Czarnik, author of Winning the War for Talent, will share how these ideas can be implemented with existing staff and customized to meet the individual needs of your organization. He will discuss the mathematical certainty of talent shortages, why prospects may be unable or unwilling to work for you, missed opportunities for employee referrals and how to fix it, and where to start when developing employees.

About the Speaker: Chris Czarnik travels around the country teaching HR organizations to be "hunters" instead of "farmers" of talent. He is an international speaker, trainer, and author on the subjects of employee engagement/development, recruitment, and job search. His newest book, Winning the War for Talent, has sold more than 3,000 copies and is being used as a model for transforming hiring and employee development efforts around the country. In 2016, Chris was named Subject Matter Expert on career choice and career change by Pearson Education, a division of Pearson Publishing, the largest publisher in the world.

 

Tuesday, August 11

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. CST
Matt KirchnerWhy Do the Other Companies Get All the Good People? (The Seven Secrets to Partnering with Educators)

Matt Kirchner, President, ATS / LAB Midwest

Employers who build relationships with their local educators have no trouble finding great people. They get the first pick of amazing talent, leaving their competitors to settle for whatever is left over. Matt Kirchner, President of ATS / LAB Midwest, and author of Teaching the Industrial Internet of Things: Preparing Students and Learners for Industry 4.0, will address the value of creating partnerships with educational organizations to transform your talent pool. Learn how to build rock solid relationships with your regional universities, community colleges, and K-12 school districts, and workforce development boards, so you will never again have to worry about finding great people.

About the Speaker: Matt Kirchner serves as President of ATS / LAB Midwest, America’s leading distributor of world-class advanced manufacturing curricula, eLearning and training equipment. Matt previously served in the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for three American manufacturing companies during his 25-year career in industry. 

He writes monthly leadership columns appearing in Products Finishing and Production Machining magazines and is the author of Teaching the Industrial Internet of Things: Preparing Students and Learners for Industry 4.0. He serves on the boards of several Midwest companies and on the national board of the Smart Automation Certification Alliance. Among his many volunteer activities, he recently completed a two-year term as the National President of the Education Dealers Association. He is a graduate of Marquette University.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CST
Cory ArgenbrightTapping into the Military Pipeline

Cory Argenbright, Saint Maximus Consulting

You know that the military community is a viable resource for developing an employment pipeline, but how do you develop a successful veteran program? In this session, Cory Argenbright, a United States Army Veteran and co-founder of Saint Maximus consulting, will show you how to get a military program started, avoid the most common mistakes, and retain veterans once they become employees. Additional discussion will include how to obtain leadership buy-in, translate veteran experience to the industry, and properly market to the veteran community. This session will cover key resources to help you develop your talent pipeline.

About the Speaker: Cory Argenbright is a United States Army Veteran with over 20 years of leadership success in both the military and the business word. His own experience with transitioning out of the military inspired him to start his own consulting company in late 2013 to help companies connect with talent in the military community. In 2020 he partnered with Stephan Porter and rebranded the company as Saint Maximus Consulting. With the values of integrity, trust, and passion, he ensures that Saint Maximus Consulting services are tailored to the needs of clients in a cost-effective way that drives a quick return on investment.

 

Wednesday, August 12

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. CST
Chris CzarnikEmployee Development is as Easy as SME

Chris Czarnik, Career [RE]Search Group 

Successfully develop your employees by creating a Subject Matter Expert (SME) culture within your organization. Chris Czarnik, author of Winning the War on Talent, will present this innovative employee development model and share how it can serve your organization for years to come. Chris will also discuss: 

  • When employees stop learning, they start leaving
  • The 15 topics your SMEs should specialize in
  • The critical third year of employment – develop your employees or someone else will
  • The importance of creating a "parking lot" for talent to build the next generation of leaders

About the Speaker: Chris Czarnik travels around the country teaching HR organizations to be "hunters" of talent instead of "farmers" of talent. He is an international speaker, trainer, and author on the subjects of employee engagement/development, recruitment, and job search. His newest book, Winning the War for Talent, has sold more than 3,000 copies and is being used as a model for transforming hiring and employee development efforts around the country. In 2016, Chris was named Subject Matter Expert on career choice and career change by Pearson Education, a division of Pearson Publishing, the largest publisher in the world.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. CST
Katie StrikerWorkforce Development, Congress & Me

Katie Spiker, National Skills Coalition

Federal legislation plays a major role in the ability of companies to recruit and train their workforce, but it is a topic that many organizations may not have the bandwidth or ability to follow closely. Katie Spiker, Director of Government Affairs with the National Skills Coalition (NSC), will present valuable information on federal workforce legislation and address questions about the potential impact of these bills on workforce development efforts for the equipment manufacturing industry. You’ll walk away with an understanding of the major legislation currently in Congress, how it impacts your organization, and what you can do to participate and influence the legislative process. 

About the Speaker: Katie Spiker is the Director of Government Affairs with the National Skills Coalition (NSC), working to advance NSC’s Washington-based policy efforts through federal legislation, agency regulation, and national funding initiatives.

Katie provides in-depth analyses of proposed and existing policies for the federal workforce, postsecondary education, and human services. Additionally, she assists local leaders with their advocacy efforts on these issues both in Washington, D.C. and in their districts. Katie is a 2015 Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. She is based in Washington, D.C.

 

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