Time: 2:00 pm CT/3:00 pm ET
Duration: 1 hour

Join us for the first in AEM’s webinar series focused on sharing workforce development best practices as we:

  • Share key facts and figures that make the case for why you should be focused on workforce development in your community.
  • Exchange tips for how to reach consensus within your company on where to start and why.
  • Identify the first steps to take in recruiting the next generation of skilled workers you need, including how to connect the K-12 talent pipeline.
  • Learn from representatives from inside and outside the equipment and manufacturing industries on ways we can partner and play a proactive role in closing the skills gap.
Featured Speakers:

Ann Franz, Director, Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance

Ann Franz is the executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance. She has led the organization, since its inception in 2006. The over 240 members, mostly manufacturers employ 34 percent of the entire workforce in the region. The NEW Manufacturing Alliance has been recognized nationally and internationally as a best practice in public/private partnerships. Mrs. Franz has presented at conferences throughout the on how to develop and grow industry sector partnerships. She also spoke at an international conference in Italy on sector Alliances. The Alliance has received both state and international awards including from the Department of Public Instruction and Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Talent Management award. She has co-authored articles including in Plant Engineering magazine, along with her being cited in numerous publications including Forbes, Industry Week and U.S.A. Today.

Ms. Franz earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University.

John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

John Hindman has over two decades of expertise in providing strategy, analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of traditional and non-traditional training programs for manufacturing, government, commercial, and non-profit workforces. Mr. Hindman has applied new adult learning theories, such as competency-modeling, micro-learning, adaptive learning, and micro-credentialing into practical success for clients. All programs are designed to provide a positive return on investment back to the business in terms of better productivity, lower scrap, higher employee retention and engagement, and time-to-desired competency. Mr. Hindman has developed a rubric of best practice standards used to audit a client’s current training and development program against best-in-class.