Manufacturing First

NEW Manufacturing Alliance - Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership Awards

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

KI Convention Center, Green Bay, WI

4:30pm : Networking Reception 

6:15 - 8:30pm : Dinner /  Awards Program 

Manufacturing First Expo & Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

KI Convention Center, Green Bay

7 to 8 a.m.: Breakfast and Networking

8 a.m.: Keynote Presentation from Dr. Rick Rigsby - "Soaring to New Heights"

            Presentation by Oshkosh Corp. Chief Human Resource Officer Emma McTague - "Attracting and Retaining Manufacturing Talent in a Competitive Environment."

9:30 a.m.: Expo Hall Opens

10 to 10:45 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • “Tackle Your Talent Shortage with Work-based Learning” presented by Stephanie Borowski of GPS Education Partners, sponsored by First Business Bank
  • “Is Your Brain on Bias” presented by Yvonne DeGroot of Fox Valley Technical College and Mohammed Bey of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • “What Union and Non-Union Employers Need to Know About NLRA Developments,” presented by Annie Eiden and John Haase of Godfrey & Kahn
  • “Why You Need More Than Pay and Benefits to Attract the Right Talent to Your Company” presented by Mike Schlagenhaufer of Acuity

11 to 11:45 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

  • “Toes in the Water: Entering New Markets without Drowning” presented by Rob Macklin of Davis | Kuelthau
  • “Growth Through Automation – Expand Production with Existing Workforce” presented by Colin Wilson of WMEP
  • “Sales & Marketing Effectiveness in a Post-Pandemic World: How to Make ‘Virtual” Work for Your Business” presented by Greg Linnemanstons of the Weidert Group

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch Available in the Grand Hallway

12 to 12:45 p.m. : Breakout Sessions

  • “Creating a Winning Culture Based on Innovation, Ownership and Accountability” presented by Dean Stewart of St. Norbert College
  • “Cyber Risk in Manufacturing: What Executives Need to Know for 2022” presented by Emily Selck of M3 Insurance
  • “Non-Compete Agreements: Tips and Traps” by attorney Sara Ackermann of Ruder Ware and “Wage & Hour Pitfalls, Updates and Developments” by attorneys Chad Levanetz and Nicole Stangl of Ruder Ware
  • “Looking Beyond the Background Check” presented by Sharon Abel of Lakeshore Technical College and Mary Davies of Moraine Park Technical College

1 to 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • “Panel Discussion on Building Resilience in Manufacturing Supply Chains” led by Joe Girard of Wipfli LLP
  • “Weathering Future Financial Storms for the Business Owner Today” presented by Brian Ruh and Brad Ruh of Action Financial Strategies
  • "Engineering the Talent Need of NE Wisconsin at UW-Green Bay" presented by Dr. John Katers and Dr. Patricia Terry of UW-Green Bay

2 to 4 p.m. Cocktail Reception with Power Hour on the Expo Floor

  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Power Hour 
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Power Hour Drawings