2011 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing

Midwest City, Oklahoma
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Tentative agenda:
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7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

9 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Opening General Session
  • Remarks by LaRoux K. Gillespie, 2012 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Keynote Address by Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute and senior vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Series of individual seminars (Pick One):

  • An Eye Toward the Future: Oklahoma’s Manufacturing Labor Pool
    This impressive panel discussion will continue the themes discussed in Emily DeRocco’s keynote address with a thorough examination of Career Pathways and other programs designed to maintain and improve Oklahoma’s manufacturing labor pool. If you find workforce issues problematic, our panel of experts will help provide long-term solutions to age-old difficulties.

    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has identified Career Pathways as a statewide “game changer.” Developing a job ready workforce is no longer just a high school, Vo-Tech or college issue. By 2018, an estimated 57 percent of manufacturing jobs will require job-specific skills certifications. At present, 65 percent of the workers needed by 2025 are already in today’s workplaces, so we must begin to address their skills training now in order for them to replace retiring baby boomers exiting U.S. manufacturing. Developing and implementing a career pathways strategy is of paramount importance in order to keep our manufacturing companies successful and growing. Thirty-two national manufacturing trade associations and professional societies have agreed to support “America’s 21st Century Learning System” policy road map.

    Our nationally-renowned panel includes:
    • Emily DeRocco: President of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM’s) Manufacturing Institute and former Assistant Secretary of Labor under the Bush Administration
    • LaRoux K. Gillespie: 2012 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    • David Bond: President of the National Career Pathways Network
    • Belinda McCharen: Tuttle Endowed Chair for Career and Workforce Studies at Oklahoma State University
    • Will Johnson: National Council for Advanced Manufacturing board member and Director of Corporate Training at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton

  • Innovation Ideas for Oklahoma Manufacturers
    This series of mini-presentations will touch on the many public and private resources available to small and medium-sized Oklahoma manufacturers. Innovation is often the key to competitive advantage and there’s a variety of help available to assist your company with new product development, expanding market share, and technology expansion.

    Representatives from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, OSU’s New Product Development Center, i2E, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and other organizations will provide a powerful overview of accessible resources.

  • Changing The Culture: Your Key to Sustaining a Lean Transformation
    The reason most companies fail to sustain their Lean conversion is because they fail to understand the power and importance of company culture. No matter what kind of business you’re in, there is a prevailing culture that is embedded in the organization. Any continuous improvement initiative, like as Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma, is going to create a disruption in that culture. The prevailing culture will resist change and try to maintain the status quo.

    This session, led by noted experts from Industrial Solutions, will help you understand what you must do to effectively change corporate culture. It includes attitude, actions and behaviors of leaders and the entire workforce. Through examples and illustrations, you’ll see what steps are involved in creating conditions that will promote and reinforce continuous, sustainable improvement.


12:30 p.m.
Lunch General Session
  • Remarks by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb
  • Presentation of Governor’s Manufacturing Leadership Awards

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Short Break

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Afternoon General Session
  • Keynote Address and interactive presentation by Adam Hartung, nationally-renowned innovation and strategy expert

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Conference concludes; Adam Hartung available for individual questions.


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