Workforce development is one of the most important elements to building a successful company. It is a human resource function centered on recruitment. However, recruitment is only as good as retention, and retention is impacted by culture – it starts from the top down. For that reason, we’re inviting manufacturing company owners and CEO’s to attend the event to discover unique solutions to their recruitment and retention challenges. HR Directors are also welcome.
The Summit Series has begun. Our first three events were a success. We learned how to have an impact on the manufacturing community as a whole from Ron Angelo and Jennifer Gaggion. Sean McKirdy shared information on recruiting an alternative workforce.
At our first event, Leesa Schipani moderated a discussion about the Second Chance Program with Peter Brunault and Angel Torres from Whitcraft and Warden Garcia from the Department of Corrections.
At our second event, Leesa Schipani spoke with Michael Kijak from Legrand, North and Central America. They discussed how Legrand has successfully incorporated an alternative workforce into a manufacturing environment.
Our February event featured Jill Mayer, CEO and Board Member of Bead Industries, Peter Hoffman, President at Orange Research, Inc. and Kristen Gunther, RFID Product Manager with George Schmitt & Co. Thank you to the panelists for an informative discussion and to Leesa Schipani for moderating.
Note: It’s not too late to sign up – Register for the remainder of the series and we’ll send you videos of the October (Second Chance Program) January (Alternative Workforce) and February (Panel Discussion) events.
Presentations and Panel Discussions – 6-Part Series
- October 15, 2020 – Second Chance Program – Whitcraft Group & Department of Corrections – Completed – full video will be provided upon registration for the full series.
- December 17, 2020 was postponed until January 13, 2021- Alternative Workforce – Legrand, North and Central America – Completed – full video will be provided upon registration for the full series.
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Panel Discussion – Variety of Manufacturers – Completed – full video will be provided upon registration for the full series.
- Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Emotional Quotient Training – Wepco Plastics & Westminster Tool
Representatives from Wepco Plastics and Westminster Tool will discuss successful training options. Both companies have invested in EQ (Emotional Quotient) training to create an engaging place to work. If you have a tight budget and are looking for a program that will have a measurable impact on retention and recruiting, this is a webinar to attend.
In addition, a representative from the Governor’s Workforce Council will join us to discuss Collective Impact and ways the council has taken the lead in the state to resolve this problem. Read more here.
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Apprenticeship Program – Workforce Alliance & Manufacturer TBD
Workforce Alliance of South Central CT will be presenting a case study with one of their manufacturing clients. They will discuss how they successfully implemented the Apprenticeship Program in their facility. Similar to all webinars in the series, this will be a tactical approach to implementing the Apprenticeship Program into your manufacturing facility.
- Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – Panel Discussion – Variety of Manufacturers
Leesa Schipani (CTmrg board member) will again moderate a discussion with representatives from a new group CT manufacturers. They will provide insight into their successes both with recruitment and retention. It will be a best practices session with specifics on practical implementation.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12:00 noon
*The registration fee includes access to the remaining webinars and videos of the previous webinars already completed will be provided.
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Here’s what one attendee had to say about last year’s summit… “I got a lot of value out of attending the event. I was able to get some information about NETAAC program grants which can be a great assistance to our company. The topics were of importance to many in the room including the benefits that employees of each generational segment bring to the workforce. The panel moderator (Leesa Schipani) was very good about providing the panelists with the opportunity to share their best practices. The panel discussion on corporate culture was very thought provoking. I left the event energized with new ways to make our business even better.” – Mary Fitzgerald, President – Acme Wire Products Co., Inc.
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