Presentations and Panel Discussions – A 6-Part Series
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.
Our first five webinars have been a success. So far, we learned how to have an impact on the manufacturing community as a whole from Ron Angelo (CCAT) and Jennifer Gaggion (CTmrg Board Member), while Sean McKirdy (CTmrg Board Member) shared information on recruiting an alternative workforce. See below for a rundown of the previous five webinars.
*Register now for our final webinar and you will receive the videos of all six webinars, including those already completed.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – Panel Discussion – Variety of Manufacturers
Melissa Sheffy, President of Network Framing Solutions, will be joining us for the August workforce webinar. In business for three years, Network Framing Solutions is a fairly new manufacturer, but their team has many years of experience. Born out of a need in the construction industry, Network Framing Solutions makes prefabricated cold formed steel panels that deliver strength and precision combined with time savings and reduced waste. We look forward to hearing how they’ve been able to maintain their growth in this job market.
CTmrg also welcomes Julie Clay, President of Clay Furniture Industries, Inc. as a panelist on the upcoming workforce webinar. Julie has been in the custom millwork business for over 30 years. A niche manufacturer of custom laminate cabinets and millwork, the company stayed open over the course of the pandemic as an essential manufacturer for specific Covid protections for the healthcare and business community. Products include acrylic partitions, revamped office spaces to align with the covid spacing requirements, and reworked offices for protection of the essential employees that continued to work during this time.
Kimberly Mix, HR Manager for Traver IDC, a fourth generation company, began her career in bookkeeping. Throughout her 26 year tenure she has held various finance roles before moving into her current HR role. Traver IDC has been in business for 83 years, servicing the manufacturing sector of CT for all of their electro- mechanical needs. Today, Traver IDC’s aggressive growth plan has required the organization to look at how they retain their workforce and bring new employees on to the team. We look forward to hearing how they’ve been successful retaining talent and getting in front of new talent.
Cost: $59.95 (Entire 6-part series*)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 12:00 noon
*Once you are registered for the final webinar you will receive full access to the videos of the previously completed webinars (see details below).
PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED WEBINARS:
• October 15, 2020 – Second Chance Program – Whitcraft Group & Department of Corrections
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.
• December 17, 2020 was postponed until January 13, 2021- Alternative Workforce – Legrand, North and Central America
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.
• Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Panel Discussion – Variety of Manufacturers
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.
Representatives from Wepco Plastics and Westminster Tool discussed successful training options. Both companies have invested in EQ (Emotional Quotient) training to create an engaging place to work.
In addition, a representative from the Governor’s Workforce Council joined us to discuss their Collective Impact approach to solving the employment challenges CT manufacturers face.
• Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Make Your Workforce Board Work for You
Steve Johnson, Business Services/Skill Up Manufacturing, Workforce Alliance of South Central CT presented a case study along with Jay Forte, Director of Finance and Human Capital with Light Metals Coloring (LMC). They will discuss how LMC successfully implemented the Apprenticeship Program in their facility.
Elle-Jordyn Gosline, Talent Pipeline & Youth Pathways Coordinator, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) and Elaine Adams, Vice President, Finance at JayPro Sports, discussed using EWIB’s On the Job training program, manufacturing pipeline and incumbent worker training.
Ben Clapp, Business Partnership Coordinator, Manufacturing with Capital Workforce Partners along with Rafal Wolanowski, HR Manager at Lynn Welding discussed the National Dislocated Worker Grant Program. Additionally, they reviewed the services offered through the American Job Center and the On-the-Job Training (“OJT”) component of the National Dislocated Worker Grant.
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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