Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference
The Future of Manufacturing
When thinking about tomorrow’s business, can you relate to Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are A Changin”? This conference recognizes that the times are indeed changing rapidly and any insight into how to continue moving forward is worth hearing. The conference keynote is Kit Welchlin and he will speak on Workforce 2020 and give insight on how you can prepare your workplace for the next generation of employees. Kit purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21 and by 26 was CEO and Chairman of the Board of three manufacturing companies in three states.
Other great features to the morning will include a presentation by the Cedar Valley Regional Partners as they share economic development updates. The Waterloo and Cedar Falls Community Schools will have a teacher and student panel to spotlight, discuss, and answer questions about CTE and CAPS programs. In addition, two afternoon break out sessions will be available - CIRAS will present an overview of 12 topics impacting The Future of Manufacturing and Elevate Iowa will offer Ambassador Training.
You may not leave with a crystal ball but you will leave with great insight into considerations of what the future of manufacturing holds for your business and insight into what it takes to successfully move forward!
Keynote Speaker - Kit Welchlin
A born public speaker and trainer, Kit Welchlin began public speaking at the age of 9 in 4-H. By 16, he was organizing and facilitating presentations on leadership, citizenship, community service, and motivation for the 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Kit has personally delivered over 600 presentations on stress management to associations as well as public and private organizations, helping employees to manage stress and increase productivity.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Session 1 - The Future of Manufacturing
CIRAS will present an overview of 12 topics impacting “The Future of Manufacturing”, this session recognizes that manufacturing is changing- new technologies, new business models, and a new generation of people are ready to make the U.S. the world's leader in manufacturing again. Be prepared!
Session 2 - Ambassador Training
Elevate Iowa's Ambassador training is the answer to Iowa manufacturers (and others) who have asked for additional ways in which they can engage their employees in efforts to promote manufacturing and solve the workforce shortage. Trained company Ambassadors will be instrumental in encouraging young people to consider a career in advanced manufacturing.
For More Information
Cedar Valley Manufacturers Network
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber
Hawkeye Community College Business and Community Education
Business & Community Education
Cedar Falls Center
5330 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613