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Tuesday, April 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Reinventing and Retraining the Manufacturing Workforce Panel

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Everyone has heard predictions about how advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics, automation, and AI will replace humans. However, these dystopian reports fail to appreciate that instead of eliminating human labor, the new technologies will transform human labor, requiring manufacturers to focus on retraining and reskilling their labor force for future work, especially as the influx of technology changes the very nature of the work humans need to do.

Join this conversation with regional manufacturers and workforce training experts as they explore how regional manufacturers have radically improved the experience and average incomes of their employees through automation, and to delve into the workforce of the future and the training and development resources available in the region.

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Lisa Deck

Education Workforce Program Manager, Purdue University IN-MaC
Lisa is the Education Workforce Program Manager for Purdue Polytechnic's Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC). As a program manager, Lisa works with employers, schools, students, and community stakeholders to scale-up and sustain critical programs around manufacturing and STEM related careers while maintaining an emphasi... Read More →

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Kate Lee

Executive Director of Education & Workforce, South Bend Regional Chamber
Kate Lee, Executive Director, Education & Workforce, for the South Bend Regional Chamber, leads the Chamber's efforts to build an inclusive industry-education ecosystem, working to establish and strengthen relationships between businesses, educators, students, and community organizations... Read More →
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Kathy Crimmins

Director of Cultural Development, General Stamping & Metalworks
As director of cultural development, Kathy is charged with developing and maintaining the systems required to attract, train, and retain talented employees, and fostering an environment that is conducive to growth, opportunity, and elevated standards. She also directs the Health and... Read More →
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Mark Melnick

Executive Director, Workforce Strategic Partnerships, Ivy Tech Community College
s executive director of workforce strategic partnerships, Mark serves as a key strategic advisor to the South Bend/Elkhart campus and community, regarding community relations and fulfilling workforce training needs, of both local and regional business and industry.Prior to his current... Read More →
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Ranae Stewart

Associate Director - Statewide Outreach and Partnerships, Purdue University
Ranae is responsible for the development and management of Purdue MEP's partnerships, as well as all outreach efforts to engage and educate organizations throughout the state. She holds responsibility for overseeing the Center's workforce development initiatives, peer group and ExporTech... Read More →
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MariClare Osborn

Director of Human Resources, Manufacturing Technology, Inc.
MariClare Osborn is the director of human resources for Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) with 12 years’ experience in Human Resources and an additional 9 years’ experience in traditional and non-traditional education. With a strong background in organizational change management... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601