10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
3 BIG DAYS – VIRTUAL EVENT
 

The 10th annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference is going virtual this year, offering the favorite aspects of past events along with new options that will give attendees additional flexibility and the ability to take in even more content.

Taking place from Oct. 20-22,  Manufacturing First will feature virtual networking and exhibitor connection time each day — from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21-22 and from 4-5 p.m. all three days. The schedule of presentations starts at noon each day.

Our opening date — Oct. 20 — at noon, renowned futurist Daniel Burrus will deliver the conference’s keynote address, “The Anticipatory Leader: A Proven Model to Predict Change and Create Extraordinary Results.” Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurist speakers on global trends and disruptive innovation. A strategic adviser to executives from Fortune 500 companies, he helps leaders develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact.

On Oct. 21, Seura co-founders Tim and Gretchen Gilbertson will deliver the day’s keynote address. They will share the story of how they built their business, an award-winning Green Bay-based manufacturer offering a full portfolio of mirror and TV solutions with applications in indoor and outdoor spaces.

 

Oct. 22 will feature a CEO roundtable discussion, “Building a Great Culture in Times of Crisis.” Additional live webinars and informational sessions will follow the keynote presentations each day, taking place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 21-22. Each day ends with additional networking and exhibitor time beginning at 4 p.m. The three-day event will conclude with a virtual power hour with a chance to win prizes.

Be sure to keep checking back as the agenda and schedule is updated!

   2020 VIRTUAL AGENDA   

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

12 PM — 1:30 PM

Manufacturing First 2020 Welcome and keynote presentation by Daniel Burrus

The Anticipatory Leader: A Proven Model To Predict Change and Create Extraordinary Results

In this insightful and actionable presentation, manufacturers will learn to identify the Hard Trends that will happen — based on future facts — and how those certainties can be used to accelerate innovation and results. It has never been more important for manufacturers to understand how to anticipate disruption before it disrupts and pre-solve predictable problems.

 

Using his key strategies and principles, Daniel Burrus will enable manufacturers to turn uncertainty into certainty and turn disruptive change into opportunity and advantage.

These strategies and principles have been adopted by the Pentagon as well as hundreds of companies, including Wisconsin manufacturers both large and small.                                                                           Sponsored by Davis | Kuelthau s.c. 

2— 2:45 PM 

Virtual Presentation with Q&A

  • Four IoT Technology Trends That Will Impact Small to Mid-sized Manufacturers, presented by First Business Bank

  • Safeguarding Your Intellectual Property Assets in Turbulent Times, presented by Davis | Kuelthau, s.c.


3 — 3:45 PM 

Two Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • Strategic Visioning and Execution: A Simplified Model for Organizational Success,  presented by St. Norbert College

  • Industry 4.0: How do we get started, presented by Wipfli


4 PM 

Virtual exhibitor & networking

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

10 AM — 12 PM
Virtual exhibitor, networking and one-on-one appointments

12 PM — 12:45 PM

Day two welcome and special presentation  Tim & Gretchen Gilbertson, Seura

After starting the company out of their garage, the Gilbertsons have built Seura into an internationally recognized leading technology provider of indoor and outdoor TV and mirror solutions. They’ll share what they wish had known in the beginning and strategies other manufacturers can put to work in their businesses.

Sponsored by Oshkosh Corp.

1 — 1:45 PM
Two Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • Reputational Risk during COVID, presented by M3 Insurance

  • Turbocharge Sales Lead Generation & Recruitment with Digital Marketing ,  presented by Imaginasium


2 — 2:45 PM
Two Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • Hot Legal Topics and What That Means for Your Business, presented by Ruder Ware 

  •  Create a Culture of Respect and Inclusion, presented by FVTC & NWTC


3 — 3:45 PM
Two
Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • Fourth Economic Crisis/COVID-19 Wisconsin Manufacturer Pulse Survey Webinar, presented by WMEP Manufacturing Solutions

  •  Tools of the Trade: Utilizing Assessments and Coaching for Organizational Success, presented by Moraine Park and Lakeshore Technical College


4 PM
Virtual exhibitor & networking

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

10 AM — 12 PM
Virtual exhibitor, networking and one-on-one appointments

12 PM — 12:45 PM

Day three welcome and CEO Roundtable  Building a great culture in times of crisis 

CEO Roundtable featuring four Northeast Wisconsin manufacturing CEOs speaking on the topic of building great culture in times of crisis. NEWMA Executive Director Ann Franz will moderate.

 

1  — 1:45 PM
Two Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • All Together! Supporting Women in Manufacturing, presented by CLA

  • Go Beyond the Sales Funnel! Embrace the Flywheel to Maximize Business Growth & Customer Loyalty, presented by Weidert Group


2  — 2:45 PM
Two Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • How to Build a Better Supply Chain, presented by Acuity Insurance

  • Cybersecurity – Unique Challenges within the Manufacturing Industry presented by Investors Community Bank


3  - 3:45 PM
Two
Virtual Presentations with Q&A

  • Accelerating The Internet of Things in the U.S., sponsored by Davis | Kuelthau s.c. 

  • Presentation to be announced ...


4 PM
POWER HOUR with prize give-aways & networking

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 - NOON
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Daniel Burrus

FUTURIST SPEAKER, BUSINESS STRATEGIST

The Anticipatory Leader: A Proven Model To Predict Change and Create Extraordinary Results

Daniel Burrus will kick off the three-day event’s keynotes with advice and insights on how to not just survive but thrive in tough times. “Post-pandemic success will be determined by what you do now, not post-pandemic,” he says. Burrus will provide attendees with actionable steps they can take to identify challenges and leverage the opportunities they present.

                                                                                 Sponsored by: 

Davis | Kuelthau s.c.

                                                                                                                       

WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 21 - NOON
Keynote presenters

Tim & Gretchen Gilbertson

Seura

After starting the company out of their garage, the Gilbertsons have built Séura into an internationally recognized leading technology provider of indoor and outdoor TV and mirror solutions. They’ll share what they wish had known in the beginning and strategies other manufacturers can put to work in their businesses.

Sponsored by:

Oshkosh Corporation

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THURSDAY
 OCTOBER 22 - NOON

Building a Great Culture in Times of Crisis:

A CEO roundtable 

CEO roundtable featuring four northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing CEOs sharing their insights on how to weather tough times and emerge even stronger.

Moderated by Ann Franz, NEWMA Executive Director

 

Sponsored by:

St. Norbert College

Wipfli

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