wednesday, may 24

7:00am - 8:00am


Wright Ballroom 1, 2, & 3

8:00am - 8:45am

breakout session: Best Practices for Cybersecurity in Advanced Manufacturing

Wright Ballroom 4

Given highly connected environments and the pace of technological change, cyber risk is a top-of-mind issue for manufacturing. Nearly half of the executives surveyed in a recent MAPI and Deloitte study, Cyber risk in advanced manufacturing, indicated they lack confidence that they are protected from external threats. It is increasingly important for organizations to assess their risk profiles and preparedness in the event of a breach or cyberattack; this session will explore leading practices manufacturers should consider.

Breakout session: Get a life—How companies are balancing quarterly earnings reports with downtime

Wright Ballroom 5

Good intentions and aspirational cultures are necessary, but not sufficient, to make work meaningful for employees and to achieve the highest human and organizational performance possible. High performance requires continuous learning within the right work environment and the use of practices and processes that enable and promote desired learning behaviors. Fairbanks Morse Engine, a division of EnPro Industries, has achieved success by adopting a novel approach:  the employment of mindfulness and self-awareness as gateways to creating a higher performance learning organization.

8:00am - 8:45am


8:45am - 9:00am


general session: Turning challenge into opportunity

Wright Ballroom 1, 2, & 3

Corporate leaders face challenges on a daily basis, but the ones they fear most are the crises that can harm their business reputations. In an era when social and digital media have created wider and faster dissemination of news and rumors, reputation management is an issue every business must prioritize.

Dr. Daniel Diermeier, provost at the University of Chicago, has done years of research on how executive leaders manage crises. His book Reputation Rules: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset drew on extensive research and illustrated his insights with case studies from a variety of industries to show how to integrate reputation management deeply into the culture and structure of companies.

Dr. Diermeier’s presentation will take the challenge of managing crises and your business reputation to the next level—turning the challenge into an opportunity.

 9:00am - 10:00am

closing keynote: the artificial intelligence revolution

Wright Ballroom 1, 2, & 3

Discrete operations no longer rule the day; systems are now dominant,  with data from supply chains, design teams, production lines, and quality control networked to form a highly integrated, intelligent creation engine. It’s become a world of smart manufacturing, with AI, robotics, data analytics, and other technologies at the heart of the transformation.

With some of the world’s top companies in a race to develop the most advanced AI, technology will continue changing rapidly. What will this mean for individuals, manufacturers, industries, and society? Neil Jacobstein, one of the world’s foremost authorities on AI and robotics, will take attendees through the amazing and often disruptive revolution ahead.

10:00am - 11:00am

closing remarks

Wright Ballroom 1, 2, & 3

11:00am - 11:15am