about us

who we are

The Manufacturing Works Summit is the premier and only regional conference focused on the manufacturing talent in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The first annual conference, coordinated by Catalyst Connection, is focused on making SWPA a national model for collaboration while supporting the local economy through the strength of the manufacturing sector. 

The purpose of the Manufacturing Works Summit is to:

  • Provide meaningful dialogue and collaboration among the manufacturing companies and supporting organizations of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Create awareness of and access to the vast array of recruiting, talent development, and career supporting resources available in our region
  • Spark innovative new program offerings, partnerships, and connections that will elevate the manufacturing industry of SWPA to a world-class region that attracts and retains companies and talent
  • Provide an opportunity for local manufacturers, education, and nonprofit community to network

The Manufacturing Works Summit is the premier and only regional conference focused on the manufacturing talent in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The first annual conference, coordinated by Catalyst Connection, is focused on making SWPA a national model for collaboration while supporting the local economy through the strength of the manufacturing sector. 

The purpose of the Manufacturing Works Summit is to:

Provide meaningful dialogue and collaboration among the manufacturing companies and supporting organizations of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Create awareness of and access to the vast array of recruiting, talent development, and career supporting resources available in our region

Spark innovative new program offerings, partnerships, and connections that will elevate the manufacturing industry of SWPA to a world-class region that attracts and retains companies and talent

Provide an opportunity for local manufacturers, education, and nonprofit community to network

Who Should Attend This Conference?

Anyone who has a passion for manufacturing and for attracting/developing manufacturing talent. The conference is primarily aimed at representatives from manufacturing companies, but workforce nonprofits, school administrators, college representatives and other local leaders are welcome to attend.

meet Catalyst Connection

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We provide consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Through active collaboration with our clients and the manufacturing community, we contribute to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in our region.

Catalyst Connection is supported, in part, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

We Succeed When Our Clients Succeed

As a non-profit 501(c)3 firm, Catalyst Connection is not motivated by making large profits but by reporting the success stories of our manufacturing clients. We can provide you with a free consultation to help you determine the best place to put your business improvement efforts.

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meet the Human Capital Team of Catalyst

Nate Broadus

Nate Broadus

Workforce Specialist, Catalyst Connection

In his position as Workforce Specialist, Nate engages local job seekers, community organizations and employers via the REAL Jobs Initiative to create new employment pathways…

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Scott Dietz

Scott Dietz

Director, Workforce Initiatives, Catalyst Connection

Scott is responsible for the program development and delivery of Catalyst Connection’s STEM initiatives. These include an in-school project based program called Adventures in Technology and two manufacturing…

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Erica Frischmann

Erica Frischmann

Senior Consultant, Organizational Development, Catalyst Connection

In her position as Senior Consultant, Erica specializes in helping manufacturers assess their business strategies and achieve their growth goals through innovation, operational excellence and organizational development.

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Hannah Kusenko

Hannah Kusenko

Project Manager Assistant, Education Initiatives, Catalyst Connection

Hannah has been with Catalyst Connection since July of 2017, joining the organization as a recent graduate from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration…

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Mara Peduto

Mara Peduto

Consultant, Workforce Development, Catalyst Connection

Mara joined Catalyst Connection in 2008, since then she has worked several positions focused on operational excellence, workforce development and project management…

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David Rea

David Rea

Managing Director of Human Capital Team, Catalyst Connection

In his position as an Organizational Development Consultant, David specializes in helping manufacturers optimize employees through hiring, development and retention best practices.

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Emily Siegel

Emily Siegel

Workforce Consultant, Catalyst Connection

Emily Siegel joined Catalyst Connection in October of 2021 after working as an intern with the Human Capital team…

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Todd Tommaney

Todd Tommaney

Senior Organizational Excellence Consultant, Catalyst Connection

Todd Tommaney joined Catalyst Connection in August of 2018 as an Operational Excellence Consultant. Prior to joining Catalyst, Todd has had over 12 years of experience in leadership positions…

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