8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Petra Mitchell, President and CEO, Catalyst Connection
Keith Alves, Market Manager Commercial Banking, Bank of America
Who is the Human Capital Team and Why this conference?
David Rea, Managing Director of Human Capital Team, Catalyst Connection
Welcome to Techworks
Debbie Reynolds, Director of Techworks, Commonwealth Charter Academy
Morning Keynote Speaker
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Session 1 – Expanding the Stream of Manufacturing Talent
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Traditionally we think of developing a “talent pipeline”. This session will expand the thinking of a larger “talent stream”. Instead of a talent pipeline strategy closed off to the outside world, with only two access points, and limited capacity, think about a stream with endless entry points, possibilities for widening, and total transparency for all to see the beauty of the entire flow as an inspiration for others to want to take a swim.
Scott Dietz, Director of Workforce Education Initiatives, Catalyst Connection
Machinist training for job seekers and employees
Neil Ashbaugh, President & CEO, New Century Careers
Middle and high school robotics/manufacturing programs
Michel Conklin, Executive Director, BotsIQ
Only museum in Pennsylvania to focus exclusively on space exploration
Sam Moore, Executive Director, Moonshot Museum
Successful implementation of Middle and High School experiential learning programs for manufacturing
Shaun Reddick, Teacher, Burrell High School
Future Jobs video series and workforce program
Gina Masciola, Managing Director of Education, WQED
Sharon Steele, Managing Director of Corporate Support, WQED
Changing Dynamics of Recruiting and Retaining Gen Y and Gen Z
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Session 2 – Expanding the Stream of Manufacturing Talent (cont.)
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
We know one of the big challenges facing manufacturers today is the availability of an engaged, trained and diverse workforce. There are a lot of resource partners that can assist with these challenges which is why we are doubling up on this topic!
Nate Broadus, Workforce Specialist, Catalyst Connection
Additive Manufacturing Workforce programs
Josh Cramer, Education & Workforce Development Manager, America Makes
Regional hub for innovation, creative thinking, problem solving, learning, and collaboration.
Stephen Leonard, Operations/Program Manager, Digital Foundry
Advanced Manufacturing and the impacts on workforce
Govardhan Singh, Site Head, Bayer US LLC
RoboticsCareer.org and Robotics Certifications/training
John Zappa, Senior Product Manager, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
John Skelley, Vice President – Human Resources, JWF Industries
Recruiting and Retaining Individuals with Barriers to Employment
Matt Bittner, Babs Sefiane, Jillian Jensen, Life’sWork of Western Pennsylvania
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Joseph Doerfler, Product Management Associate, FS-Elliott
Jonathan Donath, Mine Safety Appliance
Kristen Goodell, Manager of Workforce Partnerships, Catalyst Connection
Genna Mucci, Executive Assistant, JV Manufacturing
Toni Porter, Emergency Room Tech, UPMC
Kendra Slis, Sales Engineer, MECCO
Jonathan Title, Quality Engineer
Break / Networking
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Session 3 – Rapid Fire – Retention, Culture and Employee Development
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Scott Dietz, Director, Workforce Initiatives, Catalyst Connection
Feyisola Akintola, Manager, City of Pittsburgh (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs)
Manufacturing Training Programs
Byron Kohut, Dean School of Technology, Westmoreland County Community College
Bill McShane, Associate Director for Integrated Learning, University of Pittsburgh
WedNet Funding for Training
Reggie Overton, Account Executive/Director, Community College of Allegheny County
Culture as Your Brand
Nathan Wadding, Co-Founder & CEO, Skinny Tie Media
Using employee feedback to drive culture change and improve retention
Session 4 – What’s next? What do I do now?
3:00 P.M. – 3:30 p.m.