event agenda

Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Petra Mitchell, President and CEO, Catalyst Connection

David Rea, Managing Director of Human Capital Team, Catalyst Connection

Debbie Reynolds, Director of Techworks, Commonwealth Charter Academy

Morning Keynote Speaker

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Sabrina Saunders Mosby, President & Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Pittsburgh

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.

Break Networking

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!


12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hear from a panel of five manufacturing professionals early in their careers from a diverse mix of companies and backgrounds about their perceptions of manufacturing, what their generation expects from employers, and suggestions on how to better attract and retain a Gen Y and Gen Z workforce.  These panelists are part of the first and second year cohorts of Catalyst Connection Navigators program.

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.

Session 4 – What’s next? What do I do now?

3:00 P.M. – 3:30 p.m.