Learn how the Ohio Manufacturing industry has risen to the occasion and keeps Ohio (and America) moving.

The fourth annual Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit addresses the needs of local manufacturers at this critical time, providing a wealth of tools and resources to improve the skills and supply of workers in our industry.

Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Talent Using Career Pathways - Preview Now Available!

Live Webcam Q&A

Marzell Brown, Talent Management Lead, Rockwell Automation
Gardner Carrick, Vice President, The Manufacturing Institute
Ted Rozier, Director of Engineering, Festo Didactic North America
Chuck Stout, President Extruded Products, Pennex Aluminum Co.


Research tells us how important advancement opportunities are to job candidates and employees. In this session, you’ll learn how companies are creating job and skill progressions–career pathways–that offer employees opportunities for productive and satisfying long-term careers.

Earn-and-Learn Strategies for Building Your Workforce - Preview Now Available!

Live Webcam Q&A

Lynette Boggs, Wayne County Schools Career Center
David Cofer, Project Manager, Experiential Learning & Employer Engagement, Columbus State
Kyle Fulton, C-TEC Edge Program
Scot McLemore, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment, American Honda Motor, Inc.
Terri Burgess Sandu, Director, Talent and Business Innovation, Lorain County Community College
Justin Stimac, Machining Training Solutions


The modern apprenticeship model, learn-and-earn programs can accelerate skills of new and existing employees. You can become an employer of choice and attract and retain higher quality candidates by combining classroom and on-the-job skills development. This session will spotlight Ohio’s best-in-class models.

Effective Strategies for Attracting Young People - Preview Now Available!

Live Chat Q&A

Jessica Borza, Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers' Coalition and Workforce Advisor to OMA
Jim Bowman, President and Owner, Noble Tool, representing Dayton Region Manufacturers' Association
Angelia Erbaugh,
President, Dayton Region Manufacturers Association
Brianna Schultz, 
Vice President of Workforce Development, Manufacturing Works
Adam Snyder, Managing Director, Sector Partnership, MAGNET
Steve Staub, President, Staub Manufacturing Solutions


In this session, you’ll hear from members of Ohio Industry Sector Partnerships who have been effective in attracting young people to their companies. Our industry needs the lifeblood of youth to grow into the generation of retiring talent. Proven youth outreach programs through high schools, career technical centers, via MFG Day and more, will be highlighted

Executive Perspectives: Leading Through Uncertainty - Preview Now Available!

Welcome/Keynote Presentation

Eric Burkland, President, The Ohio Manufacturers' Association
JP Nauseef, President and Chief Investment Officer, JobsOhio

Cathy Lyttle, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Worthington Industries
Dieter Moeller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rhinestahl AMG
Karen Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Corporation


Leading manufacturing executives discuss what’s uppermost on their minds, how their companies are approaching current critical workforce issues and opportunities, and why they’re optimistic about the future, and why we should be, too!

How to Create Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces - Preview Now Available!

Live Chat Q&A

Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute
Mona Babury, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Pfizer
Andrew Jackson, Owner, Elson's International
Chris Nance, Vice President of Construction and Inclusive Talent Initiatives, Greater Cleveland Partnership


Across the country, manufacturing leaders are investing in new strategies to attract and retain a talented workforce that prioritize diversity and inclusion. In this session, you’ll learn tangible ways your company can engage people from different backgrounds and varied experiences to the benefit of the entire workforce. National leaders will share best practices and tactics, and you'll hear how manufacturers are working together to find new sources of talent and drive conversations about diversity in their region.

Industry Sector Partnerships: A Manufacturing Network Like No Other - Preview Now Available!

Ethan Karp, President and CEO, MAGNET


Through Ohio’s network of industry sector partnerships, local manufacturers are working together to create industry-led solutions in partnership with education, workforce, and economic development partners.

Because sector partnerships are industry-led and locally driven, they are in the best position to identify the specific needs and challenges that manufacturers face. They make key decisions about the types of strategies that work best for their members.

We’ll spotlight how this unique Ohio approach to workforce development is generating results.

Ohio Invests in Manufacturing Talent-building Tools

Jon Husted, Lt. Governor, State of Ohio

Ohio is committed to supporting manufacturing talent development. Our special guest presenter–Lt. Governor Jon Husted, leader of Ohio’s Office of Workforce Transformation—will highlight the many readily-accessible state programs and resources that support your workforce development efforts.

Recruiting Career Switchers from Other Industries - Preview Now Available!

Live Chat Q&A

Frank Brickner, Ohio Means Jobs Cuyahoga County
Kristi Clouse, Senior Managing Director of Talent Acquisition Services, JobsOhio
Kristi Fredmonsky, Manager of Human Resources, Ferriot
Bernie Gosky, Ohio TechNet Project Manager, Lorain County Community College
Debbi Perkul, Executive Director, Workforce Partnerships, MAGNET
Jill Rizika, Toward Employment


This session will showcase specific and proven programs to recruit and train career switchers and increase diversity in the process. These programs have the dual benefit of generating skilled, loyal employees while lifting workers from low-wage jobs with little advancement opportunity. You’ll learn about tools and resources available to help you adopt these approaches.