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Here’s what those who have taken part in LEAP HR: Manufacturing have said about their experience:

“A whirlwind of quick-fire best practices”

“A whirlwind of quick-fire best practices and networking with the highest experts in Manufacturing HR – 10 out of 10”
Brent Weil, Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce, The Manufacturing Institute

“Outstanding, fast-paced, outcome-focused”

“An outstanding, fast-paced, outcome-focused opportunity to gain valuable insights, and to network with real experts in manufacturing HR – 10 out of 10”
Jeff Zierenberg, VP HR, Grain Craft


“An inspiring opportunity to hear how manufacturers are solving the challenges we share. The format was excellent and facilitated the great sharing of ideas – 10 out of 10”
Nancy Rice, VP HR, Calsonic Kansei North America

“10 out of 10”

“A genuine thought-leadership environment for HR leaders to think about where HR in Manufacturing needs to go to be future ready – 10 out of 10”
Peter Bolstorff, EVP Corporate Development, APICS

“Thought provoking, eye opening and inspiring”

“A thought provoking, eye opening and inspiring experience to hear from such passionate people leaders focused on solving manufacturing talent challenges – 10 out of 10”
Melanie Freiberg, HR Director, Weyerhaeuse

“Really opened my eyes”

“This meeting really opened my eyes – it was so wonderful! The format was great and allowed for digestion of the topics with time to apply it to my organization – 10 out of 10”
Tanya Lance, Organization Development & Design Specialist, Special Products & MFG.

“Great meeting, great sharing, great learning”

“What a fantastic opportunity to meet so many smart, committed people all in one place. Great meeting, great sharing, great learning: more of the same next year please! 10 out of 10”
Marian Hall, HR Director, A. O. Smith

“10 out of 10”

“It was amazing to get true manufacturers together in one place openly discussing strategic HR topics in this way. Great job yet again! 10 out of 10”
James Vickers, Director of Sales, Tooling U-SME

“Informative and insightful”

“The meeting will provide a huge ROI from the connections I made and the ideas shared. Both informative insightful – 10 out of 10”
Nora Harding, VP HR, Special Products & MFG

“A new way of thinking”

“Manufacturing competitiveness is driven by talent, but in many cases current approaches are falling short of solving the skills challenges we share. A new way of thinking is required, and by sharing the leaps being taken to transform HR impact we can take a step closer to achieving that reality.”
Jennifer McNelly, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

“Changing our talent experience”

“Technology is changing our talent experience. We need to re-imagine a talent ecosystem where the person is at the center and where technology enables us to bring our best selves to work.”
Gwendolyn Bluemich, Strategic Education & Workforce Development Initiatives, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

“We all win”

“I can’t afford to just develop my own talent, because if I do, you’re going to try and take it from me. What I need to do is ensure we’re all working together to develop a big enough pool of talent which would mean there’s plenty for all of us, that way we all win.”
Robert Chiappetta, Director of Government Affairs for Manufacturing and Workforce, Toyota Motor North America

“Engaging in a disruptive dialogue to uncover new solutions”

“We can’t afford to continue to do the same things we’ve always done. Engaging in a disruptive dialogue around how to rethink our talent strategy at this conference will help us uncover new solutions we can all use to solve the challenges we share.”
Scot McLemore, Manager of Talent Acquisition & Deployment, Honda North America