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7:30 am Conference Registration & Networking

8:00 am Chair’s Welcome & Recap of Day One

Rethinking Workforce Development

8:15 am Discover: Rethinking the Role of Workforce Development in a Future Manufacturing Business

  • Heidi Gerhard Head of Leadership, Organizational Capability & Culture, BASF

8:30 am Develop: How Do We Navigate a Course Through Conflicting Data to Find & Build a Workforce with Skills Aligned to the Future Needs of the Business

9:00 am Discover: How BASF Is Reimagining Its Approach to Workforce Development to Compete & Succeed

9:15 am Action: What Are We Now Going to Change to Ensure We Have a Best-In-Class Approach to Workforce Development?

9:30 am Networking & Refreshments

Preparing for the Factory of the Future

9:50 am Discover: Forecasting the Skills & People Required in the Factory of the Future

10:10 am Discover: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Talent in New Ways to Develop the Engaged, Agile Manufacturing Workforce of the Future

10:30 am Discover: Turning Data into Decisions: Building & Leveraging People Analytics Capability in a Future- Focused Manufacturing Company

10:50 am Develop: How Do Manufacturers of All Shapes & Sizes Prepare Themselves for a More Agile, Flexible Manufacturing Future?

11:10 am Action: What Do We Need to Do Right Now to Ensure We’re Prepared for the Challenges & Opportunities Presented by the Factory of the Future?


Output-Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

11:30 am Networking & Refreshments

Anticipating A Flexible Future

11:50 am Discover: Reinventing the Way We Work in Manufacturing to Transform Recruitment, Engagement & Retention

12:10 pm Discover: The Journey of Transforming HR in a Nontraditional Manufacturing Environment

12:30 pm Develop: What Are the Key Ways in Which the Way We Work in Manufacturing Is Going to Change & How Do We Need to Prepare Now?

12:45 pm Action: What Is the One Thing You Can Do When You Return to Your Office to Increase the Agility & Flexibility of Your Workforce or You’re Organization?


Output-Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

1:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Speed Learning: HR Leaps from Manufacturing People Leaders


In this quick-fire session, four people leaders from large manufacturing companies will share the story of a leap they have made in their business. You then get the opportunity to question the host to find out the ‘how’ as well as the ‘why’ and the ‘what’ before moving on to your next table to hear another leap from another people leader, and so on until you’ve heard all four leaps and gained four new ideas you can implement in your own organization.


Applying a Lean Manufacturing Approach to HR to Enable Us to Speak the Language of Our Organizations Retooling Manufacturing HR to Place Agility & Simplicity at the Heart of Everything We Do
Rethinking Our Approach to Succession Planning in Manufacturing to Transform the Way We Build the Manufacturing Workforce of the Future Turning data into decisions: Building analytics capability in a future-focused manufacturing company

3:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference