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

Brent Weil

“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, Former Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce, The Manufacturing Institute

jeff ziernberg

“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

Glenn Johnson

“The most valuable couple of days I spend each year”

 “LEAP HR: Manufacturing is unique not just because the speakers each year are outstanding, but also because there’s just as much experience, insight and value to be found among the attendees. This will be my third time taking part, and it’s among the most valuable couple of days I spend each year.”

 Glenn Johnson, Head of Workforce Development, BASF

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“I’d encourage any future focused manufacturing people leader to take part”

LEAP HR: Manufacturing offers a genuinely unique opportunity for us to compare notes with each other and to find out how we’re all surviving in an increasingly challenging manufacturing operating environment, and I’d encourage any future focused manufacturing people leader to take part.”

Walter Palen, Vice President, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

Liliana Ramirez

“The only forum of its kind”

LEAP HR: Manufacturing is the only forum of its kind which offers those who take part a chance to cut through the headlines to find the practical solutions to their biggest people challenges.”

Liliana Ramirez, Glob al Leader Lean Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company

Roland Silverio

“The solution to your next problem … is here”

“Most manufacturing HR leaders believe they are too busy engage in dialogue with their peers. But that’s a mistake, because the solution to your next problem, or the idea that will make something happen faster is here, and investing in yourself is the best investment you can make.”

Roland Silverio, most recently Chief Human Resources Officer, Jabil

David Ahlers

“This is exactly what we need”

“Getting like-sized manufacturers together like this to share the innovative leaps they are taking to transform HR impact is exactly what we need to move the needle in how we do HR in manufacturing.”

David Ahlers, Executive Vice President Human Resources, Graco

Ben Miller

“We add most value when we step back and think strategically”

“It’s easy to be reactive and spend our time firefighting in manufacturing HR, but we add most value when we step back and think strategically about what we do. LEAP HR: Manufacturing offers a vital chance to do exactly that.”

Benjamin Miller, Technology Manufacturing Human Resources Leader, Intel

Deon MacMillan

“A vital chance to find new ideas”

“We’re being forced to go further than ever before to create a high performing business at lowest possible cost. But we can’t do it alone, so LEAP HR: Manufacturing offers a vital chance for us to find new ideas, and proven answers to our toughest questions.”

Deon MacMillan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ardent Mills

Shawn Schmonsky

“One of the only industry-specific opportunities for people leaders in manufacturing”

“Think about the amount of change we’ve seen in the last 10 years, and then think about how much we ourselves have changed and how much we need to change. That’s exactly why LEAP HR: Manufacturing is so vital for us. It’s one of the only industry-specific opportunities for people leaders to rethink the way we do HR in manufacturing.”

Shawn Schmonsky, Vice President Human Resources, A. O. Smith

Gregg Peterson

“LEAP HR: Manufacturing is priceless”

“The demands of our roles don’t give manufacturing HR leaders much time and space to think strategically about how to improve ourselves or our businesses. Because it offers just this in an industry-specific environment where we’re surrounded by like-minded peers, LEAP HR: Manufacturing is priceless.”

Gregg Peterson, Vice President of Human Resources, Horton

Mandy Baeumel

“A unique opportunity for us to work together”

“In a world where tech drives everything, LEAP HR: Manufacturing offers a unique opportunity for us to work together to find a way to position a career in manufacturing an exciting alternative for the next generation of talent.”

Mandy Baeumel, Vice President Human Resources, Southwire Company



"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


"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.


"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, Former Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

Gwendolyn Bluemich

"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