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FUTURE OF WORKFORCE: Training and Retaining Symposium

March 15 @ 8:30 am - March 16 @ 10:30 am


Join us March 15th and March 16th at John Wood Community College for the Future of Workforce: Training and Retaining Symposium. We will investigate solutions to the impending worker shortage and skills gaps for manufacturers through innovative approaches to help manufacturers train and retain as well as tour of Knapheide’s facilities.


Day 1  – March 15th at John Wood Community College (1301 S 48th St, Quincy, IL 62305)

8:30am – 9:30am: Registration and Coffee

9:30am – 10:30am: Welcome – Dave Boulay (IMEC), Mark Denzler, (IMA) and Dr. Bryan Renfro, (John Wood Community College)

10:30am – 12:00pm: Best Practices for Training and Retaining – Roundtable

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch and Networking

1:00pm – 3:10pm: Breakout Groups

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Breakout Session 1 – Fostering DEI to Elevate Company Culture and Drive Advancements Across your Organization – Paola Velasquez (Director of DEI in Manufacturing, IMEC)

The Importance of Education and Community of Future Makers and How Focusing on the Next Generation Can Solve Workforce Gaps – Sarah Hartwick (Vice President of Education & Workforce Policy and Executive Director of the IMA Education Foundation)

2:10pm – 3:10pm: Breakout Session 2 – Implementing Lean to Solve Workforce Challenges – Jeremy Smith (Technical Specialist, IMEC)

Retaining your Workforce in 2023 – Angelika Nowosadko (Technical Specialist, IMEC)

3:20pm – 4:00pm: Q&A

Day 2 – March 16th at Knapheide Manufacturing Company (1848 Westphalia Strasse, Quincy, IL 62305)

9:00am – 10:30am – Knapheide Tour / Automation Speaker



Cost: $75.00

Contact Name: Camryn Tunney

Contact Email: ctunney@imec.org


March 15 @ 8:30 am
March 16 @ 10:30 am
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John Wood Community College – Main Campus
1301 S 48th St.
Quincy, IL 62305
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