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IMA Manufacturing Workforce Roundtable
November 14 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us for a dynamic conversation focused on the workforce challenges confronting every manufacturer. Topics covered include:
- The Road to Retention: How to Compete for Your Employees
- The Coming Skills Gap
- Meeting Employer Expectations with Apprenticeships
Maria Moran: Regional Manager, IMEC. Maria is an insightful business leader with the unique ability to translate big picture vision into detailed action plans; efficiently rectify issues; and provide proactive solutions. She helps Illinois manufacturers become stronger not only on their balance sheet but also in the community as a job creator. With a diverse and accomplished background she helps manufacturers recognize operational components that are in need of enhancement, expeditiously evaluate all plausible options and implement results-oriented solutions. She designs custom business strategies that increase corporate presence, market viability and fosters company growth. She also offers assistance in direct sales, marketing, product launches, and strategic planning.
Jim Nelson: Vice President of External Affairs, IMA. Jim is responsible for the IMA Education Foundation and the association’s education policy initiatives. Jim has worked tirelessly across the State to champion manufacturing apprenticeship programs as manufacturers address the critical skills shortage impacting every industry. He is also responsible for Special Projects for the IMA and has coordinated activities for the Small Manufacturers Council and the Young Leaders Council. Previous to joining the IMA in 2003, Jim served as a Legislative Liaison in various Illinois administrative agencies serving three Illinois governors over a 25-year span. In that role, he helped shape and coordinate policy for Illinois’ Corrections, Riverboat Gambling and Employment Security agencies.
Sponsor: Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, IMEC, Economic Alliance of Kankakee County
Presenter: Maria Moran, IMEC Regional Manager; Jim Nelson, IMA Vice President of External Affairs
Contact Name: Cindy Tomei, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
Contact Phone: 630-824-9372
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