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Holiday Lunch and Book Drive | Women in Manufacturing Illinois Chapter

December 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


Join the Illinois Chapter of Women in Manufacturing for our Chicagoland Holiday Luncheon!

Attendees will enjoy lunch and hear a presentation from Dr. David Boulay, President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), followed by a discussion. Join the conversation on today’s hot button issues in manufacturing, including:

  • Will you build a culture that sets you apart?
  • How will you cultivate a high performing team?
  • What strategies can you put into play with current resources and minimal investment?

David’s presentation will discuss the book Made in Illinois, a playbook that covers the key issues facing the manufacturing industry, including:

  • Widening your hiring pool
  • Integrating new technology on your shop floor
  • Developing a great sales team
  • Implementing a solid go-to-market strategy
  • The role of organizational success as a pathway for growth
  • Doable, measurable strategies to accelerate global competitiveness
  • And more!

Remember to bring a book to donate for the Women in Manufacturing Illinois Chapter book drive, benefitting Enchanted Backpack




Dr. David Boulay  |  President, IMEC

David grew up in a family-owned business, where he learned first-hand about the trial, challenges, and pride that he sees in the owners and leaders of companies IMEC works with today. David recognizes their situations, understands their challenges and has the tools and knowledge to help accomplish their goals. He has also had the good fortune to work in various manufacturing roles from food plant sanitation to maintenance supervision to production, plant manager and business unit manager in companies such as Frito-Lay and Pillsbury.

Through these experiences, he learned how company success is reliant on the skills and talents of its’ workforce. This has driven his passion in human resource development. His Ph.D. included a primary focus on high performance work practices in small and mid-sized companies and career pathways for workers.

David brings a diverse blend of expertise in performance management, small business development, and organizational growth strategies to IMEC. He has helped create and implement several initiatives to increase the flow of state and federal funding to manufacturers for projects, update worker skills, and help smaller manufacturers adopt new technology and business practices and to improve energy efficiency.

In his decade-plus tenure at IMEC, Dr. Boulay has led the team to record-breaking levels of customer engagement, impacts, and services delivered. Currently he serves IMEC as an idea-initiator, employee morale leader, operations director, manufacturing advocate, community networker, and author of organizational strategy articles.

Dr. Boulay received his Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education from The Ohio State University.

Cost: Women in Manufacturing Member = $50. Nonmember = $65

Contact Name: Tammy Incapreo, Vice President  |  WiM Illinois


December 9
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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