WMEP sponsors a range of events, including the premier manufacturing conference in Wisconsin, Manufacturing Matters!, plus a range of free webinars on specific subjects of interest. Scroll down to find a calendar of events.

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21st Century Pathways Information Session
This free information session is to learn about the 21st Century Pathways program and how it can help your organization take sustainability to the next level.
June 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


The Sustainability Reporting Landscape
In this session, you will hear from three companies who actively use reporting, certification, and analysis to manage and communicate about sustainable practice in their company and with other companies.
Free to WSBC Members, $25 for non-members
July 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm


The Journey to Great Leadership – Free Webinar
This webinar is a preview into WMEP’s Supervisory Skills workshop, the full workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive leadership toolbox and hands-on practice that will enhance the participants ability to connect with and lead team members.
August 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


21st Century Pathways Information Session
This free information session is to learn about the 21st Century Pathways program and how it can help your organization take sustainability to the next level.
August 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm


The Business Case for Water Stewardship
How can your company face the myriad of sustainability, environmental, health and safety concerns that are out there?
August 19th @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


ExporTech™ 2021
Starts August 23rd


Meeting Effectiveness – Webinar $35 fee
Participants to come away with increased knowledge related to the enablers and behaviors needed to drive meeting effectiveness.
August 25th @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Taking Your Supervisor Skills to the Next Level – In-person Supervisor Skills Development Course offered over four days, $975 per person
Location: Pewaukee, WI
September 8, 15, 22 and 29th @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Taking Your Supervisor Skills to the Next Level – In-person Supervisor Skills Development Course offered over four days, $975 per person
Location: Neenah, WI
September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


 

Apr
14
Wed
New North Summit 2021 Playbook for Recovery Series – Business & Community Growth Training Camp – Part 2 @ Virtual
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

New North Summit 2021

Thank you for your interest in our New North Summit which was originally planned for March 11th.  We know our annual summit is an event that our stakeholders look forward to for enriched in-person networking and regional updates.  While we are thankful for the progress that is being made to beat COVID, having our summit in-person on March 11th is not possible.  Therefore, we are excited to announce that our summit will actually occur over three virtual events and the large in-person event at Lambeau Field.  We will be  sending out additional information as each event is finalized, but I ask you to mark your calendars for the following important dates and times:

New North Summit ‘Playbook for Recovery’ Series

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  90 Minute Virtual Pre-Game
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Business & Community Growth Training Camp
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Education and Talent Attraction Training Camp
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Actual In-Person Summit at Lambeau Field for an inside and outside venue

With your registration you will automatically be registered for all four events, with the option of declining any that may not fit your calendar.  Throughout the series we are very proud to shine a spotlight on the many organizations and companies that have helped our region recover.  You will witness first-hand award winning talent and Green Bay Packer organization updates, watch business, education and talent videos that highlight regional best practices with our local partners, learn of the Workplace Excellence Award winner, see dynamic presentations from award winner Tim Moore with his message of the power of social impact, witness inspiring presentations from our Offensive Player of the Year:  Kim Bassett of Bassett Mechanical; Defensive Player of the Year:  Dr. Imran Andrabi, ThedaCare;  Special Teams Player of Year from Michelle Schuler of Microsoft and Joe Kirgues of gener8tor, and so much more!

We hope you can join us this year for this very special summit series and increased engagement.

How a Company’s Culture can Help or Hinder Food Safety – Free Webinar @ Free Online Webinar
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

How a Company’s Culture can Help or Hinder Food Safety

Presented in Collaboration with M3 Insurance

Join us to explore the importance of creating a food safety culture within a food manufacturing company.

Does your company understand how a culture can help or hinder your food safety practices? Is your organization looking to improve your culture, but need to know where to start? Does your company know the role that the Human Resources team plays in supporting a culture of food safety?

We’ll explore these topics during this concise and information-filled webinar led by Peg Dorn, Food Safety Consultant with WMEP and Lone Jespersen, Principal and Founder of Cultivate an organization dedicated to helping global food manufacturers make safe, great-tasting food through cultural effectiveness.P

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBINAR

Featured Speakers:

Peg Dorn, WMEP Food Safety Consultant:   Peg brings over twenty years of experience in the food industry as a Quality Systems Manager. Duties included performing internal auditing, writing SOPs, writing an approving corrective actions, preparing export documentation, and participation in food and pharmaceutical audits. Peg spent two years as a third party auditor for NSF international.

She has performed certification and non-certification audits for a variety of food companies including dairy, meat, confectionary, ingredients, cold storage, food contact packaging, and others. Peg spent an additional two years as an independent consultant helping companies prepare for FDA and third party audits.

 

 

 

 

 

Lone Jespersen, PhD, Principal at Cultivate: Dr. Lone Jespersen is Principal and founder of Cultivate, an organization dedicated to helping global food manufacturers make safe, great-tasting food through cultural effectiveness. She has significant experience with food manufacturers, having previously spent 11 years with Maple Leaf Foods leading the execution of the company’s food safety strategy and operations learning strategy, and served as chair of GFSI Food Safety Culture Working Group and the IAFP PDG on Food Safety Culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
15
Thu
Sustainability Roundtable on Energy
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

About this Event

WSBC’s April Roundtable will be focused on Energy. They will have a speaker from the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to share perspectives about resources, directions, and impact on Energy and Business in Wisconsin.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the connections between Green Masters Program actions in Energy and developing recommendations and initiatives for consideration and implementation. This will be your chance to share approaches to energy use or the 2021 survey and hear about other approaches from other Green Masters Program participants.

WSBC will share existing and emerging resources to make a part of your strategies for continual energy improvement.

Join us to take a closer look at the value we can realize through our shared approaches to superior energy performance.

AGENDA:

Green Masters Energy performance at Kohler Company

Roundtable Facilitator:

Mark (Mac) McDermid, Senior Sustainability Consultant, WMEP

Mark delivers a variety of sustainability programs directly to businesses and through their supply chains. Mark was on the team that developed and delivered 21st Century Pathways – a comprehensive program for “right-sizing” company sustainability programs and integrating sustainability into business decision-making. He provides training and implementation support for third party standards including but not limited to International Water Stewardship Standard, environmental management systems (ISO 14001:2015), quality (ISO 9001:2015), employee health and safety systems (ISO 45001). He assists with sustainability metrics development, planning, and improvement frameworks including The Sustainability Consortium (THESIS SYSTEM), water risk analysis, Global Reporting Initiative, CDP (Water, Supply Chain, Carbon, Forestry), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX), Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit(SMETA), SA 8000, US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, general carbon calculation, water foot-printing, and risk analysis and carbon management.

Mark previously served as the Bureau Director for Cooperative Environmental Assistance in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Business Support and Sustainability. The Bureau administered Green Tier, Wisconsin’s environmental performance program.

He has served on several policy advisory bodies to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, was a former chair of the National Quick Silver Caucus, represented Wisconsin on the Environmental Council of the States and served for more than 15 years on the Small Business Environmental Council. Prior to his sustainability work, Mark worked in production for Cray Computer Corporation and as Director of Management Services for a 500 bed Intermediate Healthcare Facility.

Apr
23
Fri
The Future of Work: How to Create a Just and Sustainable Workplace Culture @ Online Webinar
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Future of Work: How to Create a Just and Sustainable Workplace Culture

How are current events and trends affecting the workplace today? What does the future of your workplace and workforce look like? This discussion will highlight emerging trends and data about the changing workforce landscape and dive into how businesses are adapting. From the lens of social sustainability, you will hear directly from businesses showcasing actions you can take to address these trends and how to be prepared for the future of work. This session will provide an overview of the issues with Dr. Patrick Hillberg, Oakland University. Dr. Hillberg will highlight changes happening in the workplace. The session will also include a discussion about the future of work and current trends with business leaders.

The discussion will be moderated by Jessy Servi Ortiz, Managing Director – Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Featured Speakers:

Kenya Jacobs, Director, Diversity Recruiting and Workforce Development – Trane Technologies

Laurie Klomstad, Vice President of Human Resources – Spectrum Industries

Lisa Geason-Bauer, President – Evolution Marketing

 

Apr
26
Mon
ExporTech – Spring 2021 – ExporTech (Virtual) @ Online Webinar
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Grab your share of profitable exporting! 

Start growing your business through exporting with a customized, action-oriented export expansion strategy. ExporTech is a proven path to exporting success. Graduates have achieved sales increases averaging $900,000 within six to nine months after completing the program.

ExporTech™ is a 12 week virtual program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Sessions start March 8, 2021.

Group Session One – the week of March 8th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Two – the week of April 26; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Three – the week of June 7th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily

Driving growth is the key to success – Business growth comes from three sources:

  1. Increasing existing sales
  2. Bringing new innovative products to market
  3. Exporting

Forward-thinking Wisconsin companies are taking advantage of the explosive growth seen in other parts of the world. Today, 95% of consumers are outside the United States, and small-to-midsize Wisconsin companies are profiting from this global demographic.

Successful companies are tapping into new markets with a customized export expansion strategy. They’ve done the analysis and they’re targeting the top two or three countries that have the greatest revenue potential and the least risk.

Who should participate:

Success in exporting relies on executive support and crafting strategy requires your top executive team: CEO/President, CFO/Controller, VP Sales or equivalent.

Scholarship applications being accepted through February 22, 2021: The cost for ExporTech is $ 7,500 per company pricing for up to 3 executive leaders (CEO/President, CFO/Controller, Exec Sales), with an immediate $ 3,000 scholarship from WEDC; bringing the out-of-pocket down to $ 4,500.  Complete the Participant and Scholarship Application form now by downloading the application HERE

Download the full information sheet by clicking the following ExporTech Winter March 2021

Contact Roxanne Baumann at [email protected] for pricing and scholarship availability.  See the results summary of ExporTech and more on Roxanne Baumann Click Here

Apr
27
Tue
ExporTech – Spring 2021 – ExporTech (Virtual) @ Online Webinar
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Grab your share of profitable exporting! 

Start growing your business through exporting with a customized, action-oriented export expansion strategy. ExporTech is a proven path to exporting success. Graduates have achieved sales increases averaging $900,000 within six to nine months after completing the program.

ExporTech™ is a 12 week virtual program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Sessions start March 8, 2021.

Group Session One – the week of March 8th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Two – the week of April 26; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Three – the week of June 7th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily

Driving growth is the key to success – Business growth comes from three sources:

  1. Increasing existing sales
  2. Bringing new innovative products to market
  3. Exporting

Forward-thinking Wisconsin companies are taking advantage of the explosive growth seen in other parts of the world. Today, 95% of consumers are outside the United States, and small-to-midsize Wisconsin companies are profiting from this global demographic.

Successful companies are tapping into new markets with a customized export expansion strategy. They’ve done the analysis and they’re targeting the top two or three countries that have the greatest revenue potential and the least risk.

Who should participate:

Success in exporting relies on executive support and crafting strategy requires your top executive team: CEO/President, CFO/Controller, VP Sales or equivalent.

Scholarship applications being accepted through February 22, 2021: The cost for ExporTech is $ 7,500 per company pricing for up to 3 executive leaders (CEO/President, CFO/Controller, Exec Sales), with an immediate $ 3,000 scholarship from WEDC; bringing the out-of-pocket down to $ 4,500.  Complete the Participant and Scholarship Application form now by downloading the application HERE

Download the full information sheet by clicking the following ExporTech Winter March 2021

Contact Roxanne Baumann at [email protected] for pricing and scholarship availability.  See the results summary of ExporTech and more on Roxanne Baumann Click Here

Apr
28
Wed
Leader Standard Work – Free Webinar @ Free Online Webinar
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Leader Standard Work

Creating Standards for Leaders to Manage Within

In this webinar, we will explore the The What, Why, How, practice and sustainable behaviors to bring more effective “lean leadership” into your daily management routine. Standard work is good. Can you bring a new standard of management to your team and across your organization? The short answer is yes! This session will offer a quick view into the power of Leader Standard Work. Taking the best of Lean thinking and infusing it within your daily work to bring about better team performance.

Avoid the daily whirlwind and learn how Leaders doing standardized work make a bigger impact. 

Featured Speaker:  Christian Wolcott – “Ancora Imparo- I am still Learning” Christian has 20+ years of Executive Lean Coaching. What makes Christian different is his passion, energy and enthusiasm for the application of continuous improvement -Kaizen-which has been a thread running through his career from the very beginning of his time working in Manufacturing to time spent serving clients in Manufacturing, Financial Services, Food, Retail, Social Media, Education, Government, NGO, Healthcare and non-profit.

Actively involved with leading industry figures in the development and implementation of Lean methodologies to support both incremental and radical business transformation methods including uncompromised respect for people and the successful application across diverse sectors.

What Every Leader Should Know: Legal and Liability Risks in Food Processing – Free Webinar @ Free Online Webinar
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Click the orange button with a white ticket icon for a link to the registration page. 

Leading a Food Processing Operation requires a complex set of leadership and operational skills. Also needed: an understanding of the unique legal and liability risks that you, as a responsible corporate officer, face when you assume a role at the top of the org chart.

In this session, our presenters will explore:

  • A summary of the Park doctrine and how the FDA is relying on it to seek misdemeanor convictions of food industry executives for a company’s food safety violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, regardless of what an executive knew about the violations.
  • The criteria FDA has considered when evaluating whether the agency will pursue liability for a responsible corporate official.
  • An overview of the Blue Bell Creameries matter, including the pending criminal enforcement matters.
  • Protecting your personal assets: The role Directors and Officers liability insurance (D&O) plays in protecting your personal assets. D&O is one of the most important, yet least understood coverages.

This session is ideally suited for:

C-Suite and Owners of food, feed and pet food companies, Legal Counsel, Food Safety Consultants

Featured Speakers: 

Jeanne Flanagan, Director of Liability Management, M3 Insurance – Jeanne Flanagan is the director of management liability at M3 Insurance. As such, she is responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the M3’s management liability resource group. She assists sales in the development and securing of new business while acting as resource to the account service team in the placement and servicing of management liability accounts.

Jeanne earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford-Connecticut.  She gained 30 years of specialized management liability insurance expertise through leadership roles with various brokers and joined M3 in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Ziemba, Partner, Michael Best –  Leah Ziemba is a partner at the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in its Madison, Wisconsin office and co-chairs the firm’s Agribusiness, Food and Beverage Industry Team. Michael Best is a leading law firm, with more than 250 attorneys in 13 offices across the U.S. who provide a full range of legal services to clients on a global, regional, and local basis.

Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety and other regulatory compliance issues, drawing on her experience with federal and state public agencies.  Leah’s work includes helping clients implement the Food Safety Modernization Act and related risk mitigation approaches, advising on food labeling matters, providing environmental liability assessments and risk management during transactional due diligence, and navigating local, county, and state regulatory matters.

Ms. Ziemba is ranked by Chambers USA as an “Up & Coming” attorney and has been recognized as one of In Business Madison’s 40 Under 40.

 

 

 

 

 

Session Moderator:  Jen Pino Gallagher, M3 Insurance

 

 

ExporTech – Spring 2021 – ExporTech (Virtual) @ Online Webinar
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Grab your share of profitable exporting! 

Start growing your business through exporting with a customized, action-oriented export expansion strategy. ExporTech is a proven path to exporting success. Graduates have achieved sales increases averaging $900,000 within six to nine months after completing the program.

ExporTech™ is a 12 week virtual program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Sessions start March 8, 2021.

Group Session One – the week of March 8th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Two – the week of April 26; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Three – the week of June 7th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily

Driving growth is the key to success – Business growth comes from three sources:

  1. Increasing existing sales
  2. Bringing new innovative products to market
  3. Exporting

Forward-thinking Wisconsin companies are taking advantage of the explosive growth seen in other parts of the world. Today, 95% of consumers are outside the United States, and small-to-midsize Wisconsin companies are profiting from this global demographic.

Successful companies are tapping into new markets with a customized export expansion strategy. They’ve done the analysis and they’re targeting the top two or three countries that have the greatest revenue potential and the least risk.

Who should participate:

Success in exporting relies on executive support and crafting strategy requires your top executive team: CEO/President, CFO/Controller, VP Sales or equivalent.

Scholarship applications being accepted through February 22, 2021: The cost for ExporTech is $ 7,500 per company pricing for up to 3 executive leaders (CEO/President, CFO/Controller, Exec Sales), with an immediate $ 3,000 scholarship from WEDC; bringing the out-of-pocket down to $ 4,500.  Complete the Participant and Scholarship Application form now by downloading the application HERE

Download the full information sheet by clicking the following ExporTech Winter March 2021

Contact Roxanne Baumann at [email protected] for pricing and scholarship availability.  See the results summary of ExporTech and more on Roxanne Baumann Click Here

Apr
29
Thu
ExporTech – Spring 2021 – ExporTech (Virtual) @ Online Webinar
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Grab your share of profitable exporting! 

Start growing your business through exporting with a customized, action-oriented export expansion strategy. ExporTech is a proven path to exporting success. Graduates have achieved sales increases averaging $900,000 within six to nine months after completing the program.

ExporTech™ is a 12 week virtual program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Sessions start March 8, 2021.

Group Session One – the week of March 8th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Two – the week of April 26; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Three – the week of June 7th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily

Driving growth is the key to success – Business growth comes from three sources:

  1. Increasing existing sales
  2. Bringing new innovative products to market
  3. Exporting

Forward-thinking Wisconsin companies are taking advantage of the explosive growth seen in other parts of the world. Today, 95% of consumers are outside the United States, and small-to-midsize Wisconsin companies are profiting from this global demographic.

Successful companies are tapping into new markets with a customized export expansion strategy. They’ve done the analysis and they’re targeting the top two or three countries that have the greatest revenue potential and the least risk.

Who should participate:

Success in exporting relies on executive support and crafting strategy requires your top executive team: CEO/President, CFO/Controller, VP Sales or equivalent.

Scholarship applications being accepted through February 22, 2021: The cost for ExporTech is $ 7,500 per company pricing for up to 3 executive leaders (CEO/President, CFO/Controller, Exec Sales), with an immediate $ 3,000 scholarship from WEDC; bringing the out-of-pocket down to $ 4,500.  Complete the Participant and Scholarship Application form now by downloading the application HERE

Download the full information sheet by clicking the following ExporTech Winter March 2021

Contact Roxanne Baumann at [email protected] for pricing and scholarship availability.  See the results summary of ExporTech and more on Roxanne Baumann Click Here