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
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

Apr
30
Fri
ExporTech – Spring 2021 – ExporTech (Virtual) @ Online Webinar
Apr 30 @ 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

May
6
Thu
Keep Your Cash and Deploy Automation – Free Webinar @ Free Online Webinar
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Keep Your Cash and Deploy Automation

Automation acquisition options that help manufacturers retain capital and guarantee performance.

Traditionally manufacturers have had few financing options to deploy automation within their operations. Recent developments allow manufacturers to rent automation equipment, utilize Machines as a Service (MaaS), and guarantee equipment performance based on production KPIs. WMEP will explore these options with industry partners to give real-world case studies on options to bring automation into your facility.

By attending this webinar, you will walk away with having an understanding of alternative financing models for automation that keep cash on hand and guarantee performance.

Contact WMEP for an Automation Assessment to establish an Automation Action Plan for your manufacturing facility.

Featured Speakers:

Misa Ilkhechi, Co-founder and Vice President of Robotics, Formic – Misa leads sales and engineering efforts at Formic. Misa works with our customers to evaluate their operations and identify applications with the highest potential to automate. He holds a BS in Mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and works out of our Chicago office. Prior to joining Formic, Misa has worked in a variety of sales and engineering roles for companies such as Bosch, John Deere, Ametek and Universal Robots. He has had an active role in consulting manufacturing companies on how to improve efficiency and productivity through automation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zac Tretow, VP of Business Development, SteamChain – Zac Tretow is the VP of Business Development at SteamChain, where he leads the sales and marketing functions at the company. He was most recently the Director of Business Development at gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator, where he was responsible for consulting with large corporations on their innovation programs. He has an extensive background in events and special projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Tietz, President, CNC Solutions – Randy is the President of CNC Solutions, an automation integrator in Johnson Creek, WI. He is a C.P.A. with a background leading manufacturing groups through organizational transformations. As a CFO and COO for manufacturers on the global market, Randy was responsible for strategy decisions across all facets of business including management of sales, operations, engineering, finance, IT, HR, and safety. He has helped manufacturers manage risk through capital equipment investment and enjoys helping manufacturers increase their competitive edge through automation.

 

May
12
Wed
New North Summit 2021 Playbook for Recovery Series – Education and Talent Training Camp – Part 3 @ Virtual
May 12 @ 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.

The Anatomy of a Recall – Best Practices @ Free Online Webinar
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Anatomy of a Food Recall

What really goes on behind the scenes during a food recall?  Which regulatory agencies are involved?  Recalls can often be times of indecision and outright panic.  A well informed team can sometimes avert a disaster.  Is your team ready?

We’ll explore what happens during a recall from the time you are informed of a problem to the disposition of the affected product.  We’ll discuss what decisions need to made, who needs to make them, and what information they’ll need.

You’ll also learn how product recall insurance can play a role in helping your company recover from the expenses and brand damage caused by a recall.

This session is ideally suited for:  C-Suite and Owners of food, feed, and pet food companies, Food Safety Managers and team members.

Moderator: Andy Broderick, WMEP Business Development Leader

Presenters: Peg Dorn, WMEP Food Safety Consultant and Jen Pino-Gallagher, M3 Insurance

Peg Dorn 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.