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. All times listed are central time unless otherwise noted.

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How a Company’s Culture can Help or Hinder Food Safety – Part 2 of a 3 Part Series – Free Webinar Presented in Collaboration with M3 Insurance
Join us to explore the importance of creating a food safety culture within a food manufacturing company.
October 14, 2021 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm Central Time


Value Stream Mapping for Shop Processes – Free Webinar
Assess your current shop processes to remove waste and improve throughput and accuracy.
October 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


UWEBI – Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Annual Virtual Conference – Cost: $595 for members; $695 for non-members
Wisconsin’s premier virtual learning event for business leaders and technology professionals!
October 14, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


The Journey to Zero Waste – Free Webinar
A conversation about how the principles of zero waste and strategies to reduce your waste streams.
October 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Inaugural 2021 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™ Presentations
The 2021 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™ is a new, comprehensive, annual report that gauges Wisconsin manufacturing executives’ perceptions of the state of their business, their outlook on manufacturing, and identifies and explores key issues impacting their business and employees.

October 26, 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
October 27, 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – University of Wisconsin-Stout, 712 Broadway St S, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751


Energy Efficiency Summit – Free, In-Person Event
The Energy Efficiency Summit is back in person this year at the Monona Terrace. Bringing local and regional experts to Madison to explore new advances in energy efficiency for your commercial and industrial business.
October 26, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Manufacturing First – INSIGHT ON BUSINESS 2021 Annual Conference – Cost: $149
Manufacturing First provides Wisconsin manufacturers with hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses and is designed for them to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments and provide premier networking opportunities.
KI Convention Center, Green Bay, WI
October 27, 2021 – All Day


Front Line Leader Skill Development – TWI – Training Within Industry – Free Webinar
Join us for this webinar to learn how WMEP can help your organization produce a dynamic TWI program of hands-on learning and practice and teach the essential skills for supervisors, team leaders, and anyone who directs the work of others.
November 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


What Every Leader Should Know: Legal and Liability Risks in Food Processing – Part 3 of a 3 Part Series – Free Webinar
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.
November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Putting your Plan on Paper – Connecting your Strategy to your Financial Resources – Free Webinar
Translating your Strategic Plan into a Financial Business Plan is critical. How else will you know if you have the financial resources to execute your strategy over your plan horizon?
Dec 16, 2021 10:00 am – 11:00 am


ExporTech™ – Winter 2022 – Virtual Sessions – Contact Roxanne Baumann for cost details
A 12 week virtual program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Sessions start January 24, 2022.

Group Session One – the week of January 24th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Two – the week of February 28th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Group Session Three – the week of April 4th; Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily


 

Oct
14
Thu
UWEBI – Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Annual Conference @ Virtual Conference
Oct 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wisconsin’s premier virtual learning event for business leaders and technology professionals!

This conference is Wisconsin’s premier learning event for business professionals, attracting over 800 participants to interact with and be delighted by world-class keynotes and tracks on excellence in Customer Service, Information Technology, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Our conference will also feature a visionary executive panel as well as mini master classes presented by world-renowned UW-Madison faculty.

WMEP is a proud sponsor of this event.  Please click HERE to learn more about this conference.

How a Company’s Culture can Help or Hinder Food Safety – Part 2 of a 3 Part Series – Free Webinar @ Free Online Webinar
Oct 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value Stream Mapping for Shop Processes – Free Webinar @ Free Online Webinar
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Value Stream Mapping for Shop Processes – Free Webinar

Assess your current shop processes to remove waste and improve throughput and accuracy.

Are you looking to eliminate waste in your manufacturing processes?

• Do you need to reduce your production lead time, but aren’t sure where to start?
• Do you have large amounts of work-in-process (WIP) inventory and a lack of product flow in your production processes?
• Are you having challenges meeting your customer’s delivery requirements?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then this webinar is for you!

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) allows you to take a high-level view of your process or Value Stream and enable you to diagnose problems and implement changes. It is the best way to identify the right areas for improvement so you can get lean and maximize your productivity.

Value Stream Mapping is a four-step process that uncovers waste and reveals how to streamline your manufacturing and office processes through the following steps:

  1. Identify which product or process will be mapped and establish SMART project goals
  2. Create the current state map and collect data on the process
  3. Review the waste in the process and make a future state map representing the improved process
  4. Implement the changes and monitor performance to the goals

Value Stream Mapping will improve throughput, speed and accuracy of shop floor processes to reduce lead times and costs.

Featured Speaker:  Beth Aldana, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions; Senior Consultant:  Elizabeth brings over 14 years of experience in manufacturing, including Engineering and Operations leadership, complex Project Management, New Product Development and Lean Six Sigma Operations. Elizabeth has worked for several small/mid-size manufacturers, including MRPC and Vesta, most recently she served as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Techniplas.  View Beth’s full bio HERE.

 

21st Century Pathways – Virtual Offering @ Online Virtual Program
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

21st Century Pathways – Virtual Offering

Note:  The dates have changed for this event

The 21st Century Pathways virtual offering program  takes place with weekly sessions from 1-3:30pm daily – one week in October, one week in November and one week in January.  The schedule is as follows:

Session One – Week of October 11th, 2021, Monday through Friday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Session Two – Week of November 8th, 2021, Monday through Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Session Three – Week of January 10th, 2022,  Monday through Friday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily

What is 21st Century Pathways? 21st Century Pathways is a hands-on workshop to develop a customized Sustainability Plan with ROIs.  The program is designed to strategically elevate sustainability in your organization by better aligning organizational and sustainability objectives.

​What does the program do for my business? The program leads you through a customizable process to better understand what your priorities should be and what metrics matter most, helping you develop a roadmap for sustainable integration. The process helps identify and prioritize the key steps your company can take to advance your objectives and desired business outcomes.

​Why 21st Century Pathways? 21st Century businesses need 21st Century leadership. Pathways participants leave the program with an enhanced understanding of the priorities they need to focus on to reduce risk, increase growth potential, engage your workforce, and build long-term business success.

​Specifically, by completing this program your organization will:

​Integrate credible sustainable practice in your business to create new and additional business value.

Engage your workforce in sustainability-driven innovation and value creation.

Have a library of resources and references for continued growth and development

Identify new opportunities for cost reduction and increased resource efficiency.

Have a sustainability program that is the right size for your business and relevant to your industry.

Have credible sustainability credentials that build competency in your organization.

Understand the sustainable opportunities for your business.

Be ready for Green Masters Program recognition.

Who Should Participate? 21st Century Pathways leadership strategy requires business integration of sustainability, which requires participation of senior leaders. The program requires participation of two individuals from each business including one member from the executive team and an individual designated to lead your initiative. Program fees include participation of two individuals per organization. ​

Download the full information sheet HERE

For more information, contact:

Mark McDermid, Sustainability Consultant

[email protected]

608.512.3378

OR

Jessy Servi-Oritz

Managing Director, WSBC

[email protected]

414.861.1177

Oct
15
Fri
21st Century Pathways – Virtual Offering @ Online Virtual Program
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

21st Century Pathways – Virtual Offering

Note:  The dates have changed for this event

The 21st Century Pathways virtual offering program  takes place with weekly sessions from 1-3:30pm daily – one week in October, one week in November and one week in January.  The schedule is as follows:

Session One – Week of October 11th, 2021, Monday through Friday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Session Two – Week of November 8th, 2021, Monday through Friday 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily
Session Three – Week of January 10th, 2022,  Monday through Friday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Daily

What is 21st Century Pathways? 21st Century Pathways is a hands-on workshop to develop a customized Sustainability Plan with ROIs.  The program is designed to strategically elevate sustainability in your organization by better aligning organizational and sustainability objectives.

​What does the program do for my business? The program leads you through a customizable process to better understand what your priorities should be and what metrics matter most, helping you develop a roadmap for sustainable integration. The process helps identify and prioritize the key steps your company can take to advance your objectives and desired business outcomes.

​Why 21st Century Pathways? 21st Century businesses need 21st Century leadership. Pathways participants leave the program with an enhanced understanding of the priorities they need to focus on to reduce risk, increase growth potential, engage your workforce, and build long-term business success.

​Specifically, by completing this program your organization will:

​Integrate credible sustainable practice in your business to create new and additional business value.

Engage your workforce in sustainability-driven innovation and value creation.

Have a library of resources and references for continued growth and development

Identify new opportunities for cost reduction and increased resource efficiency.

Have a sustainability program that is the right size for your business and relevant to your industry.

Have credible sustainability credentials that build competency in your organization.

Understand the sustainable opportunities for your business.

Be ready for Green Masters Program recognition.

Who Should Participate? 21st Century Pathways leadership strategy requires business integration of sustainability, which requires participation of senior leaders. The program requires participation of two individuals from each business including one member from the executive team and an individual designated to lead your initiative. Program fees include participation of two individuals per organization. ​

Download the full information sheet HERE

For more information, contact:

Mark McDermid, Sustainability Consultant

[email protected]

608.512.3378

OR

Jessy Servi-Oritz

Managing Director, WSBC

[email protected]

414.861.1177

Oct
21
Thu
The Journey to Zero Waste @ Free Online Webinar
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Journey to Zero Waste

A conversation about how the principles of zero waste and strategies to reduce your waste streams.

In this session, we will discuss the role of the zero waste hierarchy and other waste reduction strategies in the journey to zero waste. We will discuss the TRUE certification framework, which is the US Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) zero waste certification program. TRUE certification aims to support facilities and businesses in achieving their zero waste goals by providing a clear path to certification using a points-based rating system and educational tools such as the TRUE Advisor program.

We will share a business case study example of the journey to zero waste, including what challenges were overcome.

AGENDA:

Overview of the waste hierarchy
Introduction to TRUE framework for waste reduction
A business case study that achieved Zero Waste2

SPEAKERS:

Celeste McMickle, Director of Client Solutions, TRUE Zero Waste, USGBC Celeste has a background in architecture and is a TRUE Advisor, LEED AP, and LEED Green Rater. She serves on the board of NYSAR3 and the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board and is a certified Master Composter and Permaculture Designer. She is a 2021 recipient of the 40 under 40 award by Waste360. Celeste holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.

Business case example coming soon…

More about TRUE Certification:

TRUE certification aims to support facilities and businesses in achieving their zero waste goals by providing a clear path to certification using a points-based rating system and educational tools such as the TRUE Advisor program. TRUE certified spaces are environmentally responsible, more resource efficient, and help turn waste into savings and additional income streams. By closing the loop, they cut greenhouse gases, manage risk, reduce litter and pollution, reinvest resources locally, create jobs, and add more value for their company and community. TRUE also certifies events to improve their sustainability.

Green Business Certification (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally and administers all LEED green building certifications.

 

Oct
26
Tue
Energy Efficient Summit @ Monona Terrace
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Energy Efficient Summit

Explore new advances in energy efficiency for your business and your customers. Join us in person for an inspiring morning of breakouts specifically designed for businesses and trade allies. Attendees will gain insights into new and emerging technologies to improve commercial & industrial buildings.

The Energy Efficiency Summit is bringing local and regional energy experts to Madison to help solve your energy challenges. Our half-day summit includes:

  • Innovative, solutions-oriented workshops for C&I customers.
  • Exploration of new tools and technologies to help you identify and optimize energy conservation opportunities for your business.
  • Implementing city energy planning goals and strategies.
  • Opportunities to engage with your local MGE staff, FOCUS ON ENERGY® representatives, and explore Commercial PACE financing solutions.
    And

Whether you’re just beginning to explore emerging technologies or navigating advances in HVAC and lighting controls, the Energy Efficiency Summit will have something for you.

Early registration is encouraged!

Make sure you’re at the table for this information-packed morning. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.

Please click HERE for more information on this event.

The 2021 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report – Pewaukee @ The Ingleside Hotel
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wisconsin Manufacturing Report 2021 logo

 

The 2021 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™ is a new, comprehensive, annual report that gauges Wisconsin manufacturing executives’ perceptions of the state of their business, their outlook on manufacturing, and identifies and explores key issues impacting their business and employees.

Manufacturers, government officials, economic development offices, and other researchers can use the findings of this report to inform strategies and tactics that address the needs of Wisconsin manufacturers.

The Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP) commissioned this study in collaboration with WMEP Manufacturing Solutions (WMEP) and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC).

Please join us at 3:00pm for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Report presentation, followed by a networking reception.

 

SPONSORED BY FIRST BUSINESS BANK

 

Oct
27
Wed
Manufacturing First – INSIGHT ON BUSINESS 2021 Annual Conference @ KI Convention Center
Oct 27 all-day

Manufacturing First 2021 will take place on Oct. 27 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.  Manufacturing First provides Wisconsin manufacturers with hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses and is designed for them to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments and provide premier networking opportunities.

This year’s Manufacturing Event will feature a keynote speaker, 16 breakout sessions and over 200 exhibitors. There will also be plenty of networking time.

To learn more about the conference including the keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and how to become a sponsor/exhibitor – please click HERE

WMEP is proud to be a sponsor of this event.  Register NOW!

 

The 2021 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report – UW Stout @ University of Wisconsin Stout
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wisconsin Manufacturing Report 2021 logo

 

The 2021 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™ is a new, comprehensive, annual report that gauges Wisconsin manufacturing executives’ perceptions of the state of their business, their outlook on manufacturing, and identifies and explores key issues impacting their business and employees.

Manufacturers, government officials, economic development offices, and other researchers can use the findings of this report to inform strategies and tactics that address the needs of Wisconsin manufacturers.

The Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP) commissioned this study in collaboration with WMEP Manufacturing Solutions (WMEP) and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC).

Please join us at 2:00pm for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Report presentation, followed by a networking reception.

 

SPONSORED BY FIRST BUSINESS BANK