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Webinar: The State of U.S. Manufacturing 2017

An on-demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Epicor

Date: This webinar is now available on-demand
Originally Broadcast: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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Change has become the one thing that manufacturers in the U.S. can count on as a constant. In fact, the pace of change is accelerating as manufacturing digitizes and automates, global competition sharpens, and the workforce undergoes a major generational shift from baby boomers to millennials.

Join us for this special "Manufacturing Month" webinar as we present a panel of experts who will help to make sense of these changes and offer practical advice for helping your manufacturing facility to seize on the opportunities these changes bring rather than be overwhelmed by them.

We'll look at the technology shifts underway with the Internet of Things and increasingly sophisticated automation such as 3D printers and advanced robotics. We explore efforts to prepare a new generation for manufacturing jobs that put a premium on skills preparation. And we'll see how a leading manufacturer is coping with these challenges.

Our panel includes:

  • Steve Eddy, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory Leader, PwC, who will discuss the risks and opportunities in pursuing the Industrial Internet of Things. He will offer insights on where companies are making the investments, the business models they are using, and offer tips on next steps for manufacturers. 
  • Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, Manufacturing Institute, who will discuss workforce issues facing the industry, the skills gap and ways in which they can be addressed.
  • Kim Humphreys, Sr. Director of Operations, Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials, who will discuss women in manufacturing, how Avery Dennison attracts and retains young talent and the steps they are taking to make a more sustainable manufacturing facility.

We hope you can be part of this special webinar for an hour you won't want to miss!




Steve Eddy, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory Leader, PwC

Steve Eddy is PwC's Global Advisory Leader for the Consumer, Industrial Products and Services (CIPS) Industry where he works closely with our key territories and teams to bring relevant industry based solutions to CIPS clients across the globe. He maintains a similar CIPS Advisory role for the APA Cluster.

With over thirty-two years of experience, Steve assists clients in designing and executing strategies to unlock growth and drive competitive advantage. He has deep expertise in Enterprise Performance Management, Operating Model Transformation and Sustainable Cost Reduction.

Steve is also a seasoned Global Relationship Partner (GRP) having worked closely with several large Industrial Products clients and service teams in territories across the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia and West Africa. Steve currently serves as GRP for Honeywell and Tyco International.

Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, Manufacturing Institute

Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Carolyn drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices.
In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Carolyn steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Carolyn drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.

Prior to joining the Institute, Carolyn was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Kim Humphreys, Sr. Director of Operations, Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials

Kim Humphreys is responsible for managing operations for Avery Dennison's Label and Graphic Materials in North America. In this role, she leads the delivery or manufacturing operations results, operations strategic planning and the continuous improvement of safety, quality, service and cost.

Humphreys joined Avery Dennison in 2002 and has since held leadership positions in supply chain planning, Enterprise Lean Sigma and operations management. Prior to Avery Dennison, she held roles in operations with Procter and Gamble’s paper products division.

Humphreys received her engineering degree from Princeton University. She is based in Mentor, Ohio.


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