SEPT. 16, 2021 from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
at the Duke Energy Convention Center

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The MFG Strong Workforce Summit is a manufacturing event focusing on workforce development. Created by TechSolve, this summit will provide Southwest Ohio manufacturers information about industry best practices, hiring and talent development tactics, and employee retainment strategies. Some of the industry’s brightest will gather to start strategic dialogues and provide major insights into workforce, workplace, and company culture development. Connect with the best resources in Ohio, and learn about workforce solutions that manufacturers can implement immediately. Together, we can support the workforce and bring Ohio’s manufacturing into the future. 


Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins CSP® is an internationally-recognized speaker and presenter who specializes in workforce development and leading across generations. Ryan has helped organizations optimize their generational dynamics, decrease worker loneliness, and prepare for the future of the work. He strives to create a workforce welcoming to all ages and types of people.

Jenkins’s top-ranked insights have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal.

So, What Does This Have to Do with Manufacturing?

Manufacturers are managing both front of house and on the shop floor workers. Ryan’s topics are permeable across your business and extend far beyond the standard “office” structure. Together, the above topics will help you to cultivate the holistic organizational culture necessary to outperform in today’s highly diverse and disruption-prone workplace and marketplace. 

Full list of speakers and panelists coming soon. Stay tuned!

Glenn Richardson

Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace at JobsOhio

Glenn Richardson works with advanced manufacturing and aerospace companies to help them grow in an Industry 4.0 world.
Glenn is experienced in operations and engineering, having worked in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. Prior to JobsOhio, he worked for Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. as the vice president of the packaging and driven equipment supply chain unit. Glenn has also held positions with Dana Corp. and at Honeywell, where he led the technical development of the fuel valves for the jet engine on the F-22 fighter.
Glenn earned an executive MBA and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Angel Beets

Co-Managing Partner at Gilman Partners

Angel joined Gilman Partners in 2018 after working with the firm as a marketing contractor for nearly three years. She worked for public relations firms in Indianapolis, Chicago and the Greater Cincinnati area and was the Communication Manager for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Passionate about education and lifelong learning, Angel served as Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana for a decade and has taught a wide range of courses at Indiana University East, Northern Kentucky University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sinclair Community College.

In addition to managing Gilman Partners' day-to-day operations, Angel writes and speaks on hiring/talent trends, oversees marketing and education initiatives, and serves as the director of GP Elevate, the firm's leadership development program designed to prepare high-potential leaders for executive roles. She is a member of Impact 100, serves on the board of EC LEARN in Northern Kentucky, and is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 44 and the Leadership Northern Kentucky class of 2018.

Erin Young

HR Consultant at VonLehman

Erin Young brings over 10 years of human resources experience to her team, with a specialization in talent management, including workforce planning, recruiting, training, performance management, employee development, employee engagement, and succession planning. Her industry experience includes work within manufacturing & distribution centers, non-profits, construction, financial institutions, government and professional services. In her former roles, she gained a wealth of experience in managing employee relations, strategic planning and succession, tackling compliance issues, and technology selection and implementation. Erin is passionate about assisting businesses make the most of their resources and talent, through a tailored and personalized approach.

Amy Waldbilling

Vice President - Workforce Development at Cincinnati State

Amy Waldbillig is the vice president of workforce development for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, a position she has held since 2015.
A native of Euclid, Ohio, Waldbillig holds a Master of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
After a successful career in public transportation in both the public and private sectors, Waldbillig switched to education in 2005. Prior to joining Cincinnati State, she served in several positions for Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, including assistant superintendent of performance and accountability.
Waldbillig serves on the boards and committees of numerous organizations dedicated to strengthening Greater Cincinnati, including REDI Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Workforce Investment Board. In 2017, she was a recipient of the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance Women of Excellence Award.

Kelly Kolar

President and Founder of Kolar Design, Inc.

Kelly Kolar is President & Founder of Kolar Design, Inc. and the Kolar Experience Institute. Kolar is an
award-winning brand experience firm that uses insights & strategy to create business results for our clients and community. We are passionate about finding new and better ways to connect people, places, and brands—from healing environments focused on the patient and family experience to global workplaces that blend corporate and cultural identity. You can find our work in workplace of the future, and mixed-use development, where civic branding is breathing life into urban areas; in city parks that have become the heart of communities; and in academic settings, where shifting populations and new technologies are redefining education. Our team is driven by the belief that great design is transformative, that environments can be an agent of change for people, brands and business.

She truly believes that the intersection of art and business breathes life into our community, making a positive impact through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Jon Graft

CEO/Superintendent at Butler Tech

Jon Graft is the Superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech, one of Ohio’s largest providers of career technical education. Named one of 2019’s Cincinnati Power 100 by Cincy Magazine, a 2018 CEO of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier and a 2018 Civic Leadership Award Winner by Lead Tribune Media Group, Jon has forged unique business and industry partnerships to create opportunity for students and spur economic development in the region. He has recently been appointed president-elect of the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents, a member of the National and State Association of Career Technical Education.

Butler Tech, a 2019 Top Workplace, serves more than 17,000 secondary students each day and more than 2,000 adult students annually. Butler Tech is a business partner to expanding educational programs such as Aviation, Mechatronics, and Information Technology. Additionally, Butler Techs 5th Day Experience provides an opportunity for students and businesses to collaborate with each other for internships, co/ops, and work-based experiences.

Prior to joining Butler Tech, Jon was Superintendent of the Butler County Educational Service Center. Jon’s roots are in education, having held leadership roles in the Middletown City School District and Madison Local Schools. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Dayton.

Traci Spencer

Grant Program Manager at TechSolve

Traci Spencer is the Grant Program Manager at TechSolve. During her 26 years of service, Traci has been a passionate advocate for the workforce of the future, incumbent workers, and small and medium-sized manufacturers. A majority of Traci's time is spent overseeing the program management, grant administration, reporting, and successful completion of deliverables and standards for TechSolve’s grants including its Ohio MEP program as well as various other state and federal programs. Traci also manages the flow of information related to the consultation, training, technical assistance, and business assistance of small and mid-size manufacturers in order to both report return on investment to the manufacturers and key performance measures to the government funding stakeholders. Traci received her BA in Political Science from Wittenberg University and is a 2019 graduate of the Tab Wilkins Emerging MEP Leaders Program. Traci is a member of the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee (OC3), NIST MEP Cybersecurity Working Group, NIST MEP Workforce Working Group, NIST MEP Supplier Scouting Group, as well as the NIST MEP Industry 4.0 Working Group.

Brian Carovillano

Director, Virtual + Interactive Solutions Group at Kinetic Vision

Brian leads the advanced virtual and interactive technology group at Kinetic Vision. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has been a driving force in implementing powerful new visualization technologies at the company, as well as managing critical design disciplines around interactive displays, multi-media experiences, and GUI simulators. Brian’s background in Urban Design and Planning, as well as his expansive knowledge and mastery of state-of-the-art visualization software, have helped propel Kinetic Vision to become one of the regions’ leading virtual and interactive solutions providers.

Rob Longfellow

Director at Juxtum

Rob Longfellow is a Director at Juxtum. For over 30 years, Rob has helped manufacturers access the data they need to optimize technology solutions that drive business growth. Rob leads implementation of data collection and secure connectivity solutions for many of the nation's top Defense manufacturers and small businesses alike. Throughout his career, Rob has developed solutions for engineering, manufacturing and sales groups that streamline and automate processes while delivering actionable information for strategic and tactical decision makers. His expertise in manufacturing, software development and business development enable him to understand the intricacies and big picture of manufacturing shop floors and develop solutions that help manufacturers make and validate the best decisions to improve profitability.

Cristóbal Jiménez Jiménez

Master Trainer at Festo Didactic

Cristóbal is a Master Trainer at the Mason Learning Center, instructing industrial automation, mechatronics, Industry 4.0, lean manufacturing, and works with the mechatronics apprenticeship program. Previously, Cristóbal worked for the National Meteorological Service of México, Gillette de México y Cía, Festo Pneumatic S.A., Didactic Leader in Balluff de México S.A. de C.V., and was a freelance engineer working in consulting and training activities throughout Mexico and Colombia. Cristóbal received his education from the Communication and Electronics Engineering Instituto Politécnico Nacional from 1984-1989.

Vickie Mc Mullen

Client Relations Manager and Project Manager for the US Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Grant

Vickie McMullen, Techsolve, Inc., Current Professional Experience: Client Relations Manager and Project Manager for the US Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Grant. Prior Corporate Professional Experience: Director of Education Partnerships, Rhinestahl Corporation; Director of Recruiting, GE Capital IT Solutions; Corporate College Recruiting Leader, Fifth Third Bank; Human Resources Manager, Fidelity Investments; Corporate Employee Relations Manager, Chemical Bank, New York.

Prior Non-Profit Professional Experience: Director, MBA program at the University of Cincinnati; Human Resources Manager, UC Hospital Medical Center.

Scott Ellsworth

Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions

Scott Ellsworth is the Principal and Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions. As a contractor to Jobs for the Future, he works to more fully engage employers in developing and implementing effective apprenticeship programs and driving greater inclusion of all populations in the workforce. Prior to founding Scott Ellsworth Consulting, Scott was the Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU), a Washington DC-based advocacy and education organization that strives to bring employers into the workforce and skills gap discussion. He also has over 25 years of experience in managing a variety of manufacturing firms both large and small, including most recently as VP and General Manager of US Operations for Tipco Punch in Hamilton, Ohio. Scott holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from LSU-Shreveport.

Amanda Mosteller

Director of Learning and Development at ERA

Amanda Mosteller is a Talent Development leader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Amanda comes to ERA from a global IT services organization where she honed her craft at bringing Talent Development programs and initiatives into the digital age. Amanda's experience ranges from individual and executive career coaching to learning program development from the ground up. Most recently Amanda has focused her own knowledge and skill growth in Organizational Development work s well as embracing the ways of technology can alter how adults learn.

Kimberly Gates

Director of Adult Education, WCCC Main Campus

I am the new Director of Adult Education for the Warren County Career Center, Main Campus. Previously, I was the Assistant Secondary Director of WCCC supervising Career Tech Programs and Student Services. I have been working in education for 20 years and look forward to continuing to grow our Manufacturing programs and strengthening our partnerships with Business and Industry.


Recruitment Strategies & Retention Tactics

The Future of Work & Technology Integration

Workforce Development Funding and Programing


Morning Session

7:45 AM – 8:15 AM – Plated Breakfast & Welcome (ALL)

8:15 AM – 8:45 AMNew Ways of Working: Hybrid Works, Now What? (ALL)

15-Minute Break

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Breakout Sessions

20-Minute Break

12:10 – 1:00 PMBoxed Lunch & Keynote Presentation

Afternoon Session

1:00 PM – 1:55 PM – Community Partner Displays & Networking Hour

1:55 – 2:45 PM – Afternoon Breakout Session – Afternoon Theme: Building Stronger Communities and Manufacturing Resources

    • Track #1: Manufacturers in Hamilton & Clermont Counties
    • Track #2: Manufacturers in Warren & Butler Counties
    • Track #3: Manufacturers in Highland, Brown, & Clinton Counties
    • Track #4: Manufacturers in Indiana, Kentucky, and other Ohio Counties

10-Minute Break

2:55 PM – 4:15 PM – Educational Institution Panel Discussion (ALL)

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Event Summary & Action Items (ALL)



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