September 15-18, 2019 Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel Atlanta, GA

Agenda


Join your colleagues from other MEP Centers, NIST MEP staff, partners, stakeholders, and industry thought leaders to learn, share, and connect as we collectively improve our ability to serve manufacturers and improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. The 2019 MEP National Network Summit will include extensive opportunities for learning and growth for MEP Center leadership and practitioners, as well as NIST MEP staff, stakeholders, and ultimately U.S. manufacturing.


Agenda-At-A-Glance

Tracks


UNITED (Track U) – Uniting with our partners and ecosystems
This track will highlight the MEP National Network’s unique ways of leveraging partnerships and relationships to connect manufacturers to what they need.

STATE (Track S) – The current state of services and knowledge sharing
This track will encompass the distinctive and replicable practices Centers employ to serve manufacturers and increase operational excellence across the Network.

MANUFACTURING (Track M) – Manufacturing technology and trends
This track will offer insight into the technologies currently impacting today’s manufacturing operations, as well as the cutting-edge technologies of tomorrow.

Session Guide

Sunday – Pre-Summit Sessions:

These pre-Summit sessions on Sunday, September 15th are complimentary, including working group sessions, the MEP Advisory Board meeting, and deep dives on specific subject matter. Note: While these sessions are complimentary, registration is still required

Breakout Sessions:

The Summit will host nearly 50 breakout sessions that will focus on best practices, insights into technologies currently impacting manufacturing, and much more - delivered by peers and professionals from around the industry

Plenary (Full Group) Sessions:

Expert panelists plus five dynamic keynote speakers will provide Summit attendees with useful knowledge and practical insights that can be applied to daily work with manufacturing clients.

Structured Networking Breaks:

The Summit will provide numerous networking opportunities to strengthen and build relationships between Centers and NIST MEP. On Monday and Tuesday there will be extended Structured Networking Breaks with various roundtable topics hosted by industry experts and Working Group champions on various topics. Drop in to one or more during these 45 minute extra sessions.


Sessions and rooms are subject to change.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time
Agenda Item
8:00 AM-
5:00 PM
Track S
A Deep Dive into the World of the NIST MEP Program Evaluation and Economic Research Group (PEER)

A704


8:00 AM-
3:30 PM
Track U
MEP Advisory Board Meeting

Atrium A


8:00 AM-
12:00 PM
Track S
Lean Together & 2 Second Lean: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Continuous Improvement

A707

Track S
Workforce Working Group

A708


9:00 AM-
4:00 PM
Track S
Cyber Working Group

A706


1:00 PM-
5:00 PM
Track S
Marketing Working Group

L401/L402

Track S
MATTR Working Group (MATTR Steering team)

L405/L406

Track S
Food Working Group

A703

Track S
Toyota Kata Working Group

A707

Track S
Employer of Choice - How Catalyst Connection’s Partnership with DDI is making a Difference

A708


1:00 PM-
3:00 PM
Track U
Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Planning for MEP Center Boards

A705


6:00 PM-
7:30 PM
MEP National Network Summit, Kick-Off Networking Event: Includes Celebration of Life for Tab Wilkins

Atrium B/C


Monday, September 16, 2019
Time
Agenda Item
7:00 AM-
5:30 PM
Registration & Exhibits

Atrium Foyer


7:00 AM-
8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast

Atrium Foyer


8:00 AM-
9:30 AM
Welcome to the MEP National Network Summit

Atrium B/C


9:30 AM-
10:15 AM
Featured Keynote: Greg Satell

Atrium B/C


10:15 AM-
10:30 AM
Break

Atrium Foyer


10:30 AM-
12:00 PM
Track U
Building the MEP National Network Brand

A704

Track U
Increase Your MEP's Impact Through Partnering with NASA

L401/L402

Track U
Partners Connect in the Spokes of a Wheel: How to Bring Different Resources Together and be the “Hub” in your Manufacturing Ecosystem

A706

Track S
Lean our Lives: Identifying Waste at the Office, at Home, and in Life in General

A703

Track S
Getting the Most Out of a Center Performance Panel Review

A707

Track S
Improving the Competitiveness of Medical Device and Instrument Manufacturing Supply Chains through MedAccred

A708

Track M
The Value of Block Chain to the Food Manufacturing Industry

A705

Track M
Preparing for and Implementing Industry 4.0 (I4.0)

Atrium A


12:00 PM-
2:00 PM
Lunch with Featured Keynote Speakers:
Special Guest Keynote: Karen Dunn Kelley, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Featured Keynote: David Beurle

Atrium B/C


2:00 PM-
3:30 PM
Track U
A Roadmap to Joining the Digital Supply Chain

A703

Track U
Win-Win: Engaging with Economic Developers for Maximum Economic Impact

A706

Track U
Community Cluster Building to Support Manufacturing Growth and Job Creation

L401/L402

Track S
Overall Management of Your Cooperative Agreement

A705

Track S
Technology Resource Sharing for Marketers: You CAN Work Smarter, Not Harder

A707

Track S
A Systems Approach to Workforce Challenges

Atrium A

Track M
Cybersecurity, One Center's Approach

A704

Track M
Additive Update 2019 - For Engineers and Delivery Staff

A708


3:30 PM-
4:15 PM
OPEN for NOW

L405/L406

Structured Networking Break - Marketing Working Group, Discussion Topics

Atrium A

Structured Networking Break - The Manufacturing Data Dashboard: A Free Resource for MEP Centers

L401/L402

Structured Networking Break - Cooperative Agreements: Continuing the Conversation, Discussion Topics

A705

Structured Networking Break - IOT Working Group, Discussion Topics

A703

Structured Networking Break - CI & TWI Working Group, Discussion Topics

A707

Structured Networking Break - TDMI & TS Program, Past, Present & Future, Discussion Topics

A708

Structured Networking Break - MEP and Mfg USA Institutes, Discussion Topics

A704

Structured Networking Break - Workforce Working Group, Discussion Topics

A706


4:15 PM-
5:30 PM
Plenary Panel: The MEP National Network - The Evolution from a System to a Network

Atrium B/C


Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time
Agenda Item
7:00 AM-
5:30 PM
Registration & Exhibits

Atrium Foyer


7:00 AM-
8:30 AM
Breakfast with Panel Presentation: New Frontiers in Food Industry

Atrium B/C


8:30 AM-
9:30 AM
Featured Keynote: Rebekah Kowalski

Atrium B/C


9:30 AM-
9:45 AM
Break

Atrium Foyer


9:45 AM-
11:15 AM
Track U
Getting the Most Out of Using the MEP National Networks Communication and Collaboration Tools

A704

Track U
MEP Centers as State Manufacturing Intermediaries

A703

Track U
Developing the Win-Win with State & Regional Partners

A705

Track S
Lessons Learned and Leveraging Partnerships Toward Cybersecurity Compliance

A707

Track S
Resolving the Challenges in Working with Small Manufacturers

Atrium A

Track S
From the Horse's Mouth: Our Clients Tell Their Workforce Success Stories

A708

Track M
Assisting SMMs Through Collaborative Robotics Services

A706

Track M
Helping Manufacturers Safely Secure their Future via Digitization

L401/L402

Swing Space

L405/406


11:15 AM-
11:30 AM
Break

Atrium Foyer


11:30 AM-
1:00 PM
Luncheon with FORME Industry Awards Ceremony

Atrium B/C


1:00 PM-
2:30 PM
Track U
Developing and Implementing a State Legislative Strategy: The Inside Story

A706

Track U
The Heart of the Matter: Raising the Bar(n) Together by Growing Community

A705

Track S
Small Manufacturer Cyber Training Across the MEP National Network

A707

Track S
Helping Manufacturers Project Success With Market Research

A704

Track S
Smart Automation Strategies and Assessment

Atirum A

Track S
Building a Regional MEP Food Industry Collaborative (MT, WA, ID)

A703

Track M
MATTR 4.0

A708

Track M
Partner Scouting & Active Matchmaking for ARM

L401/L402

Swing Space

L405/406


2:30 PM-
3:15 PM
Structured Networking Break - Up to nine sessions, informal discussions/roundtables

Atrium Foyer

TBA

L405/406

Structured Networking Break - Cyber Working Group, Discussion Topics

A704

Structured Networking Break - PEER, Continue the Discussion, Various Topics

A703

Structured Networking Break - MEP Connect, Discussion on the platform and available tools

Atrium A

OPEN for NOW

A707

Structured Networking Break - Food Working Group, Discussion Topics

A706

Structured Networking Break - MATTR Working Group, Discussion Topics

A708

Structured Networking Break - Leveraging Universities to advance manufacturing innovation through the MEP National Network—Contribute to the research!

A705

TBA

L401/402


3:15 PM-
4:45 PM
Track U
Bringing 2.14 Billion Hours of Federal Research Lab Expertise to the Shop Floor

A705

Track U
Creating Non-Profit Consortiums to Drive Change

A708

Track S
Toyota Kata Four Step Overview

A707

Track S
Marketing 4.0: Working Smarter to Grow Your Center's Brand

A706

Track S
Optimizing Salesforce for Effective Center Management

A704

Track S
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council - Impacting Recruitment and Retention of a Skilled Workforce

A703

Track S
System Driven Sustainable Solutions

L401/L402

Track M
Overcoming the Challenges of Manufacturing Technology Innovation & Adoption with Your Local SMMs

Atrium A

Swing Space

L405/406


4:45 PM-
5:00 PM
Break

Atrium Foyer


5:00 PM-
5:45 PM
Featured Keynote: Dr. Lonnie Johnson

Atrium B/C


Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time
Agenda Item
7:00 AM-
12:00 PM
Registration & Exhibits

Atrium Foyer


7:00 AM-
8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast

Atrium Foyer


8:00 AM-
9:15 AM
Plenary: Future of Manufacturing Policy Panel

Atrium B/C


9:15 AM-
9:30 AM
Break

Atrium Foyer


9:30 AM-
11:00 AM
Track U
Reigniting Partnerships: From "NO!" to "No Way Without You"

A705

Track U
Leveraging Partners for Creative Workforce Solutions

L401/L402

Track S
Why Harnessing the Power of State Surveys Goes Beyond Data Collection

A708

Track S
The PDCA Way to Grow Revenue & Increase Impact

A706

Track S
Impact of Digital Marketing on MEP Centers: Connecting with Clients and Stakeholders

A707

Track M
Is Advanced Manufacturing Technology the New Lean?

Atrium A

Track M
Manufacturing 5.0: Implementation and Workforce Strategies for the Digitally-Integrated Factory

A703

Track M
Technology Adoption for Small to Medium Businesses

A704

TBA

L405/406


Swing Space

L405/406


11:10 AM-
11:50 AM
Featured Keynote: Dr. Ron Ross

Atrium B/C


11:50 AM-
12:00 PM
Closing Remarks

Atrium B/C