April 30 - May 3, 2017 • HYATT REGENCY DENVER AT THE CONVENTION CENTER • Denver, CO


Agenda

Join your colleagues from other 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 National 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.

PreSummit programming on Sunday, April 30th and the kickoff of the Summit on Sunday evening, with Summit activities extending through Wednesday, May 3rd will offer over sixty various workshops, keynotes, plenaries, and sessions.

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Tracks

Tracks are subject to change depending on submissions for each category.

M

anufacturing Technology and Trends

  • How current technologies are impacting today’s manufacturing operations / Advanced technologies and trends driving efficient productivity
  • Enhancing innovation through disruptive technologies
  • Examining how emerging technologies take hold and transform the industry
  • Nurturing new talent to push traditional boundaries
  • Data centric approach to planning, design, supply, manufacturing and customer support

E

xtension Services and Knowledge Sharing
  • Sustaining a culture of continuous improvement
  • Understanding outreach through branding and marketing
  • Enhancing internal management in performance measurement, impact metrics, business goals, and board governance.
  • Exploring best practices from experts about programs, services, tools models and case studies

P

artnerships and ecosystems
  • Understanding the stakeholder relationship
  • Realizing the benefits of a partnership framework
  • Strengthening multi-level and regional collaborations
  • Leveraging the value of MEP in the manufacturing ecosystem

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
TimeAgenda Item
8:00 AM -
5:00 PM
Take Aways:1) An understanding of DM&D and its potential impact/benefits on SMEs2) A suite of DM&D tools and training on how to use these tools to engage with SME in DM&D projects3) Ability for trainees to communicated effectively with others in the MEP/in the DM&D subject matterAudience: Center Practitioner Staff, Center Leadership, Center Partners" data-placement="top"data-trigger="hover" data-target="#Q6UJ9A015OKM">
Full Day Programming
Digital Manufacturing & Design Training Working Session
Full Day Programming
An Overview on Two Growth Services: Technology-Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) and Technology Scouting (TS)
Full Day Programming
CANCELLED SESSION

8:00 AM -
12:00 PM
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Half Day Morning
NIST Financial Management Support: Understanding Awards, Contracts, Cost Sharing, Program Income, and Important Updates to the MEP Statute
Half Day Morning
Training within Industry (TWI) and Kata: The Daily Practice of Kaizen

9:00 AM -
5:00 PM
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Full Day Programming
MEP Advisory Board Meeting (Morning Session is Combined with the MEP Center Boards)
Full Day Programming
MEP Center Board Workshop (Morning Session is Combined with the MEP Advisory Board)

12:00 PM -
4:00 PM
Half Day Afternoon
Marketing Working Group (Note: This session is 12 PM - 4 PM instead of 1 PM - 5 PM)

12:00 PM -
1:00 PM
Lunch Break (Note: Lunch is not provided)

1:00 PM -
5:00 PM
Half Day Afternoon
Additive Manufacturing: The Evolution of 3D Printing
Half Day Afternoon
Embedding MEP into Manufacturing USA Leadership Committee Meeting
Half Day Afternoon
An Overview of NIST MEP Reporting and Information Services
Half Day Afternoon
The Kata Journey: Introduction with Simulation
Half Day Afternoon
CANCELLED SESSION

6:00 PM -
7:30 PM
Networking Reception
Summit Kick-Off Event: MEP National Network Brand Launch

Monday, May 1, 2017
TimeAgenda Item
7:00 AM -
8:00 AM
Conference Registration Opens
Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM -
10:30 AM
Welcome to the MEP National Summit

10:30 AM -
10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM -
12:15 PM
Track M
Digital Manufacturing & Design Overview
Track M
MATTR - MEP Assisted Technology & Technical Resource
Track E
Leveraging ExporTech to Help Clients Globally Diversify While Building New and Deeper Client Relationships
Track E
The Sustainability Value Proposition
Track E
Strategic Branding: Creating and Implementing a Comprehensive Plan
Take Aways: 1) Early warning signs of failing Lean/Six Sigmainitiatives2) Practical steps to re-start/re-boot a falteringLean/Six Sigma initiative3) Lessons learned from the MEP network ofpractionersAudience: Center Practitioner Staff, Center Operations Staff" data-placement="top"data-trigger="hover" data-target="#Q6UJ9A015QHY">
Track E
Rebooting a Failing Lean Transformation
Track P
Working with State Legislators
Track P
Workforce Panel – Agencies to Support MEPs Provide Services for Manufacturing Workforce

12:15 PM -
1:45 PM
Keynote Lunch

1:45 PM -
3:15 PM
Track M
Predicting MEP Clients
Track M
Smart Manufacturing Session I: Overview and Robotics
Track E
CFO Community of Practice: MEP Programmatic Review & Learnings
Track E
Salesforce Best Practices
Track E
A Packaged Approach to Working with SMMs
Track E
Food Safety Modernization Act — An Overview
Track P
Defense Industry Adjustment and the MEP Connection
Track P
Planning for Gubernatorial Transition/Crafting a Manufacturing Message

3:15 PM -
3:30 PM
Break

3:30 PM -
5:00 PM
Take Aways: 1) An understanding of process and product innovation by SMMs, compared to OEMs and entrepreneurs.2) How SMMs can adapt to new technologies and markets by looking at initial results of the comparative research.3) Approaches that MEP affiliates can take to increase clients' process and product innovation practices.Audience: Center Operations Staff, Center Leadership, Center Partners" data-placement="top"data-trigger="hover" data-target="#Q6UJ9A015QTB">
Track M
Product Innovation & Commercialization Among OEMS, SMMs, and Entrepreneurs
Track M
Smart Manufacturing Session II: Factory Wireless and Equipment Prognostics and Health Management
Track E
People-Centric Leadership 101 Overview
Track E
Marketing Industry 4.0: Creating Clarity and Alignment in the Marketing Sales Funnel
Track E
Kata in the Classroom: Simulation Exercise, Executive Overview
Track E
Organizational Excellence and Strategy Planning
Track P
Supplier Sourcing - Leveraging Tech Scouting through the MEP Network
Track P
Manufacturing Extension as Part of State Economic Development

5:00 PM -
6:00 PM
Plenary Panel: Embedding MEP in Manufacturing USA Institutes

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TimeAgenda Item
7:00 AM -
8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM -
9:30 AM
Keynote

9:30 AM -
9:45 AM
Break

9:45 AM -
11:15 AM
Track M
Embedding MEP in Manufacturing USA Institutes, Part I
Track E
Kata in the Classroom: Simulation Exercise, Executive Overview
Track E
Succession Planning & Family Business
Track E
Food Safety for SMEs
Track E
Branding Your MEP: Innovative and New Techniques for Those Who Like to Think Outside the Box!
Track P
Make it in America: Reshoring, Retaining and Growing American Manufacturing
Track P
Getting Real Results from a Tech Transfer Partnership

11:15 AM -
11:30 AM
Break

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

1:00 PM -
2:30 PM
Track M
Capitalizing on Additive Manufacturing to Open SMM Doors
Track M
Embedding MEP in Manufacturing USA Institutes, Part II
Track E
Sustainability: Methods for Clients
Track E
What Do Manufacturers Really Need?
Track E
Smart Talent
Take Aways: 1) Increase unique visitors to your MEP website2) Increase the quality of those visitors and the amount of time they spend with you3) Get $10,000 a month to help you with your efforts!Audience: Center Practitioner Staff, Center Operations Staff,Center Leadership" data-placement="top"data-trigger="hover" data-target="#Q6UJ9A015R6C">
Track E
Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Converting Reads to Leads
Track P
Using MEP Center Tools to Accelerate DoD Tech Transfer
Track P
Leveraging the Village: Partnership Approach to Selling Based on the ExportTech Program Experience

2:30 PM -
3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM -
4:30 PM
Track M
Helping Manufacturers Understand Cybersecurity
Track M
MForesight: Technology Access and Deployment Challenges Faced by SMEs
Track E
Taking Kata to the MEP Gemba
Track E
Distinctive Practices for Transformational Engagements and a Case Study in Small Client Transformation
Track E
Apprenticeships—How MEP Centers Can Help SMMs Understand and Implement
Track E
The Power of Peer to Peer Councils for SMMs
Track E
Improving Survey Results - Process Standardization of Best Practices
Track P
Models and Methods to Support Super-Small Manufacturers

4:40 PM -
5:30 PM
Keynote: Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart - "Walmart Working with Innovative Partners Like MEP to Bring Jobs Home"

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
TimeAgenda Item
7:00 AM -
8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast

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

9:00 AM -
9:30 AM
Break

9:30 AM -
11:00 AM
Track M
Derisking Additive Manufacturing & Additive Manufacturing's Impact on Plastics Injection Molding
Track M
Helping Manufacturers Understand Cybersecurity
Take Aways: 1) Ideas for increasing an organization's overall competitiveness by increasing their capacity for innovation and creativity.2) How to assist your clients to create organizations that unleash human potential.3) Tools and methodologies, including Toyota Kata, that redefine leadership and employee engagement.4) How innovation and creativity filled a void for Massachusetts MEP and resulted in the creation of the Lean Management In the Fast Lane workshop.Audience: Center Practitioner Staff" data-placement="top"data-trigger="hover" data-target="#Q6UJ9A015R8U">
Track E
Lean Management in the Fast Lane
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Track E
Filling in the Growth Gap with Insight Based Research: How to Deliver Market Research Projects Efficiently & Effectively to MEP Clients
Take Aways: 1) How to utilize current technologies in education to enable manufacturers of all sizes to reduce time to proficiency,2) Methods to design, develop and deliver a blended curriculum for a complex, technical topic which provides a better learning experience than classroom-only courses,3) Keys to success based on examples of several companies and schools which successfully implemented blended learning.1) How to utilize current technologies in education to enable manufacturers of all sizes to reduce time to proficiency,2) Methods to design, develop and deliver a blended curriculum for a complex, technical topic which provides a better learning experience than classroom-only courses,3) Keys to success based on examples of several companies and schools which successfully implemented blended learning.Audience: Center Practitioner Staff, Center Partners" data-placement="top"data-trigger="hover" data-target="#Q6UJ9A015R8W">
Track E
The Blended Learning Approach: How to Help Manufacturers Attain Process Improvement and Project Management Proficiency
Track E
How to Create a Business Strategy
Track E
Brands, Customers, and the Power of an Integrated Communication Strategy
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Track P
Role of TDMI & Tech Scouting in Building Regional Technology Collaboratives

11:10 AM -
12:00 PM
Plenary: Future is Now Panel

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