*Subject to change

Tuesday, May 22

3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) Tour

5:30 PM–7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 23

6:30 AM–7:00 AM

Guided Meditation

7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM–8:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 AM–9:15 AM

Opening Keynote: How to Get Ahead of Disruptive Technology Now

  • Mike Steep, Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities

Today global manufacturers face more disruptive technology than ever before. How to transform such potentially crippling disruption into an opportunity? Drawing on decades of experience driving innovation and leading operations at companies including Apple and Microsoft, Mike Steep will share valuable strategies on how to leverage emerging technology into bottom line business opportunities. Working and learning in the presence of industry legends including David Packard, Bill Gates, and Satya Nadella, Mike has witnessed first-hand some of the greatest breakthroughs and transformations within organizations and entire industries. From his years of experience, Mike will reveal the processes companies can use to transform disruptive technology into exponential opportunity.

9:15 AM–10:00 AM

Executive Hot Seat: Lessons Learned with Digitalization

This panel will be moderated by AT&T.

10:00 AM–10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM–11:30 AM


According to a MAPI survey of manufacturing division presidents, 68% of manufacturing divisions do not have a digital strategy that combines digital technologies and physical resources in new ways to create value.


Transforming Your Supply Chain into a Strategic Differentiator

Manufacturing’s digital revolution is changing the way products are designed, created, and delivered to customers, and it has tremendous implications for the supply chain. Because linear supply chains rely on periodic forecasts and plans, they become increasingly outdated and inaccurate. In contrast, digital supply networks used advanced technologies like AI and sensors to establish a “digital thread” through physical and digital channels. By leveraging insights from a DSN, companies can achieve operational performance breakthroughs by minimizing the latency, risk, and waste found in linear supply chains. However, the path to DSN requires a discipline around data-driven decision making that is still nascent in many companies. This session will share key insights from a joint research project with MAPI on the major DSN challenges and opportunities seen by manufacturers.

Digitalizing the Customer Experience

11:30 AM–1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM–2:00 PM

What Global Businesses Need to Know About Cyber and International Security

  • Suzanne Spaulding, Former Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

Russian cyber threats. Violent crimes against business executives in Latin America. Terrorist threats in Europe. North Korean nuclear threats. With longer supply chains and more localized production overseas, U.S. manufacturers know their plants and people face risks. Because of that, top executives need a clearer picture of the threat landscape for their businesses. In this must-attend session, Suzanne Spaulding will offer insights that only an insider could provide. Serving as the under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she was charged with strengthening cybersecurity and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure. Through the top security insights she gleaned, she was able to advise industry on how to protect their infrastructure as well.  In this session, Suzanne will address the current geopolitical instability – including threats that business leaders need to know about – and will provide insights to attendees about how to manage complex international security risks, both physical and cyber related.

2:00 PM–3:00 PM


In 2016, 39% of all cyber attacks were against the manufacturing sector, up from 33% the year before, with breaches costing between $1 million and $10 million, according to Warwick Ashford in's “Manufacturing a key target for cyber attacks“ on August 11, 2017.


Unearthing Hidden Risks in Your M&A Pipeline

Risky Business: Digitalization, 3D Printing, and Autonomous Vehicles

Digitalization provides an enormous opportunity for manufacturers to leapfrog slower moving competitors. As firms race to digitalize to their products, however, many are not paying close enough attention to the risks associated with data and digitalization. For example, only 55% of companies that use sensors, smart products, or mobile apps currently encrypt the data.

The panel discussion will provide insights into how digitalization has created enormous opportunities, but also fast-evolving risks for companies and their supply chains. We’ll investigate why the sharing economy has broader risk implications for manufacturing than many might suspect, and provide observations on how manufacturers can use data to drive smarter decision making when it comes to risk. The speakers will provide recommendations for how early adopters of digitalization can use that discipline as a strategic advantage when it comes to risk mitigation. The session will also address 3D printing for rapid prototyping and actual manufacturing of select parts.

3:00 PM–3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM– 4:30 PM


By 2020, there is likely to be a worldwide shortage of approximately 40 million high-skill workers and 45 million medium-skill workers, according to an article in Fortune, “How US companies can fill the skills gap.”


The Impact of the Drug Epidemic on Manufacturing

  • Jennifer Callaway, Vice President of Research, MAPI

The economic and societal implications of the opioid crisis are broad and deep. So why aren’t more people talking about the impact of the current drug crisis on the workforce and productivity in general? The MAPI Foundation recently analyzed the intersection of the current drug crisis and manufacturing to understand the risk it poses to the sector’s long-term health. MAPI's findings illustrate the velocity with which the drug crisis has grown in manufacturing-centric counties, what it means for the industry today and in the future, and why manufacturers need to be vigilant and proactive. In this session, MAPI's Vice President of Research will lead a discussion on this research to explore how manufacturing companies can address the pressing issue.

Three Critical Talent Investments to Define Your Future

To thrive in the face of disruption, manufacturers are doubling down on the role that talent plays in long-term success. In this session, Suzanne Burns will talk about the three building blocks for talent investment to deliver sustainable, profitable growth.

  • First, moving from a more linear process orientation to an agile culture of collaboration is foundational for innovation and attracting the leaders of the future.
  • Second, the ability to work seamlessly across a matrix and influence other stakeholders establishes a higher likelihood of delivering an aligned, value-creation mindset.
  • Finally, successfully embracing diversity in its many forms recognizes that the best ideas, and leaders, could come from non-traditional industrial talent pools. 

A company’s culture and environment must be ready and willing to help those from different backgrounds thrive in their new industrial home. Join us in an interactive dialogue around establish these game-changing capabilities within your company.

4:30 PM–5:30 PM

Keynote: Eliminating Us Versus Them Dynamics in Business Leadership

  • Shayne Hughes, President, Culture Change Partner, and Senior Facilitator, Learning as Leadership, and co-author of Ego-Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits That Hijack Your Business

Whether in a global corporation or privately owned business, individuals and teams expend a great deal of time and energy focusing on their colleagues’ behaviors and intentions. Such dysfunctional dynamics between leaders – complete with judging, quarrels, and departmental competition – often hijack an organization, overshadowing its most pressing business goals. Drawing from his experience at Learning as Leadership and his book, Developing Talent for Organizational Results, Shayne explores the most disruptive cultural tendency in organizations today: the silos and in-fighting that undermine collaboration and contribute to workplace stress. His unique insight reveals why employees are chronically drawn into anti-collaborative behaviors despite their best intentions – and how to eliminate “us vs. them” dynamics.

5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Networking Reception

Thursday, May 24

6:30 AM–7:00 AM

Guided Meditation

Networking Breakfast

7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Using Digitalization to Make Manufacturing A Competitive Weapon

  • Raj Batra, President, Digital Factory Division, Siemens USA

8:00 AM–9:00 AM


Getting Practical about Innovation in the Digital Age

Manufacturing business leaders face constant pressure to drive value from today’s business – through faster growth and increased efficiency – even as they anticipate and plan for an uncertain future. They tend to stumble in two ways when trying to strike this balance. First, they let technology and its application dictate where and how they should aim their innovation guns. Second, they rely on best practices and company “playbooks” when it comes time to execute. In this session, Geoff will talk about why it’s important to pay attention to humans, not technology, as a first step, and along the way identify and challenge company orthodoxy. He will share insights into how to blow up the outdated ideas and ways of doing business that may be holding you back, and will explore new, more fulfilling ways of operating.

9:00 AM–10:00 AM

10:00 AM–10:55 AM

Closing Keynote: The Future of Manufacturing: Scenes from 2027 

  • Amy Webb, Futurist and Founder of the Future Today Institute

Emerging technologies are disrupting manufacturing and being used to design a better future for the industry. In this mind-bending closing session, Amy will offer a provocative series of snapshots from manufacturing’s near and far future. What will factories look like? How will businesses interact? Will sophisticated algorithms and artificially intelligent systems replace the relationships we have with other humans? How can you prepare yourself and your business for what’s next in a world of constant disruption? Amy will contextualize manufacturing trends and explain how they fit into a more holistic vision of the future – and explain how scenarios will unfold by 2027.

10:55 AM–11:00 AM

Closing Remarks