Wednesday, September 18


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Doors Open and Light Breakfast Options


9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

MORNING KEYNOTE: Autonomous Vehicles in Your Supply Chain: When Will the Hype Become the Status Quo?


9:45 AM – 10:45 AM


  • CASE STUDY 1: Truly Cutting-Edge Manufacturing at a Century-Old Company

  • CASE STUDY 2: Bribery and Corruption in the Supply Chain


10:45 AM – 11:15 AM



11:15 AM – 12:15 PM



12:15 PM – 1:15 PM



1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Building the Future of Work in the Age of AI: How New Jobs and Technologies Will Transform Manufacturing

Predictive maintenance, human-robot collaboration, and generative design are but a few recent applications of artificial intelligence reshaping manufacturing. Expectations continue to rise for AI to unlock elusive productivity gains. The demand for AI to drive a more productive future in manufacturing has significant implications for the workforce, including the automation and replacement of some workers as well as the need to upskill others. The MAPI Foundation will share its research and a new perspective on managing workforce transformation in the age of AI.


2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Nurturing Resilience

Manufacturing is an industry under transformation. Technologies, policies, analytics, world events, customer expectations, and automation are contributing to the rapid pace of change that has many manufacturers wondering if their organization will come through the evolution stronger than before. In Touching the Dragon: And Other Techniques for Surviving Life’s Wars, James Hatch brings us a lesson of personal resilience to inspire your journey. Along with co-author and filmmaker Christian D’Andrea, James shares his story of living life at a high frequency as a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development group when a devastating injury forced him to retire from the military. Ejected from the life he knew, and ashamed of what he thought were his failures, he struggled with alcoholism, depression, and suicidal thoughts. What saved him was a network of colleagues and strangers that equipped him with the tools he needed to survive, and eventually thrive. James’ journey through (and out of) darkness shows us the true meaning of leadership and teamwork. His story is helping people deal with crisis, challenge, and difficulty of all kinds, by allowing them to realize that they have resources that can help them persevere.


2:55 PM – 3:00 PM