2020 Leadership Experience for Young Professionals - Postponed

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This event has been postponed until a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updated details on this event.

The 2020 Leadership Experience is a two-day event designed to provide an immersive professional development opportunity for under-40 manufacturers passionate about growing their leadership skills and impacting the manufacturing industry. This event provides attendees with firm and applicable leadership skills, access to meaningful networking and problem-solving and connection opportunities with industry mentors for long-lasting growth and development. 

Through the 2020 Leadership Experience, attendees will engage in peer relationship building, cohesive and effective team building and the building and maintenance of trust and confidence. 


Breaking Down Barriers to Leadership

During this year's Leadership Experience, attendees will be coached through why leadership is not a passive skill, but one that must be actively pursued and cultivated through experience, professional development and strategic communication. 

Through guided coaching and deep-dive exploration, attendees will learn what strategic tools are required to influence and motivate all levels of management within an ever-evolving work culture. 

Attendee takeaways will include: 

  • The important role culture plays in team development, effective management strategies and bottom-line impact
  • Strategic methods and communication strategies to influence peers and decision-makers across all levels
  • Understanding how to ask and get what you want within your organization and how careful communication can help you affect and achieve specific company objectives and personal goals
  • How aligning one's natural personality traits and professional strengths with company objectives can produce a higher retention of top talent, increased productivity, improved communication and a more engaged, less-stressed workforce

Peer Ignite Sessions

Attendees will participate in "pop-up" sessions during a new breakout format, Peer Ignite Sessions, where attendees will share failures and successes through short, 15-minute stand-up presentations. This provides a direct path for attendees to further develop key leadership skills while sharing challenges, solutions and takeaways with peers.

Interested in taking a step towards further leadership growth? Email us your name, company, job title and suggested topic to be considered as a pop-up speaker. Topics should encompass a success or failure that you and/or your company has experienced related to communication, leadership and/or culture development.

Personalized Implementation Plan

Encompassed with this immersive event is the opportunity for every attendee to develop an actionable implementation plan, where participants will answer the question, "What do you plan to do differently today so that you can implement change tomorrow?", allowing attendees to return to their facilities invigorated with actionable ideas that will allow them to bring immediate value to their organization. 

Cohort Accountability

This year, attendees will be paired with a peer cohort that they will connect with before, during and after this experience. With guidance from your cohort, each manufacturing professional will be able to start and continue the conversations that will hold one another accountable, enable the sharing of new ideas and best practices and provide a resource to tackle future roadblocks.


Aloft Cleveland Downtown
1111 West 10th St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Rate: $155/night

Room block ends July 27, 2020. Reserve your room here.


Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator
Kirk Weisler, Team Dynamics, Inc.


Kirk Weisler, chief morale officer at Team Dynamics, Inc., is an expert at creating outrageously cool workplace cultures and high-performance teams. Over the past 19 years, over 50,000 leaders from across every industry and continent have sought Kirk's advice and wisdom on building teams, strengthening leaders and improving cultures. 

Breakout Speaker
Laura Fredricks, JD, THE ASK


Laura Fredricks, JD, the billion-dollar ASK Maker Powerhouse, trains and coaches individuals, non-profits and businesses on how to ask and get exactly what you want. Her structured, "Five-Step Process for any ASK" has brough resounding sustainable monetary success worldwide. For over 28 years, she has advised and guided organizations on current trends that impact and influence the for-profit and nonprofit world.

Breakout Speaker
Alex Hoffer, Hoffer Plastics Corporation

Alex Hoffer is the vice president of business development at Hoffer Plastics Corporation, a leading global supplier to tight-tolerance, custom injection molded parts. In 2018, Hoffer was named among the plastics industry's top rising stars by Plastics News and was selected Kane County Chronicle's 'Best Under 40' in 2017. Hoffer leads the company's sales growth strategy across a diverse set of markets.

Breakout Speaker

Bryan Smith is the CEO of THE BOARD OF ADVISORS, LLC, and works with CEOs, business owners and other visionary executives to maximize their bottom line. As a decisive, execution-oriented leader, Smith successfully fostered talent through advanced mentoring and leadership strategies and is experienced in developing, communicating and implementing a strategic vision, cultivating cross-functional teams and ensuring alignment to critical objectives. Smith's approach to business is that everyone is ultimately in the "people business," which makes it mission-critical for all organizations to "fit" the right people into the right roles.

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