On Thursday, March 27, nearly 200 people gathered at the National Electronics Museum for RMI’s “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” event to hear experts talk about the industry.
Attendees were given time to network with many top females in the field before hearing from Laura Neuman, Anne Arundel County Executive. She inspired the crowd by sharing her own personal story of overcoming challenges and adversity.
“No matter what the obstacles are, there’s always opportunity out there,” she said.
Northrop Grumman not only hosted the event, but its corporate vice president and vice president Gloria A. Flach served as the event’s keynote speaker. With years of experience in the industry, Flach was able to tell the crowd about how manufacturing and engineering are always changing.
The speech led into an informative discussion moderated by Northrop Grumman’s own Silvia Bouchard, who also offered advice to the audience on work-life balance, leadership and more.
In addition, the audience asked panel members questions about the field, ranging from “How can we educate the future generation?” to “How can I deal with setbacks on the job?”
“The panel discussion of top women manufacturer executives was inspiring,” said Kathy Synder, CEE, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “Each of them emphasized the values of planning ahead, being ready to take risks and finding good mentors, something that is critically important for all young professionals.”
Overall, the event gave the more than 180 attendees a lot of information that they can implement in their own work and lives. See more pictures of the event here.
What attendees had to say when asked.
“ What did you like most about the event?”. (from our post event survey)
This was my first RMI event. I was impressed with the knowledge and commitment to bolstering manufacturing in MD. Also, thought the camaraderie between attendees was great.
The extremely talented and inspiring speakers and panelists were most impressive. It was a very nice venue and well attended.
The number of attendees and enthusiasm about manufacturing in Maryland. Great speakers!
The caliber of speakers and content.
The women on the panel were fabulous. They spoke from experience and the heart. Many wonderful take-away actions received.
Having the different aspects from manufacturing (CEOs, VPs, HR) to bring different insight to the panel.
I was impressed by the wide range of expertise demonstrated by the panelists. They were well-versed and candid about sharing their personal experiences with the audience.
The panel of women as guest speakers.
The diversity and depth of the panelists. I left the event and several days later still reflected on the “nuggets” of information and experiences the speakers shared. They provided genuine, real life words of wisdom and encouragement for personal and professional development that “stuck” with me as I progress and improve.
Openness to audience for questions
The sharing of life experiences of the women in the panel
I was most impressed by the eloquent speaking of the panel and keynote speaker, they were very engaging and relevant. I felt as though I learned some keen advice.
Synergies between speaker and panelists…
The guests–especially the woman who introduced the program–(Laura Neuman, Anne Arundel County Executive)
The organization was well done as well.
The women on the panel. The difference in leadership styles between men and women is enormous in my opinion. We men follow sports, and war, as proper leadership models. Women focus on nurturing and consensus based on what I heard from the panel.
Great chemistry and open conversation and audience interaction
All the bad ass ladies.
I was most impressed with the quality of the panelists and their willingness to share their experiences with the audience. I especially appreciated the focus on the importance of mentoring younger women entering manufacturing and mastering higher-level skills for NextGen Manufacturing.
Kay Rand of Mission Assurance serving as panelist for RMI’s “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” event
When developing a panel of experienced women for our “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” forum, we knew that Kay Rand was more than qualified. Rand serves as the Sector Vice President of Mission Assurance for the Electronics System (ES) sector. She will bring a wealth of knowledge through her extensive education and work experience to the March 27 event.
On Thursday, February 26, RMI met with a group of Carroll County manufacturers – including Northrop Grumman, Land Sea and Air Manufacturing and LAI International – at Carroll Community College in Westminster to discuss RMI’s new energy efficiency initiative targeted at reducing energy at manufacturing plants in the Baltimore region.
The meeting was hosted by Denise Beaver, director of Carroll County’s Office of Economic Development. Firms heard from RMI’s project management team and from Neill Christopher, Vice President of Acadia Windows and Doors, a past participant of an energy efficiency program similar to RMI’s.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, over 190 business, government and academic leaders came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel to hear the remarkable success stories from the RMI Green Team initiative. Dr. Leo Christodoulou, the head of the U.S. DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and leaders from the Maryland business community were able to hear how six manufacturing companies: Acadia Windows & Doors, GM Baltimore Operations, Green Bay Packaging, Kirk-Habicht Company, Lion Brothers and MarquipWardUnited were able to achieve some great energy savings in just nine months time.
The secret to the success of this program has been RMI’s approach to get buy-in first by creating that trusting atmosphere,” said Dr. Mike Galiazzo, President of RMI. “Our efforts have been unique in that we have been able to make the case for energy upgrades to all of the key officials within the plants and we created a culture of energy conservation as well,” said Galiazzo. We are filling an important void in service delivery and I believe this is a model that should be replicated,” he said. ”
“Having the RMI Green Team is like having a concierge service,” said Bill Tiger, Plant Manager for GM Baltimore Operations. “They bring resources to our attention and work with our team to make the payback case to help us make decisions that can help our bottom line. That fills a huge gap between government and industry,” he said.
RMI Would Like to Thank the Following Premier and Gold Sponsors of the June 6 Energy Forum:
Maryland Energy Administration: A Maryland state agency, MEA fuels the creationof green jobs by providing funds and resources to expand the use and availability of clean, safe energy in Maryland. Manufacturers can greatly benefit from MEA’s 2.5% low interest loan fund. RMI members are currently $benefiting from this great resource.
KCI Technologies: From schools to courthouses to residential developmentsto manufacturing plants, KCI produces innovative designs that reflect concerns for energy conservation, maintenance efficiency, and environmental responsibility.
CTRL Systems: CTRL Systems offers an ultrasound turnkey package for energy savings beginning with compressed air systems and includes sensors, software, kilowatt monitoring, manpower, and incentive programs.
Rexel USA delivers sourcing and energy efficiency solutions that help electrical and communications professionals do their jobs better.
Energy Solutions Plus: A global provider and leader in the field of Power Quality, offering unparalleled turn-key correction and protection of plant & equipment.
Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP’s Green Industry Group seamlessly integrates in-depth understanding of sustainable development with our firm’s existing practices and is proud to be one of only a few law firms with five LEED Accredited Professional attorneys.
Check back soon for video highlights and additional information that was generated from the Energy Forum.
Agenda + Speakers List Below
NEXTgen-M is a Baltimore first.
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You will learn how rapid tech is being applied in industries including manufacturing, forensic, medical, and military. Technologies include 3D imaging, modeling, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), laser cutting and CNC milling (subtractive manufacturing).
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