Apply for the 2014 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.30.43 AMEach year, the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award is presented to worthy organization that shows  a strong commitment to sustainability, improvement and measurable results.

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Attendees inspired by “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” event

Women in Manufacturing and Engineering
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.

Laura Neuman, Mike Galiazzo, Gloria A. Flach and Mary Kay Burch

Laura Neuman, Mike Galiazzo, Gloria A. Flach and Mary Kay Burch

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.

The panel was made up of Lion Brothers Suzy Ganz, GM’s Nichole Hickson-Oliver, Keytech’s Jenny Regan and Northrop Grumman’s Mary Kay Burch. The women discussed their current jobs and things that they have learned during their careers.

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?”

RMI Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering Event

RMI Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering Event

“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.

Maryland Manufacturer Utilizing Maritime Defense Technologies for Commercial Purposes

MAPC_2As inferred by its name, the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) has had a big impact in the sea and on the maritime defense industry. However, the Baltimore manufacturer has also worked in desert environments, in the mountains, in the air, on fire-ranges, in simulated warfare environments and more.

As United States defense spending is winding down, the company is seeing which products are transferable to the private sector.

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Kay Rand of Mission Assurance serving as panelist for RMI’s “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” event

Kay Rand - Mission Assurance

Kay Rand – Mission Assurance

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.

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From the Beginning to 2014: Key Tech Co-founder Bringing Experience to “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” Event

Jenny Regan - CEO of Key Tech

Jenny Regan – CEO of Key Tech

Since it was founded in 1998, Key Tech has been transforming complex technologies into intuitive products. Co-founder and current CEO Jenny Regan has been spearheading the company’s innovative ideas since the beginning. She will be bringing her experience and knowledge to our March 27 event, “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering.”

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General Motors’ Nichole Hickson-Oliver serving as panelist for upcoming event

Hickson-OliverRising through the ranks, from college intern to personnel director, Nichole Hickson-Oliver will bring a wealth of knowledge and advice to our “Women in NextGen Manufacturing and Engineering” event March 27.

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Northrop Grumman’s Gloria A. Flach keynote speaker at Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering Forum

Gloria A. Flach, Northrop Grumman

Gloria A. Flach, Northrop Grumman

With years of industry experience and leadership roles under her belt, Gloria A. Flach is set to bring her extensive knowledge to RMI’s “Women in NextGen Manufacturing & Engineering” event as the forum’s keynote speaker. With Northrop Grumman since 1981, Flach has flourished, and she is now the corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector.

Northrop Grumman is a world leader in defense electronics systems. Flach oversees the Electronic Systems sector’s business operations in areas such as defense electronics, airspace management systems, navigation systems, radar and self protection systems, communications systems, marine systems, space systems, oceanic and naval systems, government systems and logistics services. She is a member of the company’s Corporate Policy Council.

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RMI Partners with Carroll County to Recruit Manufacturers

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.

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RMI Partner Spotlight: Maryland MEP First Stop for Manufacturers to Get Help

By Brian Sweeney, MEP Executive Director

Maryland has a wonderful opportunity to grow its economy through the newly awarded NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for the State of Maryland. MDMEP is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization funded under the NIST Program to provide consulting services to Maryland manufacturers to strengthen and grow Maryland’s manufacturing economy.

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RMI Board member Jan Baum named Innovator of the Year

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Jan BaumThe Daily Record has selected Towson University art professor Jan Baum as one of its 2013 Innovator of the Year award recipients.

The paper selects local professionals who have “created new products, services or programs that have improved their fields.”

Several items have been printed in TU’s Object Lab, including a structural bracelet designed by Assistant Professor Joshua DeMonte.

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