Call for Speakers: 2021 Manufacturing & Technology Conference

Jan. 19, 2021
The Manufacturing & Technology content team invites manufacturing professionals to submit speaking proposals for our November 2021 event.
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The Manufacturing & Technology Conference is purposefully designed to help manufacturing executives and leaders improve their operational efficiency and thrive in an industry that demands constant change.

This hybrid conference, part of the 2021 Manufacturing & Technology Show, will take place at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland Nov. 9-11, 2021, as well as virtually.

We invite you to help make it a success, and here is how: The IndustryWeek content team is seeking industry professionals with practical experience in developing, implementing, and managing leading-edge technology implementations, leadership and workforce best practices, and continuous improvement strategies in their manufacturing organizations. 

We welcome submissions from consultants or vendors as well, but such proposals will only be considered if paired with a co-presenter from a manufacturing company.  

See the 2020 event schedule here for examples.

2021 Tracks and Topics

Continuous Improvement

The Continuous Improvement tracks target both novice and veteran individuals/work teams advancing their lean and continuous improvement journeys. As such, sessions in this track should engage attendees tackling specific plant floor challenges or focusing on specific practices and/or tools to help them do so. Topics may include:

  • Value stream mapping
  • Choosing the right KPIs
  • Sustaining lean gains
  • Level scheduling
  • Just-in-time manufacturing

Talent Management

The Talent Management track provides best practices and strategies to build a better workforce through this difficult recruiting environment. Topics may include:

  • Training programs that work
  • Recruitment strategies
  • Programs designed to attract a new generation of workers
  • Staffing strategies for the automation age
  • Millennial  management strategies
  • Defining the new manufacturing career path


The Leadership track targets leaders at all levels who are charged with guiding their facilities and organizations through this transformational, disruptive period in U.S. manufacturing. The track will offer insights on coping with evolving government policies and actions, the influx of new technologies and a changing workforce, and new business models and global manufacturing plans, all while focused on developing high-performance organizations. Topics may include:

  • Leading through change and disruption (e.g., trade and tariffs, acquisitions and mergers)
  • Positioning your organization for Industry 4.0 and beyond
  • Building the agile organization
  • Creating a winning culture
  • Managing multigenerational environments

Smart Manufacturing

The Smart Manufacturing track shares practical, forward-looking perspectives on trends, how they will impact you, why you should care, and what you should do to leverage your assets and claim your share. Topics may include:

  • A simple start to smart manufacturing
  • Future technology advances
  • Cybersecurity
  • Connected digital manufacturing
  • Real-time process control and data analytics

Processing Technology

Maximizing product quality, output and profitability are priorities for those in the process industries. The Processing Technology track will address topics such as trends and technologies across the chemical, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, with a focus on the development, management, maintenance and improvement of industrial processing operations. It also will take an in-depth look at the instruments that measure the parameters of systems that control liquids and gases in industrial processes. Produced by IW sister media properties Processing and Process Instrumentation.

Supply Chain

U.S. companies spend more than $1 trillion every year on transportation, warehousing, distribution, and enabling technologies to track and manage their products throughout the global supply chain process. It’s a huge undertaking, compounded by the demands of consumers for more products and more services in an ever-tightening delivery timeframe. The Supply Chain track addresses how manufacturers are adopting new technologies and strategies to meet their customers’ demands and expectations. Produced in partnership with IW sister media property Material Handling & Logistics. Topics may include:

  • Risk management on a global scale – how to protect your supply chain
  • Omni-channel distribution
  • Corporate social responsibility – managing a more sustainable supply chain
  • Supply chain visibility
  • The automated warehouse
  • Autonomous vehicles and drones

To Receive Preference in the Review Process, Proposals Should:

  • Involve a real-world implementation
  • Engage the audience in a highly creative or interactive way
  • Be applicable to a broad range of manufacturing leadership and industries
  • Provide practical takeaways attendees can either implement immediately or that drive robust discussions about new ways to improve operations

Benefits of Speaking

As a speaker, you receive one (1) complimentary full conference pass to The Manufacturing & Technology Show; your name published on promotional material, website, and program; recognition as a leader in your field, and a discounted conference rate for your colleagues.

How to Submit

Click here to submit your proposal. Submissions will be evaluated by editorial staff members and chosen based on the topic relevancy and related speaker experience. Due: February 19, 2021.

Can We Help?

Further questions? Contact Jill Jusko at [email protected] or Stephanie Fieldman at [email protected].

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