Program 2022

October 11 - 12: Houston, TX (All timings in US Central Time)

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

8:40 AM - 9:25 AM - Panel Discussion

The Macro Panel: The Customer of My Customer

Maureen Rosado, Global Director - Security Specialist Global Accounts, BT

  • Marketing, Branding, Sales - Which Should Come First
  • Roadmapping Your Digital Transformation
  • The Impetus for R&D

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Why Culture is the Key to your Business Transformation Success

Christina Hudson, Director of One Excellence | Global | Pulse Impact Quality and Business Excellence, TechnipFMC

Following on from her recent success with winning the NOIA Safety in Seas Culture award, Christina discusses why culture should be a focal point for any business implementing transformative initiatives.

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Speaker TBC

Speaker TBC

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Making Lean Continuous Improvement & Operational Excellence fit for the Customer

Milson Gondim, Senior Vice President, Small Molecule Network, Elanco Manufacturing

Pramatha Payra, Director of Business Administration & Global Quality Lead, GCL Solar Materials USA


  • Streamlining your Business Processes and Workforce 
  • The Benefits of Data Analytics

Strategic Operations

Recruit, Onboard, Retain.....

Deepa Swaminathan, Director of Supply Strategy & Digital Acceleration, Ericsson

What are the steps industry is taking to combat the skills shortage and become a destination employer?

12:00 PM - 12:35 PM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

The Importance of Flexible R&D Strategy

Steve Rader, Program Manager NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) , NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation

  • Maximizing your R&D Budget
  • Staying in Control of your IP
  • The Impact of the Start-up in Accelerating Growth

Developments in Lean & OpEx

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: Finding the sweet spot among People, Technology and Business within a Sustainable Ecosystem

Amit Lodh, Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture, AWS

Strategic Operations

Strategic Alliances and what you need to know to stay in the game

Marco Padilla, Director of Administration, Grupo Cuinba

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight

Solution Spotlight

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM - Case Studies

IoT & Technology

The Augmented Advantage: How to be an industry leader in the new reality

Grace Perez, VP, Chief Digital Program Officer and Executive Lean Leader, GE Healthcare

  • Initializing use of AR and AI
  • Normalizing ML
  • Nurturing a culture of design and innovation

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Innovation Requires Innovation: What are the key drivers to maintaining a robust and resilient business?

4:25 PM - 4:55 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Digital Change thru to Sustainable Transformation

Darin Powell, Global IT Digital Leader, Transformation Strategy and Experimentation, Bayer Crop Science

Why investing in your workforce is investing in your customers, which in turn equates to investing in all of our futures

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Panel Discussion

A Tale of Two Lockdowns

Sultan Aziz, Senior Director of Product Supply Strategy and Management, Johnson & Johnson

Natalia Mendez, VP, Head of Manufacturing Medical Devices, Philips

  • Who wins when industry and government collide
  • Creating public sector partnerships
  • When a global supply chain is no longer reliable, who will invest in rebuilding domestic markets?

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

5:50 PM - 7:00 PM

Evening Networking Reception

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

8:40 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Case Studies

IoT & Technology

What will it take for the manufacturing industry to achieve security maturity?

Maureen Rosado, Global Director - Security Specialist Global Accounts, BT

Leadership & Workforce Development

Leadership in an everchanging world

Neil Betteridge, Senior Vice President Category Development, fairlife

  • What is needed to shorten the skills gap
  • The top-down approach to leadership, and does it still work

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM - Case Studies

IoT & Technology

Is Digitalisation the Cheat Sheet to Sustainability?

John Slitz, Vice President , Responsible Computing

Responsible computing addresses a wide range of issues for manufacturers as they implement digitalization strategies whilst addressing their goals. In this talk, John will explore some ways to demonstrate the central elements that can serve as focal points to organize and evaluate the success of your company’s programs. As well as looking at the core principles and appropriate systems to further drive manufacturing efficiencies toward evolving industry standards.

Strategic Operations

Design, Build, Procure...

Overcoming the barriers and roadblocks to deliver your procurement transformation

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight

Solution Spotlight

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

The EV Odyssey: A lesson in designing a robust electrification strategy and mitigating risk

  • Disruption in the Mining Sector
  • Disruption in the Chain Supply
  • Disruption in Grid Connectivity

Developments in Lean & OpEx

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Is SMART Tech the Smart Move for Your Business?

Conrad Leiva, VP of Ecosystem and Workforce Development, CESMII – Smart Manufacturing Institute

  • Aligning your SMART tech strategy with your business strategy
  • Assessing products and partners
  • Integrating SMART tech with your workforce

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Machine Learning in the 21st Century

Ken Snyder, Executive Director, Shingo Institute

  • Disruptor Preparedness
  • Establishing New Markets 
  • Bringing Home the Supply Chain

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

IoT & Technology

The Digital Twin Stocktake

  • Implementing Twin Technology as part of your digital strategy
  • Can your business thrive without it

Strategic Operations

How to apply Tech to the Shop Floor 

Nourredine Boubekri, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Texas

Planning, Implementation, and Management - Navigating the Issues

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

Designing for Diversity

Grace Perez, VP, Chief Digital Program Officer and Executive Lean Leader, GE Healthcare

Deepa Swaminathan, Director of Supply Strategy & Digital Acceleration, Ericsson

  • How inclusive is the manufacturing industry in 2022?
  • Assessing Diversity and Inclusion within your suppliers
  • What are the key drivers for progressing your D&I strategy?

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM - Keynote

From AI to EI


Measuring your digital transformation and maintaining your colleague's well being

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Conference