Personal Development

Nov. 11th – 12th

1. Emotional Intelligence

Jim Fadell, Carolina Training & Assessments – Learn more

2. Self & High Performing Teams

Bill Bliss, Bliss & Associates – Learn more

3. Women in Leadership

Susan Whitehead, SCMEP – Learn more

4. Maxwell Leadership Game

Chris Stoecklein, Stoecklein Consulting – Learn more

5. Personal Kanban

Susan Rhonda Huskins, SCMEP – Learn more

6. Positive Personal Strategies

Melissa Steinkuhl, SCMEP – Learn more

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Developing the Organization

Nov. 11th – Nov. 12th

7. Hidden Cost of Employee Churnover

Susan Whitehead, SCMEP – Learn more

8. Building a Leadership Pipeline

Paul Clark, FGP – Learn more

9. Diversity & Inclusion
Carrie Cavanaugh, FGP – Learn more
10. The Power of Peer-to-Peer Networks

Mike Demos, OpExChange and Kevin Minton, Insight – Learn more

11. TBD
12. Compensating Manufacturing Leaders

Carrie Cavanaugh, FGPLearn more

13. Better Supply Chain Through Strategic Sourcing

Dennis Dedrick – Learn more

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MFG 4.0

Nov. 11th – Nov. 12th

14. AI in Manufacturing: Real World Success and Lessons Learned

Rick Oppedisano, Delta Bravo – Learn more

15. Solving Labor Shortages with Collaborative Robots

Bob Goosen, Purdue MEP – Learn more

16. Discovering and Addressing the 7 Wastes Using Real-Time Location Tracking

Stijn van de Velde, Gemba Partners – Learn more

17. Move Your Company Forward with Autonomous Mobile Robots

Bob Goosen, Purdue MEP – Learn more

18. Solving Real World Employee Training Issues Using Virtual Reality

Rajesh Jha, SimInsights and Dane Hayes, Shaw Industries – Learn more

19. Deploying Augmented Reality in Manufacturing & Logistics – A “How To” Guide

Javier Ortiz, New Forge LLC – Learn more

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Track 1: Workforce

1. Emotional Intelligence – 11/11 at 9:30am

Signs that your teams need a higher level of EQ:

  1. Silos exist in your organization and when things go wrong, teams blame each other;
  2. Teams derail and fall into unproductive emotions instead of stepping back and addressing the causes proactively;
  3. Your teams avoid working through conflict and instead allow it to impact performance;
  4. Your teams don’t see feedback as a valuable and necessary part of high performance;
  5. Your teams lose their composure, raise their voice, ignore others, and shut down communication.

In this session, we explore Agile EQ, the emotional intelligence necessary to support a thriving agile culture. In today’s environment, the ability to be agile in strategy, tactics, and business is critical if an organization is to successfully adjust to changing situations. So, too, Agile EQ is critical to help individuals adapt to the needs of situations they experience.

It enables social and emotional problem-solving to help support agility in the workplace, drive more effective teams, and enhance performance in the ever-changing work environment we face.


  • What is Agile EQ and why is it important?
  • Scenarios – how would your organization handle these?
  • Understanding the DiSC Framework
  • Understanding Mindsets
  • Taking steps to increase your Agile EQ
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2. Self & High Performing Teams – 11/11 at 10:30 am


John Maxwell has been named the world’s #1 leadership guru for several years in a row. Taking key concepts from one of his NY Times Best Selling Books, Today Matters plus several of the course instructor’s best strategies taught to hundreds of people, learn the keys to breakthrough performance by you and your team. Learn several obstacles and habits holding you and your team back. You will take away several simple, yet highly effective strategies you can put into practice immediately to achieve greater results than you ever thought were possible for you and your team.

The format for this workshop will include hearing how one of the course instructor’s clients implemented the key principles of High Performing Teams and some of the key insights they learned.

Bill Bliss, Bliss & Associates Inc. and Founding Partner/Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team

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3. Women in Leadership – Declare Your Brand – 11/11 at 1 pm

During this one-hour session, participants will learn about the power of a personal brand statement and how it can be used in their daily professional lives to differentiate themselves and create impact. 

During this high energy workshop, participants will engage in interactive discussions about the key components of a compelling brand statement and begin developing their own personal brand statement. 

Instructor: Susan Whitehead, SCMEP

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4. The John Maxwell Leadership Game – 11/11 at 2 pm

The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game is a comprehensive game based on the teachings of John Maxwell (the #1 Leadership Expert in the World). This game helps organizations improve their leadership intelligence and increase their effectiveness. These leadership principles carry consequences with them. Violate or ignore them and you will not be able to lead others. But there is good news: every one of the laws can be learned!

Communication and teamwork are two of the greatest competitive advantages in the marketplace today. However, in most organizations these two critical skills are highly undervalued and underdeveloped. During this session, players will learn just how important communication is for effective leadership, productivity, and profitability.

Session Deliverables:

  • Team building using a fun and engaging tool. This is a board game that allows everyone to gather around the table. It is the best team building tool…ever!
  • Open Sharing and Communication. Every question and discussion card is designed to trigger open, honest feedback
  • Leadership Skills Assessment. The game challenges your team members to embrace who they are as leaders.
  • Stronger Relationships. By the end of the game, team members will learn to appreciate one another and forge even stronger relationships.
  • Communicate on Every Level. Whether you are giving a presentation, conducting a performance review, or simply sharing information among your team, this will challenge you to become a better communicator.
  • Connect with Anyone. Connecting is key to great communication. When you play the game, you will learn tips for connecting with people on every level.
  • Increase Your Impact. Great communication is key to every conversation. Discover how to make the most of every discussion, presentation, or meeting.

Instructor: Chris Stoecklein, Stoecklein Consulting

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5. Personal Kanban – Coming to a Whiteboard Near You – 11/12 at 9:30 am

Personal Kanban is a highly customizable tool that allows individuals and teams to visualize work – facilitating the shift from endless to-do lists to a simple work management system that produces dramatic results. For the purposes of this topic, work becomes inventory. With Personal Kanban, the same pull-system principles that allow for plant-based inventory management are utilized to manage work.

In this session, participants will…

  • learn the fundamentals of Personal Kanban
  • be introduced to both manual and technology-based tools, and
  • develop a working model to take back for customization and implementation.

Instructor: Rhonda Huskins, SCMEP

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6. Positive Personal Strategies – 11/12 at 10:30 am

Learn key strategies for using positive influence in your workplace and your life. Our personal outlook affects our interpersonal relationships, our health and our wellness. These tools will help you have a positive impact on the culture of your team and your organization.

Instructor: Melissa Steinkuhl, SCMEP

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Track 2: Developing The Organization

7. The Hidden Cost of Employee Churnover – 11/11 at 9:30 am

Is your organization currently challenged with high employee turnover? Do you continue to hire candidates into the same positions, only to lose them in the first 90 days, 6 months or year of employment? Employee turnover is extremely costly for any organization, but the true cost if often not measured and not understood.

When training new hires, there is time, resources, product waste, efficiency losses, and other factors all of which reduce business performance. If that same employee leaves, short-term solutions like overtime or shutting down a production line only compound the performance issues and increase costs. What’s your turnover costing you?

Join SCMEP’s Process Improvement Coach, Susan Whitehead, for a lunch & learn event to learn how to assign a tangible cost to employee turnover and discover simple but effective ways to reduce employee turnover and improve financial outcomes, including:

  • Recruiting in new and innovative ways
  • Developing more effective descriptions for job postings
  • Creating career ladders
  • Developing robust onboarding processes
  • Establishing standardized training processes

Instructor: Susan Whitehead, SCMEP

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8. Building A Leadership Pipeline – Preparing Your Manufacturing Company for The Next Generation of Leaders – 11/11 at 10:30 am

Success at Succession – Building a Leadership Pipeline

Steve is probably 5 years away from retirement, and the company he started 32 years ago needs a leader. In fact, the company needs a whole new group of leaders to take it into the next 30 years. How can he and other manufacturing companies like his prepare now for the future? There is a way to invest talent capital today that will help him retain his most promising and most loyal team members at the same time – and will set them all up for success for decades to come: building a leadership pipeline.

Instructor: Paul Clark, Find Great People

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9. Diversity & Inclusion – 11/11 at 1pm

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10 The Power of Peer-To-Peer Networking – 11/11 at 2 pm

Advanced manufacturing technologies, increased social connectivity, and the push for continual improvement are all factors on the plates of manufacturers today. South Carolina manufacturers have done well internally in building interdepartmental and cross-functional collaboration to optimize these efforts. An oft untapped resource for South Carolina companies is the external network of local peers addressing many of these same issues. The OpExChange, a program within the SCMEP, is a peer-to-peer benchmarking group that is devoted to sharing best practices from manufacturers across the state. This session will share how collaborating and benchmarking with peers can boost the collective performance and competitiveness of South Carolina companies.

Instructor: Mike Demos, OpExChange

Running a business can be a very lonely position but there’s one place where you don’t have to go it alone. There are many others that have experienced similar situations with running their business and who are willing to share what they’ve learned along the way, so you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. A business leader peer advisory group can help you navigate the white waters typically faced along the journey and it doesn’t all necessarily have to do with business.

Peer advisory groups, such as the Manufacturer’s Insight Peer Group, addresses all aspects leaders face from running a business, learning to scale, confronting issues, tackling strategies, to overcoming both personal and business challenges. Participating in a peer advisory group offers an opportunity to discuss sensitive issues in a confidential setting, receive unfiltered feedback from those who wish to see you succeed and stay on track, receive guidance from others with expertise, be accountable for your actions as well as share with others the experiences you’ve picked up along the way. A peer network is not an association or a club. It’s simply an avenue to level up your game and avoid costly errors along the way.

We invite you to learn about the power of a manufacturing peer advisory group and how it’s helping others accelerate their business and achieve personal and professional rewards.

Instructor: Kevin Minton, Chief Executive Boards International/Insight

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12. Identifying and Implementing More Creative Models for Compensating Manufacturing Leaders – 11/12 at 9:30 am

Is your paycheck sticky?

Gone are the days when you could just post an hourly rate or set up a salary chart and then forget about it. To attract and keep the best talent in 2021 and beyond, manufacturers are finding more creative compensation models. Tying incentives to production, motivating profitable behaviors, and giving long-term team members a reason to stay longer – are just a few of the many elements of today’s compensation plans. This session will introduce you to a compensation approach that’s like putting duct tape on the back of your paychecks – so your best team members will stick around.

Instructor: Carrie Cavanaugh, Find Great People

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13. Building A Better Supply Chain Through Strategic Sourcing – 11/12 at 10:30 am

Now, more than ever, organizations are re-evaluating their existing supply chains and making strategic decisions to strengthen their supply base and mitigate risks to their business. Strategic Sourcing can be an invaluable tool for organizations of all sizes, helping them to effectively identify and develop a supply base that facilitates achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives. Join us for an engaging and informative session which discusses strategic sourcing and how it can benefit businesses like yours.

  • Summary of what Strategic Sourcing is and what it should not be
  • Review of the specific functions and responsibilities of a Strategic Sourcing team
  • Key elements of a Commodity Strategy as part of Strategic Sourcing
  • “What’s in it for me?

Instructor: Dennis Dedrick

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Track 3: MFG 4.0

14. AI in Manufacturing: Real World Success and Lessons Learned, Right Here, Right Now in SC – 11/11 at 9:30 am

In 2021, Nucor Steel, Precision Global and Metromont Concrete joined fellow SC Manufacturers Rolls-Royce, Atlas Copco, JTEKT and Elkem Silicones on the Artificial Intelligence journey with SC firm Delta Bravo. Use cases in Predictive Maintenance, Predictive Quality and Scrap Reduction have increased throughput and profits, but all came with lessons learned both for the customer and Delta Bravo.

Delta Bravo CEO Rick Oppedisano will share these stories and go into detail about key drivers for success- and red flags- for each of these engagements.

Instructor: Rick Oppedisano, Delta Bravo

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15. Solving Labor Shortages with Collaborative Robots – 11/12 at 10:30 am

Is your company suffering from a workforce shortage? Are you having difficulties finding qualified people to work in your factory? Come learn how collaborative robotics can help solve your workforce challenges. In this session, you will discover how collaborative robots (also known as “cobots”) can add value to your company, boost productivity, and improve reliability. Cobots are industrial robots designed to work safely with and among your employees. The presentation will include video demonstrations of cobots used in real-world manufacturing environments and will provide opportunities to learn about the different applications suitable for cobots.

Instructor: Robert Goosen, Purdue MEP

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16. Discovering and Addressing the 7 Wastes Using Real-Time Location Tracking – 11/11 at 1pm

In this fun and informative session you will learn more about and have the chance to experience first-hand the amazing capabilities and potential of real-time location tracking using ultra-wide band (UWB) technology.

Imagine if you could know where everything is, in real-time and to an accuracy of within 8 inches to be able to locate any raw material, part, tool, tooling and/or equipment instantly?

Imagine if you could know how things flow, where things accumulate, where shortages occur, or
where time is lost?

Imagine that you could automate material transactions and replenishment using geofencing?

What if you could automate cycle counting, annual physical inventory, or yard management?

What if you could support traceability and continuous improvement with automated reporting
based on factual data?

All of the above can be achieved by deploying a real-time locating system that utilizes ultra-wide band technology!

Instructor: Stijn van de Velde, Gemba Partners

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17. Move Your Company Forward with Autonomous Mobile Robots – 11/11 at 2 pm

Manufacturers and warehousing companies are boosting productivity with Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). These robots can transport the movement of raw materials, intermediary product, and finished goods across factory floors and warehouses efficiently and independent of human intervention. In this session, you will learn what AMRs are, what they can do, and how they operate safely and autonomously. We will view use cases showing how AMRs are being used in different manufacturing settings and hopefully give you some ideas on how these advanced robots might benefit your business.

Instructor: Robert Goosen, Purdue MEP

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18. Solving Real World Employee Training Issues Using eXtended Reality – 11/12 at 9:30 am

Employee skills gap is a major problem in manufacturing. Traditional approaches to skills gap include slides, videos, lectures and expert-led 1-1 sessions on the production line. These approaches often fail because they are either low effectiveness or low-efficiency (non-scalable). The result is a widening skills gap that hurts the economy and US competitiveness. This talk will describe the state of the art in immersive, AI-powered training and how it offers a promising solution to efficiency-effectiveness tradeoff. We will also present a case study on how immersive training delivered ROI and results at Shaw Floors Plant 8S in Columbia SC.

Instructors: Rajesh Jha, SimInsights

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19. Deploying Augmented Reality In Manufacturing & Logistics – A ‘How To Guide – 11/12 at 10:30 am

Smartglasses and Augmented Reality are becoming a large part of many company’s efficiency improvements.  The speed of adoption has been accelerating over the last few years, and specifically, with remote assistance, has become the core of improvement when travel is restricted.  Successful implementation is key.  In this presentation we break down the 4 steps needed to deploy smartglasses, the challenges faced by those in charge of championing the effort and how to overcome those challenges.  We look at how to choose the right solution for the current situation, how to set goals and measure your success, how to map metrics to income (ROI), and how to create a roadmap.  This presentation explores each step at a high-level and gives real-world examples of successful deployments and issues to overcome. 

Instructors: Javier Ortiz, New Forge LLC

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