Workforce Summit: Employer Driven-Solutions





7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Check In


8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Networking, Welcome

Breakfast & Coffee Bar sponsored by Deaconess Illinois & IMEC 


8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

“Embracing Artificial Intelligence”
presented by Becky Gandillon, Data & Analytics Lead, Centric Consulting


9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Panel Discussion


Randy Prince, Senior Business Development Manager,
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Panel Members:
Robbie Musoiu,
HR Manager, Deaconess Illinois

Mani Daggula, Plant Manager, Penn Aluminum

Cheryl Endres, Executive Vice President, Director of Business Services, Silkworm
Cale Mifflin, Director of Human Resources and Relations, Silkworm

Nick Wortman, Assistant Vice Chancellor, HR,
Southern Illinois University–Carbondale


10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

3 Breakout Sessions

“The Future of Work in an AI Powered World”
presented by Rob Craig,
Electronics and Computer Technology, John A. Logan College

“Workplace Culture”
presented by Paola Velasquez,
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

“Illinois Employment Law Updates”
presented by Scott Cruz, Partner,
UB Greensfelder LLP


12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Networking 

Lunch sponsored by Prysmian & SI Now


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Advancing Southern Illinois Manufacturing: A Supply Chain Analysis”
Presented by
Dr. Deb Barnett, Executive Director, Southern Illinois Now
David Boulay, President, IMEC



1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

“Talent Pipeline Management”
Presented by Kim Kuchenbrod, CWDP,
TPM Fellow Talent Management and Business Sector Administrator
Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies


Vendor Tables


Deaconess Illinois


Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA)

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

Man-Tra-Con Corporation

Priority Staffing

SIH Workcare



Twenty Two



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