2018 Competitiveness Forum

Virginia Competitiveness Forum
Workforce Solutions Symposium

Tuesday, November 13 & Wednesday, November 14
Kingsmill Resort
1010 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

This year’s Forum, Symposium and Supply Chain Matchup Program will be held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.   The cost for members to attend this two day conference is $275.  The non-member price for both days is $375.  Attendees can register online here.

4th Annual Supply Chain Matchup Program SPONSORED By SunTust Bank

Companies attending the conference can participate in the 4th Annual Supply Chain Matchup Program on November 13 & 14 for free.  If your company would like to participate in the Supply Chain Interviews “only”, there is a $50 registration fee.  Interviews will be scheduled in 15 minutes windows and you can choose to participate on both days, or just one day.  Companies must register to participate and all online registrations must be submitted by 12PM on November 2, 2018.  Click here for more information and to register your company.

MSI Workforce Symposium – 9AM-4:30PM, Tuesday, November 13
The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is developing its first national Symposium with a theme of “Workforce: The Competitive Edge” and drawing on Manufacturers from 19 states.  We will also include Economic Developers and Educators (including University, Community College,  High School CTE/STEM/Vocational Rehab instructors, administrators and counselors).  Best practices and ideas from manufacturers, agencies and schools will be showcased in a way that is designed to get each of these groups to move out of their silos and collaborate with their peers in other organizations.

Featured Speakers:

  • Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Deon Clark, President, TCI Solutions
  • Lunch Speaker: What A Woman Wants…@ Work – Sara Potecha 

Sara Potecha is a renowned speaker and author.  Sara will join us to share the critical leadership techniques she learned as one on the first women to graduate from West Point.  She will relay firsthand knowledge of how the skills women bring to the workplace are necessary in a 21st century economy for all businesses.  Sara will reflect on the techniques needed to hire talented women and retain them in a manufacturing workplace.  Her new book West Point Women: How Character is Created and Leadership is Learned will be available on Amazon Fall 2018.  She will have her first book available and will sign any editions which are bought at the Workforce Symposium.  About the author and book >>

Resource Bingo: Do you know your workforce resources? – 4:15PM-5:30PM
Join us as we explore all of the workforce programs and learn how to use these one of a kind resources to train and retrain our workforce. This technique will ensure that you have a chance to talk to someone about your needs in workforce. 

VMA 96th Annual Membership Meeting (Members Only) – 4:30PM – 5:30PM

Manufacturing Makes Virginia Reception & Trade Show – 5:30PM – 7PM

Members Dinner at Virginia Beer Company Co-hosted by Kaufman & Canoles – 7PM-9PM  


Competitiveness Forum – 9AM-4:30PM, November 14
Join Virginia’s top manufacturing executives, industry leaders and service providers to the manufacturing industry, to learn about best-practices, technologies and solutions that drive Virginia’s manufacturing competitiveness in five major areas: Business Climate, Workforce, Innovation, Infrastructure and Economic Strength.  The program will examine the Commonwealth’s competitiveness standing against other US states and explore how to move Virginia forward.  The VMA will also showcase the annual update to the Virginia Manufacturing Competitiveness Index.   Click here to view full list of speakers.

Featured Speakers:

  • Nanci Hardwick, CEO, MELD Manufacturing Corporation – MELD 3D Technology – MELD is a brand new, award winner, patented metod to do large scale additive manufacturing in metal.  Because the process does not involve melting like traditional processes, MELD enables building, repairing, and coating parts at sizes and with materials not otherwise possible.
  • Kim Nollner, Channel Sales Manager – Robotiq Innovation – Robotiq offers Plug + Play components for collaborative robots that are easy to use.  The Robotiq tools and methodologies simplify applications so manufacturers can start production faster.
  • The Honorable David Yancey, Chairman, House Transportation Committee – I-81 Corridor Truck-Only Tolling & Improvements

Join us for the 1st Annual VMA STEP Ahead Recognition Luncheon from 11:30AM – 1PM.  During this special lunch program, we will recognize all women from Virginia who were nominated for the 2019 National STEP Award.  This years featured speaker is Erin Kane, President & CEO, AdvanSix.


Room Block Information

A block of rooms have been secured at Kingsmill Resort for a rate of $179 per night.  Guests can contact the reservation line at 1-800-832-56657 or (757) 253-1703 (select option 1) to make reservations by phone or use their online reservation site.  Please mention that you are with the Virginia Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting when making your reservation to receive the discounted rate.   The cut-off date for room reservations is October 29.

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