Speaker Session Title Session Description
Ross Bernstein, Ross Bernstein Speaking The Champion's Code Ross' program is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. It’s based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common among peak performers in business. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others don't... and Ross explains why. It's based largely on the "Good to Great" concept of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through servant leadership, by creating a culture of excellence, by developing deeper relationships, and by giving extraordinary customer service. This session is sponsored by Cornell-Dubilier Electronics.
Dale Ford, ECIA Electronics Components Industry Analysis and Outlook:  What have we learned?  Where are we now? Where will we go? How?

In this session, Chief Analyst Dale Ford will share the latest ECIA research, analyze recent trends, and assess the current health of the supply chain. An exciting future will be explored with glimpses of technologies that will propel the electronics industry and the world into a bright future! The dizzying roller coaster ride of the past three years has taken the industry to new and unanticipated places as it hangs on through the jolts, twists and turns of an increasingly turbulent world. The demand for improved visibility on the supply chain has never been greater or more important. This has placed greater emphasis on the need for timely research from ECIA.

Monica Highfill, Women in Electronics Retaining and Recruiting Talent: Tips and Tricks

Retaining and recruiting talent goes far beyond career fairs and job postings. Monica Highfill, WE Executive Director and also known for her prior position as Vice President- Sales, Americas for KEMET/YAGEO, will take a deep dive into talent retention and recruitment. This session will educate us on the value of mentorship and inclusion, and how this plays a large role in retaining and recruiting critical talent. 

Dean Kamen, DEKA Research & Development Corporation, FIRST® How to Get Involved to Recruit & Retain Future Employees & Customers Dean Kamen will discuss how FIRST is the future for your workforce; ways to support your employees in mentorships, support FIRST teams and events, and using FIRST to hire and retain the best talent. This session is sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics and ROHM Semiconductor. 
Cynthia Kellam, TE Connectivity Post Pandemic Transformations: B2C Customer Expectations in a B2B World
B2B customers increasingly expect a frictionless customer-led experience, primarily served via self-serve digital channels at every step in their journey, from initial research through to purchase and post-sale activities. The shift in the B2B journey began prior to COVID-19, but since then has accelerated with the move to digital now being the most immediate and dramatic force changing B2B customer behaviors, and demanding change in commercial models. In this session you'll learn my top 5 recommendations for creating experiences, and internal cultures, that deliver on those ever-increasing customer expectations.
Steve McClatchy, Alleer Training & Consulting Decide: Personal Leadership Your life is a product of your decisions. Your criteria for making decisions are at the very core of your effectiveness. Great decision-making habits can yield a lifetime of success and achievements while poor ones can keep you stressed, frustrated, and out of balance. Consistently improving your life and achieving your goals is not easy. The problem is that goals mean improvement, and improvement means change, and change is not always welcome. Just as a business must never stop learning, improving, and innovating to lead in the marketplace, as individuals we are faced with this same challenge. If you are interested in learning a decision-making system that can help you achieve more, overcome obstacles, and help you embrace the change that comes with improvement, this is a “don’t miss” presentation. This session is sponsored by the TTI Family of Specialists. 
Lynn Torrel, Flex Building Resilient Supply Chains

The past 2+ years have been a perfect storm for supply chains that began before the pandemic with trade and tariff wars. Current supply chains were built around low costs and efficiencies, with OEMs operating with significant flexibility by all parties in the ecosystem. This system works well in stable, near-ideal scenarios. Unfortunately, over the past few years, we've learned that such business processes and agreements drastically reduce resiliency during significant supply disruptions. With less-than-ideal conditions, the modern supply chain quickly breaks down. This presentation will examine traditional supply chain best practices and offer which should stay and which can be cast aside to move the industry forward.

Cliff Waldman, New World Economics  Global Economic Update Using the latest data from key industrialized and emerging market economies, Cliff Waldman will paint a picture of the state of the global economy. He will discuss the outlook for global growth and its implications for U.S. manufacturing performance given disruptions in the economy.