Let’s get real about manufacturing – We must find scalable solutions now

This is a NAWB Network-wide event. Sponsored by SME.

Thursday, June 22, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Category: Webinars

There is a manufacturing imperative  - learn why we must re-engineer sector strategies by engaging with the manufacturing sector to address workforce shortages and supply chain constraints to bolster our national security and cultivate our own resilient communities. Discussed will be the imperative facing our local, regional, and state workforce development strategies and why we must include the manufacturing sector to meet the looming workforce shortage:

  • 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could be unfilled by 2030.
  • 16 million individuals have the intent to secure additional education.
  • 11.1+ million Americans are currently employed by the manufacturing sector.
  • 8%+ of all jobs in the US are connected to the manufacturing sector.

You will leave this session with an understanding of why meaningful partnerships must go beyond quarterly meetings and scripted agendas and learn how to directly engage with manufacturers in your community to build strategic collaboration that create value, mutual benefit, and transformational outcomes as you hear directly from manufacturing industry experts on how to cultivate meaningful sector strategies and partnerships that connect for a manufacturing talent pipeline of the future.


  • Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME
  • Dr. Mardy Leathers, Executive Director of Apprenticeships for American (AFA) and former Missouri Office of Workforce Development Director
  • Sarah Tracey, Managing Director of Workforce Services for the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association
  • Ann Thompson, Workforce Development Manager, Ford Motor Company

For More Information:

Alberto Alvarez

Alberto Alvarez

National Director of Partner Relations