Kurt VaethKeynote

Automation: Replacing Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Task with Co-Bots, will be the featured keynote session. The presentation will offer solutions to the region’s labor shortage through the use of collaborative robots and how to upskill existing employees.  Kurt Vaeth of FPE Automation will deliver the keynote. Kurt is a Robotic Product Manager for FPE Automation. He has been in both the manufacturing/sales industry for 8+ years. His background as a production manager, manufacturing engineer and as a manager of U.S. order desk sales has given Kurt a multi-faceted perspective. Kurt has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeast Missouri State University.

Ashley Beaudoin

Workforce Development: Employee Engagement & Multi-Generational Workforce

Ashley Beaudoin | Technical Specialist, IMEC

Ashley is based in Chicago and focuses on the people aspect within an organization. She assists in the implementation and enhancement of human resources needs such as addressing talent management systems. Talent management systems include recruitment, performance management, employee development and learning, and compensation. More specifically, Ashley improves and creates hiring processes, onboarding processes, professional development training, feedback tools, and incentive programs. Ashley also consults and coaches senior management in human resources topics relating to daily policies and procedures. She uses her skills and knowledge she gained from earning her BA in Psychology and MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Lisa Kenney

Training within Industry: Leveraging the Role of Supervisors & Team Leaders

Lisa Kenney | Technical Specialist, IMEC

Lisa has more than 25 years of industry experience in multiple facets of organizational development including consulting, training, facilitation, needs assessment, instructional design, and project/team management. She is a certified Master Trainer for Development Dimensions International (DDI), a Certified Dale Carnegie Instructor, and a certified facilitator for AchieveGlobal and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. As an adjunct instructor in the Business division at the University of Missouri-St Louis, Lisa teaches professional communications skills to undergraduates. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Stephens College, a Master's degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and specializes in business development, train-the-trainer, leadership, and employee engagement.

Cybersecurity: Protecting More than your Data

Jana White | Chief Operating Officer, Alpine Security

Jana White is Alpine Security's COO and a Trainer. Her certifications include Security+, CyberSec First Responder (CFR), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Jana's background experience includes compliance, auditing, loss prevention, penetration testing, project management, and social engineering. Jana is certified as a Crime Scene Evidence Technician, and incorporates her experiences in banking and Crime Scene Evidence collection into her courses as a trainer for Alpine Security. In her spare time, Jana is a member of the 501st Legion, an international Star Wars costuming organization that focuses on promoting an interest in Star Wars through screen accurate costuming, and performing charity work and volunteering all over the world. Jana also studies Japanese, with the hope of passing the JLPT Nl exam someday.

Sue Mueller

The True Cost of Turnover: Hidden Costs go Beyond Financial to Impact Productivity and Culture

Sue Mueller | Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME

With 30 years’ experience in the training and development industry Sue has spent her time designing, developing, and delivering training in the US and abroad. Sue holds a MA in Sociology and has designed over 60 modules of training for use by manufacturing and service organizations. As a workforce development specialist at Tooling U-SME, Sue works to build partnerships between local educational institutions and manufacturers to build flexible training solutions that help fill the skills gap. She has been employed by several training and development organizations throughout her career, including AchieveGlobal, VisionPoint, and BizLibrary. She has delivered training at 2 and 4-year schools as adjunct faculty and as a corporate facilitator in WI, NC, and TN and holds several facilitation certifications. As organizational strategies have changed to allow for greater alignment to their workforce training needs Sue has been involved in the redesign of courses resulting in competency-based design and increased flexibility for skill attainment. Sue resides with her husband and two children in Sussex, WI.

Leadership Development and Training

Karen Shorey | Leadership Coach, LMI Central Illinois

Karen Shorey is an experienced leadership development coach with a demonstrated history of helping leaders achieve measurable results in time management, communication, team empowerment and so much more. Using professional assessment tools, she is able to gain an accurate assessment of organizational, group and individual needs. With 8 years of experience working with the Leadership Management International (LMI) program, Karen works to develop and deliver solutions by increasing engagement, developing leadership potential, and delivering leadership development programs. These programs focus on creating clear, measurable goals, a system for tracking and measuring those goals, and a heightened understanding of the strengths and opportunities for future development to meet those goals. She recognizes and brings to the table an understanding of the life/work balance important for longevity within an organization and continued success within the workplace for all members and levels of the team.