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Breakout Sessions With Industry Experts

 

How Having a Social Mission Can Grow Your Business

Consumers are demanding increasing transparency from manufacturers. They don’t just what to know what you sell, they want to know how you sell it and where your ingredients/materials come from. Kuli Kuli’s Founder & CEO Lisa Curtis will lead a discussion about how having a social mission, and showcasing it through a B Corp certification can grow your business. Learn how a B Corp certification works and how it could help grow your business.

Presented by Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli

Lisa Curtis is the Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli, the leading brand pioneering the superfood moringa in the US market. Lisa founded Kuli Kuli after working with moringa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Lisa has grown Kuli Kuli from a Peace Corps dream into a multi-million dollar social enterprise that sells delicious moringa products in over 7,000 stores. Lisa and Kuli Kuli have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and hundreds of other publications. Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic where she managed a team of six to grow the company from zero to over $5M invested in solar through Mosaic’s online marketplace. Previously, Lisa wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House, served as a United Nations Environment Programme Youth Advisor and worked at an impact investment firm in India. She is a regular contributor to Forbes and has been recognized as a StartingBloc Fellow, a Wild Gift Better World Entrepreneur, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator and a Udall Scholar. She was honored as a 30 Under 30 Leader by Forbes, GreenBiz and the University of California. She was also named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 “Top of the Class” for Social Entrepreneurship.

Happy, Healthy Employees Can Minimize Your Costs

Poor lifestyles drive a whole raft of chronic conditions that cost employers a lot of money. These conditions drive the vast majority of your health care costs and drag down your productivity and competitiveness by driving up rates of absenteeism, worker’s comp, presenteeism and avoidable staff turnover. With the right tools and guidance, companies can create a culture of healthy living within the workplace. With accurate measurements, metrics and data for each major component of lifestyle (i.e. sleep, stress, happiness, diet and exercise), a data-driven, innovative approach can increase the chances of people making improvements to their lifestyle, overall health and wellbeing. 

Presented by David Mayer, Founder & Chief Wellness Officer for Rendle

David Mayer is an expert in healthy lifestyle promotion. Prior to founding RENDLE, David worked as a successful health coach, transforming clients into healthier, happier individuals. He enjoyed significant success one-on-one with clients by getting them to think beyond exercise alone and about their lifestyle as a whole, and the connection between its components: sleep, stress, happiness, exercise and nutrition. With RENDLE, David has taken the key attributes of his 1-on-1 training knowledge to create a scalable, automated platform that can provide millions of people with lifestyle education and individual, scientific-based recommendations. David is often a featured speaker on a data-driven approach to lifestyle improvements and recently was invited to speak at the United Nations Public Service Innovation 2030 Agenda.

Value Stream Mapping: A Case Study With Scandic Springs

Learn how Manex implemented a value stream mapping (VSM) process for Scandic Springs to identify areas for improvements. Manex consultants worked with the Northern California’s largest stamping and spring manufacturer to create a VSM of their current operations for one high-production product family. Representatives from Scandic Springs and Manex Consulting will detail how they created current and future state VSMs and identified more than 15 specific improvement actions leading to increased sales and reduced costs.

Presented by Hale Foote, Owner of Scandic Springs, Inc. and Walt Tarpley, Director of Client Services for Manex Consulting

Hale Foote is the President of Scandic Springs, Inc. Scandic is the largest spring and stamping company in Northern California, making custom metal parts for companies in the medical, automotive and aerospace fields worldwide. He has used Scandic to work with students and teachers at local schools and universities to promote careers in manufacturing. He is also on the board of directors of Manex and other nonprofits. Before joining Scandic, he practiced law in Washington, DC.

Walt Tarpley is Director of Client Services for Manex Consulting and has over 25 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. As an experienced change agent, he has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, in 40 U.S. states, South Africa, Canada, Caribbean, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Design Thinking for Innovative Products 

Design Thinking is an iterative process and shared language used by entrepreneurs, government officials, and corporate leaders to create innovative products and services. In this 45-minute Berkeley Innovation Group (BIG) workshop, participants will “learn with their hands.” Facilitated by BIG partners, Jeff Eyet and Clark Kellogg, attendees will use design thinking tools to identify innovation blockers and use the tools and methods to reframe the challenge. Seeing it differently is the most important step to doing something about it. Working with BIG is serious fun.

Presented by Jeff Eyet and Clark Kellogg, Co-Founders of  Berkeley Innovation Group (BIG)

Jeff Eyet is a radical diverger who prototypes through stories and applies these passions as the co-founder of the Berkeley Innovation Group (big). Working together since 2012, Jeff was Clark’s student at BerkeleyHaas, then rose to a lecturer position before focusing full-time on client work. He has led strategy work with Recology, UC Health, Mills College, and Dow Chemical and supported engagements with GE Health, GE Digital, Kaiser Permanente, Nissan, Paypal, and Abbott Labs.

Clark Kellogg is a curious soul who brings an unending passion for creativity to his Design Thinking practice. Trained as an architect at UC Berkeley, Clark has over thirty years of experience spread among architecture, product design, and strategy creation. His academic background covers 15 years at UC Berkeley, currently teaching Creativity, Design Thinking, and Applied Innovations at Haas. Privately and as a co-founder of The Berkeley Innovation Group, he has led consulting engagements with corporations, non-profits, governments, and universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Tax Credits and Incentives for Manufacturers

Manufacturers, are you leaving money on the table by overlooking tax credits? Are you confused by what types of activities or employees qualify for credits like the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit or the Work Opportunity Tax Credit? Join Bill Abel, tax manager at Sensiba San Filippo, who will shed light on various tax credits that manufacturers should be aware of and help them identify valuable credits for which they may qualify.

Presented by Bill Abel, Tax Manager at Sensiba San Filippo

Bill Abel is a Tax Manager with Sensiba San Filippo LLP. With several years of accounting experience, Bill, has immense experience in tax preparation and planning for both individuals and corporations. Bill works extensively with a wide variety of clients, specializing in working with technology, construction and manufacturing companies, closely-held businesses, and individuals. Additionally, Bill has also become a specialist in advising and consulting clients on the Research and Development credit, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He is an Enrolled Agent and is skilled in state and federal audit representation.

Industry 4.0: Automation & IoT

Digital transformation and automation are essential enablers for factories today faced with operational and even existential challenges that adversely affect their bottom line. How can digitization and automation help address these challenges? What constraints would need to be overcome to commence the journey? How can Industrial IoT be an enabler for this transformation? What are typical ROI expectations? Technology experts Bala Balachander and Gopal Chillariga will lead a discussion to explore digital transformation and automation considerations and how IoT is a key enabler for companies considering this journey.

Presented by Bala Balachander and Gopal Chillariga, Technology Consultants With Manex Consulting

Industry 4.0: Cybersecurity for Factories

As small, medium and large factories transform to digitize and automate their mission critical operations, they are exposed to cyber threats. What are these threats and their consequences? What actions should they consider to address or prevent these threats? What standard practices should they follow or regulations should they comply with? Technology experts Bala Balachander and Gopal Chillariga will lead a discussion on end to end cybersecurity considerations to enable a secure Industrial 4.0 for today’s factories regardless of their scale of operations.  

Presented by Bala Balachander and Gopal Chillariga, Technology Consultants With Manex Consulting

Bala Balachander has more than 25 years of experience in operations, technology and business. Working with both large and small companies, he has taken innovative and leading-edge cellular, Wi-Fi, consumer electronics products; chipsets, technologies and manufacturing automation; workflow systems; and mobile and internet of things (IoT) security infrastructure to market. He built and guided numerous teams to innovate, standardize, develop market and deploy leading-edge solutions and services. He previously held positions with Holistic Labs, Airgo/Qualcomm, Empowertel Networks, Nortel/Bell Northern Research and Citation Computer Systems. Mr. Balachander received his Master of Science from the University of Texas, Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University.

Gopal Chillariga has more than 25 years of experience leading operations and technology teams. He has worked on complex development projects that include systems architecture and design; hardware and software development; end-to-end systems integration and deployment of cellular, Wi-Fi and consumer electronics products; chipsets and technologies; manufacturing automation and workflow systems. He previously held positions at Holistic Labs, Airgo/Qualcomm, SiSilk Networks Inc, mDiversity Inc, Motorola and the Center for Development of Telematics. Mr. Chillariga received his Master of Science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Using ETP Funds to Strengthen Your Workforce

Did you know funds are available to eligible manufacturers to reimburse their costs of providing job skills training to employees? Learn about California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) and the process for applying and receiving funds. An economic development coordinator with ETP will be available to answer your company-specific questions and provide the next steps for determining your eligibility.

Presented by Renee Pierce, Economic Development Coordinator for ETP

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good-paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded by California employers through a special payroll tax. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency.

Export & Tariffs Panel Discussion

Join industry leaders for a panel discussion on the fundamentals of export and tariffs. Experts will address each facet of export – finding a buyer, financing the sale, shipping the products and collecting payment – and provide actionable information to participants. The discussion will be moderated by global supply chain executive Hannah Kain.

Moderated by Hannah Kain, CEO of ALOM Technologies

Panelists: Jeff Deiss, Regional Export Finance Manager and Northern California International Trade Finance Manager for Western U.S. Office of International Trade; Shyamal Roy, AVP of Operations – West for Matson Logistics; Rod Hirsch, Director of Oakland Export Assistance Center for U.S. Commercial Service; Ken Rosenberg, SVP & Manager of International Banking for Bridge Bank a Division of Western Alliance Bank; Hannah Kain, CEO of ALOM Technologies

Apprenticeship & Internship Panel Discussion

Learn how to find skilled employees by creating internships and building apprenticeship programs. Panelists will discuss the proactive approaches they have taken to solve their workforce needs—both the ones that work, and those that didn’t. Plus, discover how AMBayArea and the Bay Area Community Colleges are working together to help manufacturing companies find and train the workforce of the future.

Moderated by Mark Martin, Ph.D., Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area

Panelists: Robert Peters, Control Systems Engineering for Shell Martinez Refinery; Marlon Caoile, Intern for Shell Martinez Refinerychnologies; Paul Garavatti, Pattern Shop Manager for AB&I Foundry; Ivan Berejkoff, Pattern Maker Apprentice for AB&I Foundry

Identifying Waste in Operations

With operational performance, when you under-achieve a goal you disappoint customers, while over-achieving disappoints investors, and inconsistency disappoints both, then all three result in wastes of time and money. This session will explore ways to assess how much waste exists, and how to engage your workforce in making 25% to 50% improvements typical with Lean methods.     

Presented by Walt Tarpley, Director of Client Services for Manex Consulting

Walt Tarpley is Director of Client Services for Manex Consulting. He has over 25 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. As an experienced change agent, he has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, in 40 U.S. states, South Africa, Canada, Caribbean, Europe and the United Kingdom.

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AMBayArea Summit 2019 will feature even more breakout sessions than last year! Attend two breakout sessions, and choose from more than 8 speakers and topics.

 

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