Rethink: The Manufacturing Leadership Council Summit

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Case Study - How Corning Crafted A Common Digital Framework for M4.0
Case Study - Pfizers Digital Transformation Journey, From Theory to Scale
Case Study Fostering Data Literacy The What, Why and How
How Corteva is Using Data to Feed the World
Reality Check - How to Avoid Pitfalls and Drive True Business Value with M4.0
Fireside Chat - Looking at Supply Chain Strategy Through a New Lens
Using Lean to Prepare for M4.0

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Please note that all times listed are in EDT.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

8:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

8:10 a.m.  Opening Address: The Race for Digital Advantage

  • David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Manufacturing Leadership Council

8:30 a.m.  Keynote: How Corteva is Using Data to Feed the World

  • Balaji Venkataraman, Vice President, Manufacturing and Technology, Corteva

Agriculture is nearly as old as humankind itself but keeping up with today’s global food demand requires modern innovations. Corteva Agriscience, the winner of the 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Large Enterprise Manufacturer of the Year, is utilizing machine learning data science techniques and advanced analytics to create more sustainable and efficient means of farming and food production. By developing capabilities in agile team management, data engineering, and AI implementation, Corteva is moving forward in its digital journey and improving its ability to pivot along with continuously changing business needs. This transformation is also helping Corteva reduce emissions, increase use of sustainable packaging, reduce waste, and other sustainability advances.

9:00 a.m.  Fireside Chat: Looking at Supply Chain Strategy Through a New Lens

  • Cynthia D. Farrer, Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Integrated Supply Chain, Allegion
  • Ken Engel, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain North America, Schneider Electric, USA

In conversation with: Paul Tate, Co-Founding Executive Editor and Senior Content Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council

As a result of the pandemic, many manufacturing companies are rethinking their supply chain strategies, shifting to a much greater emphasis on supplier risk management and supply chain resiliency. The goal: enabling greater supply chain continuity. Learn how Allegion and Schneider Electric are developing their new strategies in a time of protracted disruption.

9:30 a.m.  30-Minute Break in Virtual Content

10:00 a.m. Reality Check: How to Avoid Pitfalls and Drive True Business Value with M4.0

  • Jai Sundararaman, Vice President of Business Transformation, Intertape Polymer Group, and Member, MLC Board of Governors

As manufacturers proceed with their M4.0 journeys, clearly understanding the challenges with identifying and measuring business value, partnering with vendors, extracting insights from data, and having the right talent are key factors for success. This session will reveal the 10 most important lessons for a successful M4.0 journey.

10:30 a.m.  Executive Interview

11:00 a.m.  Break in Virtual Content

3:10 p.m.  Executive Interview

3:40 p.m.  Case Study: Fostering Data Literacy: The What, Why and How

  • Dr. Steven Moskowitz, Director, Digital Transformation, Entegris, and Chairman, Innovation Research Interchange (IRI)
  • Valerie Logan, CEO and Founder, The Data Lodge

One of the foundational requirements for successful digital transformation is the ability to manage and analyze data from all aspects of operations and use it effectively to improve decision-making processes. But cultural issues often constrain manufacturing organizations from achieving this goal. Now, the emerging discipline of data literacy offers a way to overcome cultural hurdles.

In this session, we will:

  • Demystify the concept of data literacy
  • Understand what makes up a data literacy program, and the practical ways to get started
  • Hear why Entegris (a manufacturer of advanced materials and process solutions for the semiconductor and other high-tech industries), is embracing data literacy to advance its Manufacturing 4.0 journey

4:10 p.m.  Panel Discussion: Avoiding a Digital Divide

Moderator: David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Manufacturing Leadership Council


  • Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director, Industrial Innovation, Intel Corporation
  • Chuck Wetherington, President, BTE Technologies LLC, and SMM Chair, NAM Board of Directors
  • Val Zanchuck, President, Graphicast, and Member, MLC Board of Governors

Digital transformation can mean very different things for manufacturing companies of different sizes. For smaller companies, expertise and resources can be issues. For larger companies, complexity and inertia can be constraints. But for the industry to succeed with M4.0, all companies need to be able to take advantage of the digital opportunity. Representatives from small, mid-size and large manufacturing companies will share their perspectives on how the industry can avoid a digital divide.

5:00 p.m.  Rethink Content Day 1 Concludes


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

8:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

8:10 a.m.  Keynote: Using Lean to Prepare for M4.0

  • Chuck Wetherington, President, BTE Technologies LLC, and SMM Chair, NAM Board of Directors

BTE Technologies, a supplier of physical rehabilitation equipment and services, is undertaking its digital journey using lean disciplines as a foundation. This session will explain BTE’s vision for the future, what it hopes to achieve with M4.0, and the challenges it sees along the way.

8:40 a.m.  Case Study: Pfizer’s Digital Transformation Journey – From Theory to Scale

  • Mike Tomasco, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing, Pfizer

Pfizer, the $81 billion pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, will share the journey of Pfizer Global Supply’s transition from a digitally-siloed operation to a world-class, digitally-enabled operation. This journey involved experimentation, failure, a transition to scaled agile ways of working, and, ultimately, the transition from pilot purgatory to large-scale global transformation.

9:10 a.m.  Panel Discussion: Next Generation Manufacturing Leaders Speak Up

Moderator: Penelope Brown, Senior Content Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council


  • Hayley Dwight, Director, Business Architecture and Change Management, Cooley Group
  • Katelyn Kelsey, Mobility Technology Engineer, Digital Operations Center, Dow, Inc.
  • Daniel Shrives, Research Engineer, Saint-Gobain North America

If the adage holds true – “turbulent times make skilled sailors” – then today’s up-and-coming manufacturing leaders are developing a remarkable skill set. Disruption has become the new expectation and there are no comprehensive training manuals for today’s version of on-the-job learning. In this panel discussion, some of manufacturing’s leaders of tomorrow will share what companies should prioritize now to get in position for a better future, what are the most important leadership skills to have in times of change, and what lessons they’ll bring with them for the rest of their career.

9:50 a.m.  30-Minute Break in Virtual Content

10:20 a.m.  Case Study:  How Corning Crafted ‘A Common Digital Framework’ for M4.0

  • John McGirr, Vice President of Manufacturing, Corning Incorporated, and Member, NAM Board of Directors

Corning, the $14 billion manufacturer of glass, ceramics, and materials, has undertaken a comprehensive digital transformation strategy. The manufacturing digital strategy includes the company’s new M4.0 Framework, designed to establish a common set of factory digital solutions throughout Corning. The Framework allows Corning to articulate the digital applications, IOT and essential infrastructure capabilities that all plants need to deliver their business strategies. This session will explain how Corning defines the concept of a digital factory, what “good” looks like, and how the strategy provides a playbook for legacy upgrades and greenfield investments.

10:50 a.m.  Fireside Chat: A Chief Digital Officer’s Perspective on Smart Manufacturing

  • Bob Border, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer, Ingredion
  • Prasoon Saxena, President, Manufacturing Business Unit, NTT DATA

In conversation with: David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Manufacturing Leadership Council

A data-driven manufacturer delivers value through seamless integration of reliable digital platforms and services connecting people, processes, and information. This entails increasing visibility of data from the shop floor and leveraging digital capabilities to automate processes, improve operational KPIs, and deliver business results. In this session, learn how Ingredion Incorporated, a $6 billion global manufacturer of ingredients such as sweeteners, starches, and biomaterials, has embraced smart manufacturing and digitization. The company’s Digital Plant initiative has focused on replacing manual or paper-based processes with digital and mobile-enabled solutions as well as decreasing reactive maintenance, unplanned downtime, and planned maintenance costs. The program’s benefits, challenges and future goals will be discussed.

11:20 a.m.  Break in Virtual Content

3:25 p.m.  Lightning Rounds: ML Award Winners Present

Get a deeper look at some of this year’s top projects from the Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Featuring presentations from:

  • AB InBev – Structured Analysis of Downtime and Asset Performance Management Tool
  • General Motors – Factory ZERO: GM’s Launchpad to an All-Electric Future
  • Johnson & Johnson – Advance Case Management Digital Case Coordination
  • Protolabs – Protolabs Revamped Digital Thread

4:30 p.m.  Content for Rethink 2022 Concludes


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