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Best Buy: Building Brighter Futures Through Technology

September 26, 2022

Tequilla Lopez, Director of Social Impact at Best Buy, talks about the digital divide and how the company is providing tech access and skills-building experiences to students across the country to inspire them toward STEM fields.

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Want to Raise Your Company’s Value? Invest in Employees

September 20, 2022

Sequoya Borgman discusses strategies for business owners to help raise their company’s value – including professionalizing the business, investing in automation, and having a workforce development plan.

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3D Printing, Blockchain and Industry 4.0 Startups

September 7, 2022

In episode two of our two-part series with Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly, we get into some of these initiatives that deploy cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing, blockchain, artificial intelligence and more.

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Industry 4.0 Readiness in the U.S.

August 31, 2022

Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO of Automation Alley, shares his insights into the current state of Industry 4.0 in the U.S., what manufacturers can be doing to embrace digital transformation, and the role of collaboration in these efforts

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The 3-Pronged Approach that Empowers Young People to Succeed

August 19, 2022

Janelle Duray, EVP and COO of Jobs for America’s Graduates, provides insight into the 3-pronged strategy that enables JAG specialists to prepare students for success in education, life and work.

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Visionary, Inventor, Problem-Solver: The Life of an Architect

August 13, 2022

Peter Exley, past president of the American Institute of Architects and Co-Founder of Architecture is Fun joins us to talk all things architecture – the perfect combination of STEM skills and artistic craft.

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How Competition Inspires Next-Gen STEM Leaders

August 5, 2022

Dan Mantz, CEO of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation shares how competition engages students in STEM and inspires them toward high-demand, high-tech careers in robotics, automation, Industry 4.0, engineering & more!

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The Key to a More Diverse Workforce

August 2, 2022

Executives, if you want to build a more diverse leadership team, then look no further than your frontline workforce. Our host Matt Kirchner combines decades of manufacturing leadership experience with recent data to uncover the key to building a more diverse workforce.

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The Sky’s the Limit for Aerospace Technicians

July 25, 2022

Aerospace is an evolving and growing industry, and the career and training opportunities for aerospace technicians are limitless! Hear from Steve Kane, Executive Director of SpaceTEC.

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Academic Esports: Turning Gamers into Makers

July 18, 2022

Mastery Coding CEO Alan Sitomer gives us a deep dive into the world of esports – and how academic esports can turn gamers into makers.

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Smart Tech Strategies: How Johnson Controls is Digitizing Their Business

July 10, 2022

Johnson Controls’ Marc Vandiepenbeeck gives the inside scoop on the company’s investments in smart technology and the future of building controls.

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Power Solutions and a Commitment to Win

July 4, 2022

Hear how Briggs & Stratton CEO Steve Andrews has built a culture of highly-focused, highly-skilled team members building the future of power solutions.

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The Economics of Manufacturing: What to Expect in 2022

June 21, 2022

Jeff Oravitz shares key insights into economic trends, strategies and changes impacting manufacturing in 2022.

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100Kin10: The Mission to End the STEM Teacher Shortage

June 9, 2022

100Kin10 has taken up the bold goal of ending the STEM teacher shortage in the U.S. Hear about this national network of educators, employers and nonprofits who prepared over 100,000 STEM teachers in the last 10 years.

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A Statewide Ecosystem for Workforce Development

June 6, 2022

Michigan Works! Association’s CEO Ryan Hundt talks about the statewide initiatives to address workforce and economic development in Michigan.

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