2021 Virtual D&I Summit

Join us December 14 for a virtual event that will explore dimensions of diversity and inclusion specific to the manufacturing workforce.

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Manufacturing’s future depends on attracting diverse talent and inclusive cultures. Help define our road ahead.


The manufacturing industry is facing a labor shortage—and one of the industry’s biggest opportunities is broadening the talent pipeline and prioritizing actions that recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

Join us for a virtual event that will explore dimensions of diversity and inclusion specific to the manufacturing workforce and provide actions you can take now to move our industry forward.


Opening Remarks

Latest Data/Business Case for D&I
Making the Case: D&I has proven to drive business performance and innovation—yet the industry lacks diverse representation at all levels. Find out where manufacturing stands in terms of DEI and why it is critical the industry take proactive steps to diversify the talent pipeline and close the opportunity gap.

Approximately 200,000 men and women leave the military each year. Learn how your company can connect directly to this population of transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard, reservists and active-duty military spouses.

While data has found that Black employees, Asian employees, and Latinx employees are more equally represented among our workforce, survey findings show challenges remain in career progression and inclusivity. Find out how to promote racial equality in your company and community.

Second Chance Hiring
One-in-four Americans currently possess a criminal record. Without second chance opportunities, many in this sizable talent pool are excluded from the workforce, needlessly leaving them on the sidelines as employers search for candidates who can fill skills gaps. Hear how leveraging second chance talent can widen your talent pool, reduce turnover, and help your company stay competitive.

One-quarter of the manufacturing workforce is over 55 years old while millennials make up the largest generation of our workforce population. Learn how manufacturers are addressing shifting demographic challenges and engaging a multi-generational workforce.

Exploring the Road Up to a More Inclusive Workforce
The Road Up follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they search for stable employment and a pathway out of poverty. In each case, they took their experience—often learned from the hardships of daily life rather than the workplace itself—and applied it to finding and keeping a job. Join a robust discussion about the film and the steps manufacturers can take across the employee lifecycle to find overlooked talent.

Executive Panel: Voices from Leadership
Hear from those at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity and inclusion and learn from their experiences and gain insights on how you can get involved.