September 8th, 2021

5 Reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2021 will take place Thursday, September 23 in Grand Rapids. Presented by The Right Place, Inc. and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), the Summit will deliver attendees a line-up of industry experts who will touch on a wide-array of topics surrounding technology, talent and innovation.

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After more than a year of hearing the words ‘uncertain’ and ‘unprecedented’ too many times to count, brighter days are finally on the horizon. Economic activity has picked back up, business is in full swing and unemployment rates have plummeted since peaking in April 2020.

Positive outlook aside, business leaders still face plenty of challenges now and on the road ahead. Strategies for attracting and retaining talent, effectively implementing technology, and creating a culture fueled by innovation have become critical for businesses to succeed.

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2021 will take place Thursday, September 23 in Grand Rapids. Presented by The Right Place, Inc. and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), the Summit will deliver attendees a line-up of industry experts who will touch on a wide-array of topics surrounding technology, talent and innovation.

Here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2021:

  1. Connect with fellow manufacturing and technology leaders from across West Michigan. After more than a year of primarily virtual interactions, Zoom-fatigue has become a widespread phenomenon. The Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2021 will provide attendees a safe in-person experience that allows for collaboration and networking in decidedly human way.

  2. Invest in yourself, because its also an investment in your business, employees and colleagues. Take the day to step away from your regular routine to gain a fresh perspective and identify cutting-edge technologies to catalyze growth within your business.

  3. Explore cultural shifts that fuel an entrepreneurial approach to challenges and opportunities. An entrepreneurial spirit serves as a driver for both innovation and growth. The question is, how can someone foster this mindset within a long-established and stable company? Hear from one of West Michigan’s most notable entrepreneurs, Doug DeVos, on how he achieved this and more during the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit keynote session.

  4. Discover new talent strategies that create pathways for success. Talent troubles were widespread prior to the pandemic and have only been exacerbated since. Attracting and retaining talent is a top concern for employers in virtually every industry nationwide. Research shows employees are looking for clear pathways to growth within their companies. Learn how implement “career matrices” that support your talent succession and cultivate loyalty among your employees.

  5. Take action during our structured debrief session. Former U.S. Airforce pilot, Daniel "FuZZ" Walker, will introduce military techniques to walk the audience through a review and small group conversation exercise. Walk away from Manufacturing Summit 2021 with concrete ideas on how our content can be applied to propel your own company into its next phase of growth


Manufacturing Summit 2021 will be a breath of fresh air for West Michigan’s manufacturing community. Join us for this one-day event to connect, engage, and identify new technologies and ideas to set your business apart. Click here to get your tickets today.