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Manufacturing Leadership Summit

In the dynamic and ever-evolving world of American manufacturing, the Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2024 is the pivotal annual event for industry frontrunners like you. Faced with a spectrum of challenges – from labor shortages and supply chain complexities to the intricacies of automation – this summit is your solution to chart the course through an era of continuous disruption.

Join the sharpest minds in the industry for transformative conversations and innovative strategies at the essential gathering for manufacturing leaders.


aerial view of Fanuc Americas headquarters
Fanuc company logo


Get an exclusive, inside look at one of the most advanced robotics facilities on earth, nearly two million square feet of cutting-edge technology where one of the world’s top automation companies is creating the future of industry. The company’s latest addition includes a just-unveiled 655,000 square foot state-of-the-art hub to house additional manufacturing, engineering and R&D projects, part of a massive expansion underway on the 67-acre site, giving attendees unprecedented access to the operations of one the very best advanced manufacturing firms in the world today.


We’ll go inside one of metro Detroit’s newest, most exciting factories, for a look at how one of the top 100 automotive suppliers in the world is bringing their just-launched facility to life. It’s a live, in-person case study of ramping up a new factory to supply some of the most difficult and exacting customers at a time of tremendous change and disruption in the mobility industry.

*Tour At Capacity


The billionaire founder behind the 5-hour Energy phenomenon, Manoj Bhargava’s R&D skunkworks at the HANS premium water facility epitomizes innovation in action, where he is tackling one of the most pressing issues in the world today — the lack of sustainable fresh water. Come along for a journey into the mindset of innovation where unprecedented speed and agility are the result of an engineering and product focus unlike any you’ve seen before. 

You’ll get an inside look at the innovation center exploring new ways to tackle fundamental issues like power, clean water and hunger using advanced manufacturing technology. It’s a masterclass in industrial imagination that will give you and your team new ideas and new perspectives to think bigger—and differently—about your own challenges and opportunities.

Join us at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2024 to not only witness but actively participate in shaping the future of manufacturing. Engage with industry leaders, embrace new strategies, and arm yourself with the knowledge to lead in these transformative times.


Dayna Badhorn

Regional President of the Americas, Avnet

Manoj Bhargava

Founder, 5-hour ENERGY

Ronald Hall

President and CEO, Bridgewater Interiors, LLC



Supplier Survival:

Delve into the world of a manufacturing veteran and learn how to maintain quality, motivate employees, and thrive amidst constant change and challenges.

From Assembly Lines to Algorithms:

Discover how AI is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry and learn to harness it for competitive advantage.

Global Complexity and Winning Strategies:

Uncover essential leadership skills required to navigate the complexities of modern manufacturing operations.

The Manufacturing Outlook for the Next Decade:

Gain invaluable insights from one of the nation's top economists to strategize for the upcoming years in manufacturing.

Leading Automation with Fanuc America:

Explore the latest in industrial automation and learn strategies to stay ahead in this rapidly evolving field.

Working Lunch with Peer Roundtables:

Engage in deep dives on critical topics like Sustainable Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Agile Manufacturing, and more.


Standard Registration
  • All keynotes, general sessions & small group breakouts

  • Meals & networking receptions

  • Exclusive tours of FANUC, 5-hour Energy & Webasto

Team of 2+
Per Person Registration
  • All keynotes, general sessions & small group breakouts

  • Meals & networking receptions

  • Exclusive tours of FANUC, 5-hour Energy & Webasto




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MGM Grand building in Detroit in the evening


MGM Grand Detroit

The discounted rate of $186/night is available until April 12, or until the room block fills.



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Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.