Tackling Today's New Manufacturing Challenges

September 9-10, 2021 | Indianapolis, IN and Online

Exclusively designed for leaders from mid-market companies, the 2021 Smart Manufacturing Summit will help CEOs and their executive teams navigate their organization’s progress—and course correct where necessary—with pragmatic, forward-thinking insights from manufacturing industry veterans. Don’t miss the opportunity to obtain unfiltered insights that will help you:

  • Solve labor shortages and embrace the multi-generational workforce
  • Overcome supply chain disruptions and stay ahead of competitors
  • Redefine lean and resiliency goals to respond to talent and supply chain pressures
  • Optimize data and add automation to solidify your edge
  • Implement customer-centric design to improve your product’s value
  • Adopt new market strategies and create consistent growth
  • Improve M&A outcomes and get smart on rapidly changing market dynamics


Go behind-the-scenes at some of the most storied factories in America to learn how they are scaling advanced manufacturing efforts.

Obtain real-world lessons and unfiltered insights on the issues keeping you up at night.

Identify the fastest ways to leverage game-changing technologies to accelerate your growth.

Rethink your talent strategies to gain an edge in recruiting the next generation of talent for the future.

Take advantage of peer-to-peer networking to share best practices and processes for managing continuous change.

Forge new supply chain partnerships to grow your business in the years ahead.


Mike Griffith

President, Major Tool & Machine

Andrew Penca

Executive Director, Supply Chain, Cummins Inc.

Kimberly Ryan

EVP and CEO Successor, Hillenbrand Inc.; Chairman, Kimball International

Matt Sause

President and CEO, North America, Roche Diagnostics




Connect with other CEOs and executives to share best practices for managing continuous change, hiring skilled labor, reducing costs and improving margins.


Walk the floors of innovative manufacturing plants to glean insights on implementing new technologies, streamlining processes, improving quality and reducing costs.


Let’s celebrate being back together! This year’s content-rich program will also feature fun networking experiences unique to Indianapolis.

Reception at NCAA Hall of Champions

24 NCAA sports are represented with video highlights and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation. Plus, a fully interactive area will give you the chance to compete virtually and hands-on through sports simulators, a 1930s retro gymnasium, ski simulator and more.

Dallara Indycar Factory Experience

You’ll get to feel what it’s like to race at the famous 2.5-mile oval when you sit behind the wheel of a real IndyCar and race simulation. And, you’ll even get to ride in a street-legal race car!


Virtual and In-person tickets are available.


Onsite in Indianapolis, IN
$ 2695 Early Rate Expires Friday, August 27
  • Live event attendance
  • Meals and receptions
  • Peer roundtables
  • Factory tours
  • Dallara Experience
  • Exclusive Networking Opportunities


Online/On-Demand Only
$ 595 Early Rate Expires Friday, August 27
  • Livestream of general sessions only
  • On-demand access for 30 days
  • Does not include workshops or roundtables
  • Does not include factory tours
  • Does not include Dallara Experience

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus and best practices for group gatherings to ensure a healthy, safe experience for our attendees. We will follow any local city/state protocols at the time of the event and will communicate those with our attendees in a timely manner. We understand that the situation is fluid and should you request a refund or change in attendance to our virtual platform we will accommodate those requests.

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JW Marriott Indianapolis

Reservation Details:

Guest room rate: $219/per night under “Chief Executive Group” block. Available until August 18, 2021.

Chief Executive Group places the highest priority on the health and safety of our attendees and staff. We will be following the safety guidelines outlined by the CDC as well as state and local mandates at the time of our event.


Step out of your office and develop new relationships with industry peers to gain real-world insights that will launch your business forward and ensure you bounce back stronger, leaner and more efficient than ever before.