Danilo Amoretty

SVP of Global Product Supply and Operations, Carhartt

Danilo Amoretty is a member of Carhartt’s senior leadership team where he is developing a production, operations and procurement vision for its supply chain to ensure multi-year growth, product line expansion plans and profitability. Most recently, he served the company as vice president of Global Product Supply. Prior to joining Carhartt, Amoretty served as director of Sourcing Americas at VF Corp., where he led the ideation and implementation of the sourcing strategy in the Western Hemisphere and drove the product innovation process. 

Tom Kelly

Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley

Tom Kelly is a globally recognized expert on Industry 4.0 and its impact on business. As executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Kelly oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for the organization, including programs and services designed to help businesses increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Kelly joined Automation Alley in 2014. His previous roles included director of entrepreneurship and COO. Kelly came to Automation Alley after seven years as a technology business consultant for the state of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers, where he actively coached more than 300 technology startups in advanced automotive, life sciences, homeland security and alternative energy industries. In addition, Kelly has launched three startup companies of his own.

Kelly is often tapped by media outlets to share his leadership and knowledge around Industry 4.0 and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and participate in panel discussions and roundtables. He has served on the Canadian National Research Council’s Peer Review Committee and is a current member of the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub Working Group, the National Research Committee’s Peer Review Committee, and is a board member of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association.

Kelly has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Jeff Liker

Author, The Toyota Way; Professor Emeritus, Industrial and Operations Engineering, The University of Michigan

 Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor Emeritus, Industrial and Operations Engineering at The University of Michigan and President of Liker Lean Advisors, LLC. He is author of the best-selling book, The Toyota Way, Second Edition, and has coauthored nine other books about Toyota including The Toyota Way to Service Excellence, Designing the Future, and The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership.  A recent graphic novel with Eduardo Lander and Tom Root tells the story of lean transformation at a mail-order company:  Lean in a High-Variability Business.  His articles and books have won thirteen Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence. He was inducted into the Association of Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame and the Shingo Academy.

Debbie Manzano

Director of Manufacturing, Current Model Electric Vehicle (EV)
Ford Motor Company

Debbie Manzano is the Director of Manufacturing – Current Model EV Serving in this role since March 2022. In this role she is responsible for current model electric vehicle manufacturing plants in North America including propulsion systems produced at Rawsonville, Van Dyke and soon Irapuato. The Electric Vehicle plants include the Rouge Electrical Vehicle Center producing the all new Electric F150 – Lightening, Kansas City e-Transit, and Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant producing the Mach-e.

Previously, Manzano served as Director for the Transmission Region. She also held multiple roles in vehicle manufacturing; including Plant Manager of the Dearborn Truck Plant, where she led the successful launch of the all-new 2021 F-150 and the groundbreaking of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Prior to that she was the Plant Manager of the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and Ohio Assembly Plant. Manzano began her career in manufacturing 27 years ago as a Quality Engineer at Dearborn Glass Plant. Debbie is a 2nd generation Ford employee and is proud to be part of the Ford Family. Debbie’s husband is also a Ford employee and she has two stepchildren.
Manzano is a Board Member of the Women of Ford. She loves being part of this collaborative and energetic Resource Group supporting and developing women within the organization. Manzano recently earned honors in the Automotive News Top 100 Women in Leadership report. Manzano joined Ford in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree of Science in Math & Statistics and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Corey Stowell

Vice President, Human Resources, Webasto Americas

Corey Stowell leads all human capital efforts at the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Tier 1 automotive supplier, with more than 5,000 employees. He has been an executive with increasing levels of responsibility at Webasto since 2002, and was integral in the company’s turnaround, with a focus on cultural transformation efforts centered on purpose, communication and retraining of management. Those efforts earned the company a 2017 Workplace magazine “Game Changer” award for workplace leadership.

Shannon Washburn

Chief Executive Officer, Shinola

Shannon Washburn is the CEO of Shinola, where she leads a talented team of individuals who create world-class, handcrafted goods. Shannon guides the brand’s vision to become the next great American brand from Detroit, overseeing all aspects of the business. 

Prior to becoming president in early 2018, Shannon spent six years working with the watch and jewelry product development and design teams. Shannon has garnered experience in various aspects of the business over the course of her career from retail to product development to sales and international brand management. Prior to Shinola, Shannon was a buyer for Dillard’s before her 14-year tenure at Fossil.  She was promoted to CEO of Shinola in 2019.