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Manufacturing Masterclass Series

Get pragmatic, unfiltered advice on issues essential to manufacturing leaders in this series of interactive engagements with experts on topics from cybersecurity to energy efficiency. 

Thanks to the State of Indiana for exclusively underwriting the Manufacturing Masterclass Series.

Workshop Series

Join your manufacturing executive peers for in-depth online workshops led by esteemed professors. Attendance is limited to CEOs and senior-level executives and subject to approval.


Managing through Inflation: Insights for Manufacturing

Wednesday, October 12 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern

For the first time in 40 years, inflation is a big worry for manufacturing executives. New price uncertainties scramble old “rules of thumb” for vendor contracts, inventory strategies, and supply chain contracts. Understand the forces that drive inflation and what we need to see for a return to the stability enjoyed before the pandemic. Learn how to better frame your inflation challenges and adjust business practices that better protect your company from unexpected price increases.

Join Chief Executive Group for a deep diver into these issues with Professor Phil Powell, Academic Director of the Indiana Business Research Center and the Daniel C. Smith Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. The workshop will help you and your executive team:

  • Comprehend why inflation is so high in 2022 and what needs to occur for a return to historically low rates.
  • Frame your company’s inflation challenges in the context of four forces driving up prices – hyperactive demand, labor shortages, supply chain disruption, and geopolitical tension.
  • Consider new business practices that better insulate your income statement and balance sheet from unstable prices.


Featured Speaker

Professor Phil Powell
Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Academic Director of the Indiana Business Research Center and the Daniel C. Smith Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He also serves as Associate Dean managing the portfolio of academic programs on the Indianapolis campus. Previously, Powell was faculty chair of online MBA and MS programs in Bloomington which earned a #1 U.S. News & World Report ranking during his tenure. Powell has earned two dozen teaching awards and is a published scholar on topics in economic development. He teaches courses on the U.S. and global economy to graduate students at the Kelley School.


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Capturing More Value from Industry 4.0 Digital Transformation

In this masterclass, Dr. Mark Frohlich, Director of the Kelley School for Excellence in Manufacturing at Indiana University, will share findings from his ongoing research into Industry 4.0, including popular technologies as well as common obstacles to their eventual adoption. We’ll cover emerging Industry 4.0 trends and share lessons learned to help your organization maximize the value of digital transformation. 


Getting to Net Zero: Energy Efficiency and Your Bottom-Line

This 90-minute masterclass will introduce the concept of manufacturing energy efficiency to CEOs and senior executives. This will be applicable to firms regardless of where they are in their journey towards a smart manufacturing transition in their operations. We’ll cover the way the different types of IoT energy efficiency sensors can help reduce energy consumption, and ultimately lower costs.


Getting Back to Work: The State of the Manufacturing Labor Market

This 90-minute master class examined the state of the manufacturing labor market at the beginning of 2022, and reasons and contributors to hiring challenges. We reviewed job trends coming out of the pandemic compared with previous years, and examined the consequences of these trends for workers and for employers.


Cybersecurity for Leadership

This 90-minute master class introduced manufacturing executives to helpful tools for cybersecurity decision making, communication, and strategy. The goal of this workshop is to help CEOs engage in and (at some level) understand the information security dialogue and play a more effective role in cybersecurity oversight.