Automation Conference & Expo Explores Manufacturing Workforce Issues

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Annual industrial automation conference, May 24-25 in Chicago, offers discounted registration rate for women in manufacturing.

May 24-25 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare

We are experiencing a skills shortage in manufacturing. As an industry, we need to look beyond automation to solve this problem.

The 2016 Automation Conference & Expo, May 24-25 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, will feature a session dedicated to the challenge of attracting a broader base of talent – including women – to jobs in the automation field. Panelists from industry and academia will explore how brand owners can change the perception of careers in manufacturing, and how today’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs should evolve.

Automation World Senior Editor Stephanie Neil will moderate a panel discussion, entitled
“Workforce Diversity: Attracting the Next-Generation Industrial Workforce,” which will feature Leading Change, LLC Founder and CEO Peggie Koon, Chobani Automation & Controls Manager Alicia Lomas, and other industry experts.

“We are experiencing a skills shortage in manufacturing. As an industry, we need to look beyond automation to solve this problem,” says Neil. “That means changing corporate culture to attract a diversified workforce. This panel will address this very important issue.”

To increase engagement within the manufacturing community, conference producers are offering a discounted rate for women engineers and women in technical roles; they may register for the conference for $395 with code “WomenInMfg16” at checkout on the event website at

The Automation Conference offers two full days of educational sessions for industrial automation professionals. This year’s agenda will explore collaborative robotics, industrial automation system cybersecurity, the Industrial Internet of Things, integrating MES and ERP, and many other topics.

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