Sixth National MBE Manufacturers Summit

Recruiting, Training & Retaining Tomorrow’s Top Talent

AUGUST 13-15, 2023
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA

Thank you to our sponsors


The Sixth National MBE Manufacturers Summit returns in person this year, August 13-15, 2023, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Don’t miss this national once-a-year event that brings leading Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) manufacturers together from around the country to acquire new knowledge, analyze global market trends and meet one-on-one with corporations and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). View the Summit Highlights.

Space is Limited!

Over 900 manufacturers, corporations, and organizations from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Washington, D.C. have attended!

This year’s Summit theme, “Workforce: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Tomorrow’s Top Talent”, will uncover the implications and advantages of tomorrow’s evolving workforce to help MBE manufacturers compete and prosper on a global stage.

Convene, connect, and collaborate with thought leaders and with implementing the necessary changes to advance new workforce strategies and stay successfully competitive.

Summit Highlights

Summit Eve

The Commerce Club
Opening Reception & MBE Awards Ceremony

Day 1

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Fast Pitch, Poster Walk and more!

Day 2

Manufacturing Bus Tour



Commerce Club

6:00 pm – Opening Reception, Awards Ceremony


Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

8:00 am — Registration, Networking Breakfast, Poster Walk Featuring MBE Manufacturers

8:45 am David Bridges, Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2); Donna Ennis, Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), Georgia Artificial Intelligence Manufacturing Corridor (Georgia AIM); Jennifer Pasley, Georgia MBDA Business Center

9:05 am — Opening Remarks: Donald R. Cravins Jr., Under Secretary for Minority Business Development, Department of Commerce, MBDA

9:20 am — Keynote: The New Collar Worker, Denise Rice, Smart Factory Institute

9:50 am — Fireside Chat: Solutions to Workforce Disruptions in Manufacturing, Latesa K. Bailey, J.D., M.B.A., Kia Georgia, Inc., Philip Paradice, Economic Development Administration, Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F., Georgia AIM and Georgia MBDA Business Center

10:20 am — Break, Poster Walk Featuring MBE Manufacturers

10:40 am — Panel Session: Building Your Workforce with Innovative Workforce Approaches, Patric H. Stadtfeld, Siemens Corporation, Steven Ferguson, Technical College System of Georgia, Sheila Jordan, Knowledge Architects, Regan Brewer-Johnson, Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), Marcus Sheanshang,
JBM Packaging

11:25 am — DOE Snapshot: Deploying Resources to Strengthen, Transition, Scale, and Grow the Manufacturing Industrial Supply Chain, Robert Sozanski, U.S. Department of Energy

11:45 am — Networking Lunch

1:30 pm — Fast Pitch One-on-One Meetings

5:00 pm — Adjourn Solutions to Workforce Disruptions in Manufacturing


Manufacturing Bus Tour (Transportation and Lunch Provided)

7:30am – 2:30pm 
Tour 1: Curiosity Lab Peachtree Corners
Tour 2:  AI Manufacturing Pilot Facility (AIMPF) at Georgia Tech

Keynote Speaker

Denise (Rice) Hall

CEO at Peak Performance, Inc.
Operator of Smart Factory Institute

Keynote: The New Collar Worker

Discover the necessary changes needed to advance new workforce strategies and stay successfully competitive with our Keynote Speaker Denise (Rice) Hall, President & CEO of Peak Performance, Inc. and Operator of the Smart Factory Institute, an exclusive U.S. institute providing manufacturers with connections, collaborative relationships, certifications for improving manufacturing processes, and workforce training. Gain insight, tips, and strategies from Ms. Hall’s wealth of experience in manufacturing workforce development on the first day of the Summit, and put your best foot forward as we begin our in-person Summit for the first time since 2021.

“I enjoyed networking with industry leaders and learning about the state of manufacturing.”

— D. Williams, 2018 Summit attendee


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