CLS 2014

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The 4th Ceramic Leadership Summit is fast approaching—book now to secure your spot so that you don’t miss great networking opportunities. Credit: ACerS.

The busyness of the workday can obscure the big picture. As former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower so wisely stated, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

So consider for a moment—What is really important to your business—not just today, but next year, and three and five years out?

The 4th Ceramic Leadership Summit (CLS), slated for April 7–9 in Baltimore, Md., is a conference that “focuses on business and technology leadership by connecting attendees with other leaders who can help grow your organization.”

We know it is hard to justify taking a couple of days away from the office or plant, which is why we’ve packed so much practical value into just two days. Between talks, networking, and thought-sharing, this conference is designed to help you maximize your business’s potential with real-world business intelligence that will make a difference right away. 

Industry leaders are lined up to deliver some great talks, with interactive sessions that dive in to the current climate, trends, and strategies in business and manufacturing. Plus, you can choose between focused tracks that hone in on innovation (track one) and manufacturing and workforce sustainability (track two) to make the conference work for you.

One of the most valuable parting gifts from any conference (beyond the great discussion and learning) is in the stack of business cards you collect. You never know who you’ll sit next to at dinner or strike up a conversation with during a coffee break—often, those contacts lead to the most fruitful discussions, collaborations, and partnerships.

And at CLS, you’ll be in great networking company—confirmed registrants hail from some of the biggest names in manufacturing. You’ll be able to lunch with attendees from the likes of 3M, Kyocera, Murata Manufacturing, SELEE, GE Aviation, IBM, and Superior Graphite; or chat over a cup of coffee with conference goers from Corning, Elkem, Allied Mineral Products, Swindell Dressler, Kennametal, UTRI, Morgan Crucible, and CelSian Glass and Solar. Not to mention registrants from the academic arena, including MIT, Johns Hopkins, Missouri University, Alfred University, Penn State, and University of Virginia.

If that sounds like a lot of networking, it is. But with an initial welcome session, coffee breaks, networking lunches, dinners, and even an optional tour of the Walters Art Museum—just think how well you can maximize your time in those two days away from the office.

In the words of meeting organizers, “If your work relies on the business-end of ceramics, you cannot afford to miss the 4th Annual Ceramic Leadership Summit.”

Early bird registration ends this Friday, March 7, so nab a nametag today (and save $150)! The cut-off date for discounted hotel registration closes March 12, so don’t forget to book your room, too. And for the complete lineup, see the advance program here (PDF).

If glass and optical materials are your technical field, registration is now open for the 1st Joint Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) and ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) 2014, May 25-30 in Aachen, Germany. In addition to great talks at DGG–GOMD, organizers have planned some neat plant trips for the first day, including tours of 3B, Ceramic Fuel Cells, BASF Personal Care and Nutrition, Berzelius Stolberg, a RWE Power AG Tagebau coal mine, and more. Register today to secure the early bird rate, which expires March 31.