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Where Business and Manufacturing Meet Strategy

The 4th Ceramic Leadership Summit was held April 7-9, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. This unique and powerful meeting focused on some of the most important strategic issues confronting the ceramics and glass community. Invited speakers included some of the most respected leaders in the ceramic and glass community, and the highly interactive format took advantage of the tremendous amount of expertise included in the audience.

The Summit was organized into general sessions and concurrent tracks that covered the current business climate, technology tends and strategic open innovation.

We would like to thank David W. Johnson Jr., Christine Heckle, Lora Cooper Rothen and Richard Weber for serving as moderators for the Ceramic Leadership Summit.

2014 Final Program

Ceramic Tech Today (CTT) CLS Recap

Save the Date! The 5th Ceramic Leadership Summit will be held in conjunction with the second Ceramics Expo, which is being held April 26-28, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Presentations from CLS 2014

Business Climate Overview

Perspectives on Manufacturing: U.S. Competitiveness Today, and Prospects Ahead
-Jim Meil, vice president, chief economist, Eaton

Technology Trends
-Katharine Frase, vice president, CTO, Global Public Sector, IBM Corporation

Keynote Address
Strategic Open Innovation – Connecting with the Outside World to Advance Your Company’s Technology and Product Innovation
-Andy Zynga, CEO, NineSigma

Strategic Manufacturing: Sustainability, Manufacturing Opportunities and Workforce Development
Sustainability – The Path to Wealth Creation
-Frank O’Brien-Bernini, vice president, chief sustainability officer, Owens Corning

Manufacturing in the United States of America….A Vehicle for National Economic Prosperity
-Al T. Lubrano, president, Materion Technical Materials and chairman, National Association of Manufacturers’ Small to Medium Manufacturers

Finding and Developing Engineering Talent
Eric Urruti, vice president, research & technology development, SCHOTT NA

Wayne G. Butscher, director, BioSTART and Lab Associates Program, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
R. Allen Kimel, assistant professor and associate head for Undergraduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Lora Cooper Rothen, CEO, Du-Co Ceramics Company

Ceramic 3D Printing-Art, Invention and Industry

-John Balistreri, professor, Bowling Green State University

Innovation Track
Innovation Strategies to Leverage Your Business
-Martin J. Curran, executive vice president, innovation officer, Corning Incorporated
Patent Law in 2014: Act Fast or Get Left Behind
-Steven M. Ritchey, partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Ecosystem Approach to Disruptive Innovation
-Anthony Nickens, vice president, energy and new business, Ceramatec, Inc.
Material Sourcing Challenges and Strategies
-Michael Silver, CEO, American Elements

Manufacturing and Workforce Sustainability Track
Global Manufacturing Panel Discussion
The Plusses and Minuses of Expanding Outside of the U.S. Where? Why? And When?
-Bud Cass, managing member, Bud Cass Consulting LLC, and former president and chairman, Advanced Cerametrics (ACI)
The Resurgence of Manufacturing, Including Four Trends You Should Not Ignore
-Petra Mitchell, president, CEO, Catalyst Connection

Manufacturing and Workforce Sustainability

Public – Private Partnerships to Build a Competitive Workforce
-Richard Norment, executive director, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
A New Role for The American Ceramic Society: Educating Engineers Before and After that First Job
-Richard K. Brow, Curators’ Professor of Ceramic Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology

CLS 2014 Wrap up Session: Moderators Panel