Gears & Gadgets
What is Gears & Gadgets?
Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event hosted by Minnesota Manufacturing Executives (MME) where members discuss manufacturing business trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking Happy Hour with a cash bar and appetizers. Our generous Platinum Sponsors contribute to the success of Gears & Gadgets.
Why attend Gears & Gadgets?
- Stay current on manufacturing industry changes that affect your business
- Peer-to-peer interaction builds your network and a strong Minnesota manufacturing community
- Maximize business development and supplier synergies for your company
Who is eligible to attend Gears & Gadgets?
- Manufacturing business owners
- Manufacturing executives and senior leaders currently employed in a manufacturing company
How do I receive an invitation to Gears & Gadgets?
Gears & Gadgets is “by invitation only” for eligible members of MME.
Please contact the group founder,
Marni Hockenberg at email@example.com;
Marni Hockenberg is the Principal of Hockenberg Search, a firm specializing in Executive Outplacement for the manufacturing industry.
Your network is your net worth — see you at Gears & Gadgets!
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Upcoming Event May 11, 2020
Talent Acquisition and Retention for Manufacturing – Panel Discussion Highlighting Creative Strategies and Tactics That Work
Monday, May 11, 2020
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Registration/Networking
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Program — Audience Q & A
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception — hot appetizers & cash bar
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive N.
Arbor Lakes Room
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Talent Acquisition and Retention for Manufacturing:
Results of a recent Gears & Gadgets survey revealed that the topic of the chronic qualified workforce shortage is of prime interest to our members. Our May 11th program will address the issue of talent acquisition and retention with a panel discussion and round table discussion led by Mary Nutting, Owner & President of CorTalent. Manufacturing industry panelists will share their proven creative strategies and tactics with our audience. You will come away with novel hiring and retention ideas that can be implemented at your manufacturing company to accelerate your growth.
Mary Nutting, President & Owner of CorTalent
Recap of October Gears & Gadgets Event
Vision 2020: Planning for Success
October 21, 2019
Many companies begin the annual planning process by deciding on which of the primary annual initiatives the organization can focus on to drive growth. Whether you have those initiatives identified or not, this panel discussion can help you understand how the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) identifies upcoming opportunities (and risks) you need to be aware of. Panel experts will provide a holistic understanding of why they believe EOS has been key to improved business plans and increased positive results.
Click here now to view the Photo Gallery from October 2019 Gears & Gadgets program
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