Sessions

Speaker Session Title Session Description
Ross Bernstein, Ross Bernstein Speaking The Champion's Code Ross' program is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. It’s based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common among peak performers in business. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others don't... and Ross explains why. It's based largely on the "Good to Great" concept of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through servant leadership, by creating a culture of excellence, by developing deeper relationships, and by giving extraordinary customer service. This session is sponsored by Cornell-Dubilier Electronics.
Mike Dominguez, ALHI The Need for Speed: Why Change and Innovation is Not a Choice

Our universal experience of the pandemic of 2020 expedited mass adoption of technology and behavior shifts that would have taken a half-decade to reach without this demand shock. The need for innovation has always been present over the past decade but will now be necessary versus competitive advantage.

From disruption of technological forces that are changing the way we work and play to changes in Washington which will take time to understand its full impact, it is important to understand the context of what is taking place. The speed requires us all to move faster and to change processes, filters and thinking. Our world has become more complex with a variety of issues from Automation, Business Transformation, Customization, the Cannabis Industry, Machine Learning, Biometrics – the changes are endless and so are the opportunities. In this dynamic session, industry veteran Michael Dominguez shares a perspective on the latest trends and their impact on business processes and industry. You will gain a better understanding of building a culture of constant sprints and an environment where innovation, change, and risk-taking are celebrated often and naturally.

Bob Evans, Cloud Wars Media Revolution in the Cloud - How Industry-Specific Clouds Are Disrupting How Businesses Operate As businesses in every industry are racing from our traditional world into the digital economy, the traditional technologies that got them here will certainly not get them there. Those traditional workhorses were made for the enterprise-centric world, and have provided huge value to millions of companies all over the world. But the rise of the data-driven digital economy is forcing those companies to change what they make, whom they hire, how they engage with customers, how they market, how they sell, how they collaborate with partners, and how they measure success. And those new challenges require a much greater level of specificity in business applications and data analysis, which has triggered the rise of purpose-built "industry clouds." The tech industry has never moved as uniformly and as aggressively as it has moved toward these industry clouds in the past year, and these new industry-specific solutions will become the engines of innovation for not just individual companies but indeed for entire industries. This keynote talk will explore what's happening, why it's happening, and where it's all headed.
Dale Ford, ECIA Electronics Components Industry Analysis and Outlook: What have we learned? Where are we now? Where will we go? How? ECIA continues to engage proactively with participants up and down the electronics components supply chain to assess and gauge the forces driving the electronics components industry and understand the issues of importance to key stakeholders in the industry. Through ongoing communication with its members and diverse research activities ECIA continues to expend the scope and depth of its coverage. The dizzying roller coaster ride of the past two years has taken the industry to new and unanticipated places as it hangs on through the jolts, twists and turns of an increasingly turbulent world. The demand for improved visibility on the supply chain has never been greater or more important. This has placed greater emphasis on the need for timely research from ECIA. With the end of the current year in sight and plans for the coming year in development this conference presents an opportunity to review and analyze the trends and transitions of 2020/21 and expectations for 2022 and beyond. The fresh lessons learned from the perfect storm of recent crises should enable participants in the electronics components industry to make the critical preparations necessary for future challenges. In this session, Chief Analyst Dale Ford will share the latest ECIA research and analysis recent trends and the current health of the supply chain. An exciting future will be explored with glimpses of technologies that will propel the electronics industry and the world into a bright future! Issues will be addressed through insights gleaned from an array of ECIA and industry research.
Monica Highfill, Women in Electronics Mentorship 101: The Facts, Data and Benefits of Mentoring

We’ve all been in a situation where we could use professional guidance at one time or another. Unfortunately, not as many of us have mentors or have been a mentor as one would think. Over 97% of people that have a mentor say its beneficial, however only 37% of employees actually have one. A mentee and mentor relationship is beneficial in multiple ways, both personally and professionally. Studies show that mentees are 5 times more likely to be promoted than those without mentors, and mentors are promoted 6 times more likely than those without a mentee. Join us to learn more about mentorship and how it can benefit you and your career. Monica Highfill, WE Executive Director and also known for her prior position as Vice President- Sales, Americas for KEMET/YAGEO, will educate us on the value of
mentorship, the different types of mentoring and how we all can play a role in mentoring others in our industry. Learn how mentorship can improve retention and
promotions and increase your company’s bottom line.

Dean Kamen, DEKA Research & Development Corporation, FIRST® How to Get Involved to Recruit & Retain Future Employees & Customers Dean Kamen will discuss how FIRST is the future for your workforce; ways to support your employees in mentorships, support FIRST teams and events, and using FIRST to hire and retain the best talent. This session is sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics and TE Connectivity.
Cynthia Kellam, TE Connectivity Delivering on B2C Customer Experience Expectations in a B2B World B2B customers increasingly expect a frictionless customer-led experience, primarily served via self-serve digital channels at every step in their journey, from initial research through to purchase and post-sale activities. The shift in the B2B journey began prior to COVID-19, but since then has accelerated with the move to digital now being the most immediate and dramatic force changing B2B customer behaviors. In this session you'll learn my top 5 recommendations for creating experiences, and internal cultures, that deliver on those ever-increasing customer expectations.
David Loftus, ECIA State of the Association  
Steve McClatchy, Alleer Training & Consulting Decide: Personal Leadership Your life is a product of your decisions. Your criteria for making decisions are at the very core of your effectiveness. Great decision-making habits can yield a lifetime of success and achievements while poor ones can keep you stressed, frustrated, and out of balance. Consistently improving your life and achieving your goals is not easy. The problem is that goals mean improvement, and improvement means change, and change is not always welcome. Just as a business must never stop learning, improving, and innovating to lead in the marketplace, as individuals we are faced with this same challenge. If you are interested in learning a decision-making system that can help you achieve more, overcome obstacles, and help you embrace the change that comes with improvement, this is a “don’t miss” presentation. This session is sponsored by the TTI Family of Specialists. 
Lynn Torrel, Flex Building Resilient Supply Chains in a New World Over the past year and a half, supply chains have moved from being undervalued to being seen as critical to businesses and the global economy. We have reached a tipping point to re-engineering our end-to-end supply chains at scale. Even before the pandemic, powerful environmental, technological and political forces were already feeding an appetite to redesign corporate strategies and operations. The geopolitical undercurrents against open trade that preceded COVID-19 were motivating businesses to find ways to manage tariffs and other government-imposed cost regimes. Add to this the alarm bells that scientists and researchers have been sounding about various global risks which may finally be heeded in the wake of COVID-19 – and you have the ripest conditions yet to overcome entrenched human behavior and force a restructuring of corporate value chains at scale. If the pandemic has taught supply chain managers anything, it is that over-dependence on any one partner, country or region can lead to critical issues and challenges. A diversified supplier base will usually cost more than a consolidated one; likewise, migrating a supply chain to regional markets also requires a hefty upfront investment. Yet the tradeoffs between security and costs must be weighed and failure to adapt in today’s highly dynamic world could lead to poor outcomes with dire financial consequences. Devising a continuity plan before the next disaster strikes can help minimize supply chain disruption. Managers would also do well to assess their top risks and understand the corresponding risk profiles for each supplier. Businesses can take steps to earnestly plan for black swan events, capitalizing on the fresh lessons learned from COVID-19 to explore alternative ways forward.  This session is sponsored by Master Electronics.
Cliff Waldman, New World Economics LLC The World After Covid - Global Economic Update In this session Cliff reviews US and global economic growth through the course of the pandemic with a particular focus on manufacturing. Cliff will discuss key issues for the recovery, most notably supply chain failures, inflation fears and the globally uneven recovery from the pandemic and from the recession. He will conclude with a discussion of a changing world that is confronting issues of aging, climate and inequality.