Management Development Academy

Management Development Academy


Class Thirteen Session Two - Oct 23-25, 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina

Day One: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2023

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to MDA, Session Activities and MDA News

Connie King Workforce Development Director, Precision Metalforming Association

Introductions and Opening Orientation

Forrest Large MDA Lead Facilitator

6:30 p.m.

Social and Dinner

Restaurant TBD



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Topic One:
Professional Development and Networking for the Metalforming Industry

  • Moving outward and onward—developing my career
  • Emotional intelligence—what is it and why it matters
  • The value of networking, certification and continuing education
  • Staying focused with a talent roadmap
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Break

1:15 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.

Topic Two :
People Centric Leadership

Begin a journey of discovery into leadership behaviors and skills required to create an engaged culture. Learn and practice the four foundational skills for effective people-centric leadership: knowing your “why,” setting clear priorities, engaging team members and implementing change. Achieve specific leadership tasks by deploying a problem-solving discussion method to lead meetings and empower others.

  • Use introspective techniques to drive personal development.
  • Deploy a problem-solving method to set goals and implement change.
  • Base discussions about performance on behaviors and not attitudes.
  • Recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the team.

Talking Points:

  • Values: personal and business intertwined
  • Vision or “why” personally or for your department
  • Drive change and promote collaboration through goal setting
  • Servant leadership behaviors
  • A coach approach to difficult conversations
6:30 p.m.


Restaurant TBD



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Topic Three :
Diversity in the Workplace

First-line supervisors and managers seek to run their operations as smoothly as possible to meet production goals. The notion of ‘diversity’ is seen by some as a help in the workplace and seen as a hinderance by others. This seminar is intended to provide factual information and to provide a forum of discussion and collaboration on how to make diversity an asset in operations. The seminar topics include:

  • What is diversity and do we need it in the workplace?
  • How changes in ethnicity and generations in the workforce affect you.
  • How the federal nine ‘protected classes’ protects everyone.
  • How to identify unconscious bias and what to do about it.
  • What is a ‘hostile work environment’ and how to avoid it.
  • How to make a more ‘inclusive’ environment for higher productivity
12:30 p.m.

Conclusion of Session

Wrap-up, next steps and program evaluation



Julia Gannon

Meetings and Events Manager

(216) 901-8800
Email Julia

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