In this 2020 Annual Meeting session, learn about CESMII’s Ecosystem and Workforce Development (EWD) plans to accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing (SM) with services that address bottlenecks in people, process and technology. These “Extended Transformational Services” go beyond core technical training and help manufacturing leaders with their internal analysis of the “why” and “what” of SM initiatives.

CESMII EWD Director, Conrad Leiva, will outline where these services fit in the overall EWD strategy and discuss the results of a pilot program run with NxGen Group over the last several months. CESMII partnered with NxGen to research with member companies and other manufacturers those services that will make a difference in realizing business value from Smart Manufacturing.

Conrad will be joined by NxGen Co-Founders Jim Wetzel and Doug Berger, along with Chris Damsgard, Principal Engineer on Global Reliability at General Mills. The team will share the experience of engaging in Extended Transformational Services with the manufacturer’s executive management team. They will elaborate on:

– Better ways to connect Smart Manufacturing to strategic goals and preparedness for disruption.

– A Smart Manufacturing Maturity Model to assess capabilities in relationship to closing gaps-to-goals.

– A crowd-sourced assessment that highlights misalignment leading to friction, delays and ineffectiveness.

– NxGen’s on-going collaboration with thought-leaders to articulate the new, emerging narrative for Smart Manufacturing – the broad possibility for Smart Manufacturing as transformation in the mental model of business leaders leading to new value propositions for manufacturing and supply chain.


– Conrad Leiva, CESMII Director of Ecosystem & Workforce Development

– Jim Wetzel & Doug Berger, Co-Founders, NxGen Group

– Chris Damsgard, Principal Engineer on Global Reliability, General Mills