IndEx 2020 Content Tracks

Over the course of 2 days, IndEx 2020 will include sessions in a variety of formats addressing the following key issues:

Plotting the course for industrial companies when politics trumps economics

Ongoing US-China policy frictions, the ramifications of Brexit, the rise of populism in the world’s liberal democracies and a public rethinking of how capitalism’s wealth should be apportioned here at home, are just some current examples of how economics is taking a back seat to politics in shaping the current operating environment. This IndEx 2020 content track will include a prominent keynote speaker addressing the major political issues facing industrial companies now and into the future — and what those issues may mean for industrial managers, owners, and other stakeholders. Supplementary panel/breakout sessions on the impact of politics will focus on China, the new calculations needed for off-shoring and on-shoring investment decisions, the global battle over intellectual property and successful ways industrial companies can engage legislators and regulators in Washington.

What's next in industrial automation

With the pace of technological change on the factory floor accelerating, industrial managers and owners face new challenges in areas including capital investment, product creation and marketing, and cybersecurity and risk management. For many industrial companies, in fact, automation and greater IoT-driven interconnectivity is even changing business models. This session and related panel/breakout sessions will touch on these issues and the policy issues surrounding a more automated workplace.

How ESG investing and populism are reshaping industrial company operations

Investing based on environmental, social and governance criteria may have started as a fringe movement among investors in public companies, but it has now gone mainstream and is shaping decision-making at industrial companies large and small, and whether publicly or privately owned. At the same time, rising populist sentiment on the right and left poses threats to a “business as usual” approach. This session, conducted in association with the Aspen Institute, as well as related panel/breakouts, will focus on the ways in which industrial companies are meeting ESG demands for greater energy efficiency, green operating environments, workplace health and safety concerns, and better community relations. Also covered will be the corporate governance issues where the interests of ESG investors and populist leaders may overlap, including concerns over the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of various business stakeholders.

The workforce of the future is here now

Industrial companies need more, better-trained workers. They also need more unskilled workers, as well as fewer workers.
Contradictory? Yes, but industrial companies are being buffeted by economic and technological forces that are creating — and will continue to create — greater complexity in finding, training and retaining the right workforce. This session and associated panel/breakout sessions will focus on solutions for industrial companies, with an emphasis on engagement strategies, worker training, diversity and inclusion efforts, safety concerns, and compensation.

Value-creation in tough times

While the formula for enterprise value creation remains the same — revenue and costs each trending in the right direction — the tools to accomplish the job keep changing, especially in a slowing global economy. This portion of the agenda will deal with approaches industrial companies are taking and the tools they are using to continue creating value for their owners. Subjects to be covered include the use of big data and analytics to help make revenue-generation and expense reduction more efficient, and e-commerce techniques that are transforming industrial sales.

Take a look at the agenda from IndEx 2019

A Variety of Ways to Learn and Interact

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Top-quality speakers are a hallmark of IndEx. Last year, keynoter Billy Beane explained the statistical analysis approach he used to catapult the Oakland Athletics from perennial also-ran to winning team. Closing out IndEx 2019 was Gerry Smith, CEO of Office Depot and former Executive Vice President of Lenovo, where he was in charge of supply chain management.

Panel Discussions

Lively and provocative give-and-take among business leaders and other top officials characterize IndEx panel discussions. Last year, panelists on topical issues included Admiral Dennis Blair, former U.S National Security Director; Robert Nardelli, former Chairman, and CEO of Chrysler; Fritz Henderson, former President and CEO of General Motors; and Mike McNamara, a Partner in Eclipse Ventures and former Chief Executive Officer of Flex.

Case Studies

IndEx 2020 will include actual "Here's how we did it" stories that can be invaluable. Last year, attendees heard from Randy Carr, CEO of World Emblem, who explained how he and his team turned a small embroidery maker to the largest manufacturer of emblems in the world.

Deep Dives

For attendees who want to explore a content area more deeply, IndEx 2020 will offer several sessions with experts in which one aspect of the content track is pursued in depth. At IndEx 2019, those interested in improving workplace productivity heard from Andrew Rush of Carpedia International who discussed how industrial companies can align their teams to reduce organizational drag and improve performance.

Breakout Sessions

In these sessions, providers of specialized products, services, and experts share their knowledge with attendees interested in specific solutions. Last year, as an example, Michael Rothschild, founder of Profit Velocity, spoke about how data analytics can help bridge the gap between the financial strategies of PE sponsors and manufacturing executives and the results produced by day-to-day operations decision-makers.

Networking Events

At regular coffee and refreshment breaks, over breakfasts and lunches, at networking receptions, after-session parties and informal discussions throughout the conference, attendees at IndEx 2020 will have extensive opportunities to meet other members of the Industrial Exchange community. As one IndEx 2019 participant put it, "This was one of the best conferences for networking I ever attended."

Wednesday April 1, 2020

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Registration & Expo Hall

7:30-6:30

Registration & Expo Hall

7:30-6:30

Coffee Break

3:30-4:30

Networking Reception

5:00-6:30

Lunch

12:30-1:45

Coffee Break

10:45-11:15

Breakfast

7:30-8:30

Coffee Break

3:30-4:30

Networking Reception

5:00-6:30

Lunch

12:30-1:45

Coffee Break

10:45-11:15

Breakfast

7:30-8:30

Panels

11:15-12:30

Breakouts

2:15-4:30

Panels

9:15-10:45

Keynote

8:30-9:15

Panels

11:15-12:30

Breakouts

2:15-4:30

Panels

9:15-10:45

Keynote

8:30-9:15

Thursday April 2, 2020

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Registration & Expo Hall

8:30-7:30

Registration & Expo Hall

8:30-7:30

Closing Party

5:30-7:30

Coffee Break

3:30-4:30

Coffee Break

10:45-11:15

Breakfast

8:30-9:30

Lunch

12:30-1:45

Closing Party

5:30-7:30

Coffee Break

3:30-4:30

Coffee Break

10:45-11:15

Breakfast

8:30-9:30

Lunch

12:30-1:45

Breakouts

11:15-12:30

Keynote

5:00-5:30

Breakouts

1:45-4:30

Panels

9:15-10:45

Breakouts

11:15-12:30

Keynote

5:00-5:30

Breakouts

1:45-4:30

Panels

9:15-10:45
Main Expo Hall
Breakout Room Area
Ballroom A
Ballroom B