Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

SI.Works Employer-Driven Solutions


7:00 to 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast

7:30 to 7:45 a.m. – Welcome

presented by Steven Mitchell,
Economic Development Director, City of Carbondale

7:45 to 8:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker

“What is in the way… IS THE WAY”
presented by Mike Absher, Mayor, City of Marion, Illinois
>> Download Mike Absher’s PowerPoint presentation file

8:30 to 10:00 a.m. – Roundtable Breakout Panel Sessions

Manufacturing Roundtable
Facilitator — Deb Barnett, Ph.D.,
Office of Innovation and Economic Development, SIU

Alison Allgaier, Phoenix Modular Elevator, Mt. Vernon
Aaron Christ, Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), Carbondale
>> Download the IPG PowerPoint presentation file
Glenn Edwards, Aisin Illinois, Marion
>> Download the AISIN PowerPoint presentation file
Erik Perks, General Cable, Du Quoin
>> Download the General Cable PowerPoint presentation file


Healthcare Roundtable
Facilitator — John Washburn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus,
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Brenda Alexander, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon
>> Download the SSM Health Good Samaritan PowerPoint presentation file
Rex Budde, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Carbondale
Alisa Coleman, Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado
Scott Stout, WLC Management/Southern Illinois Assisted Living, Harrisburg

Roundtable Agenda/Questions

10:00 to 10:15 a.m. – Roundtable Recap

10:15 to 11:30 a.m. – Potential Solutions Overview

presented by Cary Minnis, Executive Director,
Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission
>> Download the SI.Works PowerPoint presentation file

Apprenticeship Program
presented by
Gabriele Farner, Dean of Applied Science & Advanced Technology, Rend Lake College
>> Download the RLC PowerPoint presentation file
Kathy Lively, Chief Executive Officer, Man-Tra-Con Corporation
Lucinda Phoenix, Regional Apprenticeship Expansion Grant Coordinator

Rend Lake College/Continental Tire Robotics Program
presented by Chris Sink

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Illinois
presented by Tina Carpenter

presented by Lynn Andersen Lindberg, Director,
Business Innovation, Research Innovation, and Economic Development, SIU — Carbondale

11:30 – Closing Remarks

presented by Steven Mitchell,
Economic Development Director, City of Carbondale


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