Workforce Summit: Employer-Driven Solutions





7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 

Continental Tire Plant Tour

(NOTE: Steel-tipped boots or closed-toed flat shoes are required during plant tour)



8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Check In



8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.


John Lewis, Mayor of Mt. Vernon



9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Keynote Speaker 

Patti Kelly, National Recruiter — Employer Solutions


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Manufacturing & Healthcare Panels



Pam Henderson, Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)
Shawnee Health, Dental and Medical Apprenticeships
Kristine Sherrill, SSM Health
Alta Welker, Crossroads Community Hospital



William Cox, Aisin
Christy Carroll, Continental Tire
Americana Outdoors (Building Products)
Aaron Christ, Intertape Polymer Group (IPG)

Erik Perks, Prysmian Group



11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Paola Velasquez, IMECDiversity & Inclusion
Glenn Edwards, IPG — Cost Analysis for Retention
Rend Lake College — Update on New Manufacturing Training Center
John A. Logan College — Update on New Career & Technical Center
Man-Tra-Con Corporation & Rend Lake College — Apprenticeships


12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.



12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sara Hartwick, IMA — Education & Workforce Policy; Building a Talent Pipeline



Vendor Tables

HireLevel, Human Capital Management
MTC Oculus Headsets
Priority Staffing Group
SIH WorkCare


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