Skills Gap Summit 2022 – Navigating the perfect storm.

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11th October 2022

Baton Rouge

Why attend?

It has been a turbulent few years for the manufacturing industry,

with significant macroeconomic challenges ranging from pandemic-driven supply shortages to extreme weather events, as well as the global effect of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. All of this has overshadowed one of the biggest industry problems for senior leaders in our industry: Skills Gaps caused by the Great Crew Change. The industry is falling behind and we desperately need solutions to attract new and skilled labor to fill the shoes of our older workforce who are near retirement after years of operating and maintaining our plants.’

The “Skills Gap Summit 2022” is a new event to bring together people affected by this challenge – providing a forum to discuss how we address this “perfect storm”. Join us face-to-face to network with a community of leaders from manufacturing companies, experts and decision-makers from across the industry — all driven by a common purpose, under one roof. You will get to:

  • Share first-hand experiences of the skills gap impact on the bottom line.

  • Discuss solutions with other senior industry leaders who are embarking on their transformation journey.
  • Get insights on how technology helps the most innovative Chemical, O&G and manufacturing companies to effectively manage through this high period of uncertainty.
  • Hear how educational leaders are helping prepare the next generation of process industry talent and turn out more Process Technologist graduates.


11th October 2022, 8AM – 5PM


Baton Rouge, La., Renaissance Hotel

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Time ActivitySpeaker
07:30 – 08:30Buffet BreakfastAll
08:30 – 08:40Welcome and Introduce AgendaConnie Fabre, President and CEO at GBRIA
08:40 – 08:50Safety PauseDavid Gosnay, Manager, Training & Development at Lyondellbasell
08:50 – 09:30Skill Gap – Workforce Development PerspectiveSarah Haneline, Workforce Development and Talent Strategy Manager at BASF & Baraynia R. Robillard – Manager, Supply Chain Baton Rouge ExxonMobil
09:30 – 09:45Break
09:45 – 11:15Skill Gaps – Business Impact
(Table-top Exercise)
Alisha Nash -Operational Excellence & Work Process Project Manager Dow
Clint Jeffus – Voovio Technologies Director of Operations
11:15 – 11:45Best Practice Panelists
Top Industry Companies will share best practices
Amy Miller LeBlanc – Halliburton
11:45 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 13:30Redefining training is essential to accelerating our transition to a sustainable futureJosh Ramirez – Training Coordinator – Cell Manufacturing Tesla
David Jensen – Tesla Operation Leader – GFTX Cell Manufacturing
13:30 – 14:15Learning Behaviors of the New GenerationErica Burrell, J.D. – Sociology/Race Relations
Gery Frie – CSHO, SSH, CSSM, CSSP- Construction Management
Elizabeth Jeffery-Arceneaux, M.S., BCBA, LBA – Psychology BRCC
14:15 – 14:30Break
14:30 – 15:15Best Practice Panelists
Top Industry Companies will share best practices
Brian Williamson – BASF
Shawn Wehmeyer – Formosa Plastics
Ben Stove – Baton Rouge Community College
Richard Louviere – SOWELA Technical Community College
15:15 -16:15Report-outsSubgroups
16:15 – 17:00Closing the Knowledge Gap with Simulation
& Closing Remarks
Christian McDermott, Global Market Coordinator Voovio