Professional Development Meetings

On the second Tuesday of the month, the Ventura chapter gathers to hear the current status of  chapter business, as well as APICS-related topics and trends in national and international business from the experienced professionals invited as guest speakers. In these monthly meetings, attendees also have the opportunity to network with other professionals from multiple industries.

The PDM offers a great value at $25 ($22 if you register on-line, plus reduced prices for unemployed attendees) and occasionally low cost or free plant tours are arranged at local business.

Examples of recently presented PDM topics  include:
  • Lean & Green Manufacturing - Kirk Prather
  • How to Improve Almost Any Process – George Miller
  • Tour through the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf packaging plant in Camarillo
  • Getting users ready to implement a new system - Brian Bastow

You don't need to be a member of APICS to attend. Meetings are open to all - bring your boss, your coworkers, anyone interested in the PDM topics and the networking opportunities.

Join us on Wed. the 11th for our October 2017 PDM

posted Sep 13, 2017, 11:00 AM by Victor Granados   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

Helping Manufacturing Meets Its Goals: 
10 Principles of Leadership Development to Transform Your People into A World-Class Leadership Team 

Presented by Christopher B. Rios
As the manufacturing industry continues to become more and more complex, the need for talented manufacturing leadership remains the same. Nothing is more critical to any manufacturing company than having the right manufacturing talent to sustain its operations.  
According to the Manufacturing Performance Institute (2013), to prosper into the next generation, manufacturers must embrace these six Next Generation Manufacturing strategies: 
  • Customer-focused innovation 
  • Engaged people/ human capital acquisition, development, and retention 
  • Superior processes/ improvement focus 
  • Supply-chain management and collaboration 
  • Sustainability 
  • Global Engagement 
  • Business success starts with your people. Only by developing a culture built on mutual trust and respect, will you be able to achieve: customer-focused innovation, superior processes, supply-chain innovation, and long-term sustainability.  
We know that turnover is rampant in many organizations. We know that millennials are now moving into leadership positions, yet on average, leave for a new job after three years of employment. 
We know all of this, yet most manufacturing companies are lacking an essential element: developing their top talent. There is an urgent need for more deliberate Leadership Development opportunities in manufacturing companies. 
If your organization is interested in developing your talent or already has a program in place, you will want to participate in this program. This program will help you increase the effectiveness of your developmental efforts or will help you on the path to developing one at your organization. These principles are universal! They work for developing Team Leads, Supervisors, Managers, Directors, and even Vice-Presidents!  
At the conclusion, you will have an understanding on how to create effective developmental opportunities for your people, along with practical recommendations so that you can start developing your people right away! 
Presenter Bio: 
Mr. Rios is an Associate Consultant at GDI Consulting & Training Company and regularly assists in GDI’s Talent Acquisition Practice, where he consults small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in talent acquisition and talent development best practices. He has provided 360o feedback and personal development plans for director-level, and vice-president level leaders at many companies. Mr. Rios has worked in a variety of industries: food and beverage, nutraceutical, gas, electric, and custom manufacturing operations. 
Mr. Rios holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior & Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. During his time in academia, Mr. Rios consulted for many non-profit organizations. 
Mr. Rios specializes in organizational behavior, organizational development, talent acquisition, statistical analysis, operations management, supply chain management, and information technology. Areas of expertise include: employee productivity & safety, employee engagement & empowerment, leadership, motivation, power & influence, and team building.   

Meeting Details

Courtyard by Marriott
600 East Esplanade Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036-2403
(805) 278-5070 

Click here for a map of the location


6:00-6:30 Registration
6:30-7:30 Dinner/Networking
7:30-9:00 Meeting

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