Become a thought leader. Share your insights, knowledge and experience.

Do you have best practices to share with your manufacturing peers? This is your opportunity to share your insights, knowledge and experience with an exclusive audience. The call for speakers for mfgCON 2018 is now open! The fourth mfgCON will be held at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC on September 18th and 19th.  The annual conference offers the opportunity for attendees to learn and share best practices and to network with their peers.Although we welcome submissions from consultants or vendors, such proposals will be considered only if co-presenting with a manufacturer client. Co-presenters must be identified at time of submission in order to be considered.

This year’s focus areas are:

Track 1: Workforce Development: This track will provide best practices and strategies for recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce. Suggested topics include recruiting and retention, training within industry, project management and time studies, teamwork, knowledge management/onboarding/offboarding, introducing robotics and automation without terrifying your workforce, employee engagement, developing a pipeline: youth apprenticeship models.

Track 2:  On The Plant Floor – Optimizing Production and Operations: This track will focus on improving plant floor operations to increase productivity and profit. Topics can include lean manufacturing, process improvement, automation, Kaizen events, value-stream mapping, quality management systems

Track 3: Leadership and Culture: This track will offer insight as it relates to personal leadership development and career growth. Also, this track will cover the importance of organizational culture. Suggested topics could include change leadership, leadership development, building the agile organization, leading the lean facility, building a winning culture, developing a value-based company, learning to leverage changes and disruption, time management, teamwork, personal advocacy, .

Track 4: Business Growth and Innovation: This track is designed to share best practices related to market expansion, distribution and new product development. Suggested topics include business expansion support, how the Internet of things (IoT) can help your business, the impact of new manufacturing technology on business growth, supply chain strategy, how to become a government contractor, market intelligence, export assistance, using social media to market your company and grow your business, how the new tax laws affect manufacturers, NAFTA impact on manufacturers

If you think you have what it takes to inspire the NC manufacturing community, please submit a proposal before April 20, 2018. Please see below for submission guidelines.


When suggesting a topic, please make sure:

Your content is educational and interesting and attendees can takeaway tips that promise to capture immediate results back at their workplace.  Proposals from consultants and vendors  will be considered only if co-presenting with a manufacturing client (must be identified on submission form in order to be considered). Conference sessions are meant to educate attendees on current manufacturing innovations, challenges and trends only. Sales presentations will be not be accepted. If you would like to publicize a product or a service, please contact our events team for information on exhibiting and other vendor opportunities.

We are looking for presentations that:

  • Are relevant and timely
  • Include learning styles that engage the audience
  • Provide practical takeaways and real-world applications that can be implemented  immediately or drive conversations about innovative ways to improve productivity and operations
  • Are applicable to a broad range of manufacturers


Selection Process

At this time, we are seeking proposals covering the presenters’ names, role, contact information, organization represented, bio and abstract. All submissions must be submitted via the appropriate online submission form at the URLs below.

Please be thoughtful in your proposals. Submissions must be complete. The program committee will evaluate all submissions based on quality and relevance to the focus areas. Sessions are 45 minutes in length: plan for 30 minutes of content plus 10 minutes of Q&A and 5 minutes for introductions.

Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline (see “Important Dates” below). Where employer, client, or government authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain such authorization prior to submitting final materials.



Call for Speakers Open:  March 14, 2018

Call for Speakers Closed:  April 20, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: May 7, 2018

Final Presentation Due: September 12, 2018



Speaker bio

Include a write-up of approximately 100 words about your experience, including the number of years you’ve been involved, the types of projects you’ve been involved in, your primary role in these projects, etc. This bio will appear on the Conference websites and proceedings.

Speaker Photograph

If selected as a speaker, please submit a high resolution (300 dpi) photo of yourself so we can add this to our speaker database. We accept jpg, gif and png formats for all speaker photos.

Benefits of Speaking

The conference does not underwrite the travel expenses of the presenters. However, presenters will receive a complimentary registration to the conference. An additional complimentary registration is available for one co-presenter. If session includes more than 2 presenters, a discounted registration is available for the additional speakers.

Your name will be published in the conference program and on the conference website.



To submit, select the link below that corresponds to your preferred track. This will take you to a specific form for that track. You may submit more than one abstract but we ask that you complete a separate form for each submission.


Track 1 – Workforce Development
Track 2 – On The Plant Floor – Optimizing Production and Operations:
Track 3 – Leadership and Culture:
Track 4 – Business Growth and Innovation: