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Creators Wanted: Empowering a Diverse and Sustainable Manufacturing Workforce

You’re invited to the capstone virtual program of the National Association of Manufacturers and Manufacturing Institute’s MFG Day event series, presented by Microsoft. On October 28, 2020, at 4 p.m. EDT, hear from Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft US, and Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, on how the NAM, the MI and Microsoft are helping address the skills gap in manufacturing and ensuring the benefits of technology reach people more broadly across society.

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Special guest Debra King, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Corteva Agriscience will also join Jacky and Carolyn. The virtual event will conclude with a panel discussion on the skills required for a modern manufacturing workforce and the unique role artificial intelligence, remote work and sustainability play in the future of manufacturing.

Jacky Wright
Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US

Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US, where she inspires and leads teams to help businesses leverage technology to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform. Wright is widely recognized as a transformational global leader, innovative technologist and recognized STEM advocate. As a leader in technology, Wright uses her broad platform to drive thought leadership not just for the positive impact of digital transformation for business, but also for social, economic and environmental change.

Walid Ali
AI and Sustainability in Manufacturing and Energy, Microsoft Corp, USA

Walid is leading AI and Sustainability in manufacturing and energy at Microsoft in the USA. His team drives IR 4.0 and cutting-edge technology deployments and is excited to both lead the disruptive technology innovation while also skilling the workforce for the ever changing workforce transformation.  

Indranil Sircar
CTO, Manufacturing Industry, Microsoft Corp

Indranil is CTO for Manufacturing industry and is focused on shaping Microsoft’s industry solutions by driving the full value of product innovation and roadmap to accelerate digital transformation and value to customers. Indranil brings with him 35 years of experience and has been responsible for establishing and driving Microsoft’s strategy for high-tech and semiconductor industry and intelligent supply chain.

Michelle Lancaster Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Strategy, Microsoft Corp

Michelle Lancaster is Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Strategy at Microsoft, where she leads the company’s sustainability-focused work with external stakeholders, as well as go-to-market strategy with customers and product development. For the past seven years prior, she led Microsoft’s sustainability and corporate responsibility communications and prior to that, led public affairs campaigns for Fortune 500 companies in Washington, D.C.

Dottie Shaw
Architect of Manufacturing and Sustainability Solutions, Microsoft Corp

Dottie Shaw is an architect focused on manufacturing and sustainability solutions at Microsoft.  In this role Dottie works across Microsoft to support co-innovation projects and initiatives with our customers. Dottie is also the Microsoft WW Discrete Manufacturing Community Lead bringing in speakers to present on the innovations that Microsoft is leading in the manufacturing industry that enable other Microsoft teams to understand best practices in delivering new innovations with our customers.

Debra King
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Corteva Agriscience

Debra King is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Corteva Agriscience, where she leads Information Technology (IT) and the enterprise digital strategy for the only pure-play agriculture company in the industry. Debra led a multi-year IT transformation that enabled the successful spin of Corteva from DowDuPont in June of 2019. She is now focused on delivering a fit-for-purpose technology foundation for the new company and leading Corteva’s enterprise digitization efforts.