A free virtual event June 29, 2021 - July 1, 2021


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Accelerating Digital Transformation 
Shifting from Analytics to Analytics Knowledge

Join the conversation at the upcoming Manufacturing Leadership Forum. Listen and engage with executives and peers from leading manufacturers around the globe. This 3-day virtual event will feature:

  • Executive Conversation: Paul Burlingame, President and CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Materials, and Michael Guilfoyle, Vice President of ARC Advisory Group, discuss how to operationalize analytics knowledge across an enterprise.

  • Case Studies: Leading manufacturers from the chemical, specialty chemical, and food industries will share details on how to scale and sustain the use of real-time manufacturing analytics to deliver competitive differentiation and improve market position.

  • Round-tables & Workshops: In-depth discussions and interactive sessions providing strategies and best practices for getting started with manufacturing analytics and digital transformation.  

The Manufacturing Leadership Forum is designed specifically to help manufacturing companies translate theory to reality relating to digital transformation and manufacturing analytics to deliver competitive advantage and quantifiable ROI to their organizations. You will hear from and interact directly with peers who have successfully scaled and sustained digital transformation efforts to address customer needs and improve market positions.

Paul Burlingame

Mette Marie Lokke

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Jonathan Alexander

June 29, 2021 (7:10 AM PST) 
Operational Guidance Executive Interview (Live Discussion and Q&A).
June 30, 2021 (7:15 AM PST) 
Delivering Competitive Advantage through Digitalization (Live Discussion and Q&A).
July 1, 2021 (7:00 AM PST) 
(Live Discussion and Q&A).

Paul Burlingame | Air Liquide

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Speakers & Moderators

Jonathan Alexander | Albemarle 

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Retired, Dow

Roundtable: What's Your Problem?  Use Case Discussion

June 30, 2021 | 9:00 AM

Workshop:  From Analytics Signals to Analytics Knowledge 

July 1, 2021 | 8:00AM

Professor, Umass​

Round-Table: Getting Started with Manufacturing Analytics

June 29, 2021 | 8:30 AM

Sr. Process Engineer, Air Liquide

Panel Discussion: Across the Enterprise 

July, 1, 2021 | 6:30 AM

Sr Manufacturing Production Engineer

Panel Discussion: Across the Enterprise 

July, 1, 2021 | 6:30 AM

Vice President, ARC Advisory Group

Operational Guidance Executive Interview

June 29, 2021 | 7:10 AM 

Round-table Discussions and Workshops

The 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Forum is virtual, but that doesn't mean it won't be collaborative! The Forum features interactive workshops focusing on solving common problems facing manufacturers today. In addition to workshops, interactive breakout round-table discussions will take place as well. Bring your ideas and questions!

Round-table topics:

  • Advanced Analytics

  • Getting Started with Manufacturing Analytics

  • Human Side of Change

  • What's Your Problem?

Workshop topics:

  • Planning Your Digital Transformation Project: A realistic look at where you are in terms of Manufacturing Analytics, defined use cases for your organization, the tools to evaluate technology providers, an outline of the people and roles needed for your team, how to highlight your successes internally and a realistic look at the roadblocks and concerns in front of you. 

  • Expanding Your Manufacturing Analytics Impact (Reserved for NWA Focus EMI customers)

The Manufacturing Leadership Forum™ Agenda Overview

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

6:30 am    Executive Networking

7:00 am    Introduction: Analytics Enablement

7:10 am    Keynote: Opening Session - Operational Guidance Executive Interview (Live Discussion and Q&A): Paul Burlingame, Air Liquide & Michael Guilfoyle, ARC Advisory Group

7:45 am    Coffee Break

8:05 am    Case Study (Live Discussion and Q&A): TBD

8:35 am    Live Interactive Roundtable 1 - Getting Started with Manufacturing Analytics: Jim Lagrant, University of  Massachusetts Amherst

8:35 am    Live Interactive Roundtable 2 - Advanced Analytics: TBD

9:30 am    Case Study (Live Discussion and Q&A): TBD​

10:00 am  Panel Discussion -  After the Analytics Signal: Albemarle

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

6:30 am    Live Interactive Roundtable - People, Products, Processes: 3 Keys to Managing Digital Transformation

6:30 am    Live Interactive Round-table - TBD

7:00 am    Product Announcement

7:15 am     Keynote Presentation - Delivering Competitive Advantage through Digitalization (Live Discussion and Q&A): Mette Marie Lokke, Arla Foods

8:15 am     Coffee Break

8:30 am    Presentation - (Live Presentation and Q&A)

9:00 am    Live Interactive Roundtable 1 - Human Side of Change: TBD

9:00 am    Live Interactive Roundtable 2 - What's Your Problem? Use Case Discussion: TBD

10:00 am  Case Study (Live Presentation and Q&A)

10:30 am   Deep Dive: NWA Focus EMI - Josh Shupp, NWA

10:30 am   Integration Reviews

Thursday, July 1, 2021

6:30 am    Panel Discussion - Analytics Across the Enterprise - Air Liquide: Martha Monague, Rebecca Sandora

7:00 am    Keynote Presentation - Jonathan Alexander, Albemarle 

8:00 am    Workshop A - Planning Your Digital Transformation Project - Josh Shupp, NWA 

8:00 am    Workshop B - From Analytics Signals to Analytics Knowledge (NWA Customers Only) - Louis Halvorsen, NWA & Dr. Lloyd Colegrove       

9:30 am    Event Wrap-up

10:00 am  Virtual happy Hour




  • How do I register?

Click the ‘REGISTER NOW’ button in the top right-hand corner.  Registration requires name, company, title, business email, and Country.
  • Will the content be different from an in-person Forum?

The virtual event format allows us to provide a broader range of experiences including product deep-dives, multiple networking opportunities, and workshops.  Our goal is to provide the best possible virtual experience we can with live presentations and interactive Q&A sessions.

  • Is there a charge for The Manufacturing Leadership Forum?

No, like all our events, there is no charge for the keynotes, roundtables, case study presentations, networking or workshops. The entire event is free.


The 2021 Spring Manufacturing Leadership Forum will take place online. For more information, and you reserve your spot, please click here. 

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The Manufacturing Leadership Forum™

This premier manufacturing analytics educational event, in its sixth year, focuses on enabling Industry 4.0 programs with manufacturing analytics. Each of the forums features keynotes and case-study presentations from globally recognized leaders in the application of manufacturing analytics. 

Event Sponsor:  Northwest Analytics

Northwest Analytics is an industry leader in delivering a manufacturing analytics platform that is enabling manufacturers to effectively manage and improve plant processes and supply chains. Northwest Analytics leverages its years of experience in the manufacturing industries to provide a powerful, easy-to-use suite of software with a key emphasis on enterprise-wide integration, analysis, and visibility.  With more than 3,000 customers worldwide, Northwest Analytics solutions are widely recognized for their power, flexibility, and ease of use.



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