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Future Forum: The Future of Manufacturing

June 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Future of Manufacturing in LA County
Manufacturing is no longer simply about making physical products. Changes in consumer demand, the nature of products, the economics of production, and the economics of the supply chain have led to a fundamental shift in the way companies do business. Customers demand personalization and customization as the line between consumer and creator continue to blur.
As technology continues to advance exponentially, barriers to entry, commercialization, and learning are eroding. New market entrants with access to new tools can operate at a much smaller scale, enabling them to create offerings once the sole province of traditional manufacturers. While large-scale production will always dominate some segments of the value chain, innovative manufacturing models—distributed small-scale local manufacturing, loosely coupled manufacturing ecosystems, and agile manufacturing—are arising to take advantage of these new opportunities.
Given the emergence of more complex ecosystems of fragmented and concentrated players across a growing array of manufacturing value chains, businesses that understand emerging “influence points” will have a significant strategic advantage. As the manufacturing landscape evolves and competitive pressure mounts, driven by the needs of ever more demanding customers, position will matter more than ever. In all the decisions about where and how to play in this new environment, there is no master playbook—and no single path to success.
Join the LAEDC and CSUDH on June 26th to gain a better understanding of these shifts, roles, and influence points, and gain the tools to successfully navigate the new landscape of manufacturing.

Please contact Lizette Tejeda from our Strategic Relations team at [email protected] for additional event information or any questions with registration!

Registration Fee: $45

$25 for LAEDC Members

Cancellation and Substitution Policy: cancellations to your registration may be made 7 days prior to the event with a full refund.  After this time, only substitutions may be made for your registration.  All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected].

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, from 9 am-11 am

Cross Campus El Segundo

840 Apollo St Suite 100, El Segundo, CA 90245

Keynote Speaker

Rik Reppe
Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Rik Reppe is PwC’s Global Experience leader and heads up its Los Angeles Experience Center. He has built his career on finding hard, economic value in the amorphous thing called experience and then leading his team in delivering that value through experience design. His current areas of focus are changing physical environments through the use of digital elements, and the experience path associated with AI, RPA, and Machine Learning.

Industry Experts

Shekhar Chandrashekhar, Ph.D.
Smart Manufacturing Practice Lead, CMTC (California Manufacturing Technology Consulting)

Shekhar Chandrashekhar is a leader, strategist, and innovator with a history of driving improvements that streamline operations, drive growth and increase profitability on a global scale. His background in business and technology leadership, and deep knowledge and advanced training in engineering management have provided him with a unique talent—the ability to transform organizations, influence company and product positioning and drive a laser focus on priorities that support the company’s vision, goals, and positioning.
In his current role as Smart Manufacturing Practice Lead at CMTC, Shekhar partners with the nationwide network of innovation institutes and industry 4.0 solution providers to assist small and mid-sized manufacturers in digital transformation.  With vast expertise in IIOT, Agile, and data and information management, combined with a 360-degree approach, Shekhar leads clients in crafting strategies and integrating the right end-to-end technology to get the right information at the right time in the right form to the right people throughout the value chain to enable smart decisions.
Shekhar Chandrashekhar is passionate about driving change at the intersection of business, technology, and culture. He is also a people-oriented leader with the capacity to engage and develop high-performing teams that work together to realize unprecedented—verifiable and repeatable—results.
Dana Morgan
Director of Market Strategy, DAQRI
Dana Morgan is the Director of go to market strategy at DAQRI, a Los Angles-based augmented reality platform company that delivers hardware and software solutions to improve worker performance.  Harnessing over 7 years of product development experience, Dana has brought multiple Augmented Reality hardware and software products to market at scale. She manages the creation of key product and system integrations to further unlock the most important use cases for industrial Augmented Reality.
Fynnwin Prager, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Public Administration College of Business Administration and Public Policy, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Prager is Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Co-Director of the South Bay Economics Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and he remains affiliated with the Center. He received his PhD in Policy, Planning, and Development from the Price School.
His research and publications have focused on the policy and economics of disasters, particularly environmental and terrorism policy, and the impacts to regional economies and transportation systems. Dr. Prager has published two books: Terrorism: An International Perspective with Professor Gus Martin at CSUDH and Economic Consequence Analysis of Disasters with Professor Adam Rose and colleagues at USC. Dr. Prager’s dissertation focused on climate policy, and used Computable General Equilibrium modeling to analyze the economic and distributional impacts of US federal emissions trading policy.

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June 26, 2019
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Cross Campus El Segundo
840 Apollo Street, Suite 100
El Segundo,CA90245
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