A Business Case for Diversity

APA Wisconsin Chapter


Friday, February 8, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. CST

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Providing an overview of the Business Case for actively and intentionally seeking a diverse (women and minorities) alent pool for your manufacturing organization.

1.    What is the current state of diversity in Wisconsin’s manufacturing business?

2.    Why should manufacturers make the investment to actively pursue, develop, and promote individuals that represent race, gender, and socio-economic diversity?

-      As a response to the current Talent Shortage

-      As a way to become an Employer of Choice

-      As a way to access Diverse perspectives

3. Are there strategies that some Companies are using successfully?








Mary Isbister

Mary Isbister is president of GenMet Corp., a custom metal fabricating and engineering company located in Mequon, Wisconsin. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree in chemistry, Mary worked at Pfizer the pharmaceutical company, in Groton, CT for 11 years. Between the years of 1997 and 2001, Mary ... Read More

Geno Valdes

Geno Valdes, COO, Maglio and Companies (Board of Directors of the Hispanic Collaborative) – Extensive experience building and leading interdisciplinary teams, managing cross-cultural groups, and leading new ventures with an entrepreneurial spirit. Proven track record of recruiting, evaluating & developing talent to optimize skills & achieve high-level proficiency and retention. Read More

Angelo Stemo

Angela Stemo – Husco, Global Human Capital Management (Angela could compare and contrast the current state of diversity recruitment in the U.S. versus that in the other countries that Husco does business. She could share Husco’s challenges and “best practices” relative to diverse recruiting and hiring). Read More

Contact Info

Kathy Davies, kdavies@weda.org