Executive Summit 2024 – The Future of Work in the Digital Era – at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

March 26, 2024 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
UAH Invention to Innovation Center (I2C)
850 Ben Graves Dr NW
Huntsville, AL 35816
Kristin Weger

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will host a one-day Executive Summit exploring the opportunities and challenges shaping the future workforce in the digital era. The inaugural event will bring together industry professionals from leading organizations on March 26, 2024, at UAH, a part of the University of Alabama System.

Business leaders can register between now and March 19. The cost is $149. Early bird pricing is available for those who register by February 20.

The summit aims to bring together leaders from industry, consulting and academia to explore the dynamic landscape faced by today’s workforce in the digital era. It is hosted in collaboration with Staufen Consulting, an international management consulting firm known for its expertise in operational excellence and future factory implementation, and SEW Eurodrive, a global market leader in drive technology and Smart Factory solutions.

Topics will include workforce development, sustainability and practical application of the latest tools in digitization, industry 4.0 and continuous improvement. Additionally, the summit will offer valuable insights into automation; the social and governance pillars of sustainable environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices; global value chains, and effective leadership.

We are thrilled to bring this innovative summit to UAH; its unique and collaborative cross-section of leaders from industry, consulting and academia can be profoundly impactful.

Dr. Kristin Weger
Assistant professor of industrial organizational psychology at UAH

In recent years, organizations have faced unprecedented challenges arising from social and economic crises. These challenges, combined with the need to keep pace with rapidly advancing technologies, compel organizations to develop a framework for continuous process improvement of their people, processes and technology. Globally, the rapid progression of digitization is causing increased competition and rising complexity. To navigate this evolving landscape, organizations must prioritize the upskilling and reskilling of their workforce to bridge the ever-changing skills gap, fostering a resilient and competitive workforce.

“To stay competitive in today’s complex market, organizations need to adopt a holistic approach to continuous process improvement,” says Nicholas Philips, partner and head of industrial consulting and workforce development at Staufen Consulting. “Peak performance is achieved when organizations prioritize high performance and sustainability while developing a positive company culture. This summit will provide an exciting opportunity for professionals in diverse industries to network, exchange ideas, and explore solutions to complex problems.”

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the Southeast, Huntsville is a hub for scientific advancement and pioneering innovation, particularly within the technology, space and defense sectors. Today, Huntsville is home to Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies and high-tech startups. Among these organizations is UAH, a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution strategically positioned in the heart of Cummings Research Park, the second-largest research park in the United States.

“We are thrilled to bring this innovative summit to UAH; its unique and collaborative cross-section of leaders from industry, consulting and academia can be profoundly impactful,” says Dr. Kristin Weger, assistant professor of industrial organizational psychology at UAH. “This initiative not only pays tribute to Huntsville’s historical ties to world-class engineering but also emphasizes innovation through research and continuous improvement, a core value at UAH. We can achieve more when we adopt a collaborative mindset and share ideas. This fosters rapid innovation, opening up new opportunities for advancement and growth across industries.”

To learn more about the Executive Summit and to register, visit opce.uah.edu/FutureofWork.