2023 Celebrating Manufacturing

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 (7:30 AM - 11:00 AM) (CDT)


Join us this September as we observe Minnesota Manufacturing Month at our annual event, “Celebrating Manufacturing!” We are excited to once again partner with the Lakes Area Manufacturers Alliance to host this event for our Members. This is a special opportunity to network with your peers, hear from notable speakers, and expand your knowledge of the manufacturing industry. Included with this event is a complimentary breakfast. RSVP to reserve your seat today!

Event Program

  • 7:30 AM: Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM: Welcome
    Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce
  • 8:15 AM: Special Guest Address
    Doug Loon, President & CEO, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • 9:00 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Stopping the Revolving Door" and "Developing Your Workforce – the Next 10 Years"
    Mike Henke, MHI Consulting 
  • 11:00 AM: Closing

Keynote Presentation: Mike Henke

Stopping the Revolving Door: What employees look for continues to change, and the new Keys to Retention are shared, as well as strategies for how to implement them. Why pay did not make the list, why you think that it should, and how pay really affects retention. Why the relationship to the immediate supervisor is very important, and how you get employees excited about your organization and keep employees from all generations! 

Developing your Workforce – the Next 10 Years: The Workforce Crisis that we face will be more challenging in the future, our eyes need to be open for what is ahead! Your people ARE your greatest asset. Hear how to attract talent, create world class onboarding and development of your team, and learn how to retain your rock stars in today’s challenging world. This session will show a new path to developing a winning workplace culture that others want to be a part of, and how to develop bench strength and future leaders!

Mike Henke
MHI Consulting

Mike Henke is a National Speaker and has worked with over 100 manufacturers throughout the Midwest, making a difference in Recruiting, Retention, and other Workplace Culture challenges! Mike lives in Nebraska but grew up in northern Minnesota and has keynoted many conferences with creative solutions to the challenges we face today.

Doug Loon
President & CEO, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Doug Loon is President and CEO of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since 2015. The Minnesota Chamber represents more than 6,300 Minnesota companies, 130 local chambers and 65 business trade associations at the Minnesota Legislature on a variety of issues affecting Minnesota’s economy.  


Public: $65 Per Person
LAMA Members: $50 Per Person

* LAMA Members, see your LAMA newsletter for the promo code, or contact Debby Hoel for the code to receive the discounted member rate: Deborah@lakesareamanufacturers.org.

Registration fee includes breakfast and speakers. Maximum attendance of 80 people.

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Baxter, MN 56425 United States
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(218) 822-7117
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023 (7:30 AM - 11:00 AM) (CDT)
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