2018 Future Leaders of Metalcasting Meeting

Meeting Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Verizon Center
October 15-17, 2018


This fall, Dotson Iron Castings will be hosting the Future Leaders of Metalcasting meeting. Future Leaders in Metalcasting who are 20 to 45 years old are invited to participate in Margaret Graziano's interactive presentation, "Mastering 21st Century Leadership Techniques."

Jean Bye, President of AFS and CEO of Dotson Iron Castings, will be presenting Dotson's story, "Reinvesting for the Future." In addition, Dotson will host a tour of its facility.

To conclude the event, attendees will visit a local school to teach our young future metalcasters about our industry with Foundry in a Box demonstrations.

UPDATED: The meeting location has moved.                 
Verizon Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001


  • Verizon Center
  • Mankato, Minnesota
  • October 15-17, 2018
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Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn – Mankato Downtown
  • Hilton Garden Inn – Mankato Downtown
  • Mankato, Minnesota
  • $129/night

RESERVATIONS: Attendees may reserve via the Internet by visiting www.mankatodowntown.stayhgi.com. Attendees can also reserve directly with the Hotel room reservation department by calling our toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS or 507-344-1111. In doing so, please ask your attendees to request the group rate for Company or by the unique group code AFS or American Foundry SocietyReservations must be received by 9/24/18 in order to secure the negotiated room rate of $129.00/night.


Mastering 21st Century Leadership
Margaret Graziano
Founder of KeenAlignment

Margaret Graziano captures audiences with her passionate and insightful philosophies on how to engage people and inspire teams. She is the founder of KeenAlignment, a global people optimization consultancy firm specializing in enabling high-achievement corporate cultures.

Reinvesting for the Future
Jean Bye
President of AFS and President and Chief Executive Officer of Dotson Iron Castings

Jean Bye has worked at Dotson Iron Castings for over 44 years and currently serves as its president and CEO. During her tenure at Dotson, she has had responsibilities in all areas of the company. Currently the president of AFS, she served on the AFS Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015.

Conference Agenda

Monday, October 15, 2018
5 - 7 p.m.
Meet and Greet Mixer

Cocktails and appetizers provided

Rounders Sports Bar and Grill
in the 418 room
414 S. Front Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Verizon Center

1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001

8:30 - 9 a.m.

Continental breakfast provided

9 a.m. - Noon
Presentation: Mastering 21st Century Leadership

Speaker: Margaret Graziano

One of the greatest challenges facing leaders today is the diversity of the 21st century workforce – a workforce made up of multiple generations with diverse backgrounds, values, work ethics and perspectives when it comes to how they do their job.
To be an effective leader in the 21st century, you must be able to understand people at their core, provide them with rewarding work opportunities that align with their values, and create work environments where employees can evolve, collaborate, and know they’re making a difference.
In Mastering 21st Century Leadership, you’ll receive the tools, strategies and 7 Levels of Effectiveness you need to cultivate the understanding, awareness, and additional skills to be a highly effective leader in the 21st century.


  • The three tenets of high effective 21st century leadership and why they work with today's workforce
  • How to identify and leverage your leadership superpower to inspire, unify, and empower others
  • Specific strategies for identifying and diffusing personal triggers that sabotage your authority and influence
  • How to raise your leadership IQ to cultivate greater understanding, maximize your effectiveness, and bring out the very best in your people
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
1:30 - 2 p.m.
Reinvesting for the Future

Presented by Jean Bye, President of AFS and CEO of Dotson Iron Castings

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Tour of Dotson Iron Castings

Dotson Iron Castings
200 W. Rock Street
Mankato, MN 56001
(Must wear close-toed shoes and long pants)

6 p.m.
Dinner and Cocktails (provided)

20 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001
(located within the Hilton Garden Hotel on the 1st floor)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Outreach at Local School

Foundry in a Box hands-on demonstrations for students


Registration Fees

AFS Members: $160

Non Members: $300

Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellations of confirmed registrants with full refund of fees will not be accepted unless received at least two weeks prior to the conference date. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled for any reason, AFS liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.