2022 Future Leaders of Metalcasting Meeting

Lodge Cast Iron
October 10 - 12, 2022


Rising metalcasting leaders are invited to Lodge Manufacturing Co. in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, to experience an immersive networking event from AFS Future Leaders of Metalcasting (FLM).

Attendees will learn to assess their emotional intelligence skills as leaders and identify how to cultivate a strategic professional network. This event includes a full tour of Lodge's manufacturing facilities and the new Lodge Cast Iron Museum.

FLM is for foundry professionals who are 20 to 45 years old and who are on, or aspire to be on, a leadership track in their careers.

$225.00 Dollars Gets You:

  • Professional Development – Learn how to assess your emotional intelligence as a leader as you identify how to cultivate your strategic network.
  • Roundtable – Talk with your metalcasting peers about issues impacting our industry and share some best practices
  • One Lunch
  • One Dinner
  • Two Networking Events (Drinks and Appetizers included)
  • Transportation from Hotel to Lodge (Bus will transport you from the Read House Hotel to Lodge and back)
  • Tour of Lodge Manufacturing Company
  • Visit to Lodge Store
  • Visit to Lodge Museum
  • Lifelong Foundry Friends = Priceless

For information about sponsorship opportunities at the event, please contact Kim Farrugia at kfarrugia@afsinc.org or click here.


  • Lodge Cast Iron
  • South Pittsburg, TN
  • October 10 - 12, 2022
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Hotel Information

Read House
  • The Read House Hotel
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • $179.00 + taxes/fees

Standard room rate of $179.00. To register online, go to www.thereadhousehotel.com. Attendees can also reserve directly with the hotel room reservation department by calling 423-266-4121 and referencing the AFS Future Leaders of Metalcasting meeting. The hotel’s check-in time is 3 p.m. Check-in prior to the hotel’s published check-in times are subject to availability. Check-out time is 11 a.m. 

Travel Information

Premier Transportation will be transporting attendees by bus from the Read House Hotel to Lodge  and returning them to Read house at the end of the day. 


Dr. Scott Morrell
Founder and President, Rebar Leadership

Dr. Scott Morrell is the Founder and President of Rebar Leadership based in Minneapolis, MN. Scott provides senior leaders strategies to execute more effective organizations for both the short-term and long-term. His work spans industries and business sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, banking, government, higher education and non-profit. Scott asks, Is this how you want to live and work? What are your plans for the current and future state career-wise?

Conference Agenda

Monday, October 10, 2022
5 - 7 p.m.
Meet and Greet Mixer

Bar and Billiards Room at the Read House Hotel

Come meet the AFS Future Leaders of Metalcasting Steering Committee and other attendees for drinks and appetizers. Maybe even take a tour of the allegedly haunted Room 311 of the Read House Hotel.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Travel from Host Hotel to Lodge

Lodge Manufacturing Company
204 E. 5th Street
South Pittsburg, TN 37380

8:30 – 9 a.m.
9 a.m. - Noon
Utilizing Emotional Intelligence to Develop a Personal Board of Directors with Strategic Networking

Dr. Scott Morrell, EdD
Rebar Leadership

We enter the work force knowing how to read and write and have often educated ourselves in a field of expertise. However, too often, we lack the skills to manage our emotions when the temperature rises, or when we are placed under pressure. We need tools that help us mange, adapt and communicate effectively with maximum impact. Understanding emotional intelligence (EQ) is key. The second part of our session will deal with an innovative and proactive career development strategy to build a personal board of directors. The framework extends beyond a reliance on the traditional networking efforts. Where networking is transactional and episodic, a personal board of directors works for you, advises you and has your best interests in mind.

This workshop develops knowledge on emotional intelligence and its power to improve your personal and professional life, and strengthen the quality of relationships and will equip participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to build a personal board of directors.

Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch from Stevarino's Italian Eatery
1 - 2 p.m.
Roundtables - What's Impacting You?
2 - 3 p.m.
Tour of Lodge & Cast Iron Museum

(Must wear closed toe shoes and long pants)

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Travel from Lodge to Read Hotel
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Free Time
5 - 9 p.m.
Cocktails, Dinner, and Fun

144 Market Street Square
Chattanooga, TN

Cocktails: 5 - 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Outreach at Local School

Foundry-in-a-Box hands on demonstrations with students.


Registration Fees

AFS Member $225.00 | Non-AFS Member $450.00

Cancellations & Substitutions

AFS presents a variety of technical and management conferences (in both in-person and virtual formats). The refund policy for AFS conferences is as follows: 1) Substitutions are accepted at no charge at any time up until the start of the conference; 2) Full refunds are offered if AFS is notified in writing of cancellation at least 30 days in advance of the conference. No refunds or credits are available for less than 30 days written notice.