2022 Management Training and Development Summit

AFS Headquarters
May 18 - 20, 2022


Advance your skills and discover your strengths as a leader at the prime event for metalcasting supervisors and human resources professionals. The 2022 Management Training and Development Summit is where the industry's current and rising leaders come to grow as managers, motivators, talent-spotters, and more.

Join us as we dive into working smarter, living better, and learning skills that develop daring leaders. Take advantage of the leadership and cultural transformation process for your organization. Learn to leverage Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs for your workplace. And immerse yourself in roundtables that will give you actionable ideas to bring back to your office. You'll leave inspired, refreshed, and ready to take on the challenges of today's ever-changing metalcasting workforce.

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


AFS Headquarters
  • AFS Headquarters
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • May 18 - 20, 2022
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Hotel Information

  • Hyatt House Chicago/Schaumburg
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • $109.00

Call Bert Hernandez directly at 847-495-8643 and mention AFS Rate.

$109.00 – Studio Queen Suite - Breakfast is included during normal breakfast operating hours.

Shuttle provides transportation from hotel to AFS.


Leveraging Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Programs as a Competitive Advantage
Dave Ryan
SHRM-SCP - Human Resources Consultant for Rogers HR Consulting, LLC

Dave is excited to transition to the role of consultant, where he can apply his years of practical experience and help organizations create better workplaces which attract and retain quality employees by providing HR solutions to complex problems. He was Director of Human Resources & Compliance for Mel-O-Cream Donuts International in Springfield, IL. Dave received his SPHR in 2007 and his SHRM-SCP in 2014. He has served in many volunteer roles with his local CIC-SHRM chapter and on the ILSHRM State Council, including being State Director in 2017-2018. He regularly speaks at colleges and SHRM events on both HR and social media matters. Dave maintains a presence in social media and was a member the SHRM Blogger Squad from 2014 to 2019 at the SHRM National Conferences.

Work Smarter, Live Better
Joe Robinson
Optimal Performance Strategies

Joe Robinson is one of the country’s most quoted experts on work-life, stress in the workplace, and the art and science of productivity and effective work. He has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and in the Wall Street Journal, Time, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other media outlets to discuss how to work smarter and break out of the stress and burnout cycle.

2022 Must Know Labor and Employment Issues
Sara Eber Fowler
Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Labor & Employment)

Sara Eber Fowler helps employers craft employment policies, and investigate and effectively respond to workplace complaints. She also vigorously defends employers against claims of harassment, discrimination, and denial of other employment laws.

The Leader’s Code
Ken Chapman, Ph.D.
Ken Chapman and Associates, Inc.

Founder and Sr. Partner at Ken Chapman & Associates, Ken Chapman has provided leadership and safety consultation with more than 260 iron, steel and aluminum smelters on four continents. An industrial psychologist, Ken holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including “The Leader’s Code,” and he co-authored the recently released book on safety, “Safety Beyond The Numbers.” For more information, Ken can be reached at Leaderscode.com.

The Skills of Daring Leadership and How They Support Leading in a Time of Change
Sabrina L. Moon
MEng & CDTLF – Problem Solving Institute

Sabrina L. Moon, MEng is the founder and owner of the Problem Solving Institute. She is a devout operations leader, problem solver, change agent, and mentor who actively seeks ways to engage in the community. She has led initiatives and business transformations in various communities and organizations across the U.S. and is a believer and practitioner of a continuous improvement mindset. Sabrina helps individuals tap into their courage as a powerful tool for organizational growth.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
6 - 7 p.m.
Meet & Greet Networking Cocktail Reception at Hyatt House Schaumburg

Come meet members of the AFS Human Resources Division and other conference attendees.

Thursday, May 19, 2022
9 - 9:15 a.m.

Phil Eatherton
Chair of the AFS Human Resources Division

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
What’s New at AFS?

Doug Kurkul
CEO, American Foundry Society

9:45 - 10 a.m.
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Leveraging Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Programs as a Competitive Advantage

Dave Ryan
Rogers HR Consulting

The perception that formal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) programs are for corporate entities is a farce, especially in an environment when every employer in America is struggling to hire and retain good quality employees. When you are lucky enough to hire the best you want to keep the best. Unfortunately, everyday employment management has us focusing on putting out fires. How does an employer with limited resources actually implement a DEI program that works on retaining the best and brightest employees? This session will start with where we have come from and where we need to go around everything DEI.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Work Smarter, Live Better

Joe Robinson
Optimal Performance Strategies

Participants will learn how to find boundaries, manage demands, devices, stress, and other people, and refuel the chief productivity tool, attention. We also put that attention on life outside work, where we learn how to find balance at home, create quality time with family and friends, increase optimism in our outlook, and build the keys to sustainable happiness.

1:30 - 1:35 p.m.
1:35 - 2:35 p.m.
Panel: Think Outside of the Box to Staff Your Organization

Given the ever increasing struggle to find and retain employees, it is likely an opportune time to consider alternative sources of talent. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from individuals who lead organizations and/or programs designed to match open-minded business leaders with reformed individuals looking for a second chance and an opportunity to contribute to team success. And you’ll hear from foundry leaders who have embraced this talent source as part of their people strategy.

2:35 - 2:45 p.m.
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
2022 Must Know Labor and Employment Issues

Sara Eber Fowler
Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Labor & Employment)

The 2022 legal update will include the latest information HR professionals and managers need to be mindful of, including updates on COVID, employee leaves and accommodations, legalization of marijuana, EEOC and litigation trends, legal landscape for addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, social media and its impact on the workplace, and more.

3:45 - 3:55 p.m.
3:55 - 4:30 p.m.
6 - 9 p.m.

Join the AFS HR Division and other conference attendees for networking and fun. A shuttle will take you from AFS to Topgolf, where you will join other conference attendees for some competitive fun, cocktails and dinner. No prior golf experience is necessary.


Friday, May 20, 2022
8 - 8:05 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Phil Eatherton
Chair of the AFS Human Resources Division

8:05 - 9:30 a.m.
The Leader’s Code

Ken Chapman
Ken Chapman & Associates

The Leader’s Code (TLC) is a leadership and culture transformation process. The process is designed to address the most common reason safety, environmental compliance and quality often hit a glass ceiling: The culture of the organization will not support sustained improvement. TLC creates owners whose pride of association and workmanship are the direct result of the organization’s efforts to drive competence and confidence deep into the organization. The process has been utilized in more than 260 foundries and over 500 organizations from North America, to Australia to the United Kingdom.

9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
9:40 - 11 a.m.
The Skills of Daring Leadership and How They Support Leading in a Time of Change

Sabrina L. Moon
Problem Solving Institute

This presentation explores and outlines the 4 skills that develop daring leaders, such as rumbling with relational vulnerability, living into core values, BRAVING trust, and learning to rise - because being brave will require us to get knocked down on occasion. The audience will take part in an interactive presentation and will be introduced to the Dare to Lead™ method through storytelling. Participants will walk away with an awareness of daring leadership behaviors and real-world examples of incorporating them into their daily lives.

11 - 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. - Noon
Summit Conclusion


Registration Fees

AFS Member: $700.00 | Non-AFS Member: $1,400.00

Buy-One, Get-One 50% Off registration (within same company): 

$1,050.00 (Only available to AFS Members)

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.