2023 Management Training and Development Summit

The ABC's of Building Teams: Awareness, Behavior, Communication

AFS Headquarters
July 12 – 14, 2023


Are you a new Supervisor, Front-Line Manager or Human Resources professional?  Join other metalcasting industry attendees to build your skills as a metalcasting leader at the foundry industry's prime event for practical management training.


  • AFS Headquarters
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • July 12 – 14, 2023
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Hotel Information

Hyatt House
  • Hyatt House Chicago/Schaumburg
  • 1251 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Call Hyatt House Chicago/Schaumburg directly at  (847)-706-9007 and mention G-AMFS or American Foundry Group Block.

$125.00/plus tax per night – Standard Queen size bed with a full-size sofa sleeper and full kitchenette. Breakfast is included during normal breakfast operating hours.

$225.00/plus tax per night – 2 Bedroom Suite – This suite is compared to a two bedroom/two full bath apartment.  It offers a full kitchenette equipped with a full-size refrigerator/freezer, microwave and stove/oven combo. 

Hot breakfast buffet style with made to order omelet station each morning. Free parking and Wi-Fi is offered as well.

Free Hyatt shuttle provides transportation from Hyatt to AFS.

Check in:  3 p.m. | Check out:  Noon


Kristen Ziman
Former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.), Speaker, Author, Leader, and Change Agent

Kristen Ziman is the former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.). In Ziman’s 30-year career in law enforcement, she blazed trails: she became the first woman Lieutenant in 2008, first woman Commander in 2010, and eventually the first woman Chief in her department’s history in January of 2016. Kristen was also the Chief on watch during a mass shooting at manufacturing company who was also an AFS Corporate Member, in her hometown of Aurora, IL.

Since retiring from the department, Ziman has now stepped into her new career as a professional speaker and consultant for organizations and police departments focused on the areas of leadership, women empowerment, positive psychology, and mass shooting prevention.

Ziman is also the author of Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing, a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.

Mitch Quick
Michael Best Law Firm, Attorney

Mitch Quick, a partner in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best, has served for over 30 years as a trusted advisor to businesses on all aspects of management labor and employment law. Clients value his deep knowledge of employment and labor laws, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and wage and hour laws. Clients regularly seek his counsel regarding compliance with continually changing labor and employment laws, and to address challenging or risky personnel situations.

Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative, American Foundry Society

Stephanie Salmon provides advocacy representation for AFS in Washington, D.C. An experienced government relations professional, she has spearheaded AFS policy achievements on a variety of industry issues. Stephanie will brief attendees on key issues with bottom-line consequences for metalcasters.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
5 - 6 p.m.
Meet & Greet Networking Cocktail Reception at Hyatt House Schaumburg

Come meet AFS Talent Development Division members and other summit attendees for cocktails and networking. 

*Included in your registration fee.

Thursday, July 13, 2023
8 a.m.

Amanda Groves
Chair of the AFS Talent Development Division

8:05 a.m.
What's New at AFS?

Doug Kurkul

9 a.m. - Noon
Insight Discovery

Amanda Groves
Vice President of People & Culture, Lodge Cast Iron

Insights Discovery is an easy to use, fun and effective behavioral tool to help you better understand your own personal preferences when it comes to work styles and communication.  Based on the work of psychologist Carl Jung, the Insights Discovery system helps an individual recognize that each person is unique with different styles of working, needs and expectations.  Insights Discovery uses a simple four-color model to help individuals remember their personal preferences and more easily identify the feelings and needs of others in turn driving better relationships, more effective communication, and team productivity.  Attendees will be asked to complete a 25-frame questionnaire which will generate an entirely customized Insights Discovery Personal Profile.  Attendees will receive a link to complete their assessment 2-3 weeks prior to the event, so please make sure to register with your email address.

Noon - 12:30 p.m.

Included in registration fee.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Try NOT to Make a Federal Case out of it! A View From the Employment Law & HR Trenches

Mitch Quick
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Legislators, courts, federal agencies, and plaintiff’s lawyers aren’t making it any easier for today’s managers and their companies.  Attorney Mitch Quick will provide a fast- paced recap on the most significant developments in employment and labor law from 2022, forecast likely developments in 2023, and offer practical tips to reduce exposure from costly and time consuming legal claims.  Overtime pay claims, the “U” word (unions), the new FLSA salary thresholds, recent discrimination and retaliation decisions, new federal workplace legislation, and the continuing challenges of remote work will be discussed. 

1:35 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel - Employee Engagement: Strategies for a Stronger Workplace

If you asked a full room of people to define employee engagement, you would probably get a variety of different answers. The word "engagement” has many definitions and means different things to people. Engagement must be defined by your organization and leadership team. During this panel, you’ll hear from several foundry professionals on what engagement means to them, why it is a critical focus area for successful businesses, and what they're doing to help drive employee engagement in their organizations.  

2:35 - 3:35 p.m.

What’s impacting you?  Please submit topics during the registration process.

4 p.m.
Adjourn For The Day

Hyatt Shuttle will provide your transportation back to the Hyatt House.

Depart to Topgolf

Hyatt shuttle will provide your transportation to Topgolf

5:30 - 8 p.m.
Topgolf Event/Networking/Dinner

Join the AFS Talent Development Division and other summit attendees for networking and fun.  A shuttle will take you from the Hyatt House to Topgolf, where you will join other attendees for some networking, competitive fun, dinner and cocktails.  No prior golf experience is necessary.  *Included in your registration fee. (Bring a guest for an additional cost of $125.00, add this during registration.)

5:30 p.m. Arrival at Topgolf

5:45 p.m.  Cocktails/Dinner at Topgolf

6 p.m.  Topgolf play starts

7:30 p.m. Topgolf play stops

7:45 p.m. Hyatt Shuttle departs from Topgolf back to Hyatt House

8 p.m.  Arrival at Hyatt House

Friday, July 14, 2023
8 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Amanda Groves
Chair of the AFS Talent Development Division

8:10 a.m.
Preventing the Unthinkable

Kristen Ziman
Former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.)/Change Agent

Organizations suffer when they fail to confront the risks that come with the uncertainty of the unknown crisis that looms. Kirsten Ziman has 27 years of experience as a police officer and as the Chief who led her department through a mass shooting at a manufacturing company, that was an also an AFS Corporate Member. Additionally, Ziman is a member of an International Mass Violence Advisory Team and called upon by the Department of Justice to investigate crisis. Kristen has come to learn that the key to confronting the uncertainty of a crisis is through preparedness. Kristen will teach you to equip your organization for the ever-looming uncertainty by supporting your team to craft the skillset needed to adapt through a crisis and the mindset to embrace (not brace for) the incoming change.  She will share her knowledge and training to help you transform your organization into a team of first responders who can expertly navigate any challenge in business and life.

9:45 - 9:50 a.m.
9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
OSHA Sharpens its Enforcement Tools with New Initatives

Stephanie Salmon
VP Government Affairs, AFS

As we move into the second half of the Biden Administration’s first term, OSHA is making good on its promise to “use all of the tools available” in its regulatory and enforcement toolbox.  In part, these initiatives have taken the form of increasingly aggressive enforcement (more inspections, more significant penalties, etc.), hiring more compliance officers, and expanding its enforcement policies like its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  It has also taken the form of a broad-based rulemaking agenda that includes work on a new heat illness rule and expanding its E-Recordkeeping requirements, among a number of priorities.  Hear the latest on these new enforcement and penalty developments, OSHA’s rulemaking agenda, and a snapshot of foundry inspections so far in 2023.

10:50 - 10:55 a.m.
10:55 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. - Noon
Summit Conclusion


Registration Fees

Non-Member: $1,050

Member: $700

Buy one registration, get the second 50% off. (Member Pricing). Please call customer service directly at (800)-537-4237 to purchase buy one, get one 50% off. Both attendees must be from the same organization.

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.