What to Expect at the 2021 NC3 Virtual Leadership Summit

Last year we pivoted to host a successful NC3 Virtual Leadership Summit, and this year we've set our sights even higher.

Mark your calendar for this year's event, which will be held online Tuesday, July 13 through Thursday, July 15, 2021.

During this year's Virtual Leadership Summit, we will reflect upon the NC3 Network's perseverance this past year and share critical workforce insights as well as new ideas/trends to support you as we look forward to the future with visionary presentations. You will experience exciting networking opportunities, speakers, presentations, panels, virtual tours of NC3 Centers of Excellence in an array of industries, and more!

This year's virtual event intends to create ample opportunities for real-time connection for education administration and school leadership. Our speakers, presenters, and panelists will educate and inspire you, and then you will have the opportunity to forge connections with them, our world-class industry partners, and other NC3 Leadership School colleagues nationwide.

Please Note: The Virtual Leadership Summit is an NC3 Leadership School membership benefit.

Virtual Event Agenda Overview

Tuesday, July 13 | New Member Orientation

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Central Time (CT)

Ideal for new member schools and/or new faculty of tenured member schools, but even if you aren't new to the NC3 Network, the New Member Orientation is an excellent refresher on all things NC3.

  • NC3 Program and Membership Overview 
  • Virtual Benchmarking of NC3 Centers of Excellence in an array of industries
  • Virtual Meet & Greet with NC3's World Class Industry Partners

This orientation will help you learn how to utilize your NC3 resources, implement NC3 certifications across multiple programs, take full advantage of the NC3 Membership Network, and more!

"After Hours"

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time (CT)

Connect with NC3's global industry partners 1:1 in real-time immediately after the event. Discuss next steps and build as well as grow important relationships that will support you, your school, your students, and your community moving forward!

Wednesday, July 14 | Full Conference Day 1

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Central Time (CT)

For all NC3 Leadership School members

  • Virtual Leadership Summit Full Conference Kick-Off
  • Future of Education: Resiliency In Career & Technical Education Panel
  • Future of Workforce: Access, Equity & Diversity Panel
  • Breakout Sessions: Technology Trends Accelerated by COVID-19

Thursday, July 15 | Full Conference Day 2

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Central Time (CT)

For all NC3 Leadership School members

  • Federal Funding: Leaders in Career & Technical Education Panel
  • Innovation & Excellence Keynote Presentations
  • NC3 Leadership Awards
  • NC3 Network Announcements: 2021 and Beyond

Event Speakers & Panelists

As we finalize event speakers and panelists, we will send event registrants and NC3 Leadership Schools a formal announcement by email. If you are an NC3 Leadership School member, please stay tuned for updates and visit our website regularly for the latest information regarding this year's event programmming!

Day One: Welcome & Virtual New Member Orientation Kickoff


Roger Tadajewski

Executive Director, NC3


Holly Paeper

Vice President, Strategic Markets for Trane Americas, 



Hannah Peltier

Membership Manager, NC3

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Dan Ramirez

Associate Director, NC3

 Virtual Visioning and Benchmarking Roundtable 

What truly is an NC3 Center of Excellence? What is the Return on Investment (ROI) for your students, faculty, employers, and institution? Have you been wondering how you can start strategizing, funding, and taking steps towards creating this transformation? During this roundtable, you'll hear NC3 Leadership School members discuss these important questions, and more in a candid, roundtable format! They will share their knowledge and expertise on not only what it took to push the needle forward at their institutions and in their communities, but also what they wish they would have known at the start of their journey.


Dr. Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College


Dr. Joe Seabrooks

President, Dallas College:

Cedar Valley Campus

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Dr. Sheree Utash

NC3 Chairwoman and President,

WSU Tech

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Dr. Bryan Albrecht

President, Gateway Technical College


John Lee

NC3 Coordinator, SkillsUSA Coordinator, TCAT Elizabethton

NC3 Program Lightening Meet & Greets

During the NC3 Lightning Meet and Greets, you will hear from 10 of NC3's global industry partners: Snap-on, Trane, Lincoln, 3M, Festo, Greenlee, Kubota, Starrett, DMC, and Palmer Hamilton. You will also get a chance to connect with these partners 1:1 during "After Hours" immediately following the Virtual New Member Orientation.

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Barrett Crane

National Sales Manager, Education Sales

Earl Bailey

National Education Partnerships Manager


Patrick Archambault

Education Program Manager

Michael Hines

North American Director of Educational Initiatives


Dr. Jason Scales

Business Manager, Education

Dan Klingman

Manager, Educational Programming

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Maureen Tholen

Vice President, Sustainability

Karen Cuta

Global Application Engineering Manager

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Tony Oran

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Steve Lehr

Director, Business Development


Tim Kopp

Manager, Education and Training

Denis Hanna

Director, Sales and Vocational Training


Paul Kern

Manager, Service Training

Jeff Wagley

Manager, Educational Partnerships


Richard Marble

General Sales Manager

Jon-Michael Raymond

Sales and Marketing Director - North America,

Industrial Products

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Ryan Totolo

Assistant General Manager

Greg Herker

Director - Program Development

Day Two: Full Conference Kickoff


Dr. John Richman

President, North Dakota State College of Science


Tamar Jacoby

President, Opportunity America

Future of Education: Resiliency in CTE Panel

2020 was the most challenging time in the history of education in the 21st century. Throughout this difficult time, we’ve seen the education and industry communities come together in spectacular collaborations to share best practices, strategize, and persevere to “Keep CTE Moving.”

The NC3 Network thrives on peer-to-peer learning and on Day 2 of this year's NC3 Virtual Leadership Summit, three inspirational NC3 School on the Rise award winners from major cities and rural communities in both secondary and post-secondary education will share best practices they’ve used during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are looking forward to discussing the future of career and technical education with you - for 2021 and beyond!


Moderator: Craig Foucht

Executive Director of the Wayne Business & Industry Center, Wayne Community College


Panelist: David Girzadas

Dean of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Richard J. Daley College


Panelist: Aubri Hanson

Mechatronics Instructor and Program Manager,

Enterprise State Community College


Panelist: Mandi Matchinga

Technology Teacher, Cardinal Middle School

Future of Workforce: Access, Equity & Diversity Panel

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in our country. Addressing equity in the nation’s workforce is essential. Hear innovative industry leaders discuss the importance of demonstrating and implementing Access, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices in the workforce as well as steps you can take to create a stronger, more diverse, and more accessible future for the skilled trades industry.


Moderator: Chelle Travis

Executive Director, SkillsUSA


Panelist: Dr. Joe Seabrooks

President, Dallas College:

Cedar Valley Campus


Panelist: Jacqueline Berry

3Mgives Manager, Education Initiatives, 3M


Panelist: Dr. Ricardo Romanillos

Former Senior Director of Programs with NAPE,

Equity Consultant


Panelist: Kenya Jacobs

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Trane Technologies

Career Pathways to Artificial Intelligence, STEM and Data Analytics Breakout Session

During this breakout session, subject-matter experts will dive deep into this topic and explain what your students need to know about data, how early education programs that promote STEM curriculum are propelling us toward a brighter future, and how to entice younger generations to enter this important field. 


Moderator: Dr. Lee Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College


Speaker: Jennifer Dame

Market Segment Executive, Apple Inc.


Speaker: Greg Herker

Director - Program Development,

Palmer Hamilton


Speaker: Chad Benton

Plant Engineering, Technology &

Security Manager, 3M


Speaker: Michael Hines

North American Director of Educational Initiatives,


Manufacturing: Humanizing the Future of Work Breakout Session

It’s no secret… the applicant pool is scarce and employers are grasping for solutions. Where do people fit into the future of manufacturing? Why aren’t they applying for the thousands of available manufacturing jobs around the country? During this breakout session, subject-matter experts will dive deep into this topic, the research they’ve done to get to the root of the issue, where automated manufacturing fits in, and more! 


Moderator: Craig McAtee

CEO and Executive Director for the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) and a Workforce Development Executive for Tooling U-SME


Speaker: Tony Oran

Vice President, Sales and Marketing,

Festo Didactic Inc.


Speaker: Carolyn Lee

Executive Director,

The Manufacturing Institute


Speaker: Dr. Jason Scales

Business Manager, Education,

Lincoln Electric


Speaker: Don Barnes

Founder/President, ALTA Foods LLC and Wayne Community College Board of Trustees Chair


Speaker: Richard Marble

General Sales Manager,

The L.S. Starrett Company

Energy & Building Trades: The Future of Infrastructure Breakout Session

During this breakout session, subject-matter experts will discuss how capital improvements to facilities can not only improve your school's infrastructure and support sustainable general building maintenance moving forward, but how capital improvements can also bring down overall operating costs and create synergistic opportunities for learning through hands-on "living labs" that will entice students of all ages to enter and become long-term contributors to the in-demand energy and building trades industry.


Moderator: Sue Smith

Vice President, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science (AMEAS),

Ivy Tech Community College


Speaker: Paul McAndrew

Vice President & General Manager,

Greenlee Tools


Speaker: Chris Torline, PE

Intelligent Services/Controls Business Development Engineer, Trane


Speaker: Terry Collier

Global Applications Director,

3M Electrical Markets Division

Transportation: The Future of Electrification Breakout Session

The world is in the middle of the greatest shift in transportation technology in the past 100 years. As such, automotive technicians will need to be able to work on high voltage batteries, DC electric motors, and highly computerized control systems in addition to the combustion engine. During this breakout session, subject-matter experts will discuss the drive towards electrification as well as how to set your campus, your students, and your community up for success.


Moderator: Dr. Matt Janisin

Vice President - Business &

Workforce Solutions,

Gateway Technical College


Speaker: Professor John Frala MAED

Advanced Transportation Technologies and Energy, Rio Hondo College, and Coordinator for the Alternative Fuels Program


Speaker: Paul Kern

Manager, Service Training,

Kubota Tractor Corporation

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Speaker: John Conner

Engineering Manager, Daniels Manufacturing Corporation

Day Three: Full Conference

Federal Funding: Leaders in Career & Technical Education Panel and Roundtable

The NC3 Membership Network is made of secondary and post-secondary education innovators who are driving career and technical education forward. Throughout the pandemic, these institutions have kept CTE moving. This session will focus on key topics and challenges CTE leaders are facing around how to optimize use of federal stimulus funding (HEERF, ESSER) and best practices to meet the education and workforce demands in 2021 and beyond.


Moderator: David Baime

Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, AACC

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Speaker: Dr. Sheree Utash

NC3 Chairwoman and President, WSU Tech


Speaker: Greg Donovan

Superintendent, West-MEC


Speaker: Dr. Carol Puryear

President, TCAT Murfreesboro

Inspirational & Innovative Keynotes


John Gowey

Vice-President, North America Critical Industries,

Snap-on Industrial


Deidra Parrish Williams

Leader, Global Corporate Social Responsibility,

Trane Technologies

A Conversation About Work Ethic

Join Dr. Sheree Utash and Mike Rowe as they talk about the importance of work ethic and why the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has developed a work ethic curriculum.

NC3 Leadership Awards Ceremony

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Dr. Sheree Utash

NC3 Chairwoman and President,

WSU Tech


Roger Tadajewski

Executive Director, NC3

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Dan Ramirez

Associate Director, NC3

NC3 Announcements: 2021 and Beyond


Hannah Peltier

Membership Manager, NC3

Important Event Information, Registration & Pricing

Registration is currently closed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Adams at or (760) 782-5923.

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NC3 Leadership School Member

Event Access:

Each NC3 Leadership School will be provided two complimentary registrations for school administration and staff as an NC3 Leadership School Membership Benefit.

Additional registrants can attend for $75 USD per person.

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Non-NC3 Leadership School Member Event Access:

Non-NC3 Leadership School Members, which includes NC3 Certification Centers, NC3Start Members, and prospect schools, can attend for $75 USD per person.

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Not sure about your organization's NC3 membership status?

All NC3 Leadership Schools are listed on the NC3 website.

If you still have NC3 membership questions, please contact Hannah Peltier, Membership Manager, at or (608) 220-7408.

Once you register, you will receive an email with your registration form submission information and an invoice (if applicable) within 7-10 days from the date you registered. Information about how to access the virtual event will be sent to registrants in July 2021.

By clicking "Register Here" above, you are agreeing to NC3's Terms and Conditions policy.

Have Questions?


For more information about the 2021 NC3 Virtual Leadership Summit, please contact:

Ashley Adams

Events & Operations Associate

(760) 782-5923

"Save the Date" & Tell Your Colleagues!

The 2021 NC3 Virtual Leadership Summit aims to support you and your school as we look at the road ahead and step into the "next normal," so be sure to remind your school's leadership team to take advantage of this exclusive NC3 Leadership School Membership Benefit.

Please forward this email to colleagues and share our "Save the Date" Postcard linked below.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the event!


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