Beginning 2022

Format and Schedule

Mostly Virtual Meetings
with scheduled exceptions

Two-hour sessions, once per week, for 17 weeks

Continuous Learning
After bootcamp and graduation, the cohort will continue to meet on a monthly basis for one year


$2,000 per person
Full and partial scholarships are available



Brianna Schultz

Did you know that more than half of privately-owned businesses expect to change ownership or leadership over the next decade? We’ve learned a lot of important things about this once-in-a-generation opportunity and we’d love to share this knowledge with you.

Are you ready to lead your own manufacturing company? Authentic leadership starts with your passion. We would like to learn about you, help you learn from others, and work with you to further develop the toolkit you’ll need to optimize your leadership skills.

Our goal is to help prepare the next generation of manufacturing leaders. This process takes different forms for different individuals and we’ve designed the program to be participant-led. We are now accepting applications for this trailblazing cohort and encourage you to act now by applying today!

Manufacturing Works’ Leadership Institute provides a high-level overview of all aspects acquiring and operating a manufacturing business, while also exploring your leadership strengths and other high-potential future career paths.

Target Audience

Future owners of manufacturing or manufacturing-related companies, current business owners seeking to acquire a new business, and future senior leaders (President, C-suite). The program will have a heavy focus on women and people of color.

Participants Will

  • Understand, grow and refine their capacity for authentic leadership
  • Learn high-level transferable executive and operational business skills
  • Expand and diversify their professional network
  • Improve their marketability by bringing new talents and connections to current and future professional roles

Topics and Activities

  • Personal reflection and self-discovery (what really motivates you?)
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving sessions
  • AMA (ask me anything) sessions with current business owners and leaders
  • Individual e-learning
  • Extensive interaction with subject matter experts on topics including, but not limited to: Executive Presence; Workplace Culture; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Manufacturing Technology; and Strategic Planning

Program Bonuses

  • Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Access to a virtual "data room" so all reference material is at your fingertips
  • One-year subscription to LinkedIn Learning
  • Access to businesses seeking a transition to new ownership

Application Process

  • Interested participants should complete the online application and submit a current resume and professional letter of recommendation
  • Applicants will be reviewed and selected by an internal committee, then notified either way
  • Once selected, participants will be prompted to register and pay for the program
  • Reach out to Brianna Schultz at 216.920.1967 for more detailed information.


Start the Conversation

Help Your Business Thrive Now and Well Into the Future

Strategizing for business growth and successful transitions helps keep your business—and the Northeast Ohio manufacturing industry—healthy. Let us help you build the strategies that will set you up for success.

Join Manufacturing Works