Beginning August 2021
Session days and times determined by participants' availability


Future owners of manufacturing companies, current business owners seeking to acquire a new business, future senior leaders (owner, president, C-suite). Heavy focus on women and people of color


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

50-70% of privately-owned businesses will change ownership/leadership over the next ten years. This creates a big opportunity for the next generation of leaders. Are you ready?

This program will provide a high-level overview of all aspects of buying and/or running a manufacturing business while exploring leadership strengths and future career paths/

Participants Will

  • Understand and refine their leadership skills.
  • Obtain business-related skills
  • Diversify their own professional network
  • Be able to bring new talents and connections to current and future roles within their company

Topics and Activities

  • Personal reflection exercises
  • Problem-solving sessions
  • Learning from current business owners
  • Individual e-learning
  • Learning from subject matter experts on topics including (but not limited to): executive presence, workplace culture/DEI, manufacturing technology, planning and strategy

Key Takeaways

  • Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and accompanying book
  • Access to a virtual "data room" that includes resources
  • One-year subscription to LinkedIn Learning
  • New knowledge and skills on leading a manufacturing business
  • Countless new connections
  • Access to businesses seeking a new owner

Application Process

  • Interested participants should complete the online application and submit an updated resume and letter of recommendation (from current supervisor, mentor, or close colleague) by July 16, 2021
  • Applicants will be reviewed and selected by an internal committee and notified (either way) by July 30, 2020
  • Once selected, participants will be prompted to register and pay for the program


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