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Upcoming VMA Events
MSI Workforce Symposium
August 8, 2019
9AM - 4:30PM
Liberty University, School of Business

Title Sponsor: MTM

17th Annual Virginia Environmental Health and Safety Conference (VEHS)

September 18 -19
Hilton Hotel & Spa
12042 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA

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Virginia Competitiveness Forum 
2nd Annual VMA STEP Ahead Award Recognition Luncheon

November 19
Williamsburg Lodge Conference Center
310 S England St.
Williamsburg, VA

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VOLUME 6 | Edition 9 | June 2019
Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

As we approach the nation's Independence Day celebration, Liberty and Freedom become a focal point in discussions about American exceptionalism.  This national conversation also tends to quickly devolve into "tribal" partisanship that simply does not speak to the majority of Americans.  The dilution of these concepts as talking points for political parties, rather than unalienable rights, is problematic.  So, perhaps it is time for business leaders to re-frame the conversation?  

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
(Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776).
What can business do?  The best form of public assistance is a vibrant economy that produces jobs with great wages and endless career opportunities for those that are willing to compete to win. So, t ell your business success story over and over and over to your employees and the public.   And when it comes to political leaders, hold them accountable for sharing your values in word and deed.  

This is an election year for all 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly - so please open your factories for tours; hold MFG Day events with your employees and community leaders on October 4; and support elected officials that share your commitment to individualism, competitiveness, Liberty and Freedom.  For more information on how to support pro-manufacturing Senators and Delegates, email me at bvassey@vamanufacturers.com.  

Manufacturers invent the future and change lives - you are truly exceptional.  Happy Independence Day!


Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

VMA Women in Manufacturing 

The VMA is proud to announce the launch of its "Women in Manufacturing Leadership Program" as part of its VISION 2020 strategic plan.  The goal of this program is to attract, retain and advance women in MFG and recognize women at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite. 

How Do You Get Involved?
The VMA will be forming a Women in MFG Leadership Council that will drive our three-year strategic plan to create professional development programs for women in manufacturing, grow STEP Ahead Program participation throughout Virginia and create programs that will attract young women to our industries. Contact Kimberly Noonan at knoonan@vamanufacturers.com to get involved.

Step Out and Celebrate Virginia Women!
Join the VMA on November 19 at the Williamsburg Lodge Conference Center, Williamsburg VA, for the 2019 STEP Ahead Award recognition luncheon to recognize women from Virginia who have been nominated for the 2019 STEP Ahead Award.  The luncheon will take place in conjunction with the Virginia Competitiveness Forum.  This year's Keynote Speaker is Kristin Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency - the ad agency for Geico and creator of the Great OREO Cookie Quest Help us celebrate women in manufacturing and support our goal of building the next generation of leaders that will assure the competitiveness of Virginia's 6,000 manufacturers. 


Webinar: VMA P&C Insurance
Program at Work

July 11, 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM EST

Eric Lane with Banker's Insurance will present a case study of a VMA member that recently went through their risk assessment process. Tune in to find out what the company learned from the assessment and why they enrolled in the VMA's Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance Program.   

You can also learn more about the VMA P&C Program or request additional information by visiting the  VMA Insurance Services Page

Save with Exclusive Offers from VMA TicketsatWork!

Start your Summer off right!  

TicketsatWork offers exclusive 20-60% discounts and special offers to theme parks, shows, sporting events, concerts, dinner shows, movies and much more.  This program is available to all VMA members and takes less than 2 minutes to sign-in.

Attention Safety Professionals - VPP Safety Innovation Best Practice Day Event

Mark your calendar for the Virginia Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Safety Innovation Best Practice Day hosted by Dominion Energy (at their Glen Allen facility) on August 7th from 8AM - 3PM.

This event is an opportunity to meet and benchmark with the "Best of the Best".  Presenters from some of the country's safest companies will share the key ingredients to their success in achieving and maintaining the coveted VPP STAR, the nation's highest level of recognition in occupational safety and health excellence.  Click here for a program outline or to register.

Other Upcoming Events:

Manufacturing Day - October 4
Mark your calendars for Manufacturing Day 2019 on Friday, Oct. 4!  While traditionally held the first Friday of October, we encourage manufacturers to open their doors to students, parents, and educators any day during "Manufacturing Week" or "Manufacturing Month" to showcase what modern manufacturing is all about.  Be sure to register your event and check out the host toolkit available at www.mfgday.com.  

Join Us for the Workforce Symposium - August 8
August 8, 2019
9AM - 5PM
Liberty University School of Business
Lynchburg, Virginia

This year's MSI Workforce Solutions Symposium will include participants from the national MSI academic partner network featuring workforce development and educational best practices from industry, NGOs and academic institutions from across the United States. The innovative format and location is designed to get industry, academia and NGOs out of their silos and collaborate to close the workforce skills gap.

SHRM Credits
The Lynchburg Regional SHRM Chapter will be on-site to help HR professionals, hiring managers and front-line supervisors to sign up to earn extra professional development credits towards their SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification for qualifying activities at the MSI Symposium. 

Title Sponsor: 

Liberty University - School of Business

Signature Sponsors:
Appalachian Power
Church & Dwight
Community College Workforce Alliance

Click here for a sneak peak at the new Liberty University School of Business!