Conferences at IMTS

Digital Transformation Conference at IMTS 2018
Presented by Women in Big Data

The digital transformation is here. Manufacturing leaders are driving value through data-driven business decisions and enabling the digital ecosystem by automating processes from design to delivery. Many of those manufacturing leaders are women who are early influencers, adopters, and consumers. This session was designed to benefit those on the shop floor to the enterprise so they can learn tips and tricks on understanding the value of data and how it can drive competitive advantage and enable them to make better decisions.

The event was made possible by our sponsors: Women in Big Data, VIMANA, Centrally Human, AMT/IMTS, GE Digital, Modern Machine Shop, Acutec Precision Machining, Sandvik Coromant, Whirlpool Corporation, University of North Carolina, & Kinefac Corporation. A thank you to: VIMANA, GE Renewable Energy Digital, and Centrally Human for planning and executing the event.


Jane Bailey, VP of Product Marketing, GE Digital

Jane Bailey

VP of Product Marketing for Digital, GE

Jane Bailey has 20+ years of data-driven manufacturing experience helping craft the understanding, role, and adoption of digital technology for asset performance management across manufacturing verticals for measurable business growth. As the Vice President of Product Marketing for Applications and Platform at GE Digital, she is at the center of the hardware+software+human interaction points. Jane is an expert in distilling the complexities and jargon of digital into concepts and applications that make sense for users from the board room to the control room.

Ester Codina, Managing Director, Sandvik Corporation

Ester Codina

Managing Director, Sandvik Coromant

As the first female Managing Director for Sandvik Coromant Mexico, Ester Codina leads a team of 80 employees in this high-growth, emerging market. Joining Sandvik Coromant after her start with Sandvik Group, Ester oversees all operations in Mexico and her current role further broadens her solid business development and international background. Past responsibilities at Sandvik Coromant include Vice President of Marketing, Channels and Business Development for Americas and Marketing Manager for Sandvik Hard Materials globally. While serving as VP of Marketing, Channels and Business Development for the US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Ester was part of the group initiating the CoroPlus platform, bringing to life the vision for non-traditional tooling for the future machine shop. As part of business development, Ester acted in an advisory role assisting with strategy and business acumen within digital. In her current role, Ester continues to fully drive and support the future of manufacturing as she negotiates to increase digital machining capabilities in her market, hosts Industry 4.0 events and works closely with major aerospace and automotive manufacturers to improve the customer experience. Educated at the London Business School, Ester also has her postgraduate degree from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and her Bachelors of Business Administration from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain. Past and present memberships and sponsorship activities includes AMT’s Education committee, Women in Manufacturing, advisory board member for MakeTime, and the Young Engineers Mentorship program in Mexico.

Stephanie Hendrixson, Writer & Editor, Gardner Business Media

Stephanie Hendrixson

Writer & Editor, Gardner Business Media (Additive Manufacturing Magazine)

Stephanie Hendrixson is a writer and editor with Gardner Business Media, where she reports on manufacturing technologies, trends and companies. As senior editor for Additive Manufacturing, she covers diverse topics ranging from new 3D printing processes to end-market applications while also addressing broader themes affecting the entire manufacturing ecosystem. Her work has explored machine learning, on-demand manufacturing, and 3D printing’s potential to disrupt both individual businesses and the supply chain at large. Increasingly, her reporting has revealed the necessity of capturing, analyzing, and leveraging data to advance the adoption and effectiveness of additive manufacturing. Stephanie enjoys telling the stories of real manufacturers who are succeeding with 3D printing, and is fascinated by 3D-printed medical devices, mass customization, additive manufacturing materials and the concept of the digital thread, among other things. Stephanie has a background in professional writing and is passionate about explaining technology and technical concepts. She has taught business and technical writing at the collegiate level and has been a contract medical writer and proofreader. Stephanie began her career in manufacturing media in 2012 as an editor for Modern Machine Shop and continues to contribute to the publication. Stephanie holds a B.A. in English literature and history from the University of Mount Union and an M.A. in professional writing and editing from the University of Cincinnati, where she serves on the Professional Writing Advisory Board.

Noel Greis, Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School; President, Kinefac Corporation

Noel Greis

Adjunct Professor of Operations, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill Director, Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation, UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

President, Kinefac Corporation

Dr. Greis's research explores how innovations in digital technology and new sources of data—from real-time operational data to social media—are enabling organizations to rethink how they design, produce and deliver their products and services to their customers. Her current work is focused on the application of digital technologies and data science tools to create “smart” manufacturing processes and “connected” products that benefit people, companies, and economies.

At the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Greis is Adjunct Professor of Operations Management and established the Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation. The Center works with organizations to navigate the digital revolution that is transforming how the world conducts business—helping them leverage new technologies in creative and innovative ways—and to achieve improved performance across their manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Greis received her Ph.D., M.S.E. and M.A. degrees in engineering from Princeton University and her B.A. in mathematics from Brown University. Prof. Greis has received a number of awards for her work including a Distinguished Paper Award from the Decision Sciences Institute, a Citation of Excellence from ANBAR Management Intelligence, and a top award in the Production and Operations Management Society’s William Abernathy Management of Technology Competition. She holds a patent for real-time prognostics and diagnostics for complex physical systems.

Noel is also active in the machine tool industry. She serves in a leadership role at Kinefac Corporation, a family-owned machine tool company that specializes in the metal forming of precision parts. Kinefac machines make coils, fasteners, and threaded rod for the automotive, aerospace, energy, home products and medical industries worldwide.

Nina Anderson, Data Scientist, Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

Nina Anderson

Data Scientist, Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

Nina Anderson is a Data Scientist at the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) where she is an active practitioner and speaks about data science principles. She has worked in the quantitative realm and with data throughout her career. Her projects at AMT include building machine learning models for specific use cases related to process or product improvements, prototypes, and assessing business value. She holds degrees from The George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University. Her interests in real-world applications of data science include creatively solving business problems and increasing organizational efficiency. She enjoys sharing her experiences at AMT as well as where she finds inspiration in the field on her blog

Elisabeth Smith, President and CEO, Acutec Precision Machining, Inc.

Elisabeth Smith

President & CEO, Acutec Precision Machining, Inc.

Elisabeth Smith is President and CEO of Acutec Precision Machining, Inc in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The firm was established in 1992 by her father as a privately-owned aerospace subassembly and manufacturing supplier. Elisabeth joined the company in 2013 as Director of Strategic Operations and took the reins as CEO in December 2014. She’s held positions with Sikorsky Aircraft, Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt and Whitney. She studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, earned her BA in Mathematical Economics from Haverford College and completed her MBA at the University of Michigan.

Kim Cato, IT Director, Whirlpool Corporation's NAR Integrated Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Kim Cato

IT Director, Whirlpool Corporation NAR Integrated Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Kim Cato has twenty years of experience in managing programs, building cross-functional relationships and innovating leading-edge business processes. Kim is currently IT Director for Whirlpool Corporation’s NAR Integrated Supply Chain and Manufacturing. Kim also leads the Global Information Systems Manufacturing 2020 Center of Excellence.

Prior to joining Whirlpool Corporation, Kim held positions of increasing responsibility at General Electric Power in the Engineering Tools Center of Excellence, Supply Chain, and Gas Power Systems Manufacturing. Prior to GE, Kim was the e-Business leader at Rockwell Automation Power Systems responsible for ERP implementations, e-business/e-commerce initiatives, and business process improvement. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University and her MBA from Clemson University.


Susy Mark, Director or Marketing, VIMANA

Susy Mark

Director of Marketing, VIMANA

Susy Mark is Director of Marketing at VIMANA, a leading provider of the manufacturing analytics platform for operational excellence. Susy brings a combination of big data expertise, combined with extensive marketing and sales leadership experience from a large global manufacturer and service provider. Susy has global responsibility for scaling all aspects of VIMANA’s product, partner and corporate marketing, including defining multichannel marketing strategy, driving thought leadership, increasing brand awareness and customer acquisition. Prior to joining VIMANA, Susy was the Director of Global Industry Marketing and Customer Analytics for Xerox’ IT, Business Process, and Document Management Outsourcing business. Susy joined Xerox in sales and eventually lead the Illinois sales organization, a $120M business. Susy’s passion is to help manufacturers leverage Smart Manufacturing technology and advanced data analytics to unlock new opportunities, improve manufacturing efficiency, expand margins, and gain competitive advantage. Susy has a B.S. in Mathematics from Northwestern University.

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