MFGCON Call for Speakers is now open.
There will be rolling acceptance, so please submit early, as final decisions will be made by January 20, 2023.

The North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON, co-hosted by The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and the Business North Carolina Magazine, will be held on April 20-21 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC. We invite manufacturing industry professionals to submit speaking proposals for the 2023 manufacturing conference. There will be rolling acceptance, so please submit early, as final decisions will be made by January 20, 2023.

We are accepting proposals for the following tracks: (Click on the links to submit your proposal)


We are looking for presentations that:

  • Are relevant and timely
  • Include learning styles that engage the audience
  • Provide practical takeaways and real-world applications that can be implemented immediately
  • Drive conversations about innovative ways to improve productivity and operations
  • Are applicable to a broad range of manufacturers

If you have what it takes to inspire the North Carolina manufacturing community, please submit a proposal before January 20, 2023. 


Submission Guidelines

When suggesting a topic, please make sure to:

Your content is educational and interesting and attendees can take away tips that promise to capture immediate results back at their workplace. Conference sessions are meant to educate attendees on current manufacturing innovations, challenges and trends. 

Sales presentations will not be accepted. If you would like to publicize a product or a service, please contact our events team for information on sponsorships, exhibiting and vendor opportunities. Proposals from consultants and vendors will be considered only if co-presenting with a manufacturing client (must be identified on the submission form in order to be considered).


Selection Process

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and Business North Carolina Magazine are seeking proposals that include

  • Presenter name, contact information and biography
  • Presenter roles, organization(s) represented
  • Presentation abstract

All submissions must be submitted via the appropriate online submission form:

You may submit more than one abstract, but we ask that you complete a separate form for each submission.

Please be thoughtful in your proposals. Submissions must be complete. The program committee will evaluate all submissions based on quality and relevance to the focus areas. 

  • Sessions are 50 minutes in length: plan for 40 minutes of content plus 5 minutes of Q&A and 5 minutes for introductions. 
  • Rooms will be set up theater style with a podium and screen in front of the room. A laptop and projector will be provided along with a microphone(s).
  • Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • Where employer, client, or government authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain such authorization prior to submitting the final materials.


Upon Acceptance: What We Need From You

  • Speaker biography
    Include a write-up of approximately 100 words about your experience, including the number of years you’ve been involved in the manufacturing industry, the types of projects you’ve worked on and your primary role in the projects. This bio will appear on the Conference websites and handouts.
  • Final Presentation due April 12,2023 


Conference presenters will receive a complimentary registration to the full conference. Please note that the conference does not underwrite the travel, meals or hotel expenses. There will be a discounted conference registration rate for other attendees from your company.

Your name, company and the title of your presentation will be published in the conference program and on the website. The conference is featured in the Business North Carolina Magazine and the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) websites and social media.



Details of Track Content

Leadership and Workforce Excellence: This track will offer insight as it relates to personal leadership development and provide best practices and strategies for recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce. Suggested leadership topics could include leading through change and disruption, leadership development, building the agile organization, leading the lean facility, building a winning culture, creating a culture of empowerment, risk assessment and business continuity, crisis management and lessons learned, developing a value-based company, time management, teamwork or personal advocacy. Suggested workforce excellence topics could include recruiting and retention, training within the industry, hiring veterans, project management and time studies, teamwork, knowledge management/onboarding/offboarding, using robotics and automation to address the skills gap performance management, managing a multigenerational workforce, employee engagement, developing a pipeline or youth apprenticeship models.

Operational Excellence: This track will focus on improving plant floor operations to increase efficiency, productivity and profit. Topics can include how to begin a lean manufacturing/ continuous improvement initiative, lean training, six sigma, process improvement, robotics, automation, Kaizen events, safety, value-stream mapping or quality management systems.

Technology, Innovation and Strategic Growth: This track is designed to share best practices related to new technologies and innovations, market expansion, distribution and new product development. Suggested topics include business expansion support, how the Internet of things (IoT) can help your business, factory automation, the impact of new manufacturing technology/innovations on business growth, using data analytics to grow your business, new product development or diversification, supply chain strategy, how to become a government contractor, global market expansion, or using social media and other digital strategies to market your company and grow your business.


Benefits of Speaking

Your presentation provides an excellent marketing and business development opportunity by highlighting your company’s leadership, best practices and successes. At the North Carolina Manufacturing conference, MFGCON, there are opportunities to network with industry peers and meet potential customers and vendors.


SUBMIT NOW – click on the track title to access the submission form

Important Dates

  • Call for Speakers Open: Now Open
  • Call for Speakers Closed: January 20, 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: Ongoing and no later than February 3, 2023 (We accept speakers on a rolling basis so recommend you apply as soon as applications open).
  • Final Presentation Due: April 12, 2023


Click on the track title to access the submission form: