Spark 2.0: Nov. 9, 16, 30, and Dec. 7, 2021

Tuesdays from 9am – 1pm CST ◦ Virtual

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Spark 2.0 Schedule

Sched­ule sub­ject to change.


Week 1: Novem­ber 9, 9 AM – 1 PM, CST

Lead­er­ship and the Exter­nal Envi­ron­ment Uncertainty

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Pro­gram Welcome

Fred Bell (Molex)

  • Wel­come to Spark 2.0
  • Spark 2.0 pro­gram vision
  • Spon­sor recognition
  • Cohort intro­duc­tions

9:15 – 9:45 AM

Intro­duc­tions and Pro­gram Overview

Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Intro­duc­tion of all participants
  • Review pro­gram schedule
  • Share pro­gram con­tent files

9:45 – 10:30 AM

Lead­er­ship

Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Lead­er­ship fun­da­men­tals, includ­ing the role of the leader, char­ac­ter­is­tics and lead­er­ship styles
  • Lead­er­ship, risk and value

10:30 – 11:30 AM

The Unplanned Workplace

TBD

  • Work­force dynam­ics lead­er­ship is fac­ing as a result of the recent pandemic
  • Focus on employ­ee’s desire to con­tin­ue to work from home and the affects this has on the orga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture, moral, team work, col­lab­o­ra­tion and performance
  • What are the ram­i­fi­ca­tions to an orga­ni­za­tions cost structure?
  • How do employ­ees get the vis­i­bil­i­ty need­ed to advance their career?
  • How do new employ­ees learn the cul­ture and nav­i­gate the orga­ni­za­tion hierarchy?
  • How are sales han­dling engi­neers and oth­er crit­i­cal touch points in cus­tomers mov­ing to vir­tu­al environments

11:30 – 11:45 AM

Break

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Debrief and Discussion

Pre­sen­ters and Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Dis­cuss pre­req­ui­site mate­ri­als and presentation

Week 2: Novem­ber 16, 9 AM – 1 PM, CST

Tech­nol­o­gy and Innovation

9:00 – 10:00 AM

How Tech­nol­o­gy Fits Together

TBD

This ses­sion will give a high lev­el overview of the var­i­ous types of com­po­nents that are used in todays elec­tri­cal and elec­tron­ic sys­tems and con­trols. We will cov­er both on-board as well as off-board com­po­nents, and pro­vide con­text around how all these com­po­nents work togeth­er to build the end prod­ucts we all use in our dai­ly lives. We will also cov­er mod­ules and Sin­gle Board Com­put­ers and how they are play­ing a role in todays designs.

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Dis­rup­tive Innovation

TBD

What is a dis­rup­tive inno­va­tion? Exam­ples of low end dis­rup­tions and new mar­ket dis­rup­tions of the past and present. What are the poten­tial dis­rup­tive inno­va­tions of the future? Will they cre­ate jobs or dis­place jobs or both? Do they have val­ue to soci­ety? Blue Ocean is inno­va­tion with a process. How can you bring this process to your orga­ni­za­tion? Can you imple­ment a Blue Ocean Shift inside your com­pa­ny or depart­ment? The ses­sion will include a hands on exer­cise on innovation.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Inter­per­son­al Styles

Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

Review DiS­Cflex assess­ment results and dis­cuss DiS­Cflex fac­tor char­ac­ter­is­tics, moti­va­tion, stres­sors, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, deci­sion mak­ing, and conflict.

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Debrief and Discussion

Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Dis­cuss pre­req­ui­site mate­ri­als and presentation

Week 3: Novem­ber 30, 9 AM – 1 PM, CST

Merg­ers and Acquisitions

9:00 – 10:00 AM

The Lead­er’s Role in Merg­ers and Acquisitions

TBD

Dis­cuss meth­ods to grow busi­ness, organ­i­cal­ly and/​or through M&A. What role and chal­lenges lead­ers face in vet­ting the right merg­er or acqui­si­tion, the orga­ni­za­tions dili­gence process, and the inte­gra­tion of two cultures.

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Pan­el Discussion

TBD

TBD

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Inter­per­son­al Styles Activity

Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

Activ­i­ty to bring aware­ness to var­i­ous DiS­Cflex fac­tors and how best to com­mu­ni­cate and work together.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Debrief and Discussion

Pre­sen­ters and Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Dis­cuss pre­req­ui­site mate­ri­als and presentation

Week 4: Decem­ber 7, 9 AM – 1 PM, CST

Sup­ply Chain

9:00 – 10:00 AM

The Sup­ply Chain

TBD

  • What is a sup­ply chain
  • The crit­i­cal role of the sup­ply chain in the elec­tron­ic com­po­nent industry
  • The chal­lenges the pan­dem­ic caus­es in the sup­ply chain

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 – 11:45 AM

Meet the Leader

Var­i­ous Leaders

Oppor­tu­ni­ty for par­tic­i­pants to have time with lead­ers in the industry.

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Debrief and Discussion

Pre­sen­ters and Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Dis­cuss pre­req­ui­site mate­ri­als and presentation

12:15 – 12:45 PM

Reflec­tions

Par­tic­i­pants

Par­tic­i­pants share their expe­ri­ence in the program.

12:45 – 1:00 PM

Pro­gram Close

Jen­nifer Smith (JMS Synergy)

  • Close of course and next steps.

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