Apr 20–18, 2021

Tuesdays ◦ Virtual

Spark Sched­ule

We are excit­ed to share the 2021 Spark 1.0 vir­tu­al pro­gram dates, tim­ing, focus, learn­ing objec­tives, and con­tent for each week­ly session. 

The Spark 1.0 4‑hour week­ly ses­sions will begin April 20, 2021 and con­clude May 18, 2021. Each ses­sion will include pre­sen­ta­tions from the same indus­try experts found at the in-per­son pro­gram. Par­tic­i­pants will learn about their own strengths and con­nect with exter­nal con­sul­tants to ana­lyze assess­ment results, iden­ti­fy gaps, and cre­ate per­son­al devel­op­ment strate­gies that align with their career goals.

Par­tic­i­pants will have oppor­tu­ni­ties, both struc­tured and unstruc­tured, through­out the pro­gram to net­work with peers, indus­try experts, and lead­er­ship from all chan­nels of the industry. 

The Spark 1.0 pro­gram will be deliv­ered via Zoom.

April 20, 20219 am – 1 pm, CST

Elec­tron­ic Com­po­nents Industry

Par­tic­i­pants increase their under­stand­ing and clar­i­ty of the elec­tron­ic com­po­nent indus­try’s his­to­ry, sales chan­nels, cur­rent trends, emerg­ing mar­kets, and challenges

9:00 – 10:00 am

Wel­come & Introductions 

Jen­nifer Smith

  • Wel­come to Spark 1.0
  • Spark Pro­gram Vision
  • What to Expect as a vir­tu­al Spark Attendee
  • Cohort Intro­duc­tions

10:00 – 11:00 am

Pre­sen­ta­tion: The Elec­tron­ic Com­po­nent Industry

Walt Tobin, Dave Norris

Pre­sen­ters will share knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence on the roles and core com­pe­ten­cies of each of the indus­try’s three chan­nels (Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Dis­trib­u­tors, and Man­u­fac­tur­ers Rep­re­sen­ta­tives) and how they work togeth­er to sup­port the customer.

9:11:00 – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Emerg­ing Markets

Dale Ford

Review of new and up and com­ing mar­kets enter­ing the elec­tron­ic com­po­nents industry.

12:15 – 1:00 pm

Group Dis­cus­sion: Debrief

Jen­nifer Smith

Inter­ac­tive group dis­cus­sion to iden­ti­fy key take-aways and relevance.

April 27, 2021, 9 am – 1 pm, CST

Net­work­ing, Lever­ag­ing Per­son­al Brand Awareness

Per­son­al brand aware­ness is height­ened as par­tic­i­pants real­ize the pow­er of per­cep­tion and the val­ue of brand recog­ni­tion car­ri­ers in man­ag­ing social media plat­forms and increas­ing net­work­ing opportunities

9:0011:00 am

Work­shop: Build Your Brand

Jen­nifer Smith

  • What is brand recognition? 
  • Net­work­ing and Per­son­al Brand 
  • The ben­e­fits and risks asso­ci­at­ed with brand perception 

11:00 – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Social Media Brand

Heather Fulara

  • How per­son­al brand recog­ni­tion will impact your social media presence
  • How to lever­age the strengths of your brand on social media platforms

12:15 – 1:00 pm

Assign­ment: Assessments

Jen­nifer Smith

  • Review assess­ments that need to be com­plet­ed for ses­sion four activity
  • Strengths Find­er
  • Emo­tion­al Intelligence

May 4, 2021, 9 am – 1 pm, CST

Per­son­al Devel­op­ment, Leadership

Par­tic­i­pants rec­og­nize lead­er­ship char­ac­ter­is­tics, styles, and behav­iors impact­ing orga­ni­za­tion strat­e­gy and cul­ture. Par­tic­i­pants real­ize the ben­e­fits of com­mu­ni­cat­ing value.

9:00 – 10:00 am

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Indus­try Talent

Jack­ie Mattox

10:00 – 11:00 am

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Your Value

Gra­ham Kil­shaw (Lec­trix)

Bring prof­itabil­i­ty to com­pa­nies, impor­tance of strat­e­gy for change, busi­ness analy­sis. How to com­mu­ni­cate your value.

11:00 – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Lead­er­ship Styles

Jen­nifer Smith

Lead­er­ship styles and behav­iors and the effects on orga­ni­za­tion­al culture.

12:00 – 1:00 pm


Jen­nifer Smith

Intro­duce the Cof­fee with a Leader opportunity.

May 11, 2021, 9 am – 1 pm, CST

Per­son­al Devel­op­ment, Devel­op Your Brand

Par­tic­i­pants gain insight to their innate strengths and their abil­i­ty to rec­og­nize and man­age behav­iors. Par­tic­i­pants devel­op skills to suc­cess­ful­ly negotiate.

9:00 – 11:00 am

Work­shop: Build Your Brand

Jen­nifer Smith

Review assess­ments and per­cep­tions to begin devel­op­ing your per­son­al brand.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Spark Alum­ni Panel

Spark Alum­ni

Past Spark par­tic­i­pants share their insights into the industry.

12:30 – 1:00 pm


Jen­nifer Smith

Debrief nego­ti­a­tions session.

May 18, 2021, 9 am – 1 pm, CST

Indus­try, Future Trends

Par­tic­i­pants take part in dis­sect­ing future pre­dic­tions for indus­try growth, expan­sion, and chal­lenges. Par­tic­i­pants begin to map their career goals and plan their learn­ing path.

9:00 – 10:00 am

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Indus­try Asso­ci­a­tion Involvement

  • The role of indus­try asso­ci­a­tions. The ben­e­fits the asso­ci­a­tions offer. How to get involved.
  • Sow learn­ing and net­work­ing resources avail­able to members.

10:00 – 11:00 am

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Dig­i­tal Marketing

Renee Dill (Molex), Kevin Hess (Mouser)

  • Learn to col­lab­o­rate and iden­ti­fy indi­vid­ual strengths to effec­tive­ly cre­ate a strate­gic prod­uct mar­ket plan.
  • Apply learn­ing to cre­ate a prod­uct mar­ket­ing strat­e­gy with assigned prod­uct and present their plan to the larg­er group receiv­ing feed­back on their process, pre­sen­ta­tion, and over­all strat­e­gy plan relevance.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pre­sen­ta­tion: Elec­tron­ic Indus­try Future

Michael Knight (TTI)

The future fore­casts, pre­dic­tions and poten­tial chal­lenges of the elec­tron­ic com­po­nents industry.

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Reflec­tions from participants

Jen­nifer Smith, Heather Fulara

Each par­tic­i­pant will share their reflec­tions from the pro­gram. All par­tic­i­pants man­age­ment will be invited.

We will share an invi­ta­tion to a Zoom Meet­ing to all reg­is­tered atten­dees before the event is set to start. Con­tact spark@​edssummit.​com with any questions!

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