Upcoming Gears & Gadgets Events

Panel Discussion on Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Women in Manufacturing

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Arbor Lakes Room
Monday May 7, 2018

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Registration/Networking
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Program – Panel Discussion
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception – Hot appetizers & cash bar

With manufacturers facing a severe shortage of qualified workers, it’s time to invest in the largest untapped talent pool – WOMEN. Women constitute about 47% of the US labor force but only a third of the manufacturing workforce. Research shows that gender diversity benefits a manufacturing company through enhanced ability to innovate, greater return on investments, and increased profitability.

Please join us at this Gears & Gadgets where our panel of female manufacturing Executives discuss the role of women in manufacturing and offer creative solutions based on their personal experiences.

  • What is being done to attract young girls to a career in manufacturing?.
  • How can manufacturing companies attract, retain and promote females?
  • What are potential career paths for women in manufacturing?
  • What type of skills do women bring to manufacturing that can be a competitive advantage for your company?
  • Where do women in a male dominated company find support or a mentor?


  1. Anja White, MBA. General Manager of Sparton Corporation
  2. Linda Besse, SPHR, MBA. Human Resources Manager of Bayer Interior Woods, Inc
  3. Diane Bartels, Division Operations Manager, Parker Hannifin
  4. Lori Tapani; Co-Owner of Wyoming Machine

Moderator: Marni Hockenberg, Founder of Gears & Gadgets and Principal of Hockenberg Search

You don’t want to miss out on this dynamic panel!

To qualify for attendance at Gears & Gadgets, one must be a manufacturing business owner or currently employed manufacturing Executive. This focused approach will enable Gears & Gadgets attendees to engage in conversations that directly pertain to industry issues within their respective manufacturing companies.

Registration ends Friday, May 4, 2018



Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors for making this Gears & Gadgets possible!



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Contact Jeff Campbell, Vice President, Email: jeff@fidelitybank.com
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More than 5,600 professionals at Lockton provide more than 48,000 clients around the world risk management, insurance and employee benefit consulting services. For over 40 years we’ve been able to tailor our services to meet the specific needs of clients within the manufacturing industry. Although Lockton is the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage firm, clients most frequently describe us as team members who make their business better.

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Contact:Ole Hovde, Client Advocate Email: ohovde@lockton.com
Phone: 763-512-8607 Address: 5500 Wayzata Blvd #510, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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DS+B provides a connected, proactive and accessible team to streamline your outsourced accounting, tax and business advisory needs – so you can spend more time focused on growing your business. With 60+ years actively involved in the Minneapolis / St. Paul business community, DS+B CPAs and specialists work with small to midsized manufacturing firms, their management teams and shareholders across Minnesota.

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Contact: Clint Seehusen, Principal, Email: CSeehusen@dsb-cpa.com
Phone: 612.630.5084 Address: 222 South Ninth Street, Suite 3000, Minneapolis, MN 55402


SUCCESS Computer Consulting is a managed services provider based out of Golden Valley that provides managed network support, advanced network engineering, outsourced helpdesk and database and reporting services; all designed to help you achieve business success.

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Contact: Scott Wiyninger, Account Executive Email: ScottW@sccnet.com
Phone: 763-593-3000 Address: 6130 Golden Hills Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55416


Published by Tiger Oak Media and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota Business magazine covers small and midsize companies throughout the state, revealing the successes, challenges and lessons to be drawn from their experiences. This fall, Minnesota Business will be hosting its Manufacturing Awards, recognizing the hard work and success of the Minnesota manufacturing industry. Our magazine maintains a steady focus on industries that make up the state’s economy, providing a fascinating mix of companies and personalities in every issue. Readers turn to our magazine for not only useful information, but also inspiration as they pursue success.

Website: http://minnesotabusiness.com
Contact: Matt Kuusilek, Publisher Email: matt.kusilek@tigeroak.com
Phone:612-730-5940 Address: 900 South Third Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415






CorTalent is a provider of recruitment and retention services in the Minneapolis area. We serve clients across a broad range of industries with talent management and project staffing including but not limited to: Manufacturing/engineering, distribution, service, sales, and technology recruiting. As your company grows or changes, we help develop a People Plan to achieve desired results.

Website: http://cor3talent.com/
Contact: Mary Nutting, Owner Email info@cortalent.com
Phone (952) 388-6120 Address: 7801 E Bush Lake Road Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55439




Balius Marketing & Web Design serves sophisticated business-to-business companies primarily in the manufacturing area, helping to project their story, in one clear voice. We offer decades of industry experience and absolute dedication to service, product, and results. Companies count on us for straight talk, down-to-earth work ethic, and a full range of marketing services—from websites, management, creative and production of all brand assets.

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Contact: Adam Johnston. Principal, Email ajohnston@baliusmarketing.com
Phone 952.346.9258, Address: 7900 International Drive – Suite 300, Bloomington, MN 55425

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Hockenberg Search is an Executive Outplacement and Executive Career Transition Coaching company. We specialize in delivering comprehensive, HIGHLY INDIVIDUALIZED Executive job search services that help our clients land the RIGHT JOB, FASTER. As ‘recovering recruiters’, we have an insider’s understanding of how Executive HIRING DECISIONS are really made. That knowledge – along with our track record for SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENTS of hundreds of Executives and deep NETWORK CONNECTIONS – make us uniquely qualified to lobby on behalf of manufacturing Executive job seekers. In 2012, Marni Hockenberg founded the Minnesota Manufacturing Executives and Gears & Gadgets to create synergies within the Minnesota manufacturing community. She also co-founded the MN Women Leading Manufacturing Collaborative as a networking and support forum for women Executives who work in the manufacturing industry. Hockenberg Search is passionate about the sustained growth of our manufacturing industry.

About Minnesota Manufacturing Executive & Gears & Gadgets




Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event for Minnesota Manufacturing Executives to discuss industry trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking reception with hot appetizers and cash bar. Manufacturing business owners and executives are eligible to attend.

This program is ‘by invitation only’. To receive invitations, contact the founder, Marni Hockenberg at marni@hockenbergsearch.com or 952-500-9542.