Schedule of Events
Wednesday, November 7
Thursday, November 8
The session will provide ITR's views of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business to business activity, tax reform, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. Attendees will also learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of their own data and the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, the audience will find out how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which key leading indicators should inform their business strategy to help them to make the right decisions at the right time.
Walk away from this session with:
- A clear vision for the economic future in 2019 and beyond
- Understanding the impact of government policy on the economy
- Inflation, Interest Rate and Profitability expectations
Jim Abbott, former MLB pitcher
People will tell you that I overcame obstacles -- maybe. But the truth is I was incredibly blessed in my life. More was given than was ever taken away.
Some of you may know that my career statistics weren't that great. There were some incredible highlights and some agonizing low lights. The truth is, I won't go to the Hall of Fame. But if a career can be measured by special moments, lessons learned and a connection with people, then I would stack mine up with anyone's. Maybe there is an obligation to share. To try and learn from the experiences life puts us through.
When you play major league baseball it is easy to become self-absorbed. Your world can become very narrow. One of the aspects of speaking is that I enjoy getting out in the real world and seeing how hard people work. I have been amazed at how much their pursuit of excellence is similar to that same pursuit on a baseball diamond.
The challenge for me as a professional speaker has been to try and formulate a common language. The word that I have come up with is ADAPT. To continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.
A - Adjustability
D - Determination
A - Accountability
P - Perseverance
T - Trust
Not only can we mold ourselves to the challenges that come our way. We can also break that word down into those 5 components and give ourselves 5 incredible strategies, and apply them any aspect of our lives.
But going through life with a few extra challenges has made me a better person, not better than anyone else but better than I would have been. I've learned that sometimes adversity can be a good thing.
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Recruiting and Retaining Entry-Level/Hourly Positions
Lisa Ritchie, Affinity HR Group
With the unemployment rate at historic lows and finding qualified employees increasingly difficult, it is now more critical than ever that you deploy the right strategies to attract entry level and hourly talent. But once you make a hire, are you doing everything to retain that talent and reduce turnover? This session will provide an overview of the current labor market, tips for creative recruiting strategies, and the critical components of how to improve overall employee engagement and retention. Attend this session to:
- Identify strategies for improving in-house recruiting efforts
- Learn tips and techniques for successfully onboarding and retaining employees
- Understand the components of employee engagement and how to improve employee satisfaction
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Test Your (Tree) Knowledge
David Jones, PhD
Think you know the difference between Southern pine and Douglas fir? Put your wood and forest products knowledge to the test by joining this interactive trivia game on the tradeshow floor. Make sure to conifer with your teammates to come out ahead in this lighthearted competition.
Hear directly from your peers as they reveal their thoughts on key trends and challenges that will the lumber industry in the next few years.
This session will discuss challenges in Brazil's export supply chain and domestic transportation and how VMLOG and Omni Transloading deal with Ocean Carrier and Truck service issues.
4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Panel: Women in the Lumber Industry
Chelsea Brown, Patrick Lumber Company; Tina Breen, Manufacturers Reserve Supply; Aly Kingsley, Wildwood Trading Group; Jennifer Coskren, RISI; Kristie McCurdy, Boise Cascade; Michelle Maller, Oregon State University
Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn and network with your female peers in the industry. This interactive panel discussion will seek to identify the most pressing issues for women in the forest products industry and explore perspectives and experience from women leaders.
The search for talent continues to challenge the industry. This session offers the opportunity to learn how Roseburg approaches recruitment through a comprehensive internship program. In a case study format, Devin will discuss the program's purpose, key components of the program, and its challenges and benefits.
5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. NAWLA 125th Anniversary Trivia
Warren Reeves, Wholesale Wood Products
This year, NAWLA is celebrating 125 years of deep roots and wide influence, but just how much do you know about this longstanding institution? Brush up on your knowledge of past chairmen, NAWLA educational offerings and see if you know which U.S. president was invited to an official NAWLA function. Join us on the tradeshow floor for a fun, interactive game AND history lesson rolled into an eventful Learning Lounge session.
Friday, November 9
Students from NAWLA partner universities will participate in an open conversation about all things lumber. This student panel discussion will allow attendees to engage with current students who are interested in a future within the forest products industry.
Misinformation abounds, but by taking time to speak with people who make a living in wood products, you’ll come to understand how sustainability and environmental stewardship are literally in everyone’s best interests. Join this discussion to learn how NAWLA members are making active choices, every day, to ensure that forest resources are maintained for current and future generations.
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Millennials in Lumber - Creating a Gen Y-Friendly Work Environment
Lisa Ritchie, Affinity HR Group
Millennials now comprise the 35% of the workforce -- the largest generation in the labor force. Despite this, many employers still struggle to create an environment that speaks to the needs and values of millennials. This session debunks many of the incorrect stereotypes about the millennial worker and presents strategies and suggestions for attracting and retaining the youngest generation of employees. Attend this session to:
- Identify the unique characteristics of the millennial employee
- Learn strategies for creating a millennial-friendly workplace
- Review policies and practices that will increase the ability to attract and retain millennials