2021 Annual Meeting

Gain the knowledge you need to manage labor shortages and supply chain disruptions — and the technical skills to stay relevant — at the online 2021 IADD Annual Meeting. Informative programs and supplier spotlight demos will be presented live on Thursdays, October 28, November 4 and November 11. That’s three weeks of programming and just a few hours a day! With a mix of technical and business management information, there is something for everyone. View sessions in real time for an opportunity to share ideas with speakers and other attendees. Or view the recordings later at your personal convenience.

This is a great time to learn new skills. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Everything is completely online
  • Registration includes attendance for all live sessions and access to all program recordings, handouts and chat transcripts
  • You’ll be able to start conversations with other attendees and speakers in the live chat during the real-time sessions
  • Ask your questions during the live Q&A portion of each session or submit them during the registration process
  • Mix and match technical and business-related topics to create your personalized curriculum
  • Learn about new equipment and products during Supplier Spotlight demos


The Resilience of Manufacturing: Strengthening People Operations and Bridging the Talent Gap
Kylene Zenk, UKG
During this session, we will discuss the findings and insights from the 2021 study, The Resilience of Manufacturing: Strengthening people operations and bridging the talent gap amid crisis by The Workforce Institute at UKG. This research explores linkages between understaffing, overtime, employee burnout, absence and turnover, as well as strategies bolstered by people-centric technology and used by manufacturers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to overcome these barriers to business success.

Trends in the Corrugated Diecutting & Diemaking Industry
Rick Putch, National Steel Rule Co.
In this fast paced, comprehensive presentation, attendees will learn about some of the latest developments and practices. Large format, twin and tri box FFG production, lightweigting, barrier coatings, inside out printing, digital printing and diecutting will be covered. Diemakers, converting personnel and management are all suggested for this event.

Managing Your Freight & Logistics
Richard Montellano, RAM Supply Chain
Manufacturers are dealing with unprecedented chaos when it comes to logistics. In this session, you will learn why manufacturers oftentimes face internal struggles to meet these challenges; the current transportation markets and why it is important to understand how you fit into the marketplace; and the keys to helping manufacturers mitigate supply chain risk in their logistics networks.

Safety in the Dieshop Setting
Christopher Sanchez, Brenntag
There are many potential hazards in a dieshop. In this session, you will learn best practices to keep employees safe and safety audit tips to ensure your shop meets the most common safety standards.

Bend the Rules - Future of IADD Workshop
Moderated Breakouts
Bring your beverage of choice to this interactive workshop session. In 2022, IADD will celebrate 50 years of supporting the industry, and we want to hear from you! How can the IADD continue to provide the resources and information you need? Join this session to contribute your ideas and feedback to make the industry better. We will be breaking up into small groups to discuss current and future industry needs and identify new, innovative benefits and programs, all while meeting new people.

Why Do Smart Leaders Ignore Serious Risks in a Post-COVID World (and What to Do
About It)

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, CEO of Disaster Avoidance Expert
In this engaging and entertaining presentation, you will dramatically improve your ability to recognize hidden risks in the post-pandemic world. This presentation will offer you case studies, best practices and groundbreaking research to provide you with the most critical skills and take-aways you need to help yourself recognize and avoid such risks in the post-pandemic world and successfully convince your collaborators to do so.

Annual Business Meeting
IADD members will nominate candidates for Officer and Board positions, and IADD President Gino Gualtieri will provide a State of the IADD address. The business meeting is open to all IADD members. No registration is required.

Supplier Spotlights
Important information and updates will be shared by the following companies throughout the meeting: