Business conference for executives & leaders
Dorpat Conference Centre, Turu 2, Tartu
Smart Manufacturing Meetup started in 2017 and has grown in volume and quality. We focus on delivering value to business executives. Inspiration, exchange of experience and business contacts are the core of Smart Manufacturing Meetup.
 
This year’s event will focus on leadership & strategy – fundamental part of every successful enterprise.
Company strategies concern how to grow the business, satisfy customers, outcompete rivals, respond to changing market conditions, manage each functional piece of the business and develop needed organisational capabilities. Strategy making is a fundamentally market-driven and customer-driven entrepreneurial activity.
To have a successful company all you need is a good strategy, right?
 
There is a famous quote by Peter Drucker “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. And this leads us to the next fundamental part of a successful organisation – leadership. 
Most organisations have the intellectual horsepower, knowledge and experience required to excel. It’s the ability to integrate these elements that is the missing link. Powerful teamwork can only take place in a culture where people willingly tune their individual agenda to common goals. Creating such an environment is a call for leadership. 
 
Smart Manufacturing Meetup participants have valued educational talks from business leaders all over the world and new business contacts during networking. 
 
This year we have partnered with JCI World Congress that will host around 5000 participants from all over the world. SMM is an official part of JCI World Congress and is expecting around 160 executives and business leaders.

Speakers

Paola Bonomo
Angel investor, advisor, and non-executive director (ITA)
Paola Bonomo
Angel investor, advisor, and non-executive director (ITA)
    Skills:
  • - Leadership
  • - Strategic positioning
  • - Angel investing
  • - Digital transformation
  • - Alliances and acquisitions
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Leadership
  • - Strategic positioning
  • - Angel investing
  • - Digital transformation
  • - Alliances and acquisitions

Paola Bonomo started her career at McKinsey & Company, where she was an advisor to top management teams at leading international companies on strategic positioning, growth, new markets, alliances and acquisitions. She then worked in leadership roles in the digital domain such as Senior Director, European Operations at eBay International; Head of Online Services, Commercial Operations at Vodafone Italia; and Regional Director, Southern Europe at Facebook.

Since 2009 she has invested in technology startups with Italian Angels for Growth, where she focuses on investments in the digital space. In 2015 and 2016, Paola was recognized as one of the Inspiring Fifty, the fifty most inspiring women in European Technology. in 2017, she was recognized with the Business Angel of the year award in Italy and the Golden Aurora award for the best woman business angel in Europe. In 2018, she was a cofounder of Angels4Women.

Paola serves on the Boards of Directors at Telecom Italia S.p.A, AXA Assicuraxaioni S.p.A, Piquadro S.p.A, and other public and private companies. She is also the president of Stanford Club Italia, the local Stanford University alumni chapter.

Paola holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Topic: China as an Innovation Economy: lessons for Europe and Beyond

The study of China’s technological evolution in recent years holds lessons for Western economic systems. Yet, many aspects of the Chinese system are problematic when considered from the point of view of liberal democracies. What are the “Chinese Lessons” we should learn? Paola Bonomo, angel investor, interviews Francesco Grillo, consultant and academic, who has studied China with an open mind over the last several years.

Jay Johnson
JCI Vice-President, CEO at Coeus Creative Group (USA)
Jay Johnson
JCI Vice-President, CEO at Coeus Creative Group (USA)
    Skills:
  • - Behavioral intelligence
  • - Body language
  • - Successful negotiations
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Behavioral intelligence
  • - Body language
  • - Successful negotiations

Jay Johnson is an internationally renowned speaker specializing in behavior and organizational development. Jay has given keynotes and workshops in 19 countries across 4 continents, empowering audiences with a unique perspective of behavioral intelligence.

Jay has delivered a TEDx talk with more than 380K views demonstrating a new approach to dealing with difficult people. His delivery style is engaging and fun, all while giving audiences immediately usable skills to build stronger relationships, enhance influence, and lead effectively.

Jay works with Fortune 100 companies and national organizations such as Ford Motor Company, United Way, Consumers Energy, Keller Williams, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Crain Communication, Junior Chamber International, UM Health Systems, the Detroit Chamber, and AmeriCorps. Jay’s style makes him a crowd favorite and a remarkably motivating speaker.

Jay holds a Master’s Degree in communication, is a designated Master Trainer from the ATD, and was twice honored with the Excellence in Training Award by the APCC. He has served in government as well as an International Vice President for a global NGO. Jay was named “Top Trainer” in 2017 by ATD Detroit. His passion for speaking comes through in every engagement and he is sure to inspire and empower your organization or group.

Topic: Influence and Persuasion

Building Influence as Emerging Leaders – The application of skills and abilities to accurately explain existing behavior, predict future behavior, influence other people’s behavior, and control one’s own behavior.

Francesco Grillo
Economist (Oxford), Managing Director of Vision & Value (ITA)
Francesco Grillo
Economist (Oxford), Managing Director of Vision & Value (ITA)
    Skills:
  • - Strategic growth
  • - Innovation
  • - Political economy
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Strategic growth
  • - Innovation
  • - Political economy

Francesco Grillo has been Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Academic Visitor at St. Antony’s College (University of Oxford), as well as Advisor to the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. Currently, he is Associate at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and teaches and at the University of International Business Economics in Beijing. Managing Director of Vision and Value, the management consulting firm, advising strategies to major institutions (including the European Commission and Italian Ministry of Economy) and multinationals. He is also columnist for Corriere della Sera, Linkiesta, and The Guardian, and a regular guest on La7, SkyTG24 and RaiNews24.

Topic: China as an Innovation Economy: lessons for Europe and Beyond

The study of China’s technological evolution in recent years holds lessons for Western economic systems. Yet, many aspects of the Chinese system are problematic when considered from the point of view of liberal democracies. What are the “Chinese Lessons” we should learn? Paola Bonomo, angel investor, interviews Francesco Grillo, consultant and academic, who has studied China with an open mind over the last several years.

Yasmine Khater
Sales Story Method (SGP)
Yasmine Khater
Sales Story Method (SGP)
    Skills:
  • - Sales strategy
  • - Storytelling
  • - Leadership
  • - Scaling and growing
  • - Psychology
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Sales strategy
  • - Storytelling
  • - Leadership
  • - Scaling and growing
  • - Psychology

Yasmine Khater is the sales strategist and serial entrepreneur that helps business leaders understand psychology in order to craft better stories that help influence decisions.

She runs Sales Sales Story Method and works with leaders through her signature training program Sales Story Labs where they dive deeper and improve how they sell their story without feeling being sleazy, pushy or pretend to be someone else. Some of her clients include Salesforce, P&G, DBS, Credit Suisse and more.

Yasmine hosts the show the SalesStoryPodcast where she interviews CEOs from across Asia on how they use storytelling to scale and grow their business.

She has just come back from an expedition to the Arctic and passionate about climate change, she is producing an inspirational documentary of tech entrepreneurs who are building scaling solutions that will impact Asia.

Find her at SalesStoryMethod.com, Do connect with her on linkedin or on Instagram and facebook

 

Topic: How to use storytelling to scale your business

We are now living in the biggest decline of trust in the history of our world. In order for us to scale our business, our economies and the world. Today we live in a world where business has no borders and there is a massive opportunity to be leveraged.

The ones who are leveraging this opportunity is learning to accelerate trustworthiness and share stories in order to communicate your vision, unify teams and attract clients.

Emiel van Est
Lean Leadership (NED)
Emiel van Est
Lean Leadership (NED)
    Skills:
  • - Hoshin Kanri - Connecting the strategy from top floor to shop floor and visa versa.
  • - Oobeya - Efficient and effective coordination of strategy and operation execution.
  • - Continous improvement culture
  • - Process improvement
  • - Quality management
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Hoshin Kanri - Connecting the strategy from top floor to shop floor and visa versa.
  • - Oobeya - Efficient and effective coordination of strategy and operation execution.
  • - Continous improvement culture
  • - Process improvement
  • - Quality management

How to make continuous improvement truly continuous has been the leading question for Emiel van Est for the past 20 years. He started improving and designing processes for Hewlett Packard in 1997 and has since then helped a diverse group of clients in many different industries with their Lean efforts. He has also introduced Lean to many people by engaging them in simulations like the one that he co-developed with Scania. Since 2010 Emiel has concentrated his learning, teaching and practice on the deployment of Toyota Kata, the improvement routines that Mike Rother identified to be at the core of Toyota’s continuous improvement efforts. In 2013 Emiel designed a Strategy Deployment method based on Toyota Kata which is at the core of his current work.

Topic: Is Your Culture Ready for Your Strategy?

If you want to change culture, if you want to change organisational DNA you need to study culture, you need to study organisational DNA. Using tools to solve operational and process problems does not make any sense if you want to change organisational DNA and culture. The energy for continuous improvement lies not in tools and rules, it does not lay in operations and processes. The energy for continuous improvement comes from people. So what do you need to focus on? On people. What do you need to study? People.

Johanna Pystynen
Vincit, HR Director (FIN)
Johanna Pystynen
Vincit, HR Director (FIN)
    Skills:
  • - Leadership as a Service
  • - HR management
  • - Culture development
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Leadership as a Service
  • - HR management
  • - Culture development

Johanna Pystynen, who was included on the Workforce Game Changers list in 2015, has been a key figure in building Vincit’s successful corporate culture where self-direction, significance of work, and employee involvement are of crucial importance. At the moment, Johanna is working on making Vincit better than ever in the midst of merger activities, and exploring leadership from a whole new perspective – as a customized service.

IT Company Vincit’s HR director Johanna Pystynen joined the crew in 2012. She was given the task of creating a human resource management model that meets the needs of a modern specialist organization in the best possible way.

To date, Vincit has journeyed through bold experiments into becoming a software development and ICT service house with 500 employees and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Vincit has won a number of HR awards, including the Best Staff Act award. Moreover, Vincit is a three-time winner of the Best Workplace in Finland Award (2014-2016) and awarded with Best Workplace in Europe in 2016.

Topic: Leadership as a Service

Modern leadership is undergoing a climate change. The worn-down top-down leadership models are failing to produce desired results and becoming outdated. To improve your organization’s productivity and competitiveness, you need to start focusing on the individual needs of your employees.The main objective of servant leadership is the same throughout all organizations: removing obstacles that stand in the way of employees reaching their full potential. A productive way to do this is to match supply with demand in your HR work and to support self-organization, resulting in engaged, motivated employees. Enabling leadership models are beneficial for both your employer image and your organization’s performance. After all, customer experience is founded on employee experience.

Heiti Mering
Tieto Estonia - Business Development Manager (EST)
Heiti Mering
Tieto Estonia - Business Development Manager (EST)
    Skills:
  • - Visionary of business models
  • - Strategy
  • - Quality
  • - Logistics
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Visionary of business models
  • - Strategy
  • - Quality
  • - Logistics

Heiti has been in IT business for the last 20 years, of which about 8 in customer and 12 on the service provider side. He has led projects, software development team, tracked quality and managed clients. Working with both large and small companies in industry and logistics, and has seen different strategies for business success. Heiti describes himself as visionary of new technologies and business models, and believes in the technology opportunities that few today have the potential to succeed.

Heiti has collaborated with universities and for the past five years, among other things, been a mentor for start-ups in the Creative Incubator. Young start-ups are a good example of their approach and enthusiasm, which old and experienced companies can use to bring about change to stay competitive.

Topic: Lean Startup Philosophy

Lean Startup strategy is pretty simple and logical. It must start with minimum viable product (MVP), test it’s usability and value, learn from it and refine with the team into a finished product, service or process.  Doing this allows the business to learn what business needs, to test success factors and to focus its development efforts accordingly.

Entrepreneurship can be also internal and the Lean Startup strategy requires from the team to think about three main obstacles – Incomplete Business Plan; Untested Market Demand and Inadequate Funding. If you can define solutions for these obstacles internally, you must probably will have successful strategy for digitalisation or change management process.

 

Peeter Unt
Moderator (EST)
Peeter Unt
Moderator (EST)

Peeter Unt has been promoting cross-border cooperation with the help of EU funds for nearly 20 years. Primarily with Estonia’s closest neighbours – Latvia and Russia. Both, on the receiving and funding end. Peeter has recently also contributed to development aid projects in Georgia and Moldova.

As a recycling enthusiast, Peeter is also running a crap furniture upcycling company Funkpunk.

Hanna Jõgi
HR strategist and consultant (EST)
Hanna Jõgi
HR strategist and consultant (EST)
    Skills:
  • - Strategic HR management
  • - Coaching and management skills training
  • - Talent recruiting and selection
  • - Organizational surveys
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Strategic HR management
  • - Coaching and management skills training
  • - Talent recruiting and selection
  • - Organizational surveys

Hanna Jõgi is the founder, HR strategist and consultant at PersonaliDisain that help SME’s in Estonia to find, develop and attain the potential of their employees. She has been in the consulting field since 2006 and has gained experience in various fields until settling down in the HR domain.

She says that her mission is to grow herself day by day, by helping companies and individuals reach their true potential. For that she consults leaders and also does group, team and individual coaching and training.

She has also created HR auditing tool designed for production industry companies, so that they could quickly and easily evaluate their own HR systems’ health.

Find her at PersonaliDisain.ee or on facebook.com/personalidisain. Do connect with her on LinkedIn.

Topic: The Perfect Boss?

Surveys show that the quality of leadership in Estonian production industry is nothing to be highly proud of. I see that there are two main reasons for that. One of them is to do with the practice of how people become managers or leaders. The other is rooted within their mindset. We will be discussing the symptoms, causes and first aid solutions to become not perfect but at least a better boss.

Sofía Vega Anza
Strategic designer (MEX)
Sofía Vega Anza
Strategic designer (MEX)
    Skills:
  • - Strategic designer
  • - Design thinking
    Tegevusvaldkonnad:
  • - Strategic designer
  • - Design thinking

Sofía Vega Anza is a strategic designer in the renowned Estonian design agency Velvet. A versatile researcher and designer, Sofía has found herself leading workshops in the Mexican jungle, conducting interviews in Tallinn, testing sauna products in the Swedish market, and even creating product concepts for the Swiss Space Center. She has been involved in projects ranging from the redesign of public services in Tallinn to the creation of new hotel concepts. She believes that design is key for organizations to navigate complexity and bring beauty into the world.

Topic: The business of design, strategies and approaches for a complex future

Design has usually been considered a creative activity whose main role is to provide beauty but increasingly, the work of designers has evolved to target wicked problems that affect areas previously not considered part of the design field. How can design help organizations adapt, transform and face new challenges? How can organizations put their design resources to better use? To answer these questions, Sofía presents a series of strategies used in the design agency Velvet that show the practical use of design in organizations looking for change.

"This conference provided a bird eye view on the Smart Manufacturing in Estonia and Nordic, as well created an exciting opportunity to meet with the huge amount of leaders and innovators from different sectors of manufacturing."
- Aleksandr Miina (Lean, CEO)
"Smart Manufacturing Meetup is best event to meet people with vision, experience and inner-drive to reshape the industry."
- Mihkel Tedremaa (Ericsson, Head of Product Technology)
"Smart Manufacturing Meetup conference is excellent. Practical and interesting case studies from inspiring speakers. Looking forward to next SMM conference."
- Karin Rex (Conectra, Sales Manager)
"The perfect place to meet with other business leaders, listen their stories and to learn from other's experiences. The positive vibe of Tartu gives extra value to the event."
- Eveli Opmann (Estiko-Plastar, CEO)
"Speakers were very good and topics covered were spot on. Conference covered a lot of sectors and potential business contacts add a tremendous value to SMM."
- Silver Rõõmussaar (UPM Kymmene, Member of the Board)

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