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Innovation Panel
After a highly engaging keynote, the
first panel featured industry-crossing
speakers Naurex, GE FirstBuilt,
Fraunhofer, University of Notre
Dame, Plasmatreat, and Probat
Burns. The panelists openly discussed
their challenges in the innovation
process and possible solutions – es-
peciallywhen it comes to the pace of
transformative developments, and to
accessing a skilledworkforce. All
panelists agreed that a culture of
innovation needs a positive attitude
toward failure, an emphasis on talent
retention, andmore than anything,
an ever openmind!
Growth Strategies Panel –Or-
ganic &Non-Organic Growth
In the second panel, the moderator
discussed organic and non-organic
(M&A) growth strategies with five
top-tier speakers. Executives from
Johnson Controls, Roland Berger,
Voxeljet, Quarles & Brady, Roedl
& Partner, and Bosch Rexroth
revealed their different growth
strategies. The panel agreed that
every approach needs to respect
the different corporate culture(s)
involved, and that it is crucial to
keep a bidirectional trajectory that
embraces the new!
Midwest Oktoberfest
Keynote and panels provided the
attendees with a lot of food for
thought – to end the day right, the
GACC hosted its very ownMidwest
Oktoberfest!With Brats, Bretzn, and
German beers, everyone enjoyed a
wonderful dinner party, while the
Hirsch bandwas providing an
authentic Oktoberfest soundtrack to a
successful day of inspiration in Lake
Geneva. We would like to thank all
our sponsors and attendees for
making the inaugural innovation
forum the success that it was.
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