Illinois BIS and TMA have partnered to bring this important program to grow and sustain the future leaders in manufacturing in Illinois


Who Will Lead the Future in your Business?

This program is designed for high-performing managers who are being groomed for leadership positions. The sponsoring company must identify an internal mentor and a strategic project for the participant to complete during the 6-month program while practicing new skills.

The Illinois BIS/TMA Executive Leadership Program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the next-generation of leaders in a manufacturing organization.

Participants will learn to maximize team productivity, drive breakthrough innovation, and secure a competitive edge for your company. Through hands-on exercises and dynamic discussions, they will learn key concepts and leadership best practices to help to master complex challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities. They will learn to build on their strengths, encourage introspection and self-discovery and apply what they learn immediately back at work.

Sessions will tie leadership development to real on-the-job projects that have a true business impact. This leadership development program requires participants to apply their learnings directly in their organizations to address high-priority needs, i.e. accelerating a new product launch, negotiating an external collaboration, developing a new digital-marketing strategy or turning around a sales region.

Each participant will be required to have a sponsoring company mentor to oversee, coach and guide the participant throughout the 6-month program and participants must come prepared with a project that will provide support to apply the new learning. Participants will be exposed to key concepts in all major business functions of a manufacturing company. Given the pace of change today, adapting systems, processes and culture that can support continuous improvement and transformational culture is critically important for the future growth and success of manufacturing organizations.


  1. Register for program
  2. Identify mentor within sponsoring company
  3. Meet with Illinois BIS Consultant
  4. Decide on a strategic project
  5. Participate in classroom training
  6. Capstone Project Presentations

Starts February 23, 2018       8:00 am - 4:30 pm       $9,500 ($6,650 with grant)*

*Grant funding may be available to reduce cost for eligible companies.

Contact us at 630-505-0500 x 225 for information.


13, 8-hour Sessions – 104 total Hours

Wednesday, February 23
The Role of the Leader in a High-Performance Organization – Respectful Communication Skills to Engage People

Wednesday, February 28
Wednesday, March 14
Driving Customer-Focused Innovation

Wednesday, April 4
Strategy – Adapting to the Realities of Constant Change

Wednesday, April 18
Wednesday, April 25
Finance for the Non-Financial Leader

Wednesday, May 2
Wednesday, May 9
Supply-Chain Management and Collaboration

Wednesday, May 16
Management System Accountability

May (TBD) 8 Hrs (1 day)
Digital Marketing

Wednesday, June 6
Wednesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 20
Lean Operations

Wednesday, June 27
Capstone Project Presentations