Illinois BIS has developed 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 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 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 learning 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 an internal mentor to oversee, coach and guide the participant throughout the 6-month program and participants must come prepared with a project that will provide opportunity 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 rapid workplace transformation is critically important for the future growth and success of manufacturing organizations.


  1. Identify potential Next Generation Leader
  2. Register for program
  3. Identify internal mentor
  4. Meet with Illinois BIS Consultant to discuss mentor role
  5. Identify strategic project for Next Gen Leader to work on
  6. Participate in classroom training
  7. Present Capstone Project results

Starts September 12, 2018       8:00 am - 4:30 pm       $4,500 with grant*

*Contact us at 630-505-0500 x 225 for information about grant funding.


13, 8-hour Sessions – 104 total Hours

Wednesday, September 12
The Role of the Leader in a High-Performance Organization – Respectful Communication Skills to Engage People

Wednesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 26
Driving Customer-Focused Innovation

Wednesday, October 3
Strategy – Adapting to the Realities of Constant Change

Wednesday, October 10
Wednesday, October 17
Finance for the Non-Financial Leader

Wednesday, October 24
Wednesday, October 31
Supply-Chain Management and Collaboration

Wednesday, November 7
Conflict Resolution & Teamwork

Wenesday, November 14
Digital Marketing

Wednesday, November 21
Wednesday, November 28
Wednesday, December 5
Lean Operations

Wednesday, December 12
Capstone Project Presentations