Event Recaps & Archive

Recaps and Archives of MAPP Events

Whether you missed a recent event, attended an event, want to get a refresh, or just learn more about what happens at different MAPP events, the links below will help you access some of the information shared at various past events.

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MAPP Annual Meeting 2020

December 10, 2020

Over 150 MAPP member companies joined the MAPP team for an update on the industry, suggestions on pressing challenges, insights into the experiences of plastics industry leaders, networking with fellow MAPP members, and MAPP updates to look at for 2021.

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Accelerate Your Success: How to be Irreplaceable

December 9, 2020

In this virtual session, workplace expert Mary Abbajay will share practical strategies, tips, and techniques to become indispensable to your boss, your colleagues, and your organization. This session helped attendees understand what managers really want (and need) from their staff, decode what it takes to be irreplaceable, craft strategies to excel in and at their jobs, learn how to build essential workplace relationships, and take ownership of their career success.

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Optimizing Your Personal and Company LinkedIn Pages

September 1, 2020

During this workshop, participants received actionable steps to optimize LinkedIn to support their brand and generate leads. Shelly Otenbaker of Waypoint Marketing walked through how to improve your profile and best practices in building strategic connections and engaging your network. Additionally, she shared insight and tips on how to make your company’s profile work for you. Finally, Waypoint provided an overview of LinkedIn Sales Navigator to help determine if it is a tool you can benefit from.

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Courageous Conversations: Confrontation Without Conflict

July 23, 2020

During this webinar, Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow shared what prevents us from having courageous conversations. In addition, attendees developed their ability to effectively use verbal and non-verbal communication to conduct participative cross-generational conversations. This webinar helped young professionals learn how to handle conflict like a pro, approach difficult conversations with confidence, and boost their skills to generate change!

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2020 Sales Process Forum (virtual)

July 15-16, 2020

For the second year, MAPP hosted its Sales Process Forum. This is an annual event that is designed to help sales and marketing professionals expand their knowledge base, perfect their strategy, and grow their professional network. The purpose of the event is to provide real-life, practical tips and strategies for sales and marketing professionals. Each session focuses not only on high-level strategy but on the real “HOW” of making that strategy a reality.

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The New Normal: Best Practices for Minimizing Employment and Financial Risk in COVID-19 Era

June 16, 2020

As the country pivots to reopening, questions abound on how employers can safely maintain operations while dealing with a cautious workforce and an uncertain economy. Join Benesch as they discuss the legal and practical employment and safety hurdles employers will now face, such as best practices for leveraging your financial position with at-risk customers, and protecting your confidential information with an increased remote workforce.

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10 Legal Mistakes Most Businesses Make

April 28, 2020

Ice Miller provides a "cheat sheet" of legal missteps to avoid and proactive steps businesses can take to remove legal matters from these complexities.  The focus of this discussion will be on practical, "heads-up" pointers that can allow businesses to better control their legal issues (and long-term legal spend).

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Preparing your Business for the New Normal

April 28, 2020

During this webinar, Harbour Results shares the results of its first COVID-19 Survey (conducted in April). With over 300 responses, the data provides a snapshot of where the industry is currently. They also share what companies should focus on now and in the future as manufacturing starts to ramp back up and a “new normal” begins.

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MAPP Virtual Learning Summit

April 1-2, 2020

Attendees participated from wherever they were, live streaming educational talks from industry experts. From technical opportunities in automation and 3D printing, to understanding impacts to your supply chain - participants will gain knowledge and ideas to help their company. 

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Sales and Marketing Peer Networking

April 7, 2020

On April 7, 2020, over 40 Sales and Marketing Professionals within the MAPP network came together to discuss their tactics and challenges regarding the recent changes in the industry. Topics included communicating with customers and prospects, essential business status, sales forecasting, and more.

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Washington D.C. and COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2020

The Franklin Partnership will guide members through a webinar on COVID-19 and how federal, state, and local governments are responding to the pandemic. You will receive the latest information from Washington, D.C. and help your business identify federal resources available and other emergency steps taken by federal and state governments. 

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Tax Implications as a Result of COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Congress passed the CARES Act aimed at providing relief for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the U.S. Treasury, the IRS, and other government agencies have recently announced relief in the form of time extensions to file income tax returns or pay 2019 income tax liabilities, provide capital to impacted businesses and more. Mueller Prost will provide the most up-to-date information impacting tax filings and other relief that may be available.

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Ice Miller Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 31, 2020

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 6201, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The law will take effect on April 1, 2020, and the Department of Labor will begin enforcement on April 18, 2020. During this webinar, Ice Miller’s Catherine Strauss will explain the Act, steps employers should take to prepare, and how to take advantage of the available tax credits.

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Managing Your Business During a Crisis Webinar

March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the manufacturing industry and created significant instability in our economy. Manufacturers need to take steps today to help stabilize their business and manage cash flow. During this webinar, the experts at Harbour Results will be share both short- and long-term actions leaders need to take both operationally and financially to survive this crisis.

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Presidents/Owners Peer Networking

March 24, 2020

On March 24, 2020, over 60 Presidents, CEO's and Owners within the MAPP network came together to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics included SBA loans, screening employees for the virus, sending employees home, and more.

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Human Resources Peer Networking

March 24, 2020

On March 24, 2020, over 50 HR professionals within the MAPP network came together to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics included FFA, screening employees for the virus, sending employees home, and more.

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California Plastics Manufacturers Roundtable - COVID-19 and Shelter in Place Order

March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, in light of the Governor of California announcing a Shelter in Place Order, MAPP hosted its first series of regional COVID Crisis Response Virtual Roundtables. During this call, over 50 manufacturers from the state of California joined the call to learn from one another and look for new ideas and best practices in dealing with the new rules in their state.

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COVID-19 Updates Webinar

March 19, 2020

As the impact of COVID-19 increases across the country, employers have to make unprecedented and quick (if not immediate) decisions about what they should do or what they have to do.  Join the MAPP staff and Legal team at Benesch on this webinar to discuss current guidance surrounding employee leave and pay (including any federal legislation).  We will also discuss how to support business operations consistent with L&E obligations -- from what you can ask employees, how you should change your business practices, and what to consider if employee layoffs/furloughs are necessary.

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Innovative Plastics YP Tour

February 13, 2020

MAPP's Young Professionals attended a Plant Tour hosted by MAPP Member Innovative Plastics in Madison, Alabama. Attendees saw best practices used by the host company and problem-solved after some innovation and change management activities, all while networking with their peers.

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2020 State of the Industry Webinar

February 5, 2020

MAPP Members attended a webinar detailing the 2020 State of the Industry Report hosted by MAPP Executive Director Troy Nix. Attendees learned valuable insights into the last quarter of 2019 and projections for 2020.

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 January 2020 Peer Networking

January 16, 2020

MAPP members engaged in three exclusive peer networking calls. Each call focused on a different functional area and the challenges being addressed. Those areas include engineering, human resources and senior leadership. 

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Year-End Tax Planning Webinar

December 18, 2019

MAPP Members attended a tax-focused webinar hosted by Mueller Prost. Attendees learned about capital expenditures, bonus depreciation, flow-through deductions, and interest expense limitation.

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YP Live: Journeys Through Leadership Webinar

November 14, 2019

MAPP Young Professionals attended this webinar where Industry Leaders shared their stories and experiences related to their leadership, management and company cultures. 


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Privacy and Data Security - A View from the Trenches
Why Every Organization Should Care

November 13, 2019 

MAPP Members attended a data and privacy-focused webinar hosted by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. Attendees learned about the data security and privacy landscape within the US and abroad.

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Unclassified Information in Nonfederal IT Systems - Or What You Don't Know Can Cost You

October 17, 2019

MAPP Members attended an IT-focused webinar hosted by Mueller Prost. Attendees learned about controlled unclassified information, determining compliance, and the risks of non-compliance.

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Industry 4.0 From a Plastics Point of View

October 8, 2019

Dozen of Plastics Professionals attended a webinar hosted by RJG. Attendees learned the importance of Industry 4.0 moving forward, different Industry 4.0 technologies, and methods to start implementing these technologies.

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2019 Young Professionals Pre-Conference Session

October 2, 2019

This professional development program was for industry young professionals looking to grow their leadership skills, industry knowledge and peer network. The event included a leadership workshop with Kirk Weisler, three YP LIVE sessions from company presidents and owners, and roundtables and peer networking during a YP reception. 

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2019 Sales Process Forum

June 21, 2019

A MAPP-member exclusive, this symposium focused specifically on how to best manage critical components to business development.