Essential Skills for the Today's Young Professionals

November 06, 2018
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Orange Grove Bistro at CSUN
Orange Grove Bistro on Matador Road, Enter on Zelzah, just north of Nordhoff. Before parking, go to Information booth on Lindley and get a "GUEST" parking pass.
Northridge, CA

Professional Development Meeting

Essential Skills for Today's Jobs

A Discussion on Professionalism and Skills needed to begin or advance your career.

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS is proud to announce a new "Skills Gap 2018" Panel discussion. Our panel will field questions regarding the current career landscape and future of professionals in procurement, supply chain, production, manufacturing, and related industries. Where is your current career trajectory going to land you in five or ten years from now? Do you have the training, talents, and skills necessary to guide you through the job market or in your current company?

What should be in your skills tool bag that would make you a valuable, promotable employee; or what stands out on your resume that says "Hire ME!"?

Bring your questions for our panelists and presenter.

We have invited Systems & Operations Management students from CSUN to attend this event. Many are close to graduation. If you are interested in meeting some promising future Operations & Supply Chain professionals for either jobs or internships, this is your chance! You won't be disappointed. This opportunity is for the inexperienced and the experienced alike; you’re never too old or too young to be a better you.

Presenters and Panelists: 

Kelly Ford, Director of Operations at Esterline Engineer Materials (panelist): Senior Executive with over 15 years’ experience in general and functional management for aerospace subsystem and component manufacturers. Strengths include program management, strategy development, and implementation, change management, and fostering operational excellence through Enterprise Lean. My hands-on approach, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills have built winning teams that consistently deliver innovative customer solutions.

Phillip A. Madayag, Human Resources at Precision Castparts (panelist):  Dedicated Human Resources professional with experience in both public and private sectors and a demonstrated history of successful achievements in the following areas: Organizational Development, Strategic Sourcing, Succession Planning, Employee Relations, Performance Management, and Investigations. Currently working in the Aerospace manufacturing industry at a Tier II supplier.

Dennis G. Umali, Matrix Business Group, Owner/President (panelist): Matrix Business Group has successfully placed key professionals with many local manufacturing companies. His company continues to serve Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations, Business Development as well as Accounting and Finance departments. His group places professionals in Management, Director and Executive level positions. Dennis also conducts workshops on Job Development Training; teaching job seekers how to find work (other than just using the latest job board). He also conducts training on how to interview effectively, "Interviewing 101".

Other panelists will be added as they are confirmed.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is on a Tuesday night, rather than our usual Thursday.

Please register by Thursday, November 1st,  to receive the $5 discount. Free self-parking is available for all attendees.

 The San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS is focused on providing education and certification in the field of operations and supply chain management.  Please take a moment to pass this notice on to colleagues and professionals who will benefit from this enjoyable and entertaining evening with like-minded professionals looking to improve their company’s operations.

No-shows who do NOT cancel at least 3 days before the event, will be billed for their meal.

To cancel, send an e-mail to and put Cancel PDM in the subject of the e-mail. Please include your name and the number of people who will be canceling (if you made a reservation for more than 1).


For questions concerning registration only please contact:

You can now pay by check, credit card or cash at the door on the day of the meeting. American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are now accepted.

Credit Cards Now Accepted

Are you APICS Certified (CPIM, CSCP or CLTD)? This event will count as 1 point towards Certification Maintenance (1 point per educational hour).


$30.00 NOV. PDM (Signed-in Member)
$35.00 after 12:00 am November 2

$30.00 Nov. PDM (member-not signed in or member of another chapter)
$35.00 after 12:00 am November 2

$35.00 NOV. PDM-Non Member Ticket
$40.00 after 12:00 am November 2

$5.00 NOV. PDM-Student price-Member of APICS
$0.00 Earlybird rate before November 2

$15.00 NOV. PDM-Student price-NOT an APICS member