BEMA Convention 2023: Workforce Wednesday

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More comfortable where you are? Take part in the Workforce Edition being held Wednesday, June 21. Wednesday’s programming will bring unique and interactive professional development workshops with opportunities to learn skills that you can utilize immediately, all designed specifically for the baking industry workforce.

BEMA Convention 2023 Workforce Edition is designed to ensure that those who are unable to attend BEMA Convention 2023 in person can participate and engage from the comfort of their workplace conference room, home office, or the local coffee shop.

Continue along with the Convention events being shared virtually through BEMA Live! on June 22 & 23.

Click here to review the program agenda – Agenda times are Eastern time zone.

BEMA Convention 2023 Workforce Wednesday is proud to partner with Arizona State University

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BEMA is excited to partner with Arizona State University to provide engaging virtual courses with BEMA Convention 2023 Workforce Wednesday.

Discover our course offerings below.  

12:00 - 12:50 pm ET: Digital Twin & Industrial Internet of Things: Technical & Business Discussion 

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Provide learners with a high-end model of digital twins in the context of manufacturing and its co-relation with IoT. This course will focus on common themes with IoT and how project workstreams can be relevant to IoT-enabled projects; additionally, it will cover U.S. Government initiatives for Advanced manufacturing and how ASU supports technology and workforce development. 

Key Objectives:  

  • Solid definition of Digital Twins and Digital factories with a manufacturing perspective. 
  • Comprehend IoT’s common themes and project workstreams 
  • Expand learners’ visualization of the Next Decade of Technologies for the Digital Factory 
  • Overview of the National Strategy for Advanced Manufacturing (U.S Government) 
  • ASU’S actions in supporting technology and workforce development  

Instructor Names:  

  • Raghu Santanam, Sr Assoc Dean & Professor, W. P. Carey Dean's Office 
  • Binil Starly, Director and Professor, School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks 

1:00 - 1:50 pm ET: AZNext and Workforce Development Opportunities 

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U. S. Department of Labor-sponsored program developing sustainable workforce training infrastructure, paid internships, apprenticeships, train-to-hire programs, boot camps, and simulated work experiences intended to create talent solutions to meet industry needs.   

Key Objectives:  

  • Directly Address Talent Gaps - Build rather than buy talent through sustainable, beneficial pipelines 
  • Reduce Training Costs - Leverage AZNext curriculum and available funding sources 
  • Enhance Your Workforce - Train for skills you need now and add value for employees 

Program Areas 

  • Advanced Manufacturing  
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Information Technology 
  • Data Analytics 

Training Goals 

  • New Talent  
  • Upskilling 
  • Reskilling 

Targeted Participants  

  • Unemployed and underemployed 
  • Veterans, military spouses, and transitioning service members  
  • Incumbent workers 
  • High school graduates 
  • Community college students  
  • ASU students   


  • Rob Buelow, Program Director, W. P. Carey Information Systems 

2:00 - 2:50 pm ET: Key Sustainability Issues for Bakery Products and Equipment 

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This presentation will discuss the environmental and social hotspots associated with bakery products and equipment and highlight the type of indicators being used by CPG companies and retailers to measure sustainability performance. 

Key Objectives: 

  • Understand sustainability hotspots of bakery products 
  • Understand sustainability hotspots of bakery equipment 
  • Learn about THESIS and other systems that retailers and CPG companies use to disclose sustainability performance 


  • Dr. Kevin J. Dooley, Professor of Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business


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Raghu Santanam

Raghu Santanam

  • Sr Assoc Dean & Professor, W. P. Carey Dean's Office 
  • Health Solutions Ambassador, College of Health Solutions 

Raghu Santanam is Professor and McCord Chair of Business in the Information Systems Department at the W. P. Carey School of Business. He is currently directing the Department of Labor funded digital workforce initiative, AZNext at the university.   

Professor Santanam’s research has focused on the impacts of technology and technology strategies on businesses, society, and consumers. His research areas of interest include, health information technology, digital platforms and the impacts of augmented intelligence on the workforce and future of work. His research on digital platforms has explored emerging business strategies, consumer preferences, and trends in software markets and platforms. 

Binil Starly

Binil Starly

  • Director and Professor, School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks 

Binil Starly is a professor and the director of the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks. Starly, who was named one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2020, looks forward to building core competencies in advanced manufacturing processes, cybermanufacturing and operations engineering, digital factories, and robotics and automation at ASU. Starly was awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for his contributions to smart manufacturing. 

Rob Buelow

Rob Buelow 

  • Program Director, W. P. Carey Information Systems 

Rob Buelow is the Program Director for the AZNext Workforce Training Accelerator Partnership Grant. Teaming ASU with Industry/Community Partners to develop the next generation workforce in Advance Manufacturing and Information Systems. 

Over 20 years of industry experience in project and program management, process design and improvement, program implementations, team leadership, and business and customer management.

Dr. Kevin J. Dooley

  • Professor of Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business

Dr. Kevin J. Dooley is a Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

He is also Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Complex Adaptive Supply Networks Research Accelerator. At TSC Dooley leads a global research team that works with the consumer goods industry to make consumer products more sustainable. 

Additional Resources:  

ASU W.P Carey Website 

ASU W.P Carey AZNext / 

ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering 



Each Workforce Wednesday session has its own dedicated room. To access the different session rooms, please click the appropriate link below.

Food Safety Culture for Senior Leaders

Human Resources: A Real-Time Conversation

Automation Robots in the Workforce