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Aluminum Products Division Conference
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, Arizona
November 12-14, 2017

Conference Registration

Your registration fee covers admittance to conference sessions, reception and welcome dinner Sunday, breakfast, refreshments, reception and dinner on Monday, breakfast, refreshments, reception and dinner on Tuesday. 


Registration Pricing


Register on or before September 15th: $1,945
Register on or before October 9th: $2,145
Register after October 9th: $2,445


Register on or before September 15th: $1,245
Register on or before October 9th: $1,445
Register after October 9th: $1,745

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Aluminum Conference or first MSCI event? The Aluminum Products Division Council and the MSCI staff welcome you to the Aluminum Conference 2017! Please join us for an early start and meet council members and staff prior to our Sunday evening reception and dinner. Details to follow.

Dinner Seating Arrangements

Seating arrangements for Monday and Tuesday evenings are by producer invitation only. If you have not received, or choose to decline, a producer invitation, MSCI would be honored to have you and your guest seated at an Institute table. If interested, please RSVP on the registration form, or contact Rose Manfredini or Briana Dee.

What to Wear

During the day, business/resort casual sportswear is appropriate attire for our business sessions. This includes khaki slacks, polo-style shirts or sweaters for the gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-style shirts, blouses, sundresses or sweaters for the ladies. Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.

Evening attire varies depending upon the function, the Sunday Welcome Party will be held outdoors poolside, weather permitting. It calls for casual and comfortable clothing. Jackets are not required for the gentlemen. Sweaters and slacks are appropriate for the men and the ladies.  Low-heeled shoes are recommended.

Monday evening’s dinner dance is business casual.  Jackets for the gentleman are preferred, ties are optional; dresses, skirts or slacks are appropriate for the women. Our final evening event on Tuesday evening will be relaxed and casual held outdoors at the Western-themed Copper Canyon area, so feel free to wear your best cowboy and cowgirl attire!

While planning your wardrobe, please remember that Scottsdale’s average high and low temperatures in early November are 78° high and 55° low.

Our Gift at The Fairmont’s Well & Being Spa  

An innovative fusion of spa and wellness, Well & Being Spa offers you a uniquely rewarding and deeply personalized palette of experiences that infuse life with a greater sense of vitality. From the exhilaration of Aerial Hammock Yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage and the motivating kick-start of a new, evidence-based approach to nutrition and exercise, you’ll always go home feeling energized, enlightened and empowered.....ready to Live It Well.

MSCI will provide each registered spouse/guest with one $100.00 spa certificate that can be applied toward spa services and/or products at the Well & Being Spa during MSCI’s Aluminum Products Division Conference (Sunday through Wednesday).  Your personalized spa certificate will be included in your meeting registration packet and is not transferrable.  We recommend that you contact the Well & Being Spa as soon as possible to make your appointment at (480) 585-2732.  Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled treatment in order to check in prior to services.

Missing Receipt

If you lose or delete your receipt you may retreive another by following this link

For questions or assistance, contact:

Rose Manfredini
Vice President, Membership & Events
(847) 485-3008 –

Briana Dee
Senior Member Services and Events Coordinator
(847) 485-3021 –

Julie Thane
Vice President, Aluminum Products Division
(940) 453-2547 –


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Noon – 6:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
Palomino Ballroom Foyer

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Aluminum Products Division Council Meeting
Golden Room

Council members only

6:00 –7:00 pm
First-Time Attendee & Affiliate Member Reception
Hacienda Plaza

By invitation only

7:00 –10:00 pm
Poolside Welcome Party
Sunset Beach Pool



1:30 – 5:00 pm
Desert Segway Tour
Meet at the Conference Departure Circle at 1:15 pm


Monday, November 13, 2017

7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

7:00 – 11:00 am
Breakfast & General Session
Palomino Ballroom 1-5

7:00 – 7:30 am
Breakfast Buffet

7:30 – 7:45 am
Opening Ceremonies

7:45 – 11:00 am         
General Session

7:45 – 8:30 am
Focusing on the Future: Perspectives on Aluminum Mill Products for Aerospace, Automobile and Industrial Applications
What is the future of aluminum? Kaiser Aluminum CEO and chairman Jack Hockema will share insights about the industry, with a focus on the largest aluminum end markets.

Jack A. Hockema, chief executive officer & chairman, Kaiser Aluminum

8:30 – 9:30 am
The North American Economy in 2018—New Trends, Uncertainties, and Policy Outlook
Wescott will provide the North American economic outlook, as well as expectations for economies outside of North America.

Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president & founder, Keybridge Research

9:30 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

10:00 – 11:00 am
Lost Knowledge:  Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce
Aluminum executives today recognize that their companies face a wave of retirements over the next decade as Boomers leave the workforce. The evolution from an older, traditional, highly-experienced workforce to a younger, more mobile, employee base poses significant challenges: How do organizations transfer the critical expertise and experience of their employees before that knowledge walks out the door?  How do you retain high-performing Millenials?  DeLong will provide tools for developing a knowledge-retention strategy and will outline best practices.

David DeLong, Ph.D, president, Smart Workforce Strategies

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Palomino Plaza North

8:00 – 11:00 pm
Seating is by producer invitation. Those not invited to a producer table will be invited to a reserved MSCI table. Entertainment provided by JJ’s Band.
Palomino Ballroom 1-5


9:00 am – 12:30 pm - CANCELLED
Sea OdySea Aquarium & Butterfly Experience

12:30 pm - Shotgun Start
Couples Golf Tournament – TPC Scottsdale Champions Course
Shuttles depart at 11:30 am. Lunch for golfers will be provided at Toro's Restaurant.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
DC Ranch Cycling & Hiking Adventure 
Meet at the Conference Departure Circle at 12:45 pm                                         

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Information Desk
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

7:00 – 7:30 am
Breakfast Buffet

7:30 – 8:00 am
State of the Institute
MSCI is identifying and implementing new ways to better serve its members as the metals industry continues to evolve due to changing demographics, government policy changes, volatile economies, technology advancements, and globalization. Learn what your organization stands to gain with these coming changes.

M. Robert Weidner, III, president & CEO, MSCI

8:00 – 8:45 am
TOM (Theories of Metals) Talks
These brief talks on thought leadership are presented by industry experts across the metals supply chain.

CyberSecurity - What You Need to Know Now
Jay Shelton
, senior vice president of executive risk, Assurance


Aluminum - Getting Trade Right
Joe Quinn
, vice president of public affairs, The Aluminum Association

8:45 – 9:15 am
Refreshment Break
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

9:15 – 10:15 am
Today’s International Affairs and U.S. Global Engagement
General Allen will discuss megatrends shaping economies and political alliances, global hot spots, and leading through uncertainty.  Widely hailed as a strategic thinker and a true battlefield leader, General Allen is one of the nation’s foremost experts on geopolitical relationships between U.S. and Asia and the Middle East.    

John R. Allen, retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, past Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, & Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan

10:15 – 11:15 am
This Brave New World: India, China and the United States
In the next decade, China and India will have a dramatic impact on us right here in North America and on our economy. We wring our hands about China, while we underestimate India, which will be the most important country outside the West to shape China’s rise. While coal and steel mills in China are shutting down or struggling, both Chinese and Indian companies are expanding on the international stage, and are investing in foreign metals companies.

Anja Manuel, co-founder and partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC

7:00 - 11:00 pm
Farewell Round-Up Reception and Dinner at Copper Canyon
WANTED!  Cowboys and Cowgirls! Saddle up and put on your best cowboy attire and bling and mosey on down to the Copper Canyon for our reception and dinner.

Seating is by producer invitation. Those not invited to a producer table will be invited to a reserved MSCI table.
Copper Canyon


9:03 & 9:12 am  
Spouse Tee-Times – Champions Course

10:00 am – 1:00 pm - CANCELLED
Toro’s Sushi & Saki Experience with Lunch

12:30 pm
Delegate Golf Tournament – TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course
Shuttles depart at 11:30 am. Lunch for golfers will be provided at Toro's Restaurant.

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Sport Clay Shooting
Meet at the Conference Departure Circle at 12:45 pm

2:00 – 3:00 pm
MSCI Book Club:  Karolina’s Twins by Ron Balson
Golden Room

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7:30 am – 4:00 pm
MSCI Board of Directors Breakfast & Meeting
Palomino Ballroom 1&2

9:00 –11:00 am
MSCI Board of Directors Spouse Breakfast & Meeting
Moor 3


PLEASE NOTE: For the most up-to-date meeting schedule, please download the MSCI Conference App for iPhone and Android phones.  Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for MSCI.


2018 Aluminum Products Division Conference
November 11-13, 2018 – The Breakers Palm Beach
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About the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
From the moment you set foot on the grounds of the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, you are surrounded by a mystical landscape of lagoons, fountains, fire pits, colorful desert plants and expansive green spaces—all set amid the sun-drenched Sonoran Desert and the majestic McDowell Mountains of Arizona. Blending exquisite pampering and warm, personalized service with alluring Spanish-style architecture and outdoor adventure, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers all the superb amenities you expect from a world-class destination resort.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, AZ  85255
Toll-free: (800) 344-4758
Phone: (480) 585-4848

Online reservations can be made here:

When calling, please mention MSCI to receive the negotiated rate.

Room rates (single/double occupancy):

Run of House Rooms:  $359.00 (plus tax, resort fee waived)
Suites:  30% discount off published rates

Cut-off date:  Monday, October 9, 2017

Important Hotel Deadlines and Policies
Please note: It is recommended that you make your hotel accommodations early to ascertain availability. MSCI cannot guarantee availability or the room rate after Monday, October 9, or when the MSCI room block is filled— whichever occurs first.

All reservation requests must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Deposits will be refundable only if the reservation is cancelled at least 48 hours prior to arrival time.

Hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is noon.  While the hotel will attempt to accommodate early check-in and late departures, it cannot be guaranteed depending upon hotel occupancy. 

Transportation Information
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Transtyle Transportation is the preferred company for town car service. Please call 480-951-9639 for advanced reservations or on-line here: The approximate cost is $55.00 one way for up to four people.

Taxi service is available at the lower baggage claim area and the fare is approximately $55.00 and up.

Super Shuttle is also available in the lower baggage claim area and the fare is approximately $27.00 one way per person. To make reservations from the hotel to the airport, please call 1-800-730-9267.

Valet parking is available at $20.00 overnight; self-parking is available at $10.00 per night. Hybrid car drivers will enjoy a 50% discount off valet parking. 

National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
We are proud to announce that National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car along with its subsidiary Enterprise Fleet Management have recently joined MSCI as member companies! MSCI is supporting its new member by suggesting that
you also support Enterprise and/or National when renting a car during MSCI conferences. MSCI has negotiated discounted rates for your benefit. For faster service and reward options please enroll into Emerald Club. Emerald Club members are recognized at both National and Enterprise so please reference your Emerald Club number and Account Number XZ15W61 when reserving at both National and Enterprise. Counter-by pass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online at

MSCI Golf Tournaments

Couples Tournament - Monday, November 13 – 12:30 pm shotgun start – TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course

Delegates Tournament – Tuesday, November 14 – 12:30 pm shotgun start – TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course

Built on the former site of TPC Scottsdale’s Desert Course, the complete new Champions Course was designed by Heckenkemper to fit seamlessly into the natural desert terrain.  As challenging as it is picturesque, the 7,124 yard layout features undulating Bermuda fairways, and the only Emerald Green greens and tee boxes in Arizona.

Home to the PGA TOUR’s fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has hosted some of contemporary golf’s greatest moments since opening in 1986. The course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf specifically to serve as the stage for the tournament – what’s now become the largest spectator golf event in the world.  The City of Scottsdale began an extensive renovation of TPC Scottsdale's Stadium golf course and clubhouse on April 1, 2014. The golf course project, led by architect Tom Weiskopf, included the relocation of four greens, resurfacing of all greens, reshaping and re-grassing of all tee complexes, relocation and reshaping of all bunker complexes, replacement of cart paths, and re-landscaping of desert areas. The result is a golf course that's more aesthetically pleasing to resort guests and strategically more challenging to PGA TOUR players during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

To arrange for individual tee-times, please contact (480) 585-2697.

Couples Tournament – Champions Course -  Fee: $275.00 per person, inclusive of transportation to the course, bag handling fees, tournament and greens fees, golf cart, beverage cart refreshments and lunch.

Delegate Tournament – Stadium Course - Fee: $350.00 per person, inclusive of forecaddie for each foursome (including gratuity), transportation to the course, bag handling fees, tournament and green fees, golf cart, beverage cart refreshments and lunch.

Spouse Tee-Times – Champions Course – Fee $135.00 per person, tee times available: 9:03 & 9:12 am 

Taylor Made clubs are available to rent for $80.00 and are charged to your hotel room portfolio.

Golf pairing requests will be taken until Monday, November 6, 2017. Please email confirmed foursomes to Julie Thane. After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

No refunds for golf will be issued after Monday, October 9th, as we are obligated to provide guarantees to golf course.

Tours and Activities

Activity registration deadline is Monday, October 9, 2017. To insure the availability of your desired activity, please do not wait to register on-property for your desired tour.  MSCI has the right to cancel any activities that do not meet the required minimums. No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors. 

Desert Segway Tour
Sunday, November 12, 2017 – 1:30 – 5:00 pm
$260.00 pp – Minimum 6/Maximum 12

Nothing beats winter-time in the Sonoran Desert.  Warm temperatures, blue skies and breath taking scenery combine create an oasis in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.  Your voyage on our awesome Segway will delight your senses and engage your spirit.  Your Guide, Cowboy Wayne, has been leading tours in the Arizona desert for 30 years.  His laid back persona will keep you at ease as you saunter along the trail.  Watch out for rattle snakes though, they don’t feel you coming on the Segway and you might roll over them.  It’s like a hike in the desert without the hassle of sweating.  The Segway allows you to view the desert flora and fauna without all the encumbrances of vehicle windows and doors. We recommend comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses.  Participants should be able to walk up and down a set of stairs and nimbly jump off a curb without assistance.  You will stand for 45 minutes to an hour and a half on the Segway.

Sea OdySea Aquarium & Butterfly Experience CANCELLED
Monday, November 13, 2017 – 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
$200 pp – Minimum 10/Maximum 35

Located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest.  The two-level, state of the art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water, has over 50 exhibits, 500 different specifies and 30,000 animals.  Next, step inside the largest indoor rainforest conservatory in the U.S.  More than 3,000 butterflies from around the world flutter among the lush tropical plants and flowers.  Discover the amazing life of the butterfly, from caterpillar to chrysalis then to the moment it spreads its wings.  Also you will discover more amazing creatures in the rainforest reptile exhibit.  This is a self-guided tour.

DC Ranch Cycling & Hiking Adventure
Monday, November 13, 2017 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$150.00 pp – Minimum 5/Max 15

Experience breathtaking views, million dollar homes and some of the most pristine Saguaro desert in Arizona all the while cycling and hiking around the beautiful McDowell Mountain.  Suitable for riders of all levels, everything is provided including top-level bikes, helmets, and gloves.  You will begin your adventure on the east side of the resort, bike up around the DC Ranch area, stop at the McDowell Mountain Trail Head for hiking and then return to the same location.  The coarse runs 12 miles.  A hat, sunscreen and sunglasses is recommended.  Closed-toe shoes are required.

Toro’s Sushi & Saki Experience CANCELLED
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$360.00 pp - Minimum 10

Join us for an interactive Fairmont Signature Series Cooking Class.  Do you Ginjo Shu?  Got Nori know how?  Learn the lingo at Sushi & Sake 101 Experience.  Master the art of making and tasting sushi and sake.  You will learn how to choose this history and product of sake, learn how to choose sushi grade fish, and gain insider sushi-making tips from the professional sushi chef.  You will enjoy 5 tasty aperitivos with 3 specially chosen sake’s.  Make (and eat!) your own sushi roll.  Lunch follows your sushi-making experience.

MSCI Book Club: Karolina’s Twins by Ron Balson
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 2:00 – 3:00  pm
No cost

Join us as we discuss Karolina’s Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. Behind Lena’s stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years? And if so, why? Discussion will be led by author Ron Balson.

Sport Clay Shooting
Tuesday, November 14, 2017  1:00 – 5:00 pm
$235.00 pp – Minimum 10/Maximum 60

You stand poised in the still desert air.  And, then, the silence is broken by the distinctive, metallic clang of a steel launching arm as it hurls your target into the sky, growing smaller and already 20 yards in the distance.  Training the scope along your target’s trajectory, you wait until the perfect moment and then squeeze the trigger…. There’s no experience quite like Clay shooting, and this adrenaline-infused adventure is just the ticket for the person with something to prove. Includes basic instruction, eye and ear protection, 25 target package and shotgun shells, loner shotguns, and bottled water.  Also includes license, insurance and site fees.  Closed toed shoes are required for this tour; hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended.



Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be an MSCI 2017 Aluminum Products Division Conference sponsor and build on your relationships within the metals supply chain.

There are a number of outstanding sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, speak with Monique Kaiserauer at 847-485-3004.

Deadline to submit artwork is Thursday, October 12, 2017. Limit one sponsor per event unless otherwise noted. 

$7,500 Level
Includes one complimentary registration*, signage, listing in the conference app and display of literature. Meal sponsorships also include a reserved table, and the golf sponsorship includes custom flags. Choose from:

  • Welcome Party November 12 SoldSponsored by Hydro Extruded Solutions
  • Breakfast November 13 SoldSponsored by Kaiser Aluminum
  • Breakfast November 14
  • Dinner Entertainment November 13 Sold! Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Couples Golf Tournament November 13
  • Delegate Golf Tournament November 14 Sold! Sponsored by Aleris
  • Room Drop Sold! Sponsored by Constellium
  • Room Keycards Sold! Sponsored by Service Center Metals, LLC
  • Bound Notebooks provided upon registration
  • Drawstring Backpacks provided upon registration
  • Aluminum Conference App
  • Bottled Water provided throughout the conference

$5,000 Level
Includes signage, listing in the conference app and display of literature. The reception sponsorship also includes custom napkins.

  • Reception November 13 Sold! Sponsored by Reliance Steel &  Aluminum Co.
  • Reception November 14
  • Charging Station for phones and tablets
  • Tins of Mints provided throughout the conference
  • General Session WiFi Sold! Sponsored by Arconic

$3,500 Level
Includes custom napkins, signage, listing in the conference app and display of literature.

  • Registration Hospitality November 12 Sold! Sponsored by CRU
  • Refreshment Break November 13 or 14

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,945

**Limit 2 sponsors per evening

Important Deadlines and Policies

A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Monday, October 9, 2017; cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Monday, October 30, will receive a refund of 50% of registration fees paid. No-shows and cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for refunds. Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations or substitutions will be accepted by the MSCI Member Services Department.

Activity registration deadline is Monday, October 9. No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date, as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.

Press and Sponsorship Policies

No MSCI policy is intended to prevent accredited members of the press from attending MSCI events.  Members of the press are defined as employees of publications that are subject to a circulation audit by a reputable third party (i.e., BPA). Each press outlet will receive one complimentary press registration. Any attribution from a formal presentation or informal conversation outside of a formal conference session requires the permission of any speaker or attendee and MSCI before their comments or information from their presentation may be printed or distributed or published. Please note that recording of programs, materials and/or presentations (e.g., audio taping and/or videotaping) is prohibited. MSCI has the right to deny attendance to individuals or publications not abiding by this policy.

Only event sponsors may distribute products or promotional materials at MSCI venues.  Please contact Monique Kaiserauer at (847) 485-3004 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Keynote Speaker

Jack A. Hockema 
Jack A. Hockema is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kaiser Aluminum, positions he has held since 2001 and 2006, respectively.  Previously, Mr. Hockema served as Executive Vice President of Kaiser Aluminum and President of Kaiser Aluminum Fabricated Products. In this capacity, he was responsible for sales and manufacturing operations for the company’s Engineered Products business unit and the Flat-Rolled Products business unit. He had also previously served as Vice President and President of the Company’s Engineered Products business unit. Prior to joining Kaiser in 1995, he was the principal in a metals industry management consulting and investment advisory firm and had held senior executive positions with Bohn Extruded Products, a division of Gulf+Western, and American Brass Specialty Products. In addition, he had previously been employed by Kaiser (from 1977 to 1982) in production/operations management positions at several Company locations. Mr. Hockema has served on the Board of Directors of Superior Industries International, Inc. since December 2014. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Purdue University.



General John Allen
General John Allen is one of the nation’s most legendary military leaders and most respected thought leaders on U.S.-global engagement. When President Obama created the appointment of special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General Allen was the first American tapped to confront the Islamic State terror group. According to the President, “American leadership of this coalition is making the world a safer place, and we have been fortunate to have a great patriot like John Allen leading our efforts.”

Widely hailed as a strategic thinker and a true battlefield leader, Gen. Allen is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the geopolitical relationships between U.S. and Asia and the Middle East. A unique combination of warrior and diplomat, Allen shares awe-inspiring stories of the challenges facing our nation, the keys to combating the danger, and the leadership lessons that can be applied to today’s business environment. 

Distinguished Military Career. When General Petraeus became CIA director in 2011, Allen replaced him as the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. There, he led and managed one of the most complex military transitions of the last decade as he oversaw the strategic shift from troop-intensive counterinsurgency operations to the development of Afghan security forces.

Allen spent his early career in Washington, DC, and became the first Marine Corps officer to be inducted as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He had field command during missions in the Caribbean and the Balkans and became the first Marine to serve as the commandant of midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He then served as the principal director of Asian and Pacific affairs for the office of the Secretary of Defense before heading to a command position and service in Iraq. Allen spent 13 months in the Anbar province, where he led efforts to persuade Sunni tribal leaders to stand against al-Qaeda militants. His success precipitated a shift in the nature of the war in western Iraq. In 2008, Allen became deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.

A Respected Leader. Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary, described Gen. Allen as “one of the United States military’s most outstanding battlefield leaders, a brilliant strategist, and an exemplary Marine,” and Secretary Kerry said, “He worked relentlessly to build a vision among a diverse group of nations and bound them together with common purpose. I have relied on—and deeply valued—General Allen's advice and counsel.” He was also recognized with prestigious awards from both Australia and Italy, the Order of Australia and the Order of Merit, for his leadership of their forces in Afghanistan and his leadership of the Global Coalition Against ISIL.

Allen is currently affiliated with the Brookings Institution, where he is a co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. David DeLong
Dr. David DeLong helps leaders implement practical solutions to address critical skill shortages created by major changes in workforce demographics, shifts in generational values and new technologies.

President of Smart Workforce Strategies, David is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches “Leading & Managing Organizational Change.”

He is co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), and author of the widely-praised book Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press).  His most recent book is Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market.

David has spoken for and consulted with organizations such as MetLife, American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank, Farm Credit System, Microsoft, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ernst & Young and Accenture.

David's work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review Blog, CIO Magazine, US News & World Report and The Boston Globe.  He has also been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation”.

Anja Manuel
Author, former diplomat, speaker, and now a sought after advisor to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs, Anja Manuel shares her powerful insights on the rise of emerging markets in Asia and beyond, what this means for us, and America’s future role in international leadership.

As co-founder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a strategic consulting firm, she helps business leaders make sense of and expand into key international markets. 

Manuel was deeply involved in U.S. policy towards Asia as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department. Her front row view of the colossal shift in power to China – and India in particular – makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it today.

Her book This Brave New World draws on two decades of experience in business, law, and government to take the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power and the lowly slums of Asia. She has traveled extensively across Asia and the world, independently and with her clients, and regularly experiences tough negotiators and managing unruly subsidiaries in cities from Beijing to Bangalore to Bogota. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now lectures at Stanford. 

Providing audiences a candid look at the rise of emerging markets, Manuel is a commentator on TV and radio (NPR, BBC, AlJazeera, and others), and writes frequently for major U.S. publications such as  Fortune, Reuters,, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, and others.

Jay Shelton
Jay Shelton is the Senior Vice President of Risk Management Services at Assurance. With over 16  years  of  experience  in  the  risk  management  field,  he  is  an  expert  in integrated and enterprise risk management across multiple business industries. He has   hands   on   experience   in   performing   a   full   range   of   risk   and   insurance management and compliance  functions  and  has  extensive  experience  in  business risk    mitigation,    business    continuity    planning,    and    cyber    risk    and breach management.

Prior to joining Assurance, Jay held risk management roles for several fortune 500 companies, including Trinity Industries and GE Capital.

Jay earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from  Indiana  University.  Jay is  a  member  of  the  Risk  Insurance Management  Society,  American  Society  of  Safety  Engineers,  and  the  National Association of Environmental Professional.

Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D.
Robert F. Wescott is Founder and President of Keybridge Research LLC, an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, that has served global financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and leading industry associations since 2001.  Dr. Wescott has more than 30 years of professional experience working on global macroeconomic and public policy issues.  He is a frequent speaker to business and financial audiences around the world about financial markets, economic trends, and geopolitical risks.  He also testifies as an expert before U.S. Congressional committees on economic and financial policy matters. 

From 1999 until 2001, Wescott served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, where he developed Administration policies toward G-7 countries, Russia, China, India, key emerging-market economies, and the international financial system.  During 1993-94, Wescott was Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he performed policy analysis and was responsible for the Administration’s economic forecasts.

From 1994-98 Wescott was an official in the Research and European Departments at the International Monetary Fund, where he did research on global economic risks and policy challenges and prepared the Fund’s World Economic Outlook.  From 1982-93, Wescott was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at WEFA Group (today IHS Global Insight/Markit), a private economic modeling and analysis firm, where he was responsible for all economic modeling and forecasting.  During his time at WEFA he wrote the company’s flagship monthly economic newsletter for clients and was the firm’s primary spokesperson with clients and the media.

In 1989-90, Wescott was the first Research Director at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushu, Japan, a research institute established in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania.  ICSEAD does quantitative economic research on the economies of East Asia. 

Wescott holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published research papers in the areas of macroeconomics, energy economics, fiscal policy, inflation, global financial crises, and geopolitical risks.

Joe Quinn
Joe Quinn joined The Aluminum Association in July, 2013 as the Vice President of Public Affairs.  In this role, Quinn oversees policy communications, advocacy strategies and media relations.

Prior to joining the Association, Quinn spent eight years at Edelman where he led public affairs and corporate reputation programs for Walmart, Toyota and the American Petroleum Institute, among others.  Quinn has 14 years of experience managing and implementing strategic communications campaigns, positioning clients favorably with key opinion leaders to advance policy initiatives, and providing crisis and issues management counsel for clients facing contentious issues.

Before his tenure at Edelman, he spent three years as Managing Director at Xenophon Strategies.  Quinn began his career at Ketchum.  He received his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina.

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