At each SME Leadership Series, the following presenters will take active roles in providing the highly interactive leadership training only found in this series.
Senior Director of Technical Operations and Strategy
Member Since 1992
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." ~ General Colin Powell
Personal Thoughts on Leadership: Every day I challenge myself to be fully engaged in enabling my team to reach their goals, by listening to their issues and doing all I can to remove their barriers to success. Leadership is not telling people what to do — it is being there for them every day, in every way. In the Leadership Series, we strive to provide the tools that current and future leaders need to dream more, learn more, do more.
Matt Hilgendorf, CMfgT
Advanced Components and Systems Supply Chain
Member Since 2002
Favorite Leadership Quote: “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~ W. Edwards Deming, PhD
Favorite Leadership Quote: "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent." ~ Abraham Lincoln
Putnam Plastics Corp.
Member Since 2011
SME Staff Presenter
Member and Industry Relations Manager
Member Since 1994
Personal Thoughts on Leadership: Leadership, to me, is all about having a positive impact. A leader impacts the overall goal of the organization by making smaller, yet no less significant, impact on the team that he or she leads. People follow those who can give them the courage and direction to act, support them as they make good decisions, give constructive improvement suggestions where necessary. Our goal with the Leadership Series is to equip people to become that type of leader.