Developing Talent from Within:
An inside look at Westminster Tool’s talent development system
When: Wednesday, June 12th from 10:00am-10:50am
Where: Workshop Theater on the Amerimold Show Floor
Cost: FREE to Amerimold attendees. Must add to registration to attend.
We gave the industry a taste of one small mold manufacturer’s unique approach to solving the skills gap, now come to Amerimold to meet the 2014 Leadtime Leader Award Winner and Westminster Tool's Director of Talent Development, Kylee Carbone, who helped develop this successful strategy and take a deeper dive into how it all works.
Westminster Tool’s talent development system has allowed them to create a backlog of new candidates, during a nationwide workforce shortage. The Westminster Tool process attracts the right people during the hiring process, and gives employees the tools to improve proficiency of self and develop their careers within the organization. The shop is attracting, growing and retaining a team with an average age of under 35 while improving its business performance. Westminster Tool has transformed its workforce from a group of inexperienced enthusiastic employees to a high-performing team. Since embarking on the journey of developing talent, the company has seen a 60-percent increase in throughput per person. This seminar will provide actionable insights for attendees to adapt or improve upon their talent development approach and will focus on the following: becoming an employer of choice, developing a strong foundation and retaining talent.
About the Speaker:
Kylee Carbone is the director of talent development for Westminster Tool, MoldMaking Technology’s 2014 Leadtime Leader Award winner, which has made a name for itself in both plastic injection molding and employee development. The company’s unique employee centric-business model has produced a workforce of innovative, proactive problem-solvers who are committed to delivering the highest quality solutions to its customers. Kylee is an integral part of this team.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Connecticut State University with a concentration in marketing. While she joined the company as a marketing intern, it quickly became clear that her passion is talent development. Kylee’s current role is focused on helping all employees to recognize and reach their greatest potential. This is achieved by utilizing Westminster Academy, the company’s internally developed training program, as well as working with employees to develop individual growth plans.
Kylee is also heavily involved in workforce development within the community. She was recognized by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce with a “40 under 40” award, which honors citizens younger than 40 who consistently demonstrate excellence in their profession, as well as leadership, commitment and service to the region. She was also recognized as an Educational Outreach Champion in 2017 by the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA).
Kylee also serves as the event champion for the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA; eamainc.org), a non-profit organization comprised of manufacturers in eastern Connecticut, south central Massachusetts and northwest Rhode Island. EAMA promotes manufacturing careers, and development and advances in manufacturing education, and works with its education and training partners to improve the regional manufacturing workforce. EAMA also creates a platform for its diverse group of more than 50 member companies, which employ more than 12,000 workers, to advance the region’s manufacturing agenda.
Kylee says she strives to take on new roles and responsibilities that may not be directly related to marketing. To her MMT EAB position she brings a solid knowledge base, high level of experience and true passion for topics related to company culture, education and workforce development, which are consistently hot issues for the mold manufacturing community. Kylee is also interested in using her role on the board to explore the business side of moldmaking, including how other companies market via social media and best practices for sales teams.