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Guest Spotlight

Cheryl Hay, JobsOhio

Cheryl Hay, Director of Project Talent Acquisition at JobsOhio, offers a look into the organization's programs to support the state's industries through customized talent strategies. Cheryl is responsible for the challenging work of developing a skilled advanced manufacturing workforce for Ohio’s firms. Before JobsOhio, she served as deputy chancellor with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and focused on strategies to help Ohio’s higher education system align with the workforce needs of Ohio businesses as well as their employees. At the same time, she continued to serve as vice president of workforce development for Columbus State Community College.

Before CSCC, Cheryl also worked as vice president of workforce development for the Columbus Chamber, where she initiated efforts to ensure a quality workforce for 3500 local business members. She spent thirteen years in the private sector carrying out the human resources needs of White Consolidated Industries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of household appliances, with 27,000 U.S. employees. 

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 


A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU, Kimberly Gibson, and Justin Troyer at Ohio State Media Services.  Manufacturing Tomorrow is offered by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute with support from Glenn Daehn, executive director.
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