The Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference is taking place at the Whitley Hotel in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, October 24-26. The focus this year is to increase productivity and tackle workforce recruitment and retention issues that are crucial to the packaging industry’s future.

Attendees will learn two methods for increasing productivity at work: changing behavior and harnessing technology. Keynote speaker Dr. Melissa Gratias will discuss everyday rituals attendees can incorporate into their daily routines to take control of their time. A productivity psychologist, author, and coach, Gratias has helped thousands of business people to maximize focus and productivity. 

Technology can also help business leaders become more productive and less stressed. Beth Ziesensis will show PPC members how to take advantage of today’s best tech tools. She’ll share apps and programs that automate tasks, streamline communications and eliminate overflowing email boxes. Many of these technologies come in the form of shortcuts and background functions that allow people to multitask and stay productive.

“When curating content for our meetings, we like to choose topics that address some of our members’ top challenges,” said Ben Markens, PPC president. “Productivity is crucial to keeping paperboard manufacturers thriving, as is hiring and keeping the right employees.”

Attendees will gain insights about their future workers from a professional who teaches and mentors them every day. Nona Woolbright, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator at Clemson University’s Graphic Communications Department, will discuss workforce talent in the print industry. According to Woolbright, a major shift is occurring, both in the makeup of the print and packaging workforce as well as the ways manufacturers will need to attract and retain future workers. She’ll offer insights into where future workers are coming from, what they value and how manufacturers can get the cream of the crop to work at their companies. 

Other speakers include print industry sales trainer Bill Farquharson, Emory University economist Jeff Rosensweig; and Andy Bolton, president and CEO of PaperWorks Industries Inc.

Conference-goers will also attend a banquet and awards ceremony announcing the winners of PPC’s 75th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition; various committee and special interest meetings; and a fun reception at the Painted Pin, a boutique bar, bowling, and entertainment venue.

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