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August 22

Meet Sylvia Wetzel, MSSC Senior Advisor!

MSSC would like to welcome Sylvia Wetzel who will be serving as the MSSC Senior Advisor for the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  Get to know Sylvia from her bio below and if you would like to contact her please visit the staff page on the MSSC website

Sylvia Wetzel, most recently was Vice President of Human Capital and Corporate Wellness for Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. Ms. Wetzel’s career has encompassed Human Capital, Marketing, Information Technology, Philanthropy, Education, International Business, Corporate Strategy, Training and Development and Health and Wellness.  She is being bestowed in September by her Alma Mater, Judson University, as A Distinguished Alumni for all her accomplishments in her 39 years as a Leader in Business.

Ms. Wetzel is a passionate advocate for both education and manufacturing as a career path.  Working and strategizing with manufacturing companies, governmental and educational leaders in North America, she continues to lead a Skilled Workforce Initiative to create and implement solutions to remedy the shortage of qualified entry level workers in manufacturing. She is a skilled organizer and focuses on bringing the value of a career in manufacturing to students’ attention.

A solution driven leader she implemented NAM’s stackable credentials at Bison Gear for all Production Personnel, improving productivity within the organization by 32%.  She was an influential leader on a state-wide STEM manufacturing program of study in Illinois. Her Innovative mindset led the organization to put a Health Clinic in the facility.

Ms. Wetzel is a Manufacturing Institute 2014 STEP Award Honoree, nominated by the College of DuPage due to her solution driven leadership and passion for education.  She was a leader in the dialogues and direction of Business Leaders United.  A past member of the Board of Directors for Elgin Community College Educational Foundation, the River Valley Workforce Investment Agency #5, as well as Past Chair of the RVWIB’s Service Delivery Committee.  Bison was selected by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as a recipient of the 2007 Business Leadership Award for the initiatives it has undertaken and its significant contribution made to the State’s workforce and economic development.

Ms. Wetzel is also very devoted to pursuing social awareness issues.  She was President of BisonCares for 11 years, a 501C3, and social arm of Bison Gear.  In 2007 BisonCares was awarded the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Civic Image Award in recognition of its humanitarian efforts.

She serves as a Public Policy Representative for manufacturing and education in Washington DC and brings expertise to policy development in work force development and health care. She was a founding member of their Women in Manufacturing initiative.

A dean’s list graduate of Judson University with a Bachelors of Arts in Business and Leadership, Ms.Wetzel’s professional career includes over 39 years of business experience, primarily manufacturing and also, Information Technology and Health, as a past Executive Director of Assisted Living in Illinois.  A seasoned leader Health and Wellness Strategies. Her leadership in this area has shifted the culture of health and wellness to prevention and innovation within organizations.

Ms. Wetzel speaks fluent Spanish and is involved in mentoring adults to embrace English as a second language.  Ms Wetzel was selected by the National Association of Women in Business Owners and the Business Ledger as one of the 2007 “Influential Women in Business” award.   She has appeared on national programs speaking on higher education, WIA and job development.  In 2011, she was recognized by WorkForce Chicago for Bison’s commitment to exemplary learning and development. In 2012 she was been named a Healthcare Consumerism Superstar for her innovative corporate health and wellness plan implementation.

She has been an independent consultant in manufacturing and her responsibilities have included strategic planning and improving business processes.  She has taught ESL and Information Technology in Spanish at local community colleges.  She has served and serves in numerous associations:  Illinois Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, U46 Workforce Task Committee,  Trustee for the Foundation of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, board member of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Alliance (MAPI), Renz Addiction Center, Pioneers of America and Director of the Electric Motor and Education Research Foundation.

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