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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


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Apr 6, 2021

We are so excited to welcome such a strong workforce leader, Dr. Kelli Vallieres, onto this week's Made in America episode! She serves as the Executive Director of CT's Office of Workforce Strategy.

Kelli talks to Ari about some exciting updates happening within the Office Workforce Strategy, specifically the initiatives geared towards manufacturing and workforce development. She covers topics surrounding organizational culture, building up a manufacturing pipeline program, the importance of data and continuous improvement, and much more!

She shares her story about working at Sound Manufacturing and how her background encouraged her to make a bigger impact at the state level. She believes in bringing communities together and preparing students for careers in manufacturing and beyond!

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