Carol Lee


Carolyn Lee is the executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.

In her role, Ms. Lee leads the Institute in its goal of supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. The Institute does so through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower—with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and lifelong learning.

Ms. Lee was raised in a manufacturing family. She saw from a young age the transformative impact manufacturing can have on communities, families and the men and women who build the world around us. Now it’s what drives her every day as she works to bring manufacturing’s powerful potential to more Americans. 


Prior to her role leading the Institute, Ms. Lee served in a policy role at the NAM and worked in leadership positions with the Telecommunications Industry Association and 3M and in the offices of former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and former Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Ms. Lee lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children. 

Deon Clark


Deon Clark is the Owner of TCI Solutions, LLC; a certified veteran and minority owned business committed to providing the highest quality of consultation in three key areas: Workforce Talent Pipeline Development, Corporate Diversity - Inclusion and Engagement Strategies, and Educational Development Services for Teachers & Students.

Mr. Clark is a veteran of the United States Nuclear Navy and served as a Licensed Senior Nuclear Reactor Operations Instructor and HR consultant in the Energy sector. He is the creator of the Legacy Iᶟ Workforce Model, a talent development system that provides employers with qualified local talent. He has developed robust talent development pipelines for major Global and US companies such as General Mills, Core Publishing Solutions, Xcel Energy, Arizona Public Service, Omaha Public Power District, Thomson Reuters, Metropolitan Airports Commission and others. Through his Legacy Programs, Deon has provided student development training to over 5000 students across multiple states. He has provided high quality professional development training and consultation to hundreds of educators and industry professionals.

Deon earned his B.S. in Human Resource Management form the New School University in NY, NY. He earned his Senior Nuclear Reactor Operator Instructor Certification from Exelon’s LaSalle Generating Station in IL.

Traci Tapani


Traci Tapani is Co-President of Wyoming Machine, Inc. Traci became an owner of Wyoming Machine in 1994 and has shared the position of President, with her sister Lori, since 1997.

Traci is actively involved in volunteer activities that promote math and science education, technical training, and careers in manufacturing. In 2014 Traci was honored by The Manufacturing Institute with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award for demonstrating excellence and leadership in Manufacturing and in April 2015 Traci participated in the Upskill America Summit hosted by the White House. Since, then she has made many trips to Washington, D.C. advocating for strong workforce development policy and in May 2018 she testified on this topic before Congress. Minnesota NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) awarded Traci and her sister, Lori, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Traci currently serves as Board Chair at the Initiative Foundation, serves on the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and recently completed a 3-year term as an appointee to the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Council.

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STEP Award

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Registration fees for 2019 NCATC Fall Conference

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Industry Tours

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Conference Hotel



3800 American Blvd E

Bloomington, Minnesota  55425

NCATC has a block of rooms at Hilton Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport Mall of America hotel:

  • Special conference rate of $169 per night plus 14.5% tax (rates good for Sept 10, 2019 - Sept 14, 2019 Same rate for single or double occupancy
  • Complimentary in-room Internet
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Make your hotel reservations online or by calling 1.952.854.2100

Special rate is good through Friday, August 27, 2019.  



 Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from Minneapolis  / St. Paul International airport.

The Hilton is in a prime location near Bloomington, MN attractions and the Light Rail to downtown Minneapolis.