WED Talks

AWFS®Fair WED (Wood EDucation) Talks are short inspirational presentations by experts and wood industry community members on the topics about which they are passionate…including workforce development, Lean manufacturing, new products, and more!



Join us at the 2021 AWFS®Fair for WED Talks!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

AWFS®Fair Live Booth #4681


Session Time
subject to adjustment
Presenter Name Session Title
1:00 p.m. Kelly Victor-Burke Find Your Voice, Find Your Workforce: How to Start Spreading the News on Careers at Your Company and in the Wood Industry
1:30 Brad Cairns LEAN, gets started today! …Where to Start, Why, and How
2:00 Chris Hedges On the Chasing of Dreams: My Life as a Woodworker and Educator
2:30 Harold Greene HandMade: My Life in Craft
2:45 Justin Stabb The Generator: Accelerating the Industry through Access to Technology


Click on the video links below to watch the 2019 WED Talks:

2019 WED Talk Video Presenter Name 2019 WED Talk Session Title
Watch Patrick’s Video Patrick Molzahn Developing the Next Gen Workforce:
Where to find them and how to motivate them.
Watch Whitney’s Video Whitney Pyle The Industry’s Secret Weapons
Watch Thomas’ Video Thomas Allott Generational Collaboration
Watch Scott’s Video Scott Grove The GrovEvolution: Scott Grove’s Creative Force
Watch Kayleen’s Video Kayleen McCabe Great Careers Have Multiple Pathways to Success
Watch Wendy’s Video Wendy Maruyama Social Activism Through Woodworking
Watch Judson’s Video Judson Beaumont Putting the FUN Back in Furniture
Watch Norm and Nathan’s Video Norm Abram & Nathan Gilbert Inspiring the Next Generation of Skilled Workers