Supervisor Skills 1.0

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Have an employee with leadership potential or a newly promoted supervisor or foreman and want to give them some practical management training?

This 32-hour interactive course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed become effective leaders and supervisors. The participants will be acquainted with skills and tools to relate to subordinates, peers and their managers.

Participants will learn how to:

Identify different leadership styles and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Identify different behavioral characteristics and determine the best method of relating to each type.
Identify communication barriers and listening/communication techniques to enhance communication in all directions.
Identify how to manage time to maximize available time and to decrease non-productive activities.
Examine how individuals are motivated and identify opportunities to motivate subordinates to achieve organizational goals.
Identify and apply different factors in delegation and how to give orders in a manner that will provide an environment for compliance.
Identify the phases teams go through and how to maximize positive outcomes of each stage.
Identify components of effective meetings and apply them, resulting in meetings that are more productive.
Determine most effective method of delivering on-the-job training and apply them for increased competence in employees.
Identify the stages of change and how individuals react to each stage.
Recognize how to relate to subordinates to ensure the smoothest possible transition.
Identify what causes conflict and how to mitigate and prevent escalation of conflict.
Recognize how to administer employee discipline to maximize behavior change and minimize conflict.

Supervisors, new and experienced.

Both SHRM and HRCI recognize and accept CEUs from IACET for their respective recertification processes.
For SHRM (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP), 2.8 CEUs = 28 professional development credits (PDCs).
For HRCI (PHR and SPHR), 2.8 CEUs = 28 recertification credit hours.


Donuts & Defense

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Join Velocity and NAMC for a unique networking event focused on the defense industry. Connect with professionals and explore exciting opportunities in this dynamic sector, all while enjoying some delicious donuts.

Defense and Donuts is the perfect opportunity to network with key players in the defense industry and businesses seeking collaborations. Expand your connections, gain valuable insights, and access educational resources that will contribute to your success in the defense field. We can't wait to see you there!

Why should you attend? Here's why:

Networking Opportunities: Forge valuable relationships that can lead to exciting collaborations and career advancement.

Open-Forum Discussion: Share your thoughts on topics, speakers, and educational sessions you'd like to see at future gatherings.

Company Pitches: Listen to compelling pitches from three selected attendees about their company's needs that the network may fulfill. If you're interested in being one of the three, apply here.

Oh, and did we mention donuts?


Building Better Teams

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Team building is an activity-based training that will provide participants an understanding of the importance of teamwork.

It creates a climate that encourages and values team member contributions towards problem solving and continuous improvement.

Through a variety of activities, participants experience challenges that teams face while progressing through the four stages of team development.

Team members learn how to analyze and discuss behavioral characteristics of people.

These individual attributes contribute to mutual trust for each other allowing teams to learn from each other by sharing information, skills and experiences.

- Demonstrate Team dynamics
- Listening to others
- Soliciting / facilitating input from others
- Result oriented problem solving
- Achieving consensus with acceptable results

Shop Floor Personnel, Supervisors, Administrative


Coffee & Conversation

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Do you want to uncover the secrets behind creating strong, emotional connections that turn customers into brand champions? This month's session will be Brand Love with Lydia Michael, Founder of Blended Collective. Lydia will share her inspiration and motivation for writing her book “Brand Love” along with insights into a multicultural brand example demonstrating the impact of emotional engagement on loyalty. She will introduce her ‘Brand Love Drivers’ and 'The Eight Brand Love Stages' model for a strategic approach to brand loyalty and advocacy.

In addition to networking with other business owners and industry professionals, attendees will learn how to:

Uncover the unique emotional and rational 'Brand Love Drivers' that resonate with your consumers, essential for building a meaningful brand connection.
Gain insights from a multicultural case study, understanding the impact of emotional engagement on the bottom line.
Utilize the ‘Brand Love Drivers’ and model to develop a strategic approach towards achieving brand loyalty and advocacy.

Join us for a community discussion to nurture enduring relationships with your customers, ensuring your brand remains relevant and inspiring in today's rapidly evolving marketplace.

About the Presenter:

Lydia Michael
Founder of Blended Collective
Speaker & Author of "Brand Love"

Lydia Michael is a marketing and brand strategist, adjunct professor, speaker, and author. She works with companies and organizations to develop brands and marketing strategies. Lydia is the founder and owner of Blended Collective, a multicultural marketing and brand consultancy. Her experience includes working with brands like Deloitte and L’Oréal in Germany where she was born and raised trilingual. Lydia’s work has been recognized with several diversity and marketing-centered awards. She leads workshops and speaks to audiences about topics such as multicultural marketing, brand love, entrepreneurship, and personal branding.

In her first book “Brand Love – Building Strong Consumer Brand Connections” published by Kogan Page in 2023, Lydia breaks down the process of building emotionally strong, long-lasting consumer-brand relationships that connect on a human level. Offering insight into the use of emotional and rational "Brand Love Drivers," she introduces "The Eight Brand Love Stages" model designed to inspire brand loyalty and advocacy, featuring exclusive interviews, multicultural case studies, and 100+ companies and brands such as Huda Beauty, LEGO, and Toyota in the book. It's available on Amazon and anywhere you can find books.

Lydia enjoys being involved in the arts and culture community and is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from Wayne State University in Detroit and an M.B.A. in International Management from Pforzheim University in Germany. Lydia is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and teaches a digital marketing class at Lawrence Technological University.

For more about Lydia, visit and


Succession Planning Series: Session 1

Velocity 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI

Join us for an exclusive four-part event series on Succession Planning, presented in collaboration with UHY Advisors. This month's session will be led by speaker Thomas Alongi, who will dive into the art of preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime transition. Gain insights on succession planning and your next steps and elevate your business legacy with expert guidance! family succession, strategic planning for sale to private equity, and the rising popularity of ESOPs. Elevate your business legacy with expert guidance!

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

How to prepare for the transition and what your options are.
Family Succession: defining your legacy the right way.
Strategic planning for sale to private equity.
The rising popularity of ESOPs.
Why are ESOP's becoming so popular?
Is an ESOP the path forward for your business?

About the Presenter:

Thomas Alongi
Partner UHY LLP
Managing Director, UHY Advisors

Thomas Alongi is a leader of the audit and assurance practice, where he has been advising both public and private clients in regard to their finances and operations for nearly 30 years. Tom is the leader of the firm’s national manufacturing practice and hosts UHY's annual Manufacturing and Automotive Outlooks. He is frequently called upon to contribute thought leadership to various industry organizations.

Areas of Experience:

Audits of public and private companies
Deal negotiation and implementation of post-transaction strategic planning
Consultation, evaluation, and implementation of part and product line costing models
All stages of the costing process
Strategic cost management and consulting, product and part profitability, business profitability modeling, and cash flow forecasting

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed CPA in the state of Michigan
Licensed CMA (Certified Management Accountant)