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September 14, 2021



ECIA Highlights 2021 Executive Conference Keynote Speaker: Dean Kamen

Atlanta - Dean Kamen is a featured speaker at ECIA’s 2021 in-person Executive Conference. Dean Kamen is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman, known for his invention of the Segway. He is the founder of  DEKA Research & Development Corporation and the non-profit organization FIRST®. Kamen holds over 1,000 patents.

Kamen’s session will address one of every executive’s most pressing challenges for 2022: the ‘Great Resignation’. In his presentation, “How to Get Involved to Recruit & Retain Future Employees & Customers,” he will discuss how FIRST® provides a future for STEM industry workforces; ways to support employees in mentorships, support FIRST® teams and events, and using FIRST® to hire and retain the best talent. This session is generously sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics and TE Connectivity.

"Dean is one of the most popular conference speakers we've been fortunate to have," said Mark Conley, Conference Chairman.  "He returns after 10 years to inspire a new group of industry executives to take up the mantel of STEM education as an avenue to recruit and retain the next generation. What better way for all of us to get back together again and hear Dean’s powerful message, and at a time when we are all looking to add members to each of our teams. We are really excited to hear from him!"

The 2021 event is themed, “Charting the Course Forward” and will be the first chance for the industry to meet in person in nearly two years. The electronic components industry thrives on relationships, and meeting in-person is the best way to foster those.

For more information about ‘Charting the Course Forward’ visit the conference website:

About ECIA

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit or call 678-393-9990.