Webinar: Blue to White

2020thu21may2:00 pmthu3:00 pmWebinar: Blue to White2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Details

Identifying and Developing Leaders from Within


A core value of Steel Dynamics are the right people in the right place at the right time. Step one is to hire the right people through an extensive application, testing and interview process. The next step is to on-board the new hire in a positive, inclusive way through orientation, introduction to SDI safety and production culture and setting expectations in development of knowledge in processes and operations. Progress tracked through certifications and reviews identify the right place for the team member to excel. Identifying leadership potential is found through the interaction with other team members, testing and the individuals participation in discretionary activities. Development through training programs on and off site, focus on both situational training and sound business practices. These development practices produce a pool of employees equipped and ready for the next level of leadership.


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Learning Objectives


Hire Smart – take a wide view of the organizations needs, both present and future

Communicate clear expectations

Hold accountable and provide timely feedback

Identify development needs, and provide training opportunities


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About Our Facilitator

Toby Powell has 21 years of experience within the steel industry. His career began with a large regional rebar fabricator as a manager in training and quickly moved to purchasing steel from multiple mills to insure proper inventory levels. Hired by Steel Dynamics in 2003 as Purchasing Manager for SDI Pittsboro, he was part of the team that restarted the idled mill. In his purchasing role he developed procedures for purchasing, receiving and maintaining appropriate levels of raw materials used in production of steel. Promoted to Materials and Transportation Manager in 2014, Toby manages the department responsible for receiving raw materials, moving product on site and shipping finished goods. His department performs most of the entry level hiring for the plant.

Toby obtained his BS in Mathematics from Western Illinois University and enjoys many different activities outside of work.


May 21, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm