EVENTS TEAM

Get Involved!

We are always looking for enthusiastic people to help plan and coordinate upcoming events.  If you are interested in helping, please email our Events Team co-leads, Dave Kippen (Dave.Kippen@dickinsonpress.com) or Rob Pease (lean.robpease@gmail.com). 

Our Role

We recommend specific event topics to the MLC Board, liaise with guest speakers and venue hosts, finalize the agenda for each event, select event dates and coordinate event logistics, establish an event feedback process, and report feedback to the MLC Board on a monthly basis.

Types of Events
  • Benchmarking Tours
  • Training Workshops
  • Leadership Panels
  • Information Sharing Sessions
  • Webinars
  • Coaching Sessions 
  • Collaborative programs with other Michigan lean user-groups and professional organizations
Team Vision

Provide outstanding and provocative lean learning events that help Michigan organizations pursue excellence and make our state the best place in the country to live, learn, and earn.

Team Mission

Educate people, share knowledge, and create lean awareness across industries and functions in order to promote innovation, job growth, and organizational success.


2017 Event Team Members

i. Co-Leader: Dave Kippen (Dickinson Press, Grand Rapids) and Rob Pease (Nucraft Furniture, Comstock Park)

ii. Annual Conference Leader: Debra Levantrosser (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

iii. Treasurer: Vera Szram-Senyk 

iv. Catherine Sweeney (Henry Ford Health Care System

v. Lauren Stewart (MLC Coordinator, Rochester)

vi. Howard Weston 

vii. Betsy Williams (Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City)

viii. Gerald Clarke (MLC President, Livonia)

ix. Jerry Browne (Sparrow Health Care Network, Lansing)

x. Sara Miller (Emergent BioSolutions, Lansing)

xi. Mike Wiersma (Whirlpool, Benton Harbor)

xii. Paige Thompson (Consumers Energy)

xiii. Eric Budd 

xiv. Elaine Throckmorton (General Motors)

xv. Tom Foster (Pierce, Monroe & Associates)

xvi. Gary Kapanowski (Moeller Aerospace)

xvii. Rob Mardegian (Aspen Surgical, Caledonia)

xviii. Brad Brown (Grand Rapids Fire Department, Grand Rapids)



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