Theme: Establishing a Winning Culture
Date: August 8-10, 2012
Place: Traverse City, Michigan
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More than 140 people from throughout Michigan and
from as far away as Arizona participated in MLC’s
second annual conference held at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
Participants came from a wide range of industries
including health care, automotive, aerospace, energy, and
government. All rallied around their common interest in learning more about lean, sharing their knowledge, and
forming strong connections that will continue beyond the conference.
Hear what participants and speakers had to say:
"This has been a fantastic experience. It's given me an
opportunity to step outside my industry, meet new
people, and think outside the box."
Amelia Stephens, Consumers Energy
“Reinventing Michigan requires a lasting cultural shift
in how we conduct business. The single most important
element of this shift is empowering our employees
through mutual trust.”
Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, in his keynote address
"I have enjoyed the amount of intensity and cohesiveness
in the participants and presentations."
John Boulahanis, JAMA Consulting
“Health care is fragmented and one of our biggest
problems is the mindset – ‘I have to do something
unique for it to have value.’ What we need to do instead
is embrace and celebrate the adoption of best practices
from other organizations and other industries.”
Robert Riney, President and COO of Henry Ford
Health System, in his keynote address
“Education used to be like a ladder using one pathway,
involving memorization of facts, with everyone going
to the same destination. It’s now more like a climbing
wall with multiple pathways that requires divergent
thinking, problem-solving, agility, and constant
Steve Cousins, Superintendent, Traverse City Area
Public Schools, in his keynote address
HIGHLIGHTS - 2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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