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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 3152 Peregrine Dr NE Suite 110 Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    • 13
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    Do you love coffee (or tea)? Do you love networking, sharing lean best practices and solving lean problems together? If yes, we are rolling out a new informal program called Lean Coffee Chats! We will have 60-90 minute sessions in different locations around Michigan.

    What are the benefits?

    • Leverage our membership knowledge base
    • Focus on implementation of lean tools
    • Opportunity to network
    • Share best practices
    • Stay connected with other MLC members
    • ALL FOR FREE for members (+ you can bring a non-member guest for FREE too!)

    What a typical agenda will look like:

    • Meet and greet
    • Lean implementation topic and brainstorm - bring a topic suggestion or come ready to ask for help with a lean issue you are encountering
    • Learn about MLC and upcoming events
    • Networking
    Our hosts will be: 

    Allen Booth

    Andrew Whitmore

    SDI Consulting

    • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, 100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • 39
    Register

    Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI) is a powerful tool that can help a team improve their efficiencies and effectiveness as they work together towards a common goal. The object of this workshop would be education, demonstrated hands-on learning, and a clear understanding of MDI principles and methodologies.

    Answering the question: Are you maximizing your team's potential through Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)?

    Program Learner/Participant Objectives: Learn from our Successes and our Failures - See what Managing for Daily Improvement has taught us on our journey to become a National Leader in Health.

    Targeted Audience: Zero, Beginner, and Intermediate

     Lean practitioners Participants should have some knowledge of lean concepts, such as continuous improvement and respect for people. This session will highlight hands on approach of visual management from two lean practitioners who have developed and coached hundreds of MDI boards. From high level strategy to frontline process control boards. Learn the elements of MDI, identifying problems, listening to your customer, and identifying what work-a-rounds does your team see as "normal?"

    Speaker Bios: 

    Lorelei Vargo is currently a Supply Chain Services Improvement Specialist with Spectrum Health. Lorelei has 18 years of experience in various types of industries to include Healthcare, non-profit and education. Her positions have included Process Engineer, Project Coordinator, and Co-founder of an International non-profit. Lorelei has facilitated Lean in various areas of Healthcare, including Supply Chain Services, Human Resources, Revenue Cycle, Neuroscience, Emergency Department, Surgery, Lab, Radiology, Registration, and Scheduling. She earned her MBA from Cornerstone University and is Bronze certified with the ASQ - AME - SHINGO INSTITUTE – SME. 

    Todd Lamer is a Sr. Improvement Specialist at Spectrum Health, where Todd currently leads the process improvement learning for Continuing Care and Healthier Communities through the use of visual management and sustainment of improvements through respectful leadership support.

    Todd has been with Spectrum Health for 20 years, the most recent 7 has been with the process improvement department where he has supported various service lines, among them are emergency services, post-acute pediatric specialties, transport services, supply chain conveyance, acute and post-acute adult services. With the use of visual management and managing for daily improvement methods, Todd has empowered these teams to deliver significant improvements in service and care delivery in the healthcare setting.

    Todd is an avid Michigan shore fisherman, in his free time he can be found using PDSA thinking while enjoying this hobby.

    • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Dart Container 500 Hogsback Rd., Mason, MI 48854 Building 6
    • 28
    Register




    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  
    Time for sessions 1-4 is 
    8:30am – 4:30pm, Testing Day Time TBD. 
    • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Dart Container 500 Hogsback Rd., Mason, MI 48854 Building 6
    • 30
    Register



    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  
    Time for sessions 1-4 is 
    8:30am – 4:30pm, Testing Day Time TBD. 
    NOTE: Membership fee is $90 and if you become a member today or by the event you only pay the member registration fee of $60 for this event.
    • Friday, December 14, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Dart Container 500 Hogsback Rd., Mason, MI 48854 Building 6
    • 30
    Register



    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  
    Time for sessions 1-4 is 
    8:30am – 4:30pm, Testing Day Time TBD. 
    NOTE: Membership fee is $90 and if you become a member today or by the event you only pay the member registration fee of $60 for this event.
    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • Friday, January 18, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Dart Container 500 Hogsback Rd., Mason, MI 48854 Building 6
    • 30
    Register



    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  
    Time for sessions 1-4 is 
    8:30am – 4:30pm, Testing Day Time TBD. 
    NOTE: Membership fee is $90 and if you become a member today or by the event you only pay the member registration fee of $60 for this event.
    • Friday, February 22, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dart Container 500 Hogsback Rd., Mason, MI 48854 Building 6
    • 30
    Register
    You are responsible for paying for your own test fee. Refer to the SME Bronze webpage for current pricing. Click here




    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  

Past events

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 8th Annual Conference - LEAN: Learn, Educate and Network
Thursday, July 19, 2018 Webinar: “Prioritizing lean projects at the State of Michigan: Going from FIFO to Strategic Alignment”
Thursday, July 19, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Grand Rapids
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat at the Horse Farm in Fenton
Friday, June 22, 2018 State of Michigan Energy Center Tour
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Houghton
Friday, June 15, 2018 Kanban for Everyone
Friday, May 25, 2018 Lean at a Horse Farm
Friday, May 18, 2018 2018 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean: A Safer Tomorrow
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Event with ASQ
Friday, May 04, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Friday, April 27, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Traverse City
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Troy
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Lean Do It Yourself (DIY) Toolkit Training
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Coaching Kata for Continuous Improvement
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Webinar on Decision Bias
Friday, March 23, 2018 Webinar with IBM Watson Health
Friday, March 23, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 City of Grand Rapids Presents A3 & Lean for Management
Friday, March 16, 2018 Lean Sustainability Focus Tour at Bell's Brewery
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Grand Rapids
Friday, March 02, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Oakland University
Friday, February 23, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Burton
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Change Leadership Event at DTE Energy
Friday, February 16, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Southfield
Friday, February 16, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Friday, January 19, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Ann Arbor
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Coaching Kata for Continuous Improvement
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Lean Into the New Year - A 12 month Plan Webinar with Kathy Malone
Friday, December 01, 2017 Year End Event & Networking Reception
Friday, November 17, 2017 Bronze Prep Exam
Friday, October 27, 2017 Healthcare Kata
Friday, October 06, 2017 Lean Application
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Amway VMS Learning Event
Friday, September 22, 2017 Lean Story at Hayes Manufacturing
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 7th Annual Conference - Achieving True North: Lead-Engage-Accelerate-Now
Friday, July 21, 2017 An Inside Look at Truven Health Lean Events
Friday, July 21, 2017 Lean 103
Friday, May 19, 2017 2017 Annual Healthcare Symposium
Thursday, May 18, 2017 “Using Value Stream Mapping in Idealized Design” - Event with ASQ
Friday, May 05, 2017 Lean 102
Friday, March 24, 2017 2nd Michigan Kata Practitioner Day
Friday, March 10, 2017 Lean 101
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Toyota Kata Course
Friday, February 17, 2017 Part 1 of 3 Part Series: Simulation at Built Systems LLC
Friday, January 27, 2017 Gemba Walk at Menlo Innovations
Friday, December 02, 2016 Year End After Event Networking Reception
Friday, December 02, 2016 Year End Event: “This Year's Challenge Condition and What I Learned”
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Joint Venture with ASQ Detroit: “ReThink” Continuous Improvement Curriculum 1 Day Training
Friday, October 14, 2016 Lean Law Journey at Orlans Group
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 6th Annual Conference - Lean 3.0: The Next Frontier
Thursday, June 16, 2016 The 1st Michigan Kata Practitioner Day
Friday, June 10, 2016 DTE Educational Learning Event
Friday, May 20, 2016 2016 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean and High Reliability
Friday, April 22, 2016 Grand Rapids Fire Department Gemba Walk
Friday, April 01, 2016 Speak So They Listen
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Pettibone Traverse Lift Gemba Event
Friday, December 04, 2015 Year End After Event Networking Reception
Friday, December 04, 2015 End of Year Event - Lean Journeys
Friday, October 23, 2015 Herman Miller Healthcare Lean Learning
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Joint Event with ASQ - Red Bead Experiment Redux
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 How to Assess the Maturity of your Lean Organization
Monday, October 05, 2015 The Mechanics of Lean Deployment
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5th Annual Conference - Transforming The Future NOW
Thursday, June 18, 2015 MLC Young Professionals Group Meetup
Friday, June 12, 2015 Improvement Kata Fast Start
Friday, May 15, 2015 TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) workshop
Monday, May 04, 2015 2015 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Navigating the Whitewater of Healthcare
Friday, March 27, 2015 Value Stream Mapping
Friday, March 06, 2015 Lean Assessments
Friday, February 27, 2015 How to Stop Whack A Mole Safety Management
Friday, January 16, 2015 Tauber Institute Operations Leadership Factory at the University of Michigan
Friday, December 05, 2014 Year End After Event Networking Reception
Friday, December 05, 2014 The Herman Miller Performance System, The Story of Herman Miller's Lean Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way and After Event Networking
Friday, November 21, 2014 Value Stream Mapping
Friday, November 07, 2014 Lean 103
Friday, October 10, 2014 2014 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean Strategies in Transforming Patient Care
Friday, September 26, 2014 Lean 102
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Lean 103
Thursday, August 07, 2014 4th Annual Conference: "People: The Heart of Lean"
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Lean 102
Friday, May 02, 2014 Improvement Kata Fast Start
Friday, April 04, 2014 The History of Deming, Quality and Synergies to Lean – With The Red Bead Experiment
Friday, March 28, 2014 Lean 101
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 GEMBA Walk at Zingerman's Mail Order
Friday, February 28, 2014 Integrated Task Assessment: A Tool to Improve Health Care Performance
Friday, January 24, 2014 From Vision to World-Class Business: Living the Principles, Using the Tools at DragonMead Brewery
Friday, December 06, 2013 End of Year Event and Networking Reception
Friday, November 15, 2013 Lean 103
Friday, October 25, 2013 The 2013 Healthcare Symposium
Friday, September 27, 2013 Lean 102
Friday, September 20, 2013 Train the Trainer featuring Amelia Brown
Thursday, August 08, 2013 3rd Annual Conference: "Lean: Past, Present & Future"
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Lean 101
Friday, April 19, 2013 Managing for Sustainment - Creating a Lean Management System and Leader Standard Work
Friday, March 22, 2013 Change Management: What Is It and How to Do It Well!
Friday, February 08, 2013 Organizational Pit Stop: Get a Tune-Up and a Clean Windshield by Grand Rapids Fire Department
Friday, January 25, 2013 Benchmarking Visit to Spectrum Health Systems
Friday, December 07, 2012 "Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture" & Networking Event featuring Tom Shuker
Friday, November 02, 2012 Micron Manufacturing Benchmarking Event featuring Dan Vermeesch
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Lean Operational Excellence Simulation
Friday, October 05, 2012 Health Care Summit
Friday, September 14, 2012 "Kaizen for Beginners" featuring Amy Long
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