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    • Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • MI-HQ 674 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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    This a practical approach to learning and practicing Coaching Kata for Continuous Improvement. The focus of the learning and practice will be:

    • Creating a Lean Culture of Excellence
    • Learning a routine pattern of thinking that creates a culture of Excellence and Continuous Improvement
    • Developing a Kata Board for daily Improvement
    • Accelerate your learning as a Learner and a Coach
    • Coaching Kata for engagement and developing learners
    • Hands on learning through experiential Team Simulations

    The core of the workshop will highlight the details of implementing an effective Kata mindset for developing learners and coaches. These roles are key to any sustainable continuous improvement initiative. The Kata thought process is used as a model to train and develop leaders in lean organizations across a wide variety of industries. You will learn the key ingredients to coaching Kata teams and engaging the team members to be their best in achieving exceptional learning and performance in reaching their challenges. You will be expected to practice in simulations both the improvement Kata process with coaching kata for daily improvement. This workshop will provide valuable information, best practices, lessons learned and opportunity to practice these skills in a safe learning environment.

    Who Should Attend

    Anyone that has continuous improvement responsibilities in a wide variety of industries, wants to improvement their Kata coaching or learner skills and/ or has the responsibility to lead employees in achieving organizational goals and performance objectives.

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    This workshop will be taught by Lean Leadership Coach Dennis F. Cutright from LeanWork, LLC. Dennis has led and coached over 500 Kaizen/Kata teams, designed training platforms that has transformed organizational cultures, implemented quality systems and developed lean leaders across organizations. He has a proven track record with regards to improving employee engagement, safety, quality, delivery, productivity, leadership development, continuous improvement and customer service in accelerating organizational performance. He has worked in a wide variety of industries over his 30-year career as a lean practitioner.


    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • MI-HQ 674 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    • 11
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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
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    This coffee chat will be facilitated by Lean Leadership Coach Dennis F. Cutright from LeanWork, LLC. Dennis has led and coached over 500 Kaizen/Kata teams, designed training platforms that has transformed organizational cultures, implemented quality systems and developed lean leaders across organizations. He has a proven track record with regards to improving employee engagement, safety, quality, delivery, productivity, leadership development, continuous improvement and customer service in accelerating organizational performance. He has worked in a wide variety of industries over his 30-year career as a lean practitioner.


    • Friday, January 19, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Panera Bread 8365 West Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI 48116
    • 11
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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
    This lean coffee chat will be facilitated by Bob Peery: 

    With 25 years of manufacturing experience, I began my lean journey in 1995 while working in the automotive industry. During this time, I have held leadership roles in Operations management and Lean/Continuous improvement roles in the Automotive, Building Products, Life Sciences, and Food Service Industries. Having worked with over 100 different facilities in North America on process improvement through Kaizen and training, has provided me the opportunity to see the unique and creative ways people have applied Lean to solve their problems. Today, I find myself just as much a student of Lean as a coach.

    • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • BIGGBY COFFEE, 111 Main St, St Joseph, MI 49085
    • 15
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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

    Mike Wiersma will be facilitating this one for us!

    Mike has over 11 years of experience in leading cultural transformations in manufacturing and non-operational organizations across the globe. He has a proven track record in engineering, operations management and operational excellence with the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products. Achieves results with practical hands-on experience and effective leadership coaching. Passionate about helping people and organizations reach best in class performance.


    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6676966166976691459
    • 43
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    A fundamental tenet of Lean is that the worker's quality of life is improved, which includes both Safety and protection of the Environment. Hear about key ways that Lean can be integrated with EHS and vice versa. Run through some Case Studies about how Lean improved EHS (and vice versa!), and share your best examples. EHS is also a case where Cross-Enterprise Lean has a huge business case!

    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
    • Barton Malow Company 26500 American Drive Southfield, MI 48034
    • 15
    Register

    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!)

    On-site parking is available. 

    Agenda –

    7:30 – 7:45 Arrival/Grab a cup

    7:45 – 8:00 Session starts with brief announcements and introductions

    8:00 – 8:45 LEAN Coffee discussions

    8:45 Close out/Wrap up – LEAN Coffee ends

    8:45 – 9:00 Optional networking period and building tour

    9:00 Session ends

    This Lean Coffee event will be hosted by Barton Malow Company and facilitated by Brad Hanpeter.

    Brad is currently a Senior Corporate Strategy Manager at Barton Malow Company in Southfield, Michigan responsible for process improvement and LEAN.  Prior to transitioning to the commercial construction industry, Brad spent the majority of his career with Masco Corporation where he lead the development and deployment of the practices, processes, tools, and capabilities that supported Masco’s Lean and Quality functions world-wide.   Before joining Masco, Brad was a partner with an international manufacturing consulting firm and started his career at the General Electric Company.  Brad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DTE Energy 1 Energy Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226
    • 41
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    Details TBD!

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    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • ELGA Credit Union 2305 S. Center Road Burton, MI 48519
    • 15
    Register

    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


    • Friday, March 02, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    • OU Engineering Center, 15 Library Drive Rochester, MI 48309-4479 Room 347
    • 14
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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
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • IBM Watson Health,100 Phoenix Dr, Ann Arbor MI (West entrance)
    • 20
    Register

    Details TBD!

    • Friday, March 16, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Bell's Brewery 8938 Krum Ave, Galesburg, MI 49053
    • 37
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     Join us on a tour of Bell's Brewery with a focus on their sustainability practices!

    Bell's Comstock Brewery, home of their 50-barrel and 200-barrel brewhouse, is located on 30 acres in nearby Comstock, a short 7-mile drive from Kalamazoo. Designed to allow guests a first-hand look at our brewing process, fermentation and packaging, tours also include 2 complimentary samples.

    The tour will take about 90-minutes.  Since we will be going behind-the-scenes we will have to split the group into 2 in order to remain compliant with our safety guidelines.  Both groups will tour at the same time using slightly different routes. 

    Closed-toe shoes are required.  Also, each person will receive 2 samples of our beer so be sure everyone has a valid ID. 

    Meet at the top of the stairs inside of the visitor's front entrance.

    • Friday, March 23, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Link TBD
    • 97
    Register

    Many companies have geographically-dispersed employees, some working at a central location, with others working from various office locations or from home. Getting those employees involved on an equal footing is challenging since those on the phone often feel that they have less of a voice than those physically present in a conference room. The failure to engage employees creates the risk of missing valuable expertise and different viewpoints.

    IBM Watson Health has employees working in many global locations. Throughout the United States, employees work from offices or their homes, representing well over 1000 locations. Travel budgets are sometimes restricted to client-related expenses, requiring that we conduct Lean events remotely.

    In this interactive webinar, Mike Eke and Emily Twanmo will use a remote collaboration tool, Mural, to illustrate how they involve and engage employees from numerous locations. Participants will access Mural through an invitation link (no software downloaded), receive some initial training on use of the tool, and then experience its use in a problem-solving exercise. They will leave ample time for questions and discussions.

    Intended audience: Facilitators, leaders, and other employees who work with a geographically-dispersed population

    Speaker bios:

    Emily Twanmo is a Business Transformation Facilitator at IBM Watson Health. In this role, she is responsible for leading individuals and groups to reduce waste and increase customer value through the company’s product and service processes. Ms. Twanmo draws upon over three decades of experience with managing clients, healthcare data analysis, and meeting facilitation. She leverages her knowledge of Lean, IBM Design Thinking, Agile, and project management in this role.

    Ms. Twanmo was previously the Vice President of Business Transformation for the Truven Health Payer business. In this position, she addressed employee recommendations, facilitated cross-functional team collaboration, and coordinated presentations for the annual client conference. She also had responsibility for managing the house account, several large customers, and collaborated with Truven’s medical director to co-found the company’s culture of health program. Prior to 2016, Ms. Twanmo was the Vice President, Client Services, with responsibility for half of the employer market.

    Prior to joining Truven Health, Ms. Twanmo designed and conducted research studies on end-stage renal disease patients, the elderly, and nurses. Ms. Twanmo earned her MBA in finance and a BS in biology from the University of Michigan. She also has a Master’s in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene (now Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health).

    Mike Eke

    Mr. Eke is Director, Business Transformation, for Watson Health in Dallas, Texas.

    He is a Certified Lean-Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional with 18 years of experience leading and deploying Lean-Six Sigma, Process Improvement and Project Management initiatives at a wide array of companies. Industry experience includes automotive, financial services, electronics, sales, marketing, education, software and healthcare. Past employers include Tarrant County College, SuperMedia, Tyco Electronics and Honeywell, among others.

    Eke has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Lean-Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Tyco Electronics, PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute), Scum Master Certification from Scrum Alliance, is an IBM Design Thinking Practitioner and is trained as an ISO 9001:2008 Lead QMS Auditor.

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Orlans Group 1650 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
    • 13
    Register

    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
    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Brew 108 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
    • 14
    Register

    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

    Betsy Williams will be facilitating

    Training Services at Northwestern Michigan College

    Term expires in 2020

    Betsy works in the Training Services Division of Northwestern Michigan College as a Sales and Training Specialist, specializing in human resource management. Betsy is a former travel executive and consultant, with over 30 years of statewide operational development and management experience.

    Her current professional affiliations include:
    • Traverse City Chamber Healthcare Committee Member
    • SHRM Human Resource Specialist
    • Traverse City Area Human Resource Board Member
    • Michigan Lean Consortium Event and Annual Conference Committee Member
    • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Annual Conference Committee Member
    • Certified DISC Trainer

    • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
    • Henry Ford Health Systems Bloomfield
    • 90

    Details TBD!

Past events

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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