Toyota Kata Author Mike Rother and Lt. Governor Brian Calley to Speak at Upcoming Michigan Lean Conference

Betsy WilliamsBY: Betsy Williams, Sales and Training Specialist

For the fourth consecutive year, Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Hagerty Center will be the destination for the upcoming Michigan Lean Conference on Thursday and Friday, August 7 and 8, 2014. The theme for this year’s conference is “People: The Heart of Lean.” Jessica Jannaman, MLC Board Member and Annual Conference Committee Chair, says, “The Michigan Lean Consortium annual conference is never a disappointment. You will not find a more diverse group of attendees and high-quality presentations in Michigan. The annual conference offers an opportunity to network with Michigan's finest professionals and learn about the continuous growth of lean in today's businesses.”

We are honored to have two dynamic keynote speakers — both passionate about lean thinking: Mike Rother and Lt. Governor Brian Calley. Mike Rother is an engineer, researcher, teacher, author and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, and improvement. He has been a research associate with the University of Michigan, the Industrial Technology Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike is the author of Toyota Kata, a book that illustrates a means for developing human potential toward adaptation and innovation in the face of unpredictable business conditions. His previous book, Learning to See, is a worldwide user guide for Value Stream Mapping.

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley will also be a keynote speaker. When asked why a lean culture is important to the state, he replied, “In Michigan, we recognize that our most valuable resource is our people. The public and private sectors are working together in unprecedented ways to reinvent our government. Our vision is to establish the State of Michigan as a highly functioning organization that provides world-class service and enables prosperity for Michigan's citizens and businesses. We believe working with the Michigan Lean Consortium will help accelerate this progress. Our partnership with the MLC has helped our employees learn to lead service and process optimization efforts statewide.”

This collaborative effort offers continuous improvement and real results — leading to faster, smarter, and cheaper service delivery. No matter where you are in your lean journey, as a member of NMC Training Services and the MLC Annual Conference Committee, I encourage you to come learn, network, and contribute to transforming Michigan’s businesses at the Michigan Lean Annual Conference.

At NMC’s Training Services, we are committed to providing tools, coaching, and lean learning opportunities to our valued clients. One way we do this is by being active in the statewide Michigan Lean Learning Consortium. NMC’s Training Services Director, Richard Wolin, was one of the MLC founding board members in 2008. MLC was founded to spread lean principles throughout the state—to make Michigan the best place in the country to live, learn, and earn. Richard still serves as an active MLC Board member. Since 2008, the statewide organization has grown to nearly 800 members.

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