Tuesday, October 25 - 9:00 - 11:40 a.m.
In almost any field, quality, Lean, and teamwork form the foundation for solid work organizations today. Future exemplar organizations must be prepared to deal with surprise changes, plus create the capacity to execute rapid changes of their own making. In this Futures Panel Special Interest Session, eight thought leaders, coming from different perspectives, present their anticipated future key Turning Points for success and the impact they will have on US competitiveness. Don't miss it...your future may depend on it.
Author: Speed To Excellence, and ex-Raytheon Six-Sigma Knowledge Management and Benchmarking Champion
MBA, Harvard: Global Systems Change. Advises businesses such as Wal-Mart, governments and other organizations on sustainability, system change and enhancing financial performance through increased corporate responsibility. For seven years, Frank was the Managing Director of Research for Innovest, the largest corporate sustainability research firm in the world. To engage business and investors, he developed a new sustainability approach focused on system change, called Total Corporate Responsibility.
Robert "Doc" Hall, PhD
Former Editor of Target, and author Compression. Companies will find many old rules turning upside down in a resource-short world. Learning how to provide better long-term outcomes, using much less, will force major changes in what we think business should do, as well as Lean and quality methods for doing it.
Founder of Targeted Convergence Corp. Mike is an expert on applying Toyota NPD principles into other company cultures and contends that manufacturers must concentrate on fast, effective learning for early project decision-making. There is a lot more to Lean thinking than just improving existing processes.
Manish Mehta, PhD
Executive Director Sustainability, National Center for the Manufacturing Science in Ann Arbor, MI. Manish organizes strategic ventures and cross-industry cluster collaborations. He regularly surveys manufacturers on development, commercial readiness and application of new technology. He will challenge everyone to keep an eye on the next big thing in new design, manufacturing and human interaction technologies.
Owner of Schmald Tool & Die. Laurie is the founder of Adaptive Manufacturing Solutions, a vertically integrated collaborative of small Michigan companies banding together for mutual improvement. A well-known advocate of small manufacturing in government hearings, Laurie is adamant that we must improve skills training and create better jobs.
Founder, Reshoring Initiative. Harry is well known for the Initiative's efforts to help companies apply more financial logic to their offshoring/reshoring decisions and for his earlier efforts to recruit a stronger skilled manufacturing workforce. He is expanding his vision of what reshored manufacturing would look like, to include the impacts of Lean, QRM, TOC and DFMA.
Elected President of NACFAM, ex-Raytheon, former AME Champion, and a veteran of forward-looking manufacturing initiatives like Agile Manufacturing. NACFAM's goal is to help manufacturers move toward sustainable manufacturing by helping members determine how to close supply chain loops, drive through efficiency and towards industrial ecology, develop objective research-based policy recommendations, and create business opportunities within the sustainable manufacturing paradigm.
Founder and now Senior Advisor to the non-profit Lean Enterprise Institute. Jim led the MIT automotive research team that coined the term "Lean" to describe Toyota's business system. He is now an advocate of extending Lean thinking into every process in every organization, and to every sector of the economy thinking, as reflected in Gemba Walks, his latest book. Jim will also be one of our Keynote Speakers at the Dallas Conference this year.