Continuous Improvement Conference releases keynote speaker line-up

ciconference-inThe Printing Industries of America (PIA) has released the line-up of speakers for the 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference April 2 – 5 in Pittsburgh, PA. They include: Joe Murli, CEO, The Murli Group; Michael Bremer, President, Cumberland Group–Chicago; Greg Glebe, Founder and CEO, Xylem Design; Jamie Parker, District Manager, Manufacturing Network, FedEx Office; and Rich Diviney, Director of Outreach at Barry-Wehmiller,. They’ll provide guidance and share experiences during the multi-day event focused on Lean Manufacturing and other quality management control systems.

Joe Murli.
Joe Murli.

Joe Murli will present Engaging Everyone Everyday: Lean Management at Work, where he’ll outline the six elements (from understanding your “true north” to a culture of accountability) that need to be in place in order to create an organization that can sustain a Lean transformation. Michael Bremer’s session, How to Do a Gemba Walk, is based on his award-winning book by the same name and explains what exactly a Gemba walk is, how to structure an effective one, and why such management walks are necessary to create a continuous improvement culture.

Greg Glebe.
Greg Glebe.

In Fix What Bugs You: Making Problem Solving Your Competitive Edge, Greg Glebe tells the true story of one company’s attempts at creating a Lean culture and helps attendees learn if their company should consider a similar approach. Jamie Parker will deliver a presentation on Why Isn’t Lean Working? Investing in People to Navigate the Lean Road Trip. This will be a candid look at FedEx Office’s struggle to implement Lean, including a very ‘bumpy’ start. Parker will explain how ongoing support of Lean by top management is a model of what can be done. During Rich Diviney’s session, Everybody Matters: Unlocking Unlimited Potential, Barry-Wehmiller’s cultural transformation is on display as Diviney shares his five key learning experiences that have allowed the company to create an environment where everybody matters.

For keynote session descriptions, speaker bios and to register for the 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference, please visit ci.printing.org.

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