LEAN & SIX SIGMA WORLD CONFERENCE

The Leading Conference on Lean Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement

March 29-30, 2017
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville, TN, USA

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LEAN & SIX SIGMA DEPLOYMENT THROUGHOUT THE ENTERPRISE

WHAT MAKES THIS CONFERENCE A CUT ABOVE THE REST?

Hundreds of Master Black Belts, Black Belts, Green Belts, and Yellow Belts come together each spring to network, learn from the most experienced practitioners in Lean Six Sigma, and exchange ideas.  The American Quality Institute (AQI) will once again host the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference in 2017, building on the success of the highly acclaimed 2016 event. 

Internationally recognized speakers will address the crowd at this leading event for process improvement professionals.  With multiple keynotes, 50+ breakout sessions, expanded sessions and pre- and post-conference activities, the 2017 event aims to be the most valuable and comprehensive Lean & Six Sigma conference yet again.

The conference attracts international and national experts on topics including innovation, process improvement, and value creation.  The 2017 Lean & Six Sigma World Conference attracts representatives from all government, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to share experiences.

Lean Six Sigma World Excellence Awards

Once again, the Lean and Six Sigma World Conference will be awarding “Deployment of the Year”, “Project of the Year”, and

 “Innovation of the Year” Awards at the 2017 conference. We want to hear from you about why your team should win! Details and the application form will be available in late 2016.

REASONS TO ATTEND

BEST Technical Program With 50+ Presenters
BEST keynote speakers
BEST networking event
EXCLUSIVE
 information on the recent developments in Lean & Six Sigma Standards
NETWORKING meetings specifically for Master Black Belts, Black Belts, Green Belts, Yellow Belts, Lean & Six Sigma Executives, Consultants, and Trainers
ORGANIZED by Master Black Belts, Black Belts, and Lean & Six Sigma Leaders

CONFERENCE AT-A-GLANCE


TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

LSS Yellow Belt Certification Workshop

8:00 AM –

4:00 PM

Don Johnston, LSS Master Black Belt, CEO, and Bonnie Stone, LSS Master Black Belt, CAS Adaptive Solutions

 WEDNESDAY MORNING MARCH 29, 2017

 

TRACK LSS - 1 – KEYNOTES
Shooting for the Moon With Lean & Six Sigma

8:00 AM –

8:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Joel Smith, Chair, 2017 Lean & Six Sigma World Conference

8:15 AM –

8:50 AM

Session #LSS – 011
Driving Business Transformation with Rapid Continuous Improvement

Marty Ellen, CFO, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX, USA

9:00 AM –

9:45 AM

Session #LSS – 012

Six Sigma and Wine, a Perfect Pairing!

Kaj Ahlmann, Managing Director and Chairman of the Global Advisory Council for Insurance at Deutsche Bank, and Owner Six Sigma Ranch and Winery, Lower Lake, CA, USA

9:45 AM –

10:15 AM

Refreshment Break

 

TRACK LSS - 2 – KEYNOTES

Lean & Six Sigma: Evolve or Go Extinct!

10:15 AM –

11:00 AM

Session #LSS – 021

Enhancing Leadership Support for Your Lean & Six Sigma Deployment

Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, President, Firefly Consulting, Austin, TX, USA

11:00 AM –

11:45 AM

Session #LSS – 022

CFO Lean & Six Sigma Roundtable - Successful Business Transformation via Lean and Six Sigma Methods

Marty Ellen, CFO, Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Will McDade, CFO, Interstate Battery

12:00 PM –

1:00 PM

Networking Luncheon

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 29, 2017

 

TRACK LSS – 3

Leadership Engagement as a Cornerstone for Lean & Six Sigma Success

TRACK LSS – 4

“V” is for Value Added in
Lean & Six Sigma

TRACK LSS – 5

Avoid the Pot Holes on the Way to Operational Excellence

1:00 PM –

1:35 PM

Session #LSS – 031

Leadership for Lean Six Sigma

Alessandro Laureani, Head of Global Operations and Processes, Google, Dublin 4, Ireland; Co-Speaker: Jiju Antony

Session #LSS – 041

Conversations with Your Customers to Improve Your Organizational Knowledge Management

Cynthia Young, Knowledge Manager, McKean Defense, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Session #LSS – 051

Game Changing Quality Strategies for Organizational Excellence

Kush Shah, Senior Manager, Operational Excellence, General Motors Corporation, Oakland Township, MI, USA

1:35 PM –

2:10 PM

Session #LSS – 032

Selling Quality and Service to the CFO Based on Revenue and Word of Mouth Impact

John Goodman, Vice Chairman, CCMC,

Alexandria, VA, USA

Session #LSS – 042

Yes, There Are Projects Beyond Making the Perfect Crayola Crayon & Marker

Richard John Titus, Jr., Adjunct Faculty, MBB and Principal, Lehigh University and Titus Consulting, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Session #LSS – 052

Creating a Journey to World Class Performance, Utilizing Operational Excellence

Korey Zawadzki, Partner, Competitive Solutions, Inc., Alpharetta, GA, USA

2:10 PM –

2:45 PM

Session #LSS – 033

Embedding Continuous Improvement Across Customer Facing Processes

Doug Drolett, Americas Continuous Improvement Leader, Shell, Spring, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 043

Too Lean? Too Much Focus on Value-Added Processes Creates Non-Value Added Conditions

Bob Doering, Quality Engineer, CorrectSPC, LaGrange, USA

Session #LSS – 053

Preventing Six Sigma Failure Within Your Organization: Common Costly Six Sigma Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Lois A. Jordan, President and CEO, Transformation Technologies, Inc., Tampa, FL, USA

2:45 PM –

3:15 PM

 

Refreshment Break

 

 

TRACK LSS – 6

Tying It All Together
Using Lean

TRACK LSS – 7

There are Lies, D@!&ed Lies, and Statistics!

TRACK LSS – 8

X, Why, Triz, and
Lean & Six Sigma

3:15 PM –

3:50 PM

Session #LSS – 061

Lean Pilots: An Innovative Framework for Solving Enterprise-Level Challenges

Mariya Breyter, Director of Agile and Lean Practices, Dun & Bradstreet, Morganville, NJ, USA

Session #LSS – 071

The Secret Foundations of Inference and Data Analysis

Donald J. Wheeler, Consulting Statistician, SPC Press, Knoxville, TN, USA

Session #LSS – 081

Using TRIZ Innovation Techniques in Transactional Settings

Rod Toro, Operational Excellence Deployment Leader, American Society for Quality, Saint Peters, MO, USA

3:50 PM –

4:25 PM

Session #LSS – 062

Two Lean Management Systems, One That Improves Our Business, One That Saved My Life

Tom Raidna, MBB, LSS Training Manager, PNC, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Session #LSS – 072

Developing a Taste for Interactions

K. K. Moore, Senior Master Black Belt, Shaw Industries Group, Franklin, TN, USA

Session #LSS – 082

Crayola: Lean, Six Sigma, A3’s and DMAIC Co-existing like Paint and a Canvas

Alek Farkas, Distribution Center Manager, Crayola, LLC, Bethlehem, PA, USA

 

 

TRACK LSS – 9

Lean & Six Sigma Excellence Awards

 

4:25 PM –

5:00 PM

 

Session #LSS – 091 Lean & Six Sigma Excellence Awards

Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, MBB, President, Firefly Consulting, Austin, TX, USA

 

 

 

TRACK LSS – 10

Lean Coffee: LSS Community of Learning

 

5:00 PM –

5:45 PM

 

Session #LSS – 101

Lean Coffee: Lean & Six Sigma Community of Learning

Vera Polyakova, Senior Manager, Client Solutions, ThinkVera, Land O'Lakes, FL, USA

 

7:00 PM –

8:00 PM

 

Reception with Exhibitors

 

 

THURSDAY MORNING MARCH 30, 2017

 

TRACK LSS – 11

Rounding Out Your Superhero Lean & Six Sigma Tool Belt

TRACK LSS – 12

Have Your
Cake and Lean It too

TRACK LSS – 13

Putting the Care in Healthcare Using Lean & Six Sigma

8:00 AM –

8:40 AM

Session #LSS – 111

Slaying the Inventory Dragon with the Assistance of Analytics

Dean S. Williams, Manager, Measuring & Test Equipment, Duke Energy, Huntersville, NC, USA

Session #LSS – 121

From Chaos to Order Then Performance Excellence – Improving USPS
Operating Performance

Bradley L. Golish, Ph.D., LSSMBB, United States Postal Service, Pittsburgh, PA, USA & Dennis Joseph Chakey, LSS MBB, G&B Solutions, Inc.

Session #LSS – 131

Using Lean Six Sigma and Virtual Discrete Event Simulation to Optimize Patient Placement

Tamar Kutz, Director, Ambulatory Performance Improvement, Memorial Health System, Springfield, IL, USA

8:40 AM –

9:15 AM

Session #LSS – 112

No ERP? No Problem! Replenishment
Pull Implementation

Keith Wyly, Sr. CI Manager, Interstate Batteries, ESAB, Xylem Inc., Lewisville, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 122

Lean Six Sigma for Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Jiju Antony, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Session #LSS – 132

Stuck in the Patient Referral Black Hole? Call Code Lean Six Sigma

Chandak B. Madhura, Executive Director - Clinical Integration, John Peter Smith Health Network, Fort Worth, USA

9:15 AM –

9:50 AM

Session #LSS – 113

Ten Critical Xs for a Successful Transactional Rapid Results Kaizen

Marilyn Monda, CEO, Monda Consulting LLC, San Diego, CA, USA

Session #LSS – 123

Waste Reduction in a Food Industry Using DMAIC - LSS Project

Rafael Wollmann, Consultant, Gemba, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

Session #LSS – 133

Ready, Set, Go? Using Lean Processes
to Prepare for Your New Facility’s First Patient Day

Barry Kowalsky, MAAA, Senior Principal, Stantec, Calgary, AB, Canada

9:50 AM –

10:15 AM

 

Refreshment Break

 

 

TRACK LSS – 14

Herding Cats Using
Lean & Six Sigma

TRACK LSS – 15

Lean & Six Sigma for Tech Heads and Media Mavens

TRACK LSS – 16

Lean & Six Sigma for the
Health of It!

10:15 AM –

10:50 AM

Session #LSS – 141

Teams Gone Wild! Addressing
Dysfunction in Your Meetings!

Peg Drummond, CEO, Superteams, Bellingham, WA, USA

Session #LSS – 151

Social Media: Getting Yourself LinkedIn and Improving Your Personal Brand

Heather Rafferty, Marketing Director, Firefly Consulting, Austin, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 161

Obeya Strategy and Experience at Carolinas HealthCare System

Michael E. Johnston, Vice President, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC, USA

10:50 AM –

11:25 AM

Session #LSS – 142

Silo Mentality Getting You Down? Then “The Awareness Method” May Be
Just What You Need!

Diane Karch, Lean Consultant, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 152

Build an Engaging and Rewarding
Social Media Practice

Vera Polyakova, Senior Manager, Client Solutions, ThinkVera, Land O'Lakes, FL, USA

Session #LSS – 162

Specific Lean & Six Sigma Tools That Take You from Volume to Value in Healthcare

David Kashmer, Chair of Surgery, The Surgical Lab, LLC, New York, NY, USA

11:25 AM –

12:00 PM

Session #LSS – 143

The Joy of Lean: Transforming, Leading, and Sustaining a Culture of Engaged
Team Performance

Dodd Starbird, Managing Partner, Implementation Partners LLC, Alpharetta, GA, USA

Session #LSS – 153

How Technology Affects Lean Six Sigma
 in the 21st Century

Jim Duarte, Sr. Data Scientist, SAS Institute, Clermont, FL, USA

Session #LSS – 163

Leading High Reliability Healthcare Organizations

Richard Paul Morrow, President, RPMExec, Bulverde, TX, USA

12:00 PM –

1:00 PM

 

Networking Luncheon

 

 

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 30, 2017

 

TRACK LSS – 17

Show Me the Money - Applying Lean & Six Sigma in Finance

TRACK LSS – 18

Do You Have the Right Stuff for Success with Lean & Six Sigma?

TRACK LSS – 19

Making Lean & Six Sigma Deployment Work for You

1:00 PM –

1:35 PM

Session #LSS – 171

Applying Lean & Six Sigma to Day-to-Day Processes in a Financial World

Randy Boyd, Manager Process Excellence, University Federal Credit Union, Austin, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 181

Google SUV Robotics

Charles Chen, Master Black Belt, Morrill Learning Center, San Jose, CA, USA; Co-Speaker: Mason Chen

Session #LSS – 191

SQDPG - Examples of Non-Manufacturing Deployment Across the Enterprise

Ken Feldman, Ph.D., Senior Director, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX, USA

1:35 PM –

2:10 PM

Session #LSS – 172

Grow Sales Long Term Through Rapid Continuous Improvement

Garrett Parke, Rapid Continuous Improvement Manager, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 182

Who's on the Bus - How to Effectively Select Candidates for Lean & Six Sigma Initiatives

Ian Rodney Lazarus, President and CEO, Creato Performance Solutions, Del Mar, CA, USA

Session #LSS – 192

Lean & Six Sigma Deployment at a
Utility Organization

Satya Kudapa, Business Consultant, TMAC, Arlington, TX, USA

2:10 PM –

2:45 PM

Session #LSS – 173

LSS Awards Panel Discussion

Track Chair: Kimberly Watson-Hemphill; Coordinator: Joel Smith

Session #LSS – 183

Making Lean & Six Sigma Belt Candidates Successful

Amy Sarah Al-Sahsah, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Greene, Tweed and Company, Allentown, PA, USA

Session #LSS – 193

Lean Sigma Global Olympics – A Gamification Approach to Lean
Sigma Deployment

Thomas Jay Van Eimeren, LSBB, Lean Sigma Continuous Improvement Leader, Arrow Electronics, Mesa, AZ, USA

2:45 PM –

3:15 PM

 

Refreshment Break

 

 

TRACK LSS – 20

Aligning Lean & Six Sigma Strategy with Daily Management

TRACK LSS – 21

How to Fix the Government with Lean & Six Sigma!

TRACK LSS – 22

Lean & Six Sigma in Life: Chocolate and Cravings

3:15 PM –

3:50 PM

Session #LSS – 201

Putting Your Foot Down- Courageous Strategy Deployment

Chad Smith, CMBB and Owner, Continuous Improvement Solutions, LLC, Bella Vista, AR, USA

Session #LSS – 211

Agile and Lean Six Sigma – An Advantageous Integration

Alka Bhave, Sr. Director, Quality Management, Vencore, Inc., Chantilly, VA, USA

Session #LSS – 221

Predicting College Kids' Cravings
Amid Special Causes

Michelle Paret, Product Marketing Manager, Minitab, Inc., State College, PA, USA

3:50 PM –

4:25 PM

Session #LSS – 202

Linking Top to Bottom: Using Hoshin Planning for Strategy Development

Kristine Nissen Bradley, Principal, Firefly Consulting, Austin, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 212

Capacity Planning: It’s Not Just
for Manufacturing

Don Johnston, CEO & President, CAS Adaptive Solutions, Merritt Island, FL, USA; and Bonnie Stone, Market Development Manager, Minitab, Merritt Island, FL, USA

Session #LSS – 222

For the Love of Chocolate!

J. R. McGee, CEO and Founder, ASQ, Pottstown, PA, USA; Co-Speaker: David Glover

4:25 PM –

5:00 PM

Session #LSS – 203

Cascading Strategic Objectives to Prioritize and Align Continuous Improvement Projects

Rod Baxter, Principal, Value Generation Partners, Naples, FL, USA

Session #LSS – 213

Key Aspects for a Successful Lean & Six Sigma Deployment at the City of El Paso

Diana Luisa Martinez, Business Consultant, TMAC, Arlington, TX, USA; and Nancy Bartlett, President, The Bartlett Alliance, Inc., TMAC, Murphy, TX, USA

Session #LSS – 223

How a Dead Lizard Taught Us Root Cause Analysis

Arun Hariharan, Founder and CEO, The CPi Coach, Mumbai, India

 

5:05 PM –

5:10 PM

 

Closing Remarks

Joel Smith, Chair, 2017 Lean & Six Sigma World Conference

 

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Deadline: February 17, 2017

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Participating Organizations
at the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference

Last year’s conference had attendees from 48 states and 19 countries.

3M
ATT
Bacardi-Martini Canada, Inc.
BASF Corporation
Bayer Corporation
BMW
Bose Corporation
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Campbell Soup Company
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chrysler Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Daimler Chrysler
Dow Chemical
Dunlop Tire Corporation
Duracell
Dupont
Eastman Kodak
Ford
Fujitsu Computer Products
GE Aircraft Engines
Gillette
Goodyear Tire

Hewlett Packard
Honeywell
IBM
Kohler
Lockheed Martin

M&M/Mars
Maytag Appliances
Mercedes
Merck
Mitsubishi
Mobil Chemical

Motorola
NASA
Nestle Research Center
Northrop Grumman
Pfizer
Pratt & Whitney
Proctor & Gamble
Rolls Royce Allison
SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
Schindler Elevator Corporation
Schneider Electric
Shell
Sherwin Williams
Siemens
The Boeing Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Tropicana
Underwriter Laboratories
UPS
Walmart
Westinghouse
Whirlpool


*Partial list of organizations that have participated or participating at the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference, Attendee participation does not indicate or imply endorsement or sponsorship.