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KLEAN Continuous Improvement and Innovation Conference
Kansas Wesleyan University, Hauptli Student Center
Salina, KS
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KLEAN Continuous Improvement and Innovation Conference
Salina sits in the central part of our beautiful state. We feel that leadership in improvement and innovation also needs to sit in the central part of our state. All organizations strive to produce results, but producing short-term results does little to move us toward our goals. Product quality, service superiority, and increased contribution to the bottom line are all marks of organizational excellence.

The Third Annual Results That Matter Continuous Improvement and Innovation Conference 2016 is an opportunity to share an in-depth look at success stories that demonstrate results from the applications of Lean, continuous improvement, and innovation management. Our vision is to connect, network, and share the resources of our beautiful state!
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED- Your satisfaction is our goal. If you are not completely satisfied with the content of the Third Annual 2016 Continuous Improvement and Innovation Conference, we will gladly apply your conference fees toward next year's event.

Kansas Leadership Education by Advancing Networks
"To make continuous improvement training available at an affordable cost to small and mid-sized businesses, hospitals and their affiliates, and local governments within the state of Kansas."

A continental breakfast and sack lunch are provided with the registration fee.

7:30-8:30 AM- Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 AM- Welcome and Instructions
9:00-10:00 AM- Session 1
10:00-11:00 AM- Session 2
11:00 AM-12:00 PM- Session 3
12:00-12:30 PM- Lunch and Vendor Fair
12:30-1:20 PM- Sharing Success (talk with companies and organizations that have adopted continuous improvement and innovation practices in the real world)
1:30-2:00 PM- Round Robin Session 1
2:00-2:30 PM- Round Robin Session 2
2:30-3:00 PM- Round Robin Session 3
3:00-3:30 PM- Round Robin Session 4
3:30-4:00 PM- Round Robin Session 5

This track deals with all leaders, suppliers, vendors, individuals, and teams that engage in the manufacturing processes. If you are a manufacturer that deals with the process of converting raw materials into finished products, you will learn new tools, skills, and processes.

Presenters: Ken Stromberg
is the Quality/Lean Manager for Philips Lighting. He has experience deploying Lean in diverse manufacturing environments. He also has applied Lean techniques and tools to organizations and businesses outside of manufacturing, as well. He has a degree in manufacturing engineering technology from Arizona State University.

Steve Cochran is the Lean Coordinator for Great Plains/Land Pride. As an early supporter of the conference, he offers Lean
examples of PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) of program, case study breaks into teams, and a Lean intern program. Steve willingly helps bring real world examples to our conference.

Manufacturing Sessions:
MC 9:00 AM
-Showcasing how Lean methods improve company performance and bottom line
MC 10:00 AM
-Current state mapping
-Map a sample process
MC 11:00 AM
-Future state improvement
-Create a future state map for sample process
MC 1:30 PM
-Identify continuous improvement activities for sample maps
MC 2:00 PM
-Prioritize activities based on positive impact
-How to determine impact
MC 2:30 PM
-Manufacturing Career Path Q&A
MC 3:00 PM
-Develop improvement and follow-up plan
MC 3:30 PM
-Carry out an action plan and evaluate results

This track deals with all leaders, suppliers, individuals, and teams that seek innovation in healthcare organizational processes and outcomes. This track is dedicated to helping healthcare providers and payers optimize processes and
become high-performing organizations. The process is collaborative, team based, and promotes Lean healthcare transformation.

Presenters: Brian Weisel is a Master Process Excellence Practitioner with over 30 years of experience in leading complex initiatives related to process redesign and re-engineering, data analysis, competitive strategy, and operations improvement. He is a Certified Lean Master, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and Lean Six Sigma instructor with experience working nationally and internationally in the energy, healthcare, IT, telecommunications, aerospace, government, and manufacturing industries. He is a former USAF B-1B and B-52G/H combat flight instructor with over 4,700 flight hours. Brian has an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and graduate degrees from Louisiana Tech University, Auburn University, and Wichita State University.

Bryon Johnson is currently working as the Director of Process Improvement for the City of Salina, Kansas. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Brigham Young University.

Healthcare Sessions:
HC 9:00 AM
-Six simple principles of Lean
-Succinct overview of what Lean is all about
HC 10:00 AM
-14 management principles to improve business or organization effectiveness
HC 11:00 AM
-Personal accountability
-Service from leaders
-Team's empowerment to deploy
HC 1:30 PM
-Help others develop resilience
-Strategies for overcoming resistance
HC 2:00 PM
-Understand the connection between customer requirements and process capability
HC 2:30 PM
-Healthcare Career Path Q&A
HC 3:00 PM
-Kano: a technique for classifying customer needs and determining appropriate levels of innovation for products and services
HC 3:30 PM
-Easy steps to improve your process flow

This track deals with all leaders, suppliers, individuals, and teams that seek innovation in local government organizational processes and outcomes. Lean government proponents generally believe that the government should cut waste and inefficiency from government organizations; this will result in better services overall, as well as more value for tax-supported programs and services.

Presenter: Jason Gage has been the City Manager for the City of Salina, Kansas, since 2005. Prior to coming to Kansas, he was the City Manager in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern State University and an MPA from the University of Missouri.

City Government Sessions:
CG 9:00 AM
-Five steps required to create a continuous improvement culture with a city government and Salina's status
CG 10:00 AM
-Panel discusses applying Lean principles to city departments
CG 11:00 AM
-The legacy of results from Salina's continuous process improvement efforts
CG 1:30 PM
-Credit card processing and other improvements in the municipal court
CG 2:00 PM
-Cutting-edge innovations in managing animal shelters
-Discussion of Salina's partnership with Kansas State University
CG 2:30 PM
-City Government Career Path Q&A
CG 3:00 PM
-The development of an improved hike and bike trail mix
CG 3:30 PM
-Unique approaches to lime lagoon sludge removal

This track deals with all leaders, suppliers, vendors, individuals, and teams that engage in small businesses. They are normally privately owned corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships--that is, small businesses that range from 15 to 50 employees to fewer than 500 employees. This track explores effective and efficient processes to optimize customer satisfaction.

Presenters: Dr. Paul Hedlund is an associate professor at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he teaches leadership and marketing. Hedlund has trained hundreds of employees for organizations in the public and private sector for the last 25 years. Hedlund's consulting practice includes schools, government, and large and small businesses in a variety of industries. He is also the author of The Learning Organizational Toolbelt System. Paul received his doctorate in educational leadership at Kansas State University.

Hyleme George serves as Business Excellence Black Belt for Black & Veatch, where he leads projects, mentors professionals, and consults for senior leaders in the delivery of critical business improvements and innovations for Black & Veatch,
its business partners, and clients. Prior to his current role, George held business excellence leadership positions in large, global companies. He also worked in management consulting. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

Small Business Sessions:
SB 9:00 AM
-How to understand measurement's optimal impact by experience
-Case studies that emphasize practical methods of implementing effective measurement
SB 10:00 AM
-Basics of starting teams with realistic expectations
-Basics of cross-functional teams introduced to complex processes across silo boundaries
SB 11:00 AM
-How we evolved over the past decade to increase engagement and benefits to both professionals and the company
-Exercise that demonstrates innovation in action
SB 1:30 PM
-Project management in simple steps, including a few examples
SB 2:00 PM
-Starting innovative ideas in smaller companies, including a few samples
SB 2:30 PM
-Small Business Career Path Q&A
SB 3:00 PM
-Several young MBA professionals tell their stories to leadership
SB 3:30 PM
-Clear, decisive benchmarks for managing people to success in quality programs

This track deals with all leaders, suppliers, individuals, and teams that seek innovation in organizational processes and outcomes. Innovation engineering helps companies create an innovation culture that builds confidence and capability with individuals and teams working on very important opportunities.

Presenters: Scott Gardner is Director of MAMTC's Salina office and is MAMTC's Master Black Belt. As the Master Black Belt, he manages the delivery of Lean Six Sigma, innovation engineering, safety management systems, risk, healthcare, and ISO. Scott is experienced in leading change in all industries. He holds five certifications, a bachelor's degree from The University of Northern Iowa and two master's degrees from Kansas Wesleyan University. Scott has over twenty years of experience in continuous improvement.

Mike Niedenthal is Director of MAMTC's Overland Park office and is Program Manager for MAMTC's Lean Innovation services. Mike also worked in manufacturing management for 15 years. He has an MBA from Kansas University and a BSIE from Kansas State University.

Innovation Sessions:
IN 9:00 AM
-How continuous improvement can benefit small business
-Learn to see the potential that lies before you if you apply continuous improvement techniques and principles
IN 10:00 AM
-How continuous improvement can benefit cities
IN 11:00 AM
-How continuous improvement can benefit healthcare organizations
IN 1:30 PM
-Bedrock principles for building a sustainable program
-Building a culture of continuous improvement
IN 2:00 PM
-Building improvement into daily operations
IN 2:30 PM
-Innovation Career Path Q&A
IN 3:00 PM
-Simple innovation techniques that we use at Black & Veatch
-Actual project examples from Black & Veatch
IN 3:30 PM
-Strategic partners' mission to help
-Win/win solutions from excellent partners
-Q&A about specifics of Lean projects

Our Sponsors
The City of Salina-
The City of Salina has emphasized a culture of high performance. The idea of continuous process improvement (CPI) seems like common sense. The City took the leap into CPI by introducing Lean/ Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints principles. The purpose behind these principles is to identify and eliminate time that does not add service value, improve both service efficiency and quality, and maximize our time.

MAMTC provides a regional manufacturing resource for businesses by improving the efficiency and quality of manufactured goods. Innovation is everybody's job; you don't have to do it alone. An innovation culture brings the "power of many" to the challenge of maintaining a robust pipeline of innovative ideas for your company's growth.

Kansas Wesleyan University-
The Kansas Wesleyan University Business Department's mission is to support the education of our business majors by creating state-of-the-art learning experiences that promote business and organizational excellence. The mission of Kansas Wesleyan University is to promote and integrate academic excellence, spiritual development, personal wellbeing, and social responsibility.

Philips Lighting-
Philips Lighting is improving people's lives through meaningful innovation. At Philips, we strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Our goal is to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2025. We will be the best place to work for people who share our passion. Together we will deliver superior value for our customers and shareholders. We are eager to win, take ownership, and team up to excel.

Salina Regional Health Center-
Salina Regional Health Center specializes in the good life. And we believe in passing it along. Our commitment to excellence makes a difference in people's lives so you can have the confidence that comes from getting better and stronger every day. At Salina Regional, it's all about delivering confidence for today, for the future, and for your good life.

Kansas Leadership Education by Advancing Networks (KLEAN)-
The mission of KLEAN is "To make continuous improvement training available at an affordable cost to small and mid-sized businesses, hospitals and their affiliates, and local governments within the state of Kansas."


Kansas Wesleyan University, Hauptli Student Center (View)
100 E Claflin Ave
Salina, KS 67401
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
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