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Monday, May 20th
7:30 AM

1st Annual Conference Program

Michigan Technological University

7:30 AM - 7:30 AM


Michigan Technological University

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Briana Tucker, Michigan Technological University

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

8:50 AM

Keynote Presentation

Jim Manley, Carlisle Corp.

8:50 AM - 9:20 AM

9:30 AM

Workshop Session - The Red Bead Experiment

Jim Manley, Carlisle Corp.

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Lunch and Poster Showcase

Michigan Technological University

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Track A: The 8 Wastes in Manufacturing - Case Study

Teresa Schissler-Boichot, Boichot Consulting


12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Track B: Growing Our IT Knowledge Base Using 5S - Case Study

Heidi Reid, Michigan Technological University
Brian Hutzler, Michigan Technological University

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

1:00 PM

Track A - Push Pull Methodology - Active Learning Session

Teresa Schissler-Boichot, Boichot Consulting

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Track B: 5S at Eagle Mine - The Foundation of Lean/Six Sigma - Active Learning Session

Luke Ramlow, Eagle Mine
Cyndi Ketzenberger, Eagle Mine

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

1:50 PM

Refreshment and networking break with the Copper Country Lean Group

Copper Country Lean Group

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Track A: Simple Visual Control System to Avoid Prepped Food Shortages and Overages - Case Study

Kathy Wardynski, Syl's Cafe

2:15 PM - 2:35 PM

Track B: Growing Continuous Improvement: An Example of PDCA on Student Employee Visual Management Boards - Case Study

Dominique Aleo, Michigan State University

2:15 PM - 2:35 PM

2:45 PM

Track A: Building Your House of Lean: Standard Work and Effective Communication - Active Learning Session

Laurie Stark, Michigan Technological University
Annelise Doll, Michigan Technological University

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM

Track B: Employee Engagement Through Continuous Improvement at Eagle Mine - Active Learning Session

Cyndi Ketzenberger, Eagle Mine
Luke Ramlow, Eagle Mine

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM

3:45 PM

Closing Keynote

Theresa Coleman-Kaiser, Michigan Technological University

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

4:15 PM

Conference Closing

Alexandra Holmstrom, Michigan Technological University

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM