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Professional Development Meeting - Sept. 26, 2014

10:30 a.m.: Rubik Babakanian, SVP/Chief Procurement Officer, Western Digital Corp.

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital Corp. stands today as a $15 billion company with its stock price on a steady upswing, but the road to get there has not been without risk.  Like many manufacturers with heavy operations in Asia, the company suffered severe disruptions and temporary shutdowns during the devastating 2011 Japanese tsunami and Thai floods. These events, in a ninemonth period rocked the global supply chain and forced Western Digital to examine its risk mitigation and management practices with renewed vigor.

Babakanian, a 30-year industry veteran, will outline the methods and tools the company has put in place to better understand its supply chain, track ever-shifting risk factors, and be prepared for the next “100-year event.” Western Digital’s story highlights the universal business challenge of investing in risk mitigation, one that’s never complete – but truly pays off when crisis comes.

Noon: Networking lunch

1 p.m.: Walt Miller, Director of Operational Excellence, Cummins

As director of operational excellence for the Columbus (Ind.) Mid-Range Engine Plant of Cummins Inc., Miller is in charge of driving and coaching a culture of empowerment and continuous learning throughout the $17 billion-a-year diesel engine manufacturer. Miller, a manufacturing industry veteran and co-author of lean leadership guide People, shares in this session his approach not only to coaching and developing leaders of the future but in transforming longtime leaders deeply ingrained in a “command and control” culture.

Miller shares these principles through the lens of a Cummins case involving the turnaround of a plant that started out with a lagging on-time delivery rate costing millions of dollars in missed monthly sales and a rigid, top-down leadership model. It’s a story that shows a lean organization can be built and sustained anywhere with people, a process and a customer – and that behind every good leader is a great team and a great production and management system.  The challenge is how do you build it and most importantly sustain it.  

2:30 p.m.: Supply Chain Career Connection

This popular collaboration with Fisher's Office of Career Management and its Operations and Logistics Management Association returns for its third-annual run. At the Career Connection, network with top Fisher graduate students over light hors d'oeuvres amid an informal setting designed as an alternative to typical job fairs.

Event details

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: Blackwell Ballroom, 2100 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH
  • Register now!

Lean Into Agile Conference - Nov. 7, 2014

COE teams with the Central Ohio Agile Association for a one-day conference geared toward bringing new insights to information technology professionals pursuing process improvement.

Keynotes: Mike Keller, CIO, Nationwide Insurance; Mike Orzen, Mike Orzen & Associates, co-author, Lean IT

  • Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH
  • Cost: $224
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Professional Development Meeting - Dec. 5, 2014

Morning Presenter: TBA

Afternoon Presenter: Kevin Nolan, GE Appliances

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch noon - 1 p.m.)
  • Location: Blackwell Ballroom, 2100 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH

Leading Through Excellence summit - April 8-10, 2015

Site: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

COE's third-annual three-day summit once again will feature a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plant tours, workshops, and networking events. Next year's featured keynote will be announced Sept. 26, 2014, with registration set to open Dec. 8!

Visit the official summit site to take a look at featured content during the 2014 summit, which brought nearly 250 process excellence practitioners to Columbus, Ohio.

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • Feb. 13, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Sept. 18, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Nov. 6, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting