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Professional Development Meeting - Dec. 5, 2014

Morning Presenter: Kevin Nolan, VP of Technology, GE Appliances

An ever-consolidating appliance market has turned up competitive pressure for GE and its competitors, who face the critical challenge of aligning products with market demand.

GE Appliances, the century-old subsidiary of conglomerate giant General Electric Co., has ramped up a lean product development process in recent years aimed at increasing organizational effectiveness and operational efficiency in response to this climate. Nolan, GE Appliances’ VP of Technology, will share how the $8 billion-a-year company is reinventing the way it brings products to the market and working to align its thousands of employees around a renewed mission to debut more consumer-centric offerings.

Afternoon Presenter: Rebecca Bach, Global Director, Continuous Improvement, Anheuser-Busch InBev

A-B InBev over the past decade his faced the challenge of developing a sustainable operational excellence capability. Bach in this session will share the company’s journey to get its process excellence teams speaking the same language, delivering proven results and churning through an increasingly large pipeline of projects.

A-B InBev’s story reinforces the fact that the tools of continuous improvement aren’t one-size-fits-all proposition – ultimately, what’s important is charting a path that works for your organization.


  • Friday, Dec. 5
  • Location: Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH
  • Agenda: 10:30 a.m.: GE Appliances, Noon: Networking Lunch, 1 p.m.: A-B InBev, 2:30 p.m.: Networking event with A-B InBev Brewing Ambassadors

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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. Registration opened on Nov. 10!

Visit the official summit site to take a look at featured content and register.

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
  • Aug. 28, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Nov. 6, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting