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Leading Through Excellence: COE Summit 2014

April 9-11, 2014

Lean. Six Sigma. Process excellence. Rapid improvement. It doesn't matter what you or your company call it. At the heart of our continuing, never-ending drive to become better, faster, and more efficient is a core set of leadership and problem-solving capabilities that separate great enterprises from the rest of the pack. COE is committed to helping you and your team develop those capabilities with our second-annual Leading Through Excellence summit.

At this event, you'll get up-close access to Fisher researchers and professors presenting cases, studies, and workshops that offer valuable tools and insights. You'll hear from celebrated authors and industry experts - and you'll see operational excellence in action through tours to companies throughout Ohio practicing operational excellence.

New addition: Friday, April 11, expert panel explores role of big data in operations

Big data. It’s the sea of information inside and outside your organization that’s so vast, and often so unstructured, it’s spawning a multibillion-dollar industry among those with the tools and skills to analyze it. It also has reaped huge benefits for a number of big-name companies, including Target and, among many, many others. These days, though, big data isn’t just a game-changer for the retail and technology sectors. It holds promise for any industry, anywhere, and a wealth of potential lies in the field of operations management. But how do companies just wrapping their heads around the big data explosion harness, and profit, from it?

This Friday, April 11, session gives you a chance to hear from leaders at three organizations that are making major inroads in big data and analytics: Anson Asoka, VP of global insights and analytics at COE member Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.; Andy Keller, VP of analytics and global process owner at COE member Cardinal Health; and Dihan Rosenburg, director of product planning at online information powerhouse LexisNexis. The panel will be moderated by Ralph Greco, director of the Business Analytics Initiative at the Fisher College of Business. Panelists will show how they're leveraging big data from an operations perspective and take questions on where this huge trend is going.

This panel is one of nearly 20 breakout sessions being offered the Thursday and Friday of the summit.

April 9 tour option heads to Columbus-area vehicle test track

COE is thrilled to announce the addition of a Wednesday, April 9, tour of the nonprofit Transportation Research Center in western central Ohio, an automotive proving ground that runs programs to test vehicles for safety, fuel economy, crash performance, and other factors. The tour begins with an overview of the TRC facility and a Q&A and then hits the road for a driving tour of the proving grounds, which are used by car and truck OEMs along with public-sector entities.

The TRC tour is one of six being offered during Leading Through Excellence, though two options already have sold out.

Featured Keynote: Chip Heath, co-author, Decisive, Switch, Made to Stick

Kicking off Leading Through Excellence's first full day of programming on Thursday, April 10, 2014, will be Chip Heath, a Stanford University professor who has co-authored biz-book staples Switch and Made to Stick along with the recently released Decisive. Heath is a sought-after lecturer who has consulted with clients ranging from Google and Gap to The Nature Conservancy and the American Heart Association. Your registration to Leading Through Excellence entitles you to a free, signed copy of Decisive.

2014 summit to feature org development expert, OSU basketball great

Speaking on the afternoon of Thursday, April 10, is Helen Turnbull (pictured right, left photo), founder and CEO of Human Facets and an expert with 25 years of experience assisting business develop strategy to practice global inclusion. Turnbull has worked with major worldwide corporations in strengthening their diversity and inclusion strategies and in identifying "unconscious bias." Last year, she delivered an address at TedX in Florida.

Speaking at lunch on Friday is Lawrence Funderburke (pictured above, right photo), a three-time All Big Ten performer and magna cum laude graduate in business finance at The Ohio State University who went on to play professional basketball for more than a decade. Funderburke went on to found the Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization, which is making a difference in the lives of children all around Central Ohio.

The fourth and final of the summit's featured speakers will be announced in early 2014.

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