The wait is over, folks.

The Center for Operational Excellence this week opened registration for its Leading Through Excellence summit, which we first announced about a year ago. This first-ever multi-day event for COE will take place on Aprill 11-12, 2013, and we’re also loading up buses for optional plant tours the day before kickoff, April 10.

Leading Through Excellence is more than just a first for us. It will be, without question, the single largest event we’ve ever hosted, blending the expertise of our Fisher College of Business faculty with outside process improvement experts. And last but not least, as the keynote speaker for our conference, we’re hosting Charles Duhigg, a New York Times reporter who made his way onto his own employer’s bestseller list last year by writing a great book called The Power of Habit.

Over the next three months, you’ll read a lot about the summit and The Power of Habit on this blog and our event site. But right now, join the crowd and register. Anyone to sign up before Feb. 27 will receive a 5% early-bird discount off the $395 member rate or $595 non-member rate, while registrations of five people or more at any time before the summit will trigger an additional 5% savings.  Plant tours, which will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, cost only an additional $25 and cover your boxed lunch and transportation.

To put it bluntly, the summit is a steal. Not only does your registration fee cover meals and admission to Duhigg’s keynote on the summit’s second and final day, but you can attend up to four workshops, simulations and case studies throughout the day on Thursday, April 11. I’m also leaving out a pre-kickoff reception on Wednesday and, on Thursday, an exclusive tour of Ohio Stadium and a visit from a Buckeye legend. What’s more, we’ve reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Blackwell Inn to give out-out-town guests a discounted stay.

This is a great, low-priced opportunity to engage in a hands-on, MBA-esque experience that we’re shaping to give you access to great ideas you can apply directly to your organization.  Tell your colleagues and be sure to join us.



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