Upcoming Events

Blue Image of Skyscrapers with text overlay: Future of Work - Solutions SpectrumDec 8 |  12:00pm - 1:30pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

When we think about the future of work, we often jump to thinking about emerging technology, automation, and the displacement of the human worker. And while it will play a critical role, technology alone won’t transform business. People, paired with the right skills and tools, will make the difference. Join us as we rethink how we work. 

In this session, we’ll explore the Future of Work from a variety of angles. Anna Waldman-Brown, PhD Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will share her research on Ohio manufacturers and the work of MIT’s Work of the Future task force. Tom Reither, Associate VP, Operational Excellence at Nationwide Insurance, will share how Nationwide is leveraging its lean management capabilities to enable a sustainable move to flexible work environments for associates. Angie Theodorovich, Human Resources Director at Engineered Profiles, will discuss how Engineered Profiles has focused on training and retaining their workforce. Lastly, Michelle Grieshop, Division Manager, Human Capital at Honda, will present the recruiting and branding changes Honda has made to keep up with the competitive talent landscape and remain a highly sought-after employer. This conversation, facilitated by Fisher College of Business Professor Dr. John Gray, will give attendees the opportunity to rethink the future of work, hear how other organizations are approaching the topic, and explore the monumental changes in the workplace and the long-term impact these changes will have.

Anna Waldman-Brown is a PhD candidate in political economy at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she researches robot adoption and labor dynamics across small firms in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Germany. She has a background in technology policy and physics, and interviewed roadside auto mechanics as a Fulbright fellow in Ghana. She has worked with the Fab Lab network across 60+ countries to foster creative problem-solving and sustainable development.

Tom Reither has lead Lean transformations at two Fortune 100 companies. He built teams inside these organizations focused on operations performance management, value stream optimization, strategy deployment, and continuous improvement. Tom has been at Nationwide Insurance since 2014, where he currently serves in the Business Transformation Office as the Associate Vice President responsible for Enterprise Lean. Prior to Nationwide Tom was at Cardinal Health for 10 years, with various roles in Operations and Operational Excellence.

Angie Theodorovich joined Engineered Profiles as the Director of Human Resources in April 2021. Prior to joining Engineered Profiles, Theodorovich was the Regional Human Resource Manager for JELD-WEN Windows and Doors before that, a Senior HR Business Partner at Cardinal Health. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources specializing in change management, organization development, succession planning and employee relations.

Michelle Grieshop joined Honda in 2007. In her current role, Grieshop leads the Human Capital Division at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and has responsibility for Talent Acquisition and Organizational & Talent Development. Prior to joining Honda, Grieshop worked with a variety of start-up companies in the Central Ohio area specializing in the design of Human Resources policy and Total Rewards programs.

John Gray is a professor of operations at The Ohio State Fisher College of Business. He joined Fisher after receiving his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked for eight years in operations management at Procter & Gamble, receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University’s evening program during that time. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and its Thayer School of Engineering. Dr. Gray teaches Data Analysis (at the Ph.D., Executive, and MBA levels) and an elective he created called Global Sourcing (at the Ph.D., Executive, MBA, and undergraduate levels). The students awarded him “Outstanding Full-time MBA Core Faculty” for Data Analysis in 2015 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" for Global Sourcing in 2010.



Magenta Tinted Image of 4 women around a table; text overlay that reads: Breaking Through - Advancing Women in a Digital AgeJan 13 |  12:00pm - 1:30pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

Much is changing for today's women leaders. Women are running for office in record numbers—and winning. They now control 60 percent of private wealth in the U.S. and that number is on the rise. And they are forcefully speaking out about the bias— unconscious and conscious—that stands in their way.

Yet there are still more CEOs named John in the S&P 1500 than women CEOs. Actually, four times as many. So how can companies harness the power of this moment and create a more diverse workforce to create greater impact? This high-energy session, led by internationally recognized entrepreneur and CEO Debra Jasper, Ph.D., demonstrates practical, actionable strategies for recruiting and advancing women leaders in a digital age. She will cover how to:

  • recruit with more power, clarity and impact—even on a small screen
  • advance emerging leaders within your organization
  • make every touchpoint matter, even among distant, distracted clients and colleagues

To recruit and lead in a more diverse, virtual age, you must rethink everything from the language your organization uses to how you show up online. This session will help you embrace -- and showcase -- new approaches in a way that elevates your brand and ensures you stand out from the crowd.

An international speaker, Debra Jasper, Ph.D., has delivered keynotes and master classes in more than a dozen countries around the world, from Australia to Dubai. Recently named one of the top 12 Winning Women entrepreneurs in North America by Ernst & Young, Debra has been intensely focused for more than a decade on how to engage clients and colleagues virtually. Today, thousands of professionals—from small businesses to Fortune 100 firm—are enrolled in her firm’s gamified, high-performance online coaching programs that drive new habits and measurable results. Before launching Mindset Digital, Debra launched the first social media fellowship for journalists in the world—working with CNN, 60 Minutes, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other top newsrooms. A former investigative journalist, she wrote her dissertation on the art of powerful micro storytelling.



Gray image of an easel with post it notes and markers; test overlay that reads: Workshop- New to Lean January 27-28 |  8:15am - 2:30pm; 8:30am - 12:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

Are you interested in understanding the principles underlying lean thinking and a lean transformation for your organization?

This introductory course to lean provides a common baseline understanding of how lean works and the prerequisites for success. This 7.5-hour workshop uses the Shingo Model (i.e. Cultural enablers > Continuous improvement > Enterprise alignment > Results) to build an understanding of lean, its underlying principles, and how lean can transform how an organization works.  Lectures, videos, and simulations are used to introduce concepts and tools.  Liberating Structures are used to level the playing field and allow everyone the opportunity to engage with the materials and others for an effective learning experience.  The two-day workshop ends with an assessment of how lean your organization is currently and where there are opportunities for improvement. 

This workshop is comprised of five 90-minute sessions over two days as follows: Day 1 (8:30 - 10:00am, 10:30am - 12:00pm, 1:00 - 2:30pm) and Day 2 (8:30 - 10:00am, 10:30am - 12:00pm). This course is recommended for all managers and associates.  Knowledge of lean or six sigma is not required.  Participants already knowledgeable in lean can attend to build a common framework with their team or become facilitators.

Eric Olsen has been a Professor in Industrial Technology in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California for over 18 years. He teaches undergraduate and master’s courses in lean thinking, six sigma, and operations management.  Eric had over 20 years of industry experience in engineering and manufacturing management at Caterpillar, Litton, and Hewlett Packard before getting my PhD at The Ohio State University.  He started his lean journey in 1990. Eric is the Director for Central Coast Lean.  CCL is a self-funded research project under the Orfalea College of Business.  Its mission is to better understand how to build a community of lean practice.  CCL promotes, runs, and studies improvement events, forums, workshops, and conferences.  He is also the creator and instructor for Cal Poly’s Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Certification Program.

This is a limited capacity session. Please contact Annie Platten at Platten.6@osu.edu if you're interested in attending.


Save the Dates:

Feb 9 - Change & Emotional Intelligence

February 23 - TBD

March 16 - TBD

April 6-7 - COE Summit 2022

April 27 - Lean Coaching