Upcoming Events

Title (How to develop and execute strategies in the new era of business) overlayed over an image of a man pointing at his desk with a pencil.August 19 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

These times demand a new way of looking at business strategy because the way we worked before the pandemic probably won’t work in the post-pandemic business world -- whatever that turns out to be.

To help with your pivot, join us for an introduction to Strategy Deployment (also known as Hoshin Kanri), taught by Mark Reich, who spent seven years in Toyota’s corporate strategy division where he managed and implemented its North American strategic processes and activities. In this webinar, you’ll discover:

  • A tested approach for applying Strategy Deployment that creates a clear strategic framework, strengthens problem-solving capabilities, and motivates team members.
  • How Strategy Deployment breaks down and solves company problems at every level for superior and sustained performance.
  • Why it should be a core process for defining and creating annual objectives and developing people based on those objectives.
  • What is the relationship of Strategy Deployment (which functions like a company skeleton) to A3 problem solving (which functions like muscle).
  • How to build the structure of plan-do-check-act (PDCA) at individual and corporate levels.
  • How to start developing a plan to implement Strategy Deployment in your own organization.
  •  Releases creativity in each team member by involving them in a dialogue about corporate objectives.

Mark Reich is a senior coach at Lean Enterprise Institute. Before his time at LEI, Mark spent 23 years at Toyota, including seven as assistant general manager of the corporate strategy division where he managed and implemented Toyota's North American strategic (hoshin) process, designed jointly with Toyota’s Japan headquarters. Most recently, he was general manager of the Toyota Production System Support Center, where he directly implemented the Toyota Production System or managed its implementation in a variety of industries, including automotive, food, furniture, healthcare, and nonprofits, among others. Mark doubled the number of companies supported from 20 to 40.



Worker in a Vest in a Manufacturing Plant with text overlay of titleAugust 26 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

If you’re leading a business that relies on technically skilled team members, you were already facing challenges finding the talent you need for success even before the coronavirus came along. Now the pandemic has brought on an unprecedented time of difficulty and uncertainty.

While the lockdowns and their resulting economic upset have eased the talent shortage in some areas, others remain in a high-demand/short-supply crunch, meaning qualified candidates are still scarce. How do you win in such an environment? It takes a holistic approach:

  • Develop the big picture of your short- and long-term skilled staffing needs
  • Be brutally honest about your business situation
  • Strike while the iron’s hot to land available talent
  • Keep your current team happy–show them they’re valued and make difficult jobs enjoyable
  • Make technology work for you: automation, VR, and AI
  • Develop your own skilled workforce: “reskilling” and “upskilling”
  • Develop your internal resources: training and apprenticeship programs
  • Partner up for external help

In this session, Forbes Contributor and manufacturing expert Jim Vinoski will present real-world examples of what successful companies are doing and what specific resources are out there that can help as well as invite participants to discuss their own particular challenges and the solutions they’ve identified.

Jim Vinoski has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, in products ranging from plastics and paints to food and bourbon. His focus has been in engineering, operations, and management, with a strong background in continuous improvement. He’s a veteran of companies such as Ralston-Purina and General Mills, and he’s currently responsible for all dairy and beverage store brand production for a major regional grocery chain. As a Forbes Contributor with well over 100 articles published, he’s explored all facets of manufacturing. His emphasis has been on highlighting successes in American manufacturing and exploring advanced technologies, such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence, and their impact on the production world. Jim is married with two sons and resides in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. He’s an avid cyclist and runner. He and his boys are heavily involved in Scouting, with Jim serving as their Troop’s Scoutmaster.



Image of Geoffrey Parker's BookSeptember 18 |  10:00am - 12:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

There’s a new economy transforming the way we live, work, and play. Uber. Airbnb. Amazon. Apple. PayPal. All of these companies disrupted their markets when they launched. Today they are industry leaders. What’s the secret to their success? These cutting-edge businesses are built on platforms: two-sided markets that are revolutionizing the way we do business.  As digital networks increase in ubiquity, businesses that do a better job of harnessing the power of the platform will win.

Join us for our quarterly seminar – this time virtually – to learn from Geoffrey Parker, co-author of the book Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - and How to Make Them Work for You. Geoffrey will cover topics ranging from issues concerning security, regulation, and consumer trust, while also examining markets that may be ripe for a platform revolution, including healthcare, education, and energy. Hear about the brilliant future of platforms and how they will irrevocably alter the lives and careers of millions.

Geoffrey Parker is a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College where he also serves as Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program. In addition, he is a research fellow at MIT’s Initiative for the Digital Economy where he leads platform industry research studies and co-chairs the annual MIT Platform Strategy Summit. Prior to joining Dartmouth, Parker was a professor of business at Tulane University. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton and M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. He is co-author of the book “Platform Revolution.” His current research includes studies of platform business strategy, data governance, smart cities and energy systems, financial services, and electronic healthcare record systems. Parker’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the states of Louisiana and New York, and numerous corporations. He serves or has served as department editor and associate editor at multiple journals and as a National Science Foundation panelist. Parker won the Thinkers50 2019 Digital Thinking Award, along with Marshall Van Alstyne, for the concepts of the inverted firm, two-sided markets, and how firms can adapt and thrive in a platform economy. Parker is a frequent keynote speaker and advises senior leaders on their organizations’ platform strategies. Before attending MIT, he held positions in engineering and finance at GE Semiconductor and GE Healthcare. Additional information can be found at ggparker.net, @g2parker, and Google Scholar.



Variety of multi-colored shipping crates with title 'supplier diversity' overlayedSeptember 29 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

Recent social unrest presents opportunities for firms to enhance their supplier diversity credentials and bolster ties with minority communities. Covid-19 further highlights the need for increased supplier diversity. Over 1 million small supplier businesses, many of which are owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, etc. have been hit the hardest during the global pandemic. Why include these diverse suppliers as we shift focus to economic recovery?

Research shows that increased supplier diversity leads to better business results, promotes innovation, drives competition, enables organizations to serve emerging and untapped markets, showcases an organization’s commitment to economic growth in all communities, and helps corporations be flexible, agile, and resilient.  

Join us for COE’s first virtual Supply Chain event, focused on supplier diversity's ability to drive superior business results and the case for structural change. This event speakers from Ohio companies with world class supplier diversity strategies, including: JP Morgan Chase, Cardinal Health, Honda, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. You’ll learn more about the impact of supplier diversity and how to enhance your organizations’ strategy. What can leaders and organizations do to create a supplier diversity program? What is the value? What should you consider when creating sustainable organizational change? Presenters and panelists will delve into supplier diversity history, the business case, driving structural change in business as usual and sourcing activities, and lessons learned in implementing supplier diversity strategy.





September 23 - Giving and Receiving Feedback

October 9 - Lean 101 Workshop

October 14 - Data Analytics

October 23 - Standing Up to Supply Chain Challenges

October 28 - Change Management & Continuous Improvement