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RECORDED SESSION | 12 Minutes | Available Now 

Join us for a special voter education session created to inform and educate on the importance of voting in the 2022 midterm election (November 8)— and why your voice matters. 

Voting is more than just electing a candidate; it’s choosing the right policies and leaders who share your values and have your best interests in mind when making decisions for the communities you’re a part of (from our local townships to our federal government). This session will outline key steps in the voting process: how to register or update/confirm your registration, how to request ballot if voting my mail, how to vote early, how to get informed by viewing your sample ballot and resources to consider candidates/issues, and how to find your polling place + what you need to bring. 

This 12-minute recorded webinar is perfect to share with your work teams, families, and friends to increase awareness about the voting process & increase voter turnout.

Kelly Reo is the Executive Director of Ohio State’s Center for Operational Excellence. She has a personal passion for the voting process and increasing voter turnout. For almost 10 years, she's done a lunch and learn type session for her co-workers on voting. This year, she decided to record the session and make it more widely available.

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HALO Wind Tunnel Scene with text overlaySeptember 30   |  9am - 12:00pm  |  In-Person Only

The brand-new facility, located on the grounds of the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, is ready to lead the future innovation of the automotive industry.

That future includes a range of possibilities. The tunnel’s capabilities to test full-size vehicles, from clay model mock-ups through mass production products, will ensure that mobility is ready for the future advances.  The tunnel can precisely test both aerodynamics and aeroacoustics phenomenon.

The wind tunnel is also committed to research, including launching a consortium that’s focused on the advancement of aero—both aerodynamic and aeroacoustic—methods. This will lead to better consumer mobility solutions and greater innovation. In this session, you’ll get a tour of the facility and hear about its intentional design and business case. There will also be time for Q&A and discussion. You’ll leave this session energized about the importance of starting with a vision of how your customers or users will experience your product and process.             

Mike Unger is the Wind Tunnel Lead for the Automotive Development Center at Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC. In this role, Unger is responsible for all wind tunnel activities for Honda Automotive Labs of Ohio (HALO). Unger joined Honda in 1992 as one of the company’s first U.S.-based R&D associates, hired to start the Dynamic Performance group in charge of engine cooling, heat resistance, and aerodynamics. Since then, he has accumulated vast experience in the leadership of technical, management, and project teams.

Chris Combs is the Wind Tunnel Business Strategy Lead for the Automotive Development Center at Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC. In this role, Combs is responsible for all business development and strategy for Honda Automotive Labs of Ohio (HALO). Combs joined Honda in 1994 as a noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) test engineer and advanced into project leadership and senior management. His career has included a wide variety of roles, including serving as the performance development leader for the 2010 Acura MDX and 2013 Light-Duty Truck Platform.  

Due to a limited capacity and a high volume of interest, registration for this event has closed. Please contact Annie Platten (platten.6@osu.edu) with any questions or waitlist inquiries. 


Blue abstract tech background with event title overlayOctober 11 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

In today’s opex world, collaboration is key due to changing customer needs, market pressures, evolving tools, and advancing technology. But bringing together multiple disciplines and expertise to solve complex and changing business challenges is difficult.

In this session, we’ll learn how Liberty Mutual’s Operational Excellence team is deeply involved in the company’s strategic transformation agenda. Steven Hall will share how his department:

  • is constantly adapting and building new capabilities to support the strategy by incorporating digital technologies. 
  • focuses on the value stream and bringing multiple areas of expertise together to solve complex problems.
  • uses a three-legged operational excellence transformation approach incorporating digital science, business group & advanced technology.
  • solves business problems through automation and artificial intelligence tools.
  • captures lessons learned on delivering and widening the measurable impacts from digital transformation.

As operational excellence champions, we must understand the best tools to execute countermeasures and the best solutions come from a multidimensional approach.

Steven Hall is responsible for the global Operational Excellence journey for the commercial lines of business at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  He leads a team with deep expertise in Operational Excellence principles, practices and tools critical in ensuring that improvement efforts are aligned to strategy and lead to sustainable, repeatable and predictable results. Steven began his Operational Excellence journey over 25 years ago in manufacturing at a global Fortune 100 Corporation where he was one of the first certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts.  He held various positions in operations, maintenance, quality, and Six Sigma. From there he transitioned to the Financial Services industry where he held various roles in strategy, analysis, finance, risk management, operations, and Operational Excellence.



US postal vehicle on city street with event title overlayOctober 26 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

In the past few years, has your organization had to innovate or hit fast-forward on strategies, offerings, or technologies? The rapid innovation we’ve seen in the last few years is proof that necessity is the mother of invention.  

In this session, co-hosted by the student group Supply Chain Association at The Ohio State University, Linda Malone, who is Vice President of Engineering Systems at the Unites States Postal Service, will share how USPS used its existing physical infrastructure, technology platform, customer trust, and leadership structure, and strong workforce to meet an enormous new challenge – kitting and shipping covid test kits to hundreds of millions of Americans.  

During this session, we will explore the importance of:  

  • Experimentation in innovation 
  • Customized user experience 
  • Standard work, layout and flow consistency across all facilities 
  • Job aids, explaining the why, training, and training again 
  • Huddle boards with clear expectations & achievement 

Linda Malone is Vice President of Engineering Systems at the Unites States Postal Service. She is responsible for the design, development, deployment, and lifecycle support of mail processing systems and associated software as well as retail and delivery technology, scanning solutions, and the development of the next generation delivery vehicles. Linda began her postal career in April 1985 as a letter carrier in Wilmington, DE. She has extensive mail processing and customer service experience. Linda has previously served the postal service in numerous roles including Vice President for Capital Metro Area. She was responsible for managing daily operations, including mail processing, distribution, customer service, and administrative functions throughout eight districts. The Capital Metro Area encompassed more than 130,000 square miles, 63,000 employees, 2,700 Post Offices, and approximately 16 million customers. 

Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Delaware, an MBA from Averett University, and the Master of Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University. Linda is a graduate of the Postal Service’s Lean Leader program and is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified.



Children in graduation attire with event title overlayNovember 9 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

During periods of change, it’s a challenge to keep employees engaged with their companies and communities. This challenge is an opportunity for leaders to utilize their team’s passions to develop engagement strategies with far-reaching organizational and community benefits.

Hosted in collaboration with Fisher Impact Day, this webinar will explore what it means to empower employees to drive community engagement efforts. Kate Bauer, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at CoverMyMeds, will illustrate how employee-led community initiatives produce meaningful opportunities for professional development, employment and brand awareness, skills-based volunteerism, and more.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • How employee-led community programs lead to innovation and impact
  • How community involvement contributes to employees’ sense of personal and professional value
  • How to drive engagement and extended impact by supporting employees’ passions
  • How to apply employees’ passions to workplace engagement campaigns

Kate Bauer is the Senior Manager of Community Engagement at CoverMyMeds and is responsible for enhancing the company’s corporate citizenship. Kate’s areas of focus include philanthropic investments, forming community partnerships and engaging the company’s employees with community service opportunities.

Kate is an active member of the Columbus community, serving as the Vice Chair for Dress for Success Columbus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from The Ohio State University. In addition, Kate has earned a certification in Corporate Citizenship Management from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Columbus.



Employees in a meeting with event title overlayNovember 16 |  12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Virtual Event on Zoom

Are lean efforts sustaining in your organization?  There is an overwhelmingly high failure rate in organizations to sustain their lean improvements.  What does leadership need to know and do differently to sustain the gain and mature a lean system?

In this session, Whitney Mantonya & Jill Treece from Fisher College of Business will explore lean leadership. Attendees will acquire knowledge in:

  • Identifying essential lean capabilities for leaders
  • Understanding the impact of lean capabilities on an organization
  • Identifying key milestones for maturing a lean system

Attendees will also learn how Nationwide Insurance has developed its lean leadership capabilities at various levels of their organization and lessons learned.

Jill Treece is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences. Treece began her career as a registered nurse and has nearly two decades in the healthcare industry. Her most recent role before joining Fisher, was the Director of Nursing for one of Central Ohio’s largest hospitals. In addition, she has experience with leading large hospital re-design and build projects, including leading teams through workflow design and optimizing patient flow. She has coached in Fisher’s Executive Education, Master of Business Operational Excellence program since 2015, and continues to teach in this program as well as several other offerings at the business school.

Whitney Mantonya is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Operations and Business Analytics. She is certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who is passionate about empowering people and organizations to achieve extraordinary results. In her 20+ year process improvement career, Whitney has partnered with organizations as a leader and consultant in a variety of industries including Insurance, Manufacturing, Health Care, Distribution, Financial Services, and Information Technology to boost organizational performance and effectiveness.

Tom Reither is the Enterprise Lean Leader and Associate Vice President in the Business Transformation Office at Nationwide Insurance, since 2014. Prior to Nationwide Tom was at Cardinal Health for 10 years, with various roles in Operations and Operational Excellence. He specializes in leading operations and continuous improvement transformations on a large company scale, and building teams to enable operational excellence. Tom is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Lean Leader by the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, and certified as an Insurance Operations Professional according to the CIOP Institute.


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