April 10-12 | Fawcett Center, Columbus, OH

Committing to improving processes and building a problem-solving culture at your organization takes dedication and resources, but time and money often are in short supply these days. COE offers a low-cost, high-value opportunity to hit “pause” on your team’s frenzied schedule, taking a deep dive into operational excellence best practices and industry leading research: Leading Through Excellence.

Featured Keynote: Charles Duhigg
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Bestselling author: The Power of Habit, Smarter Faster Better

charles duhiggOpening the second day of the summit on Wednesday, April 11, is Charles Duhigg, who was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting as a member of The New York Times staff for the series “The iEconomy,” which examined Apple’s manufacturing practices overseas and what those practices can tell us about the American economy. Duhigg is also the winner of the National Academies of Sciences, National Journalism, and George Polk awards, and a frequent contributor to television and radio, including PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Dr. Oz, This American Life and various programs on CNBC and NPR. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Yale College.

Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business has spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. The book contains specific strategies that can transform lives and workplaces. It details scientific studies on boosting willpower, replacing bad habits, and revolutionizing companies' productivity. Duhigg’s latest book, Smarter, Faster, Better (March 2016), applies the same relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling of The Power of Habit to explore the science of productivity. Duhigg illustrates his concept with compelling case studies from the U.S. Marine Corps, the FBI, and the Disney Animation team behind Frozen, among many others.

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Summit registration opens Dec. 11 for members!

If you're an employee of a COE member company, registration is opening on Monday, Dec. 11 for our 2018 Leading Through Excellence summit. From Dec. 11-31, you have the chance to save up to 15% on registration and have your best shot at selecting the tours and workshops that best align with your interests. Registration opens Jan. 1, 2018, for non-members.

Pricing and discounts

COE accepting proposals for breakout session presentations

Have a story of transformational change at your organization you’d like to share? Have research-based insights that can help business professionals develop their leadership or problem-solving skills? COE is accepting proposals for breakout sessions at the summit. For attendees, the 25 breakout sessions to be offered at the event – spread across April 11 and 12 in five 60- and 75-minute blocks of five concurrent sessions – allow them to customize their summit experience to choose the topics that fit their interests and best align with their personal and organizational goals. For presenters, the sessions offer the chance to share best practices and make connections with hundreds of business leaders.

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Matt Burns
Manager, Marketing & Communications