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June 3 - I.T. Leadership Network forum: Spotlight on MassMutual

9:30 a.m. - noon | Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

COE’s IT Leadership Network in recent years has brought stories of transformational change from companies including Bose, Nordstrom, Nationwide, Capital One, and more. The latest event in our ongoing series highlighting process excellence in I.T. brings to Ohio State University a major U.S. financial services firm – and the executive who leads and supports its continuous improvement practice ...

COE on Friday, June 3, welcomes Dalton Li, a vice president at Springfield, Mass.-based MassMutual Financial Group, a $29 billion-a-year life insurer with 11,000 employees. At MassMutual, Li supports strategy, deployment and executive coaching for its enterprise-wide lean management implementation. In this session, he’ll chart MassMutual’s lean journey with a special focus on its I.T. capability, highlighting the company's approach to tools and principles, coaching, and sustaining gains.

Li began his career as a nuclear submarine officer based in Annapolis and later served as an assistant professor for the U.S. Navy before working at consultancy McKinsey & Co. for six years. He joined MassMutual in his current role in 2012.


  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Check-in / Networking breakfast
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: MassMutual presentation
  • 11:30 a.m. - noon: Audience Q&A 

(Open to COE members and guests)

June 16 - Innovation Summer, Part 1: Powering Innovation with Op-Ex

8:30 a.m. - noon | Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

How can companies leverage lean/Six Sigma practices to build more agility for innovation teams inside their organization? How can they carry those across the supply chain? And how can these best practices cultivate an idea from its earliest stages? This three-part series tackles these questions and more, starting with Part 1 in June: 

3M Corp. – the innovation icon whose products range from Post-it Notes and Scotch tape to components inside of televisions and iPhones – is also no stranger to the world of process improvement. With the introduction of Six Sigma at the company in 2001, 3M followed in the steps of Motorola and others to embed a systematic process excellence framework across the company. In the ensuing decade-plus, 3M’s drive for innovation hasn’t left – so how have two seemingly contradictory priorities managed to peacefully coexist?

COE turns the spotlight on 3M’s innovation/process excellence journey for the first part of its “Innovation Summer” series, which features Mark Anderson (pictured, right), a Six Sigma Master Black Belt at the St. Paul-based company. In the first part of this half-day session, Anderson will chart 3M’s transformational journey and show how operational excellence – when applied intelligently – can propel innovation.

 In the second half of the session, Anderson will join Fisher College of Business Prof. Aravind Chandrasekaran, a leading R&D researcher, to facilitate an interactive case study that covers the role of leaders when deploying organization-wide change and the benefits of DMAIC. This group-based activity will allow attendees to dive deeper into the concepts outlined in the 3M presentation and better connect its insights to how they can be applied at their own organizations.


  • 8 a.m.: Check-in / continental breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.: Welcome / 3M presentation / Q&A
  • 9:45 a.m.: Break
  • 10 a.m.: Intro to innovation case study, Prof. Aravind Chandrasekaran
  • 10:30 – noon: Case study activity

(Open to COE members only)

June 24 - Women's Leadership Forum: 'Launch Yourself' Workshop

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

This half-day event led by Boot Camp Digital’s Krista Neher (pictured, right) challenges attendees to define, design and deliver a powerful online brand. Whether you’re looking to pivot your career or stand out where you are, this session showcases the essentials to present yourself as a leader people are excited to meet.

In this hands-on session, you will: Define Your Brand (What are your professional objectives? What types of influencers do you want to reach?), Design Your Brand (What makes your credible? What's your "elevator pitch?") and, finally, Deliver Your Brand (How do you bring your brand to life online in a meaningful way?).


  • 11 a.m.: Check-in / networking / lunch
  • Noon: Workshop commences
  • 4 p.m.: Workshop concludes

(Open to COE members only)

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • July 13 - Innovation Summer Series: Session 2
  • Aug. 18 - Innovation Summer Series: Session 3
  • Sept. 16 - Professional Development Seminar
  • Oct. 7 - IT Leadership Network Fall Forum
  • Oct. 21 - Supply Chain Forum
  • Nov. 4 - Women's Leadership Forum
  • Dec. 2 - Professional Development Seminar
  • Feb. 10, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar
  • April 11-13, 2017Leading Through Excellence: COE Summit 2017
  • Sept. 15, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar
  • Nov. 3, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar