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Michigan Lean Consortium Pulse: Vice-Chair shares reflections

As we complete substantial planning and create forward momentum in 2017, tee up deploying MLC strategy in 2018, and as I personally move into the last few months of my term on the MLC Board of Directors I’d like to share some reflections with my MLC colleagues.
In my 2 ½ years of proudly serving the MLC membership on your Board of Directors I have witnessed major transformation in the way your Board of Directors thinks and operates and I am pleased to report that Lean thinking, principles, and tools have been used to make these improvements possible.  You can see this first hand by logging in to the website and visiting the MLC Board Meetings page to review agendas, minutes, and supporting documents.
Notable accomplishments include a complete review and update of the MLC ByLaws, introduction of a set of policies to guide operations, and most importantly creation of a well-considered Hoshin Plan.  If you missed the MLC year-end event last week, please take a moment to review the Hoshin which respects the MLC Mission with a three-year strategy, identified outcomes for 2018, and lines up the tactical initiatives and metrics to get us there.  We have some ambitious goals and wonderful, value-add work ahead of us!
There are a couple initiatives underway that give me personal pleasure and that the MLC membership will see roll out in 2018.  We are poised to roll-out webinars as an additional platform for learning opportunities which will increase the MLC’s reach and better serve the entire state of Michigan.  The other initiative that I am excited about is a Women In Lean panel being planned for the 2018 Annual Conference, which has been themed Lean Now: Learn, Educate And Network.  As the MLC continues to develop and support Lean systems thinkers to transform Michigan’s organizations and economy, including, highlighting, and celebrating the contribution of bright, talented women is in line with our core value of inclusion and I look forward to learning more.
It is with gratitude for a wonderful year and best wishes for 2018 that I offer these reflections to the MLC membership.
Theresa Coleman-Kaiser
MLC Vice-Chair
Introducing our 2nd confirmed Keynote for the 2018 Annual Conference...

Laura Kempf is a Business Transformation Consultant at IBM Watson Health. Since the beginning of the company’s lean journey, she has been influencing the lean transformation by leading teams in monthly lean events using break through thinking to improve processes. She has led over fifty events in a variety of areas, applying lean to a nontraditional knowledge based company.
Kempf joined IBM Watson Health Finance department in 2006 and held several positions including overseeing the accounting functions as sole Accounting Manager after being acquired by Veritas Capital. As Director of Government Finance, she led teams to transform their current order to cash system to a government accounting system, a feat Government auditors remarked later as impossible.
Prior to IBM Watson Health, she worked in engineering and manufacturing roles.
Kempf received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue and an MBA from University of Chicago (Weekend 2004). She is an adjunct professor at Oakland University (Lean Leadership program) and actively participates in the Michigan Lean Consortium. As Detroit City Ambassador for Booth Women, Kempf promotes staying connected and networking with University of Chicago (Booth business school).

We are also excited to announce the theme for our 2018 Annual Conference: Lean Now: Learn, Educate And Network! Save the date: August 8-10, 2018!
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