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APRIL 2016
REGISTER NOW for our Annual Conference in August and our Healthcare Symposium in May!

Our Healthcare Symposium in Grand Rapids is coming up very soon! Click here for the tentative agenda for more details and register to secure your spot.

Have a lean story to share? Want to be a speaker at our Annual Conference? Click here for more information and to apply!

Hotels get booked up quick in Traverse City in August! Book now. We are working on more hotel deals, but for now check out the information on the Bayshore (walking distance to conference) and a special deal to stay in the dorms at Northwestern Michigan College! What a fun experience!

Introducing another Keynote Speaker: Betty Gratopp from Zingerman's Mail Order!
Betty Gratopp is the lead production manager at Zingerman’s Mail Order, an online gourmet food shop located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zingerman’s Mail Order has annual sales of $18 million and offers about 1,000 different products ranging from fresh bread to aged cheese to estate-bottled olive oils. Orders are shipped five days per week via courier all across America. Daily order volumes are highly variable, ranging from 100 to 15,000 boxes and there is extreme seasonal variability as well, with over 50% of the year’s revenue happening in the last six weeks of the year. Betty oversees a crew of 60 and a part-time seasonal crew of 300. Betty has been the lead implementer and developer of Zingerman’s Mail Order’s lean transformation, now in its 11th year. She runs several kata teams, creates and steers all long-term planning, and teaches regular classes to her crew and outside organizations.
We are pleased to announce the very first Michigan Kata Practitioner Day on June 16 - registration is now open!
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