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  • Lean Bronze Prep Series - Lean 101 starts in September
  • October 24 - Lean Conference in Grand Rapids
If you have any ideas for events in 2018 or would like to be on the planning team, please respond to this email!
A Note from our New President: 

My initial focus for the MLC is to help strengthen its ability to deliver strong events and networking for the membership, and to increase the membership base particularly with more organizations.

"I am very excited about becoming the MLC President and helping it deliver on its mission".


Dr. Woodliff is President of the Michigan Lean Consortium, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming Michigan’s organizations and economy by developing and supporting lean system thinkers.  Previously, he was the Director of Industry Relations for MForesight - Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, an NSF sponsored think-and-do tank focusing on the next generation technologies that will strengthen U.S. manufacturing.

Dr. Woodliff was the Tauber Institute for Global Operations Industry Co-Director and Adjunct Professor (2008-2016), where he led the Institute’s growth in industry involvement to support the 100% expansion in student enrollment.  Prior to that, he was a Visiting Professor at Wayne State University.

Dr. Woodliff's corporate experience spans 34 years with a variety of global experiences, including engineering and manufacturing, sales, product planning, strategy, program management, and quality.  Dr. Woodliff's career began as a product engineer in 1970 with General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group in Ohio. From 1971-1973, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, after which he was hired by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Woodliff worked for Ford until 2000, holding a series of management positions. While at Visteon until 2006, Dr. Woodliff held the positions of Director of Climate Sales, the Lincoln Customer Business Unit, and finally Advanced Business Development.

Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, Dr. Woodliff holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master's Degree and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA, all from the University of Michigan. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Children's Hospital of Michigan, a member of the Detroit Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, and serves on the External Advisory Board of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He Is an Emeritus Member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan. Dr. Woodliff lives with his wife in Dearborn, Michigan.

Deming is quoted as saying, "I make no apologies for learning." Often people cited, with some consternation, the growth and development in his thinking from year to year. That was his response.   We should not expect to remain stagnant in our approaches to management if we are learning. Dr. Deming certainly didn’t. Evolution of thought and practice was a key aspect of the example he set. We also need to make no apologies for learning.

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