Conferences

2017 Lean Six Sigma Conference

Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Conference Center
Kent State University at Stark

The Corporate University invites beginners and seasoned professionals to join our team (Bob Skillman, Steve Skillman, John Novak, and Dan Nicol) for a day of Lean Six Sigma expertise.

Cost: $295
Registration: Call Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

LEAN SIX SIGMA CONFERENCE AGENDA
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration | Breakfast | Networking
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Beyond Continuous Improvement
The most important part of any business is staying in business. Getting rid of what you don’t want does not guarantee to get you what you want. You must look at the interaction of a systems parts to deliver what you want.
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sustaining the Gain 
Increasing shareholder value and ROI is an ever present topic in business. The first step to achieving this is to have a plan. Old habits die hard and can be an enemy to sustaining the gain.
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Lessons Learned Panel Discussion 
A panel of experienced practitioners from various industries will share their lessons learned in their Lean Six Sigma journey.
2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Ask an Expert 
Lean Six Sigma experts will field your questions giving you access to their decades of expertise and proven success.

2017 HUMAN RESOURCE SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, July 20, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Conference Center
Kent State University at Stark

The Corporate University recognizes that in today’s competitive marketplace, preparing yourself and your workforce with the right organizational tools is critical for continued success. In recognition of this, we are pleased to announce the 2017 Human Resource Symposium to be held Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The Human Resource Conference is focused on how to prepare yourself and your workforce for the future. The symposium brings together presenters from multiple disciplines, who are experts in their field with real-world experience.

HRCI and SHRM Credits: Five (5)
Cost: $195
Registration: Call Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCE SYMPOSIUM AGENDA
8:30 - 9 a.m. Registration | Breakfast | Networking
9 - 9:15 a.m. Kick-Off | Faith Sheaffer-Polen, Director, The Corporate University
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote: Ignite Passion to Drive Bottom Line Results | Mark Roberts 
A recent study indicates employee engagement is at an all-time low. This report indicates that 69% of employees are doing just enough to get by because they do not feel valued. How do we ignite passion in our teams and break this trend? How have some companies solved this problem? Could your team be experiencing a “trust tax”? In the book titled Speed of Trust, Covey shares most organizations are being negatively impacted by a tax that does not show up on any income statement, it is a trust tax. Most companies are experiencing between a 30% and 50% tax on their productivity due to trust. This keynote will cover the most common reasons why this is occurring, how companies have beaten the odds and provide participants with trust building ideas.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - Noon A Plan for Change | Ned Parks, Facilitator 
The ability to engage employees in change is rapidly becoming a key determinant of business success. Your leaders need a clear understanding of the factors involved, so they can take action and lead change effectively. Organizations, divisions or teams that want to increase the return on investment for change initiatives can use this program to build a shared language and collective insights into what it takes to bring people on board.
Communication, Trust and Respect in Workplace | Scott Tackett, Facilitator 
In this program employees will learn that communication, trust and respect are key ingredients for employee engagement, loyalty and organizational success. Participants should, as a result of this program, understand the link between effective communication, trust and respect and business, as well as personal accomplishment.
 
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote: The Future of Work | Amy Shannon and Sonya Weiland
Have you thought about who the business leaders of 2030 will be? What will human resources look like a decade from now? Amy Shannon and Sonya Weiland will explain what the changes will look like and how businesses can adapt and succeed in this new landscape. Together, we will examine the key trends and how they are impacting the future. We will then identify HR’s challenges in facing these trends and current predications. And, we will also introduce the leadership roles of the future and how HR professionals can prepare. 
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break  
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Prioritization and Time Management | Diane Helbig, Facilitator 
Time management and prioritizing are issues that most people face when trying to juggle workload, client interests and the unforeseen. How do we create processes and plans so what we are trying to accomplish isn’t derailed? There are days when priorities change or challenges are included in the mix. How we handle these things will determine how successful we are, and how satisfied we will be with our work.
 
 
 
Motivating Staff through Appreciative Inquiry | Dr. Kay Potetz, Facilitator 
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) emerged from the research of David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. It is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations around the world. Appreciative Inquiry builds on the best of “what is” and leads to lasting, sustainable change.  If your current methods of employee motivation are less than successful or lead to only short-term changes, this program is for you.
3:45 - 4 p.m. Adjourn and Pick-up Certificates