MLC Annual Conference

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
  • 8:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College. 715 E Front Street, Traverse City MI 49686


  • Registrant will only be admitted to one day of the conference.

Registration is closed

Michigan Lean Consortium Annual Conference

The Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) is committed to engage, connect, and develop people and processes in continuous improvement and Lean initiatives to positively impact Michigan.

The 2022 MLC Annual Conference brings together professionals across sectors who are passionate learners of Lean thinking. The conference will include active learning sessions, networking activities, Communities Of Practice meetings, and keynote sessions from highly reputable individuals in the arena of Lean practice and theory.

There will be no registration refunds after July 29, 2022.

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Learn more about the sessions and speakers here!

Wednesday Aug 10
8:00 Registration and Gathering
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:45 Keynote: Lead With Joy and Watch Your Team Fly! Richard Sheridan
10:45 Break
Participant Choice of 1 of 3 Active Learning Sessions

How to Start Your Standard Work Library

Sustainable Kaizen Women Leaning on Women
Christopher Cummings Troy Tungate Holly Plaga + Jayne Overbeck
12:30 Lunch Break
Participant Choice of 1 of 3 Active Learning Sessions
Mindfulness + Leading Lean Lean + Six Sigma Integration Hoshin Planning + Deployment
Dave Kippen Nicole Friedberg Rich Wolin
3:00 Break
3:15 Panel Discussion:
What Now? What Next!?
Richard Sheridan, Patrick Adams, Mark Graban, Ken Segel, Holly Plaga
4:15 Reflection + Takeaways
4:30 Networking Activity - Mingle with Speakers / Drinks / Food
Thursday Aug 11
8:00 MLC Annual BOD Meeting
9:00 Introduction/Welcome/Icebreaker
9:30 Keynote: Seizing the Workforce Safety Imperative & Opportunity: The “Playbook” of Paul O’Neill Mark Graban and Ken Segel
10:30 Break
Participant Choice of 1 of 3 Active Learning Sessions
Developmental Kata Avoiding The Continuous Appearance Trap Safety at the Heart of Lean 
Toni Benner Patrick Adams Ken Segel and Mark Graban
12:15 Lunch Break
1:15 Distinguished Service Award Presentation
1:45 Building a Better MLC—Ideation Session to Gather Critical Feedback
3:00 Break
3:15 Closing Celebration / Prizes
3:45 End

times and content subject to change

Hotel Information

We are pleased to again partner with the Bayshore Resort to be our lodging partner for the MLC Annual Conference! The Bayshore Resort is within walking distance of the Hagerty Center and is located on beautiful West Bay. They have reserved a block of rooms for 2022 conference attendees. To take advantage of this special opportunity please give the Bayshore a call and mention the MLC room block!

Call 1.800.634.4401 or Visit Site Here.

Additionally, you can find lodging alternatives on the Traverse City Tourism website!

Thank You To Our Sponsors!



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