Conference sessions will cover ideas, research findings, innovative models or more within the scope of this year's dynamic tracks:

Lean & Operational Excellence – Track embodies waste reduction, value enhancement, and agility acceleration.

Six Sigma, Big Data, & Data Science – Within the different phases of the Six Sigma methodology, Data connect the dots from issues to solutions.

Embracing Technology for Digital Transformation – We are living in the exponential growth of technology such as the use of 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Autonomous Vehicles, Block Chains, Co-bots, Machine Learning (ML), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Virtual Reality (VR). For most organizations, it's a question of when, not if, they will adopt this transformation in their processes.

Leadership in the Future of Work, Culture & Training – A 2007 Industry Week survey suggested that over 70% of Lean implementation attempts fail. We attribute the failure to be too focused on tool implementation at the expense of cultural change. New employees are getting acclimated to virtual, hybrid, and co-modal working.

Innovation, Engagement, Environmental Governance – We all have heard the questions about the future of continuous improvement and engagement. Our current methods may be losing inertia within academia and industry. Learn how to engage, govern and innovate in the changing world.

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Schedule Highlights

Monday, Sept. 19

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern time

Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops by Dr. Beju Rao and Leigh Ann Schildmeier start early morning. Founder and president of Park Avenue Solutions, Schildmeier is a self-described Kata geek, specializing in continuous improvement and risk mitigation. Rao is an experienced enterprise analytic executive and entrepreneur with a consultative approach.

Keynote Speaker

Monday’s keynote speaker Richard Sheridan, an author and CEO, has a passion for inspiring organizations to create “joy-filled cultures” and has spoken on the topic all over the world.

Deep Dive Conversation: Dr. Rupy Sawhney

Incoming conference chair Dr. Rupy Sawhney is a professor and Heath Faculty Fellow in Business and Engineering at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also founder of Sawhney Solutions.

Panel Session

Enjoy a panel session that brings together the conference’s thought leaders on change management. Listen as they share their insights and experiences on the changing organization culture across enterprises and how to leverage the unpredictability to your advantage.

Network with Exhibitors

Meet many of the prime practitioners of Lean and Six Sigma and see all the solutions and new developments they have to offer.

Welcome and Networking Reception

Be sure to take the opportunity to make new friends and connections at the welcome and networking reception. Converse with the legends of Lean, the dynamists of data science and the most sensational Six Sigma practitioners.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern time

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sze Yee Thong kicks off the day with a keynote speech. A master trainer in the Flex Capability Acceleration Program, she’s been in the manufacturing industry practicing Lean and industrial engineering more than two decades.

Networking in Exhibit Hall

Meet many of the prime practitioners of Lean and Six Sigma and see all the solutions and new developments they have to offer.

Speed networking

Increase your opportunities to quickly create business contacts. Attendees can engage with each other in a fast, round-robin style interaction. (advanced sign-up required for this one) 

Interactive AI Session

Ben Amaba and Shaun Bland delve into an interactive AI session with participants. Using AI/ML computer vision techniques, the audience will test the boundaries of this technology to detect and classify items with confidence.

Operational Excellence Division Town Hall

Networking - Topgolf (offsite, advance registration required)

Join fellow conference attendees for a night at Topgolf Alpharetta. Whether you are an aspiring pro golfer or picking up clubs for the first time – it’s fun and a unique opportunity for attendees to gather in a relaxed atmosphere of sharing and networking.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Eastern time

Networking in Exhibit Hall

A final chance to network in the exhibit hall and meet many of the prime practitioners of Lean and Six Sigma.

Keynote Speaker

The event’s final dynamic keynote speaker, Bill Franks, is sure to deliver an interesting talk. Bill Franks is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Research at Kennesaw State University.

Closing and Awards Ceremony

We close out the Lean Sigma & Data Science conference, we recognize your colleagues with announcing awards in the Best Paper and poster session competition.