CII’s DAM Good Birthday Bash

January 2022
Celebrating professional growth and development

– Event Description

  • We’re celebrating the first birthday of CII’s DAM Good Membership with incredible events all month long. We’re bringing you real-world insights from people who are practicing continuous improvement every day!
  • At CII, we’re all about finding a BETTER WAY. That includes a better way to do events. Our events combine development and networking while still having a LOT of fun.
  • Join the membership to gain access to all of our events!

Tues, Jan 11

Live, Online

11:00-12:00pm Leadership in Continuous Improvement: Panel Discussion

Hear from top continuous improvement leaders. They’ll share their insider perspectives in our leadership panel discussion. Plus, they’ll answer YOUR questions.

Want to know how other companies are creating a culture of continuous improvement? Here’s your chance to find out!

Panelists:

  • Melissa Maday, Division Director Performance Excellence, CHI Health
  • Scott Post, Chief Operating Officer, Pizza Ranch
  • Phil Ranck, Founder & Lead Instructor, Lean Alaska

Fri, Jan 14

Live, Online

12:00-1:00pm Marketing Your Improvement Program

Hone your improvement skills by learning new tools and techniques!

Continuous improvers often struggle with getting buy-in from all levels of the organization.

Do you have the right strategy in place?

Are you sending the right messages?

Join marketing expert, Megan Shepherd, as she takes you step-by-step through developing a brand strategy for your program.

Wed, Jan 19

Live, Online

12:00-1:00pm Behind the Scenes: Nebraska DOT

Go behind the scenes with the continuous improvement program at Nebraska Department of Transportation. You’ll uncover the best practices and lessons learned that they have implemented to create a highly successful improvement program with engaged employees. Shayne will share his real-world experiences on what works….and what doesn’t work to create a culture of continuous improvement in an organization.

Speaker: Shayne Daughenbaugh, Process Improvement Project Manager / Green Belt & Executive Green Belt Captain

Thurs, Jan 27

Live, Online

1:00-2:00pm: Diversity & Inclusion in Continuous Improvement

Learn how to create an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion in continuous improvement. Better understand those with disabilities and learn how to support them in your workplace. Let Amy Jenkins be your expert guide in navigating this tough topic.

Amy Jenkins, Process Improvement Consultant, ONE Gas

About Our Incredible Speakers

Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd

Senior Manager, Brand Marketing, Audio, TV & Film at The New York Times

Megan Shepherd is a Senior Manager of Brand and Creative Strategy for the New York Times, looking after the Audio, TV, and Film lines of business. Prior to coming to the Times, she worked in advertising, editorial, content and creative strategy, partnering with brands like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Reebok, Urban Outfitters, McKinsey & Company, Shutterstock, and Hearst Global to help bring beloved brand stories to life across marketing and editorial. She is a writer and former food editor, and her work has been featured across a number of print and digital publications, including Delish, Bustle, Food 52, Thrillist, Edible, and Woman’s Day, among many others. A native Oklahoman and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, she is thrilled to be back in Tulsa after several years in New York (but misses the bagels!). 

Melissa Maday

Melissa Maday

Division Director Performance Excellence, CHI Health

Melissa Maday is the Division Director Performance Excellence for CHI Health’s Midwest Division.  She has been with CHI Health, in various Process Improvement and leadership roles, since December 2005.  Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in Lean, Six Sigma and other process improvement and change management approaches.    

Melissa holds a Master Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma, a Project Management Professional certification, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She has an MBA from Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.   

Scott Post

Scott Post

Chief Operating Officer, Pizza Ranch

Scott Post is a Lean Leadership Coach, he loves to help leaders pursue excellence through process improvement to achieve their desired results. Scott started his career serving four years with the U.S. Marine Corps, then received an Industrial Engineering B.S. degree from Iowa State University. Scott’s passion for CI blossomed while working at Pella Corporation. Now, as Chief Operations Officer, he is serving by leading and coaching the Pizza Ranch team on a journey towards excellence with primary responsibilities of the Operations, Training, and Process Improvement teams. Scott has served the local lean community as a board member of the Siouxland Lean Consortium and formed his own company SPost Consulting after several requests for his professional services. Outside of his daily work, he spends time with family, goes camping, or plays on his hobby farm. Scott, his wife Danette, their four children, and a few farm animals live in the beautiful farm country of NW Iowa.

Shayne Daughenbaugh

Shayne Daughenbaugh

Process Improvement Project Manager, Nebraska DOT

Shayne is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with the Center of Operational Excellence at the State of Nebraska. He has been embedded full time at the Department of Transportation for almost 3 years.

He also served as the outside sales rep and operations manager for a small company of electricians, however, the bulk of his career (18yrs) was as a pastor. He loves his wife and two kids, large dogs, craft beer, and rucking.

Amy Jenkins

Amy Jenkins

Process Improvement Consultant, ONEGas

Amy Jenkins is the founder and chair of CAPABLE, a ONE Gas employee resource group created to promote understanding and provide support for employees with disabilities and for those supporting loved ones with all kinds of disabilities. She is committed to learning about people from all walks of life and finding equitable solutions to problems businesses face today.

Amy has more than fifteen years of experience at ONE Gas and is currently a process improvement consultant.

Phil Ranck

Phil Ranck

Founder & Lead Instructor, Lean Alaska

Phil is a proven leader and multi-functional logistician with an obsession for Continual Process Improvement (CPI). Extensive experience in teaching, mentoring, and facilitating multiple CPI methodologies including Lean and Six Sigma, Lean Start-up, Design Thinking, Business Process Re-engineering, and Change Management.

Amanda Zimmerman

Amanda Zimmerman

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Beautiful Opportunities

Amanda Zimmerman has a decade of experience as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, leading process improvement initiatives all over the world. She has led projects in a variety of industries, including Oil and Gas, Software, Education, Marketing, and non-profits. She has enjoyed leading both Lean Transformations and formal organizational Six Sigma deployments. In her career she has saved her clients over $270MM in annual benefit.

In 2020 Amanda started Beautiful Opportunities to help individuals and organizations master the foundational concepts of Continuous Improvement. Her White Belt course at Unschool.in has over 800 enrolled students. She also teaches at Portland State University’s CEPE program (Process Improvement Fundamentals, Six Sigma Fundamentals, and Process Improvement in Practice). Amanda holds an MBA from Imperial College of London. She trained with Variance Reduction International to earn her LSS Master Black Belt in 2011.

Devon Laney

Devon Laney

President & CEO, 36 Degrees North

Thomas Devon Laney is the President & Chief Executive Officer of 36 Degrees North, Co., an award-winning, not-for-profit entrepreneurial support organization focused on providing the workspace, resources and community needed to build growing companies and drive economic impact.

Before joining 36°N in 2019, Devon co-founded and served as CEO (and COO) of Innovation Depot in Birmingham, AL for over 14 years, leading the organization to consecutive record-setting years of economic impact and entrepreneurial growth. Prior to joining Innovation Depot, Devon worked with Accenture LLP on numerous strategic projects at various Fortune 500 companies and is also an entrepreneur with experience in the technology & B2B space. Devon has spoken in both the U.S. & internationally on entrepreneurial ecosystem development as well as business incubation and innovation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business.

Allison Greco

Allison Greco

Founder, CII

Allison Greco created her foundation with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Over the past 15 years, she has held Continuous and Process Improvement roles for Black Hills Energy, Williams, the United States Air Force and BNSF Railway. She has started up new CI programs and reinvigorated stale ones. Along the way she earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and became a licensed Professional Engineer.  

Allison launched Continuous Improvement International in 2018 to share her passion for continuous improvement, process improvement and change management.