CII’s DAM Good Birthday Bash

January 11, 2022
A day of professional growth and development

– Event Description

  • We’re celebrating the first birthday of CII’s DAM Good Membership with an action-packed, professional growth and development day. 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 conferences. Our events combine development and networking while still having a LOT of fun.
  • PLUS, we’re going to give birthday presents to YOU all day long! We’ll have at least one giveaway in every session.
  • Join us online via ZOOM Events (a Zoom account is required to participate. The free version works just fine!)

Tues, Jan 11

Live, Online

9:00-10:15am Opening & Keynote: Fostering an Innovation Culture

In our opening keynote session, Devon Laney, President & CEO of 36 Degrees North, will share his insights on fostering an innovation culture within an organization.

36 Degrees North is “Tulsa’s Basecamp for Entrepreneurs.” As President, Devon has a unique perspective into the operations and culture of start-up companies and their entrepreneurs. He’ll share lessons that you can use to spark innovation in even the most well-established organizations.

10:20-11:00am Breakout Session A: Behind the Scenes: Nebraska DOT

Go behind the scenes with the continuous improvement prorgam 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

10:20-11:00am Breakout Session B: 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

11:00-11:15am Networking & Fun Break

Grab a coffee refill and a snack, then take time to get to know others at the conference.

During breaks, we’re offering interactive ways to engage with other improvers!

Your participation in these activities will earn you points that will add up, and the attendee with the most points at the end of the conference will recieve a prize.

11:15-12:15pm 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!


  • Melissa Maday, Division Director Performance Excellence, CHI Health
  • Scott Post, Chief Operating Officer, Pizza Ranch
  • Phil Ranck, Founder & Lead Instructor, Lean Alaska
  • Additional panelist coming soon
12:30-1:15pm Trivia & Power Lunch

Power up over lunch with continuous improvement trivia and a little bit of speed networking!

Bring your lunch and join us for fun. It’s another great way to interact with other participants and earn points for prizes!

1:15-2:15pm 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.

2:15-2:30pm Networking & Fun Break

Stand up, take a couple of quick laps around your desk, then join the conference attendees for a fun break.

During breaks, we’re offering interactive ways to engage with other improvers!

Your participation in these activities will earn you points that will add up, and the attendee with the most points at the end of the conference will recieve a prize.

2:30-4:00pm The Great Debate

Join us for a brand new concept for improvers – the Great Debate.

We’re going to debate both sides of some hot topics like:
– Should you pay employees for their improvement ideas?
– Should the continuous improvement program be centralized or decentralized?
– Should continuous improvement culture be a grass roots effort or driven from the top down?

We’re bringing you three Subject Matter Experts to facilitate roundtable debates. Each SME will share a brief introduction to the hot topics.

Then, you get to choose which two debates you want to join for in-depth, but respectful debate. Share your insights and learn from others in this unique experience.


– Amanda Zimmerman, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Beautiful Opportunities

-Jason Andrews, Sr. Operations Manager, Diba Industries

-Allison Greco, Founder, Continuous Improvement International

4:00pm-4:30pm Closing Celebration & Gift Giveaways

It’s going to be hard to say good-bye so we’re going to make it fun! This is the time of the party where you would normally open birthday presents, so instead, we’ll have some cool giveaways. Plus, we’ll show you how to keep the momentum going at future events.

Make sure you stay to the end for special announcements!

About Our Incredible Speakers

Devon Laney

Devon Laney

President & CEO, 36 Degrees North

Bio coming soon!

Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd

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

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon!   

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 leads workshops and trainings that help organizations and individuals improve their work. Her focus is to make Lean and Six Sigma concepts as easy as possible so they can be implemented and actioned immediately.

More details to follow

Jill Hanson

Jill Hanson

Membership Engagement Manager, CII

I am the Membership Engagement Manager for Continuous Improvement International. I am also the owner of Lemon Tree Business Solutions where I equip businesses for sustainable growth through people-centered concepts, creative clarity, and strategic processes. Armed with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma, certifications in training, instructional design, and leadership, plus a passion for bringing humanity back to business I work to help build a healthy marriage of resources and relationships.

Before starting Lemon Tree Business Solutions and working with CII, I worked within Organizational Development as an Instructional Designer and Training Facilitator in both Manufacturing and HRIS Software industries.

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.

Early Bird Registration

Registration opens on November 22 

Message us at for additional registration details and for team discounts for groups of 5 or more.