DATES: Thursday, 7th November, 2013

TIME: 9am - 3.30pm

COST: No Charge

LOCATION: Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary


9.00am - 9.30am     Registration - Tea/Coffee

9.30am - 11.30am    The Role of HR in Operational Excellence
Pete Gritton, Adjunct Professor for the Lean Manufacturing Program at the University of Kentucky
and Ownie McBride, University of Kentucky Lean Systems Group

11.30am - 12.00pm  Networking Opportunity - Tea/Coffee

12.00pm - 1.00pm  Lake Region Medical: HR & Operational Excellence, our Journey....
Helen Barry, HR Director, Lake Region Medical

1.00pm - 1.45pm      Lunch

1.45pm - 3.30pm     Interactive Workshop - Pete Gritton & Ownie McBride
Participants will participate in a highly interactive workshop with in-depth focus on lean principles, employee lifecycle, open two-way communications, value-added work, standardization of systems & processes, problem-solving and reflection tools


Speakers include:
Pete Gritton, Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky Center for Lean. Pete is the former VP of Human Resources at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America. He was one of Toyota’s first North American hires. Pete retired in 2009 after twenty-two years of service. Since retirement, Pete has been partnering with global corporations and organizations on the People Side of Lean. He also coaches individual executives and works with executive teams on strategic planning – Hoshin Kanri. His work has included Union Pacific, Kerry Foods, Invest Northern Ireland and the Irish Center for Business Excellence.

Ownie McBride who since 1998 has worked with Pete as a contractor for strategic planning, HR, employee relations, communications support and executive coaching. Ownie also has supported other organizations with Lean in health care, manufacturing, education, & non-profits. She previously was a management consultant through a labor & employment law firm, owned a Washington, DC consulting business, served as Bush (41) Inaugural Communications Director and received a Reagan appointment to serve Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole.

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