NWIRC is pleased to present special guest and renowned author, Mike Rother, for an engaging program on December 7th for manufacturers, or anyone who works to achieve challenging goals.

This program, The Improvement Kata, includes a presentation on practicing Kata to develop and sustain a culture of continuous improvement, plus a 50-minute simulation you can use to help teach scientific thinking to others. Rother, author of Toyota Kata, brings this popular topic to life and illustrates how it’s used in teams, organizations and even in your life. Participants will learn about the four-step Improvement Kata pattern, an approach for successfully navigating the unpredictable landscspe between you and your goals, from the person who wrote the book.

Mike Rother is an engineer, a researcher, teacher and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. He has been a member of the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. He’s the author of several books, including Learning to See and Toyota Kata, and creator of Kata in the Classroom.

The program is scheduled for December 7, 2017 from 10:00am-1:45pm at the Bel-Aire Conference Center, 2800 West 8th Street, Erie PA. The program includes a networking luncheon. Click for more details and to register.

While in our region, Rother will also be presenting his Kata in the Classroom geared for K-12 Educators, administrators, and others who mentor or coach students in STEM skills. Kata in the Classroom is scheduled in Meadville on December 6th and Erie on December 7th. (Click the locations for details.)