Beyond Six Sigma: Changing our Conversations about Improvement

Consulting Roundtable

March 22, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Improvement tools can keep your organization from real transformation. That's because most organizations will adopt some type of improvement program - TQM, Re-engineering, Lean, Six Sigma, etc. - and implement it in an average manner. No one breaks out of the pack and jumps ahead. In order to truly improve, you need to do something different - and do it better and faster than your competitors. Attend this session to learn what steps highly effective organizations take to differentiate themselves from the competition.

The session review the five levers leaders can use to improve the way their organization improves. Much of this involves the way we talk and think about improvement. The five levers are not new. Every organization already uses these levers to some degree. But organizations that are highly effective at improvement use them in a different way. If you are interested in finding ways for your organization to improve more effectively you should come to this session.


Gleacher Center
Room 600
450 N. Cityfront Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Discounted Parking is available at AMC Theater-River East Self-Parking Garage:
300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
Parking is $6.00 after 3:00pm

Payment: Automated: at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: Go to card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. The new system for the AMC Theater- River East Self Park Garage is automated: Insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. You can also validate your parking ticket at any time between your arrival at and departure from the Gleacher Center. When you leave the lot, you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.


No Charge


Register Online

Deadline: 3/22/2012


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Reception and Welcome

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Program

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Networking

Speaker Profiles

Michael Bremer (Speaker)
Executive Director, Chicagoland Lean Enterprise Consortium

Michael Bremer is the Executive Director of the Chicagoland Lean Enterprise Consortium, a group of Chicago area companies seeking to share best practices, share knowledge, challenge each other to improve, share skill sets, share training, and accelerate learning for leaders and associates of the member companies. Michael is also President of the Cumberland Group, a management consulting firm that works with organizational leaders to improve the way their organizations improve.

In his volunteer time, Michael is the Vice President of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards for AME. He teaches a class for the University of Chicago's Graham School, "Better Ways to Work: Innovative Tools for Organizational Excellence." He has also co-authored three books. The latest, Escape the Improvement Trap, is a book that Jeffery Liker (author of The Toyota Way) said, "The five ingredients are spot on for anyone serious about process improvement."

MIchael graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Accounting. He is a CPA, CMC, Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Lean Expert.


Kevin Knapp, '07 

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About the Consulting Roundtable

The primary objective of the Consulting Roundtable is to connect consultants with the industry's best practices, most innovative approaches, latest market trends, and its most dynamic leaders. Meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month.