Transforming HR and lean leadership at Ingersoll Rand

Upcoming AME Champions of HR for Excellence Event

Transforming HR and lean leadership at Ingersoll Rand
March 8-9, 2018 - Davidson, NC 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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Event overview

Take advantage of this opportunity to benchmark the role of HR and lean. This event will include lean leadership development and lean transformational work within the HR function. Additional speakers will present at this event on both lean leadership and applying lean to HR.

Attendees will learn about the two key aspects of lean and HR which cover both how lean methods can be used to improve HR functioning and the important role of HR in driving successful lean transformations, including implementing new leadership approaches. Key topics include the lean leadership development program used at Ingersoll Rand and the work in two key processes of HR, including the approach to visual management in the HR area.

Attendees will:

  • Learn how to build a lean culture through lean leadership capabilities.
  • Gain the experience of seeing advanced lean transformation work within the HR function.
  • Gain more awareness of lean leadership development practices across multiple companies.
  • Understand the role of applying lean to HR processes in building the skills and background for HR to drive overall lean transformations.

Who should attend 

  • HR professionals, CI professionals and business partners to HR that want to improve the value the HR function provides and/or the topic of lean leadership

Host company 

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Its people and its family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. At Ingersoll Rand, sustainability in all its forms – business, social and environmental – is central to its strategy. Ingersoll Rand is a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. 


Day 1
9:00 a.m.    Kickoff
10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.    Session 1 
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.    Tour
3:30 p.m.    Applying lean to HR at McKee Foods - Presenter: Melissa Smith 

Day 2
9:00 a.m.    Kickoff
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    Session 1
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.       Breakouts
2:00 p.m.    Close


AME member fee: $700.00
Non-member fee: $850.00
Student member fee: $300.00


Melissa Smith
Human Resources Manager
McKee Foods Corporation

Melissa Smith is the human resources manager for McKee Foods Corporation in Gentry, Arkansas. McKee Foods is best known for its line of Little Debbie® snack cakes. Gentry Operations has approximately 1,600 employees. Melissa has worked for McKee Foods for 27 years and is responsible for a staff of 23 which encompasses human resources administration, recruiting, training and development, health and wellness, and safety.

A Northwest Arkansas native, Melissa received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas in 1987.  She is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Melissa has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certificates.

Melissa has served as a leader in many professional and community organizations in Northwest Arkansas, including the University of Arkansas’ Center for Management & Executive Development Advisory Board,  4-H Youth Development Volunteer Leader and Domestic Violence Council. She is currently serving her fifth 3-year term on the Associated Industries of Arkansas Board of Directors.


   Ingersoll Rand
   800 Beaty St., Ste. B
   Davidson, NC

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