Corning Incorporated 
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Lean is about employee engagement: What does ‘respect for employees’ mean?

The real power of lean isn’t as much about the tools as it is about getting employees engaged


Practitioner Presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 10 Location Code
9:45am-10:45am Hynes Center, Level 3, Ballroom A TS/02



Hear how many lean tools are not directly about process improvement. Learn how many strive for process improvements and results, but the achievement isn’t as significant and likely isn’t going to be sustained without employee engagement.


Learn how many lean tools have the hidden objective of employee engagement and with employee engagement comes the most significant results. How do lean tools bring about employee engagement? What is the role of the leader?  How should respect for employees be demonstrated?   Gain insights into developing a deeper understanding of lean. Hear what the role of leader is from a lean perspective and how that role influences employee engagement.


Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks and off-road vehicles.

Speaker: John Biuso

John Biuso has held numerous positions including value stream leader, continuous improvement manager, and operations manager. He joined Corning Incorporated as its lean program manager responsible for leading deployment of lean throughout the company. Biuso holds a BSIE from University at Buffalo, is a certified black belt in six sigma quality, and received certification in Production and Inventory Management from APICS. He has experience as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner and an AME Excellence Award examiner. He has served as an Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Rochester Chapter board member and served on the AME Mid-Atlantic Region board. Biuso is currently an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester NY, teaching lean leadership in its MBA program.