Value Innovation Partners (VIPGroup) 
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Leading with influence

Monday, Oct. 19 Location Code
8:00am-5:00pm Room 212, 2nd floor MW/04

Change how you lead if you expect change to succeed

Discover effective strategies for becoming a breakthrough leader; gain information on how your personality and communications style affects the success of change initiatives; identify barriers to your organization’s ability to capitalize on current and future opportunities.


Explore how your personality and communications style impacts your success and how to adapt your style to influence achievement. Learn how to become a breakthrough leader reflecting learning, change and innovation as you take your organization to its leading edge. Participate in personal assessments that will help you understand your leadership/communication style. Discover different leadership models, gaining insights about how these styles affect the success of change efforts. Develop the courage to ask tough questions and challenge the ways things are done. Identify barriers hindering your organization’s ability to capitalize on existing and future opportunities. Hear about the difference between leadership and management. Learn effective skills for negotiating conflict and change.


Value Innovation Partners, Ltd. (VIPGroup) is an operations improvement consulting firm specializing in the delivery of value through the implementation of lean, six sigma and supply chain management tools and techniques. It helps companies in a variety of industries, from discrete parts to continuous flow, from distribution to assembly and from aerospace to pharmaceuticals. The company has successfully helped clients deploy these tools and techniques in non-traditional settings like offices, regulated environments and retail settings.

Speakers: Bill Pierrakeas / Larry Bauman / Pat Lucansky

Bill Pierrakeas is a results-oriented industry advisor and consultant serving in managing consulting with Value Innovation Partners, Ltd. (VIPGroup). He serves on several industry conference panels and advisory boards. He is skilled at developing profitable business relationships at all levels of the supply chain and within the corporate structure. He has extensive experience coaching presidents, senior management and project teams on creating and exceeding performance targets. Pierrakeas is the immediate past president of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) Chicagoland Chapter, promoting excellence in management consulting through certification and education. He co-founded C3 Circle, a group of senior executives who foster and reward mutual trust, collaboration and growth with others.

Larry Bauman is a managing consultant with Value Innovation Partners, Ltd. (VIPGroup). He serves as the senior director of business development and special advisor to projects. He specializes in the service industries and provides leadership development, change management, strategy definition and training services in domestic and international markets. He has more than 32 years’ business experience in corporate executive and consulting positions. Bauman serves on the IMC board of directors as president. He holds the designation of Certified Management Consultant (CMC). He has degrees from Oxford College and Emory University, a graduate certificate in marketing from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in behavioral economics from Rushmore University. He serves as a visiting professor and teaches strategic business management at several universities.

Patrick Lucansky is an executive director of Value Innovation Partners, Ltd. (VIPGroup). He has held a variety of positions including production manager and director of operations. Lucansky holds a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.B.A. degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a CMC designation from the Institute of Management Consultants. He teaches at the B.A. and M.A. levels in the Chicago area. He is a certified lean sensei and a certified six sigma master black belt. Lucansky has co-authored dozens of articles published in journals such as PharmaChem magazine about lean operations and a supply chain redesign article in AME’s Target magazine.