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Unleash the untapped potential of your people

Building momentum and sustaining change


Speed Chat with Experts
Wednesday, Oct. 31 Location Code
9:30am-12:00pm Harbor Ballroom H, 2nd level WS/24



Learn how organizations enable teams to work towards common goals to unleash the untapped potential of their people. Purpose-driven change recognizes that people/organizations do not readily accept change, and that leaders need to create the inspirational purpose for the desired change to happen.


Hear case studies from a diverse range of organizations and discover how their leaders ensure employees remain focused on working toward the same common direction with senior leadership. Discover:

  • How a sense of purpose was created for the changes to be realized.
  • How leadership was involved in the change process, how they engaged with the workforce and how they gained the trust of their people.
  • The strategies and tactics used to build momentum and sustain the change.

During this two-hour session, time will be split between hearing from the panelists during a moderator-led panel, then each panelist will join in small group discussions. This will allow attendees time to engage in longer, more personal conversations with the panelists and the moderator as each rotates from group to group.

Panelists: Alan McLenaghan / Dora Morales / Dick Ryan / Jon Tudor / Carlos Vallejo

Alan McLenaghan is CEO at SageGlass. He has more than 20 years experience within various manufacturing operations. He has held numerous positions with the Saint-Gobain family of companies, including vice president of operations at SageGlass and senior vice president of technology at Verallia North America.

Dora Morales is managing director at Starkey's Matamoros manufacturing facility and has 30+ years of manufacturing experience. She is responsible for the overall performance of the facility including areas of manufacturing for standard and custom products, quality system and product quality, materials area, training, engineering, SLS and ear mold areas, human resources, IT, overall maintenance for building, tooling and equipment, environment, health and safety regulations, finance and import/export. Morales is also responsible for the implementation and sustainability of the WFA program in 10 countries in Latin America, assuring all patients can hear and be reintegrated into society.

Dick Ryan is well-known in the lean community as a member of the leadership team at The Wiremold Company, which became one of the most successful American manufacturing businesses to adopt lean enterprise methodologies. Ryan was president of two subsidiaries between 1992 and 2003 and helped lead the transformation of Wiremold from a $100 million business to a $460 million business. After retiring in 2004, he established a consulting service, Lean Advantage, Inc., and has been actively involved in supporting other organizations along the lean journey. Since 2006, Ryan has been the leader of the lean business strategy at Barry-Wehmiller, supporting the Barry-Wehmiller People-Centric Leadership model.

Jon Tudor has been involved in training and education in operational excellence and leadership for 20+ years, focused on inspiring and promoting lean best practices. Previously, he developed lean training programs and events for The Manufacturing Institute and the U.K.’s Manufacturing Advisory Service. During this time, he launched the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in the U.K. Tudor has directed internationally lean conferences and awards, was editorial director of the Lean Management Journal and chair of the World Class Manufacturing Awards program. In 2015, he was appointed U.K. president for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.

Carlos Vallejo is continuous improvement manager for the Costco Wholesale Industries businesses throughout Costco and is based in the optical lab in National City. In 1998, Vallejo started his lean six sigma green belt training at the University of California, San Diego. Working in both packaging and optics, Vallejo will share his 10 years of training and developing over 500 colleagues on their lean journey. Beginning with the ‘Why?’ he will share his insight into how they achieved: Managements willingness to share responsibility; employee willingness to try ideas and not be afraid of making mistakes; unleashing their employee creativity; and significant improvements in morale and overall communication.