Building meaningful employment environments

April 18, 2024 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Fundamental forces such as population demographics and shifting societal attitudes are changing the nature of work and the relationships between people and their employment environments. This is particularly obvious within front- line team members who now expect to be treated with dignity and expect to perform work that is meaningful. While nobody knows for certain how work will evolve into the future, we do know that organizational cultures and leadership strategies will also modernize as we connect the roles and relationships of people within our organizations. Adding to these advancements, we have decades of experience and lessons learned through our efforts in Lean and enterprise excellence focused on continuous improvement. While there have been many lessons learned, we know for certain that the future of work and workforce development will have a focus on building meaningful employment environments. Join TrailPaths as we discuss current research and operational initiatives relative to building meaningful employment environments.


TrailPath Workplace Solutions is a people development and technology company whose purpose is to create meaningful employment environments™. To achieve this goal, TrailPaths has developed organizational assessments, interactive learning modules and digital platforms to humanize organizational decision making, modernize leadership behaviors and advance team member participation in the workplace.


Robert Martichenko is a business leader and Chair of TrailPaths Incorporated. Previously, as a business leader with an entrepreneurial focus, Robert spent over fifteen years as the founder and CEO of the leancor supply chain group, an organization focused on implementing lean principles across the end- to- end supply chain. A continuous thought leader, Robert sits on multiple advisory boards, including chair for the american logistics aid network (ALAN) and the executive board for the association for manufacturing excellence (AME). In addition, he has received several prominent industry awards, most notably, the distinguished service award from the council of supply chain management professionals (CSCMP), the highest recognition achievable for professionals in the supply chain industry. Robert has written and co-written award-winning business books and multiple articles related to lean, enterprise excellence, supply chain management and leadership. In addition, Robert published a fiction novel, drift and hum, which won multiple awards including the IBPA benjamin franklin gold winner award for best first book-fiction. He has also written poetic verse for two children’s books. Robert is an active member of the business community and is passionate about the people side of lean, enterprise excellence, the future of workforce development and creating meaningful employment environments. Robert complements his professional experience with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, an MBA in finance, and a six sigma black belt. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, he and his family have lived in the United States for the past three decades.

Matt Melrose is a co-founder and CEO of TrailPaths Incorporated. With over two decades of supply chain leadership and operations experience, prior to founding TrailPaths in 2023, Matt spent thirteen years as the chief operating officer of the leancor supply chain group. LeanCor supply chain group was then acquired by uber freight in 2020 where Matt then spent two years leading a very successful integration of these two organizations teams and customers. Matt is a people focused and results-driven leader experienced in designing and implementing end-to-end supply solutions, transforming organizational cultures, and building world-class teams. This work has taken Matt around the globe where he has had unique pleasure of working as a leader, operator, consultant, educator and always a student in a wide variety of industries, organizations, and cultures. While Matt will forever have a strong drive for lean and operational excellence, it is the people and leadership parts of his work that he is most passionate about. Matt compliments his professional experience with two bachelor’s degrees in supply chain management and marketing. Matt, his wife Emily, and their 5 children live in Colorado where they love to enjoy the mountains and the outdoors.


Thursday, April 18, 2024 (ET)

  • 11 a.m. Welcome and Introductions 
  • 11:10 a,m. Webinar content
  • 11:50 a.m. Q&A
  • 12 p.m.  Event adjourned
  • Future of workforce development: How are population demographics, societal attitudes and workforce development fundamentally changing and what may be the future implications of these changes?
  • Lessons in enterprise excellence: What are the most important Lean lessons learned in enterprise excellence that will allow us to build upon a solid foundation of learning for the future of work and leadership?
  • Dignity and meaningful work: How could an organizational workforce strategy be simplified to just focusing on dignity and meaningful work?
  • Creating meaningful employment environments: How will we create a roadmap to bridge conceptual insights to tangible action items to determine, "what will we do with this on Monday morning?"
  • Business leaders and executives
  • Human resources (HR) leaders
  • Organizational development (OD) leaders
  • Learning and development (L&D) leaders
  • Consultants and advisors

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