Toyota Kata Practitioner Day
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Toyota Kata Practitioner Day

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Fox Valley Technical College

1825 North Bluemound Drive

Room A170

Appleton, WI 54912

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For Explorers, Beginners and Experienced Learners!

Kata is a Continuous Improvement (Lean) methodology to develop everyday habits, skill sets, and capabilities in people, aligned with and in support of achieving the long-term objectives of the organization.

This one day engaging expereince is brought to you by a volunteer group of people from Appvion, Lawrence University, Theda Care, Oshkosh Corp, Materion, GKN Sinter Metals,Serigraph, Bradley Corp, TIDI Fox Valley Technical College, & Optima Associates.

The book “Toyota Kata” published in 2009 by Mike Rother was the beginning of a different way of thinking about and deploying Lean. Today many organizations have made practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata a part of daily work. This helps companies develop the capability of their people while simultaneously achieving challenging goals.

  • How do we keep improvement going?
  • How do we align our organization so that daily improvements move us toward strategic goals?
  • How can we work to develop solutions scientifically, instead of trying to implement preconceived solutions?

The Kata Practitioner Day is a forum for everyone to hear first-hand from regional companies practicing Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata.

Brian Pertl, Dean of the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University is our keynote presenter. As the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Brian Pertl has introduced a wealth of new initiatives that have put Lawrence at the forefront of reimagining the conservatory of the 21st century. He has created a comprehensive health and wellness initiative for musicians, expanded world music, early music, music education, and new music offerings. In addition, he has greatly increased our web presence including live, four-camera web-casts of all large ensemble performances, and has added courses on entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity for musicians. Most of all, he is a nationally recognized advocate for the idea that a broad and deep liberal arts education, paired with a world class conservatory education is the absolute best preparation for a musician in the fast-changing, collaborative world of the 21st century. His recent TEDx talk, "Music Education, Improvisational Play, and Dancing Between Disciplines," is a public expression of this passion.

In addition,oin us to hear practitioners from ThedaCare, GKN Sinter Metals, Bradley Corp, Materion, TIDI and Serigraph share what they’ve learned so far, at this reasonably priced, high-value, single-day event. Attendance is limited to 100 people, to ensure room for questions and discussions!

Kata in the classroom is a hands on exercise to demonstrate the power of Kata by introducing a pattern of practical scientific thinking in your classroom, through a 50-minute, hands-on exercise. It as a powerful learning expereince and will be demonstrtaed by Jason Schulist and Melissa Christman of Appvion.


Registration and Networking: 8:30 to 9:00

Welcome 9:00

Keynote Speaker- Brian Pertl 9:10 to 9:40

(4) Company Presentations 9:40 to Noon

Lunch & Networking Noon to 1:00

Kata in the Classroom Sim 1:00 to 2:50

(2) Company Presentations 2:50 to 4:00

Closing 4:00 to 4:10

  • Brian Pertl (Keynote)

    Brian Pertl (Keynote)

    Lawrence University

  • Mike Radtke & William Boyd

    Mike Radtke & William Boyd


  • Jennifer Dye

    Jennifer Dye


  • Ann Marie Lentz

    Ann Marie Lentz


  • Wayne Meyer

    Wayne Meyer

    GKN Sinter Metal

  • Mark Niemi

    Mark Niemi


  • Nate Rife

    Nate Rife

    Bradley Corp

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1825 North Bluemound Drive

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Appleton, WI 54912

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