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Billy Taylor to open Embracing Excellence as one of seven keynotes – “The people side of LEAN”

Published by CME Manitoba on February 14, 2018

The largest LEAN event in Canada will take place in Winnipeg on June 4-7, 2018. With seven keynotes, 15 workshops, 36 presentations and 18 tours, delegates will experience a rich learning environment of inspirational, motivating stories.


About Billy Taylor

Keynote Billy Taylor will present on “The people side of LEAN”. Billy has been called America’s ‘Breakthrough Coach and Operational Excellence Practitioner’. As the Director of Commercial Manufacturing for North America at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Billy is one of the foremost speakers and teachers of strategy deployment and performance stratification – enabling the principles of people engagement, empowerment and ownership.

As leader for Goodyear’s North American tire operations, including engineering, capital investments and supply chain execution he is responsible for driving operational excellence, delivering best in class product service and enabling high-value business growth via product quality. Billy brings more than 20 years of experience in all phases of operations management and leadership and has a track record of building high performance self-sustaining teams through employee ownership, engagement, and empowerment processes at all levels of an organization. Through employee ownership his teams have won numerous internal and external awards and recognition.

Billy’s cultural process approach to excellence has been featured in national and global publications as well as conferences featuring practical methods on how to convert strategy into execution to deliver sustainable results. He is recognized within the global operations industry as a validated practitioner for implementing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments. He is a disciple of continuous improvement, his approach to excellence centers on “People First”.


About the keynote

According to Billy, if you’re wondering why your organization and stakeholders aren’t buying into your vision or daily management system for operational excellence, it could be that you have not effectively clarified your operating brand – an organization’s set of operating principles and purpose for people, tools and processes – at all levels

Billy believes that successful organizations strengthen and develop their enterprise through organic input from people across the enterprise. Everyone wants to be relevant. Simply stated, make people visible and they will make the enterprise valuable. People want to know their relevant role in “winning”, how they fit into the organization’s improvement strategies and how they can make a difference.

Billy’s talk will cover how well your organization understands its daily operating system; how you define, align and execute winning strategies and defining your cultural advantage through your people and your operating assets.

Building a high-performance, self-sustaining culture is the foundation for company-wide success, yet to ingrain that philosophy, ownership cannot exist only at the top level of an organization. Billy will share powerful, practical examples and proven processes to drive sustainable results through a bottom up approach. Successful culture change is driven by diversity and inclusion,” it’s not about the source of the idea, it’s about the quality of the solutions”.


Don’t miss your chance to save 20 per cent

The conference represents tremendous value with early bird and group discounts currently available. Hurry and register soon, as the 20 per cent discount ends on March 31! For more information visit the conference website at

Already registered? Share the conference information with a colleague and learn with your peers! Help your key customers and suppliers accelerate their LEAN journey – forward this email to your supply chain partners. And don’t forget to promote the conference on your social media channels to let your LEAN network know you’ll be part of this unique, can’t-miss event in Winnipeg this 2018.

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