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5/12 Evening Meeting

TLA “Evening” Meeting – Thursday, May 12th 6:30 – 9:00pm
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL

See directions below and information on registering at:

Reservations must be made before Noon on Thursday, May 12th
First 40 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

Cost: Free | Attire: Business Casual

Please sign up online on the TLA website (
under ‘Events’ or, if you don’t have access to the website,
Please reply to with your name and phone number.

6:30pm – 7:00pm Check-in / Casual networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm Structured Networking – Two Table Rounds
8:00pm – 8:10pm Announcements
8:10pm – 8:55pm Speakers:
Todd Wiese & Brent Tadsen, Partners
Adaptive Business Solutions, LLC
Understanding and Applying Lean and Six Sigma
8:55pm – 9:00pm Adjourn promptly
Todd Wiese – Partner, Adaptive Business Solutions, LLC
Todd has personally led business-wide improvement efforts in some of the world’s largest companies for many types of products and services, from the standard, off-the-shelf “widgets”, to complex, made-to-order product lines. He has developed and executed strategies for driving improvements across all functions, from traditional production environments and aftermarket services, to the transactional worlds of sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain, logistics, human resources, and finance. Additionally, Todd has significant business and leadership experience in Supply Chain, Logistics, Operations, and Finance; having held positions of increasing responsibility in the military, Fortune 500 companies, and smaller, privately held environments.

Todd holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy as well as an MBA in finance and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a former officer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force, where he was certified as a nuclear engineer by the Department of Energy. Additionally, he is a GE certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Brent Tadsen – Partner, Adaptive Business Solutions, LLC
Brent has been applying Lean methodology for more than 10 years. His Lean experience transverses numerous industries and business models. He has applied Lean in flow manufacturing, make-to-order manufacturing, maintenance repair and overhaul, and transactional environments while working at GE Appliances, GE Healthcare, GE Railcar Services, and GE Asset Intelligence.

Brent holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Lean certification from the University of Kentucky, and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of management. Brent is a former Captain in the U.S. Army and is a GE certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Maybe you’ve read the books, launched improvement initiatives, and used the Lean and Six Sigma “toolkits” with some success but efforts and results have stagnated. Or perhaps, your organization is simply struggling to understand what Lean and/or Six Sigma methodologies mean, and whether they can be applied to your specific challenges. In either case, both situations require answers to the following questions: Where do I start or turn to next? What are my next steps? How do I avoid the common mistakes most organizations make and overcome the roadblocks?

This beginner to intermediate presentation will:
• Introduce and explain Lean thinking and Six Sigma problem solving methodology.
• Understand the relationship between the two methodologies.
• Take you beyond the tools; learn and understand the Lean Transformation Framework.
• Teach you how to apply the framework to answer the practical questions posed above with specific
emphasis on the IT functions.

Following the presentation, the moderators will host a Q&A session, focused on how to practically apply the Lean transformation and change management frameworks.

The messages and examples are applicable to anyone from an individual contributor to senior level management, interested in learning how Lean thinking and Six Sigma problem solving methodologies can be utilized to improve your value proposition to your customers.
Our Host, College of DuPage for hosting us CoD CIO and TLA member Chuck Currier.
TLA Member & Leader/Facilitator David Krull for organizing the TLA evening events.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted on TLA website)

Regional, Local and Campus Maps:

College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (630) 942-2800)
is located approx 1 mile West of the intersection of I-355 and 56(Butterfield Rd.) in Downers Grove.

Meetings will be held on west campus in the Open Campus Center (OCC), room 106.
-TLA attendees should park in Lot E and proceed down the sidewalk and into the breezeway.
-OCC is the building to your left inside the breezeway.
-Once inside the building, take a right and go to the end and turn left.
-OCC 106 is down the hall on the left hand side.

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the career management field.

Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches.

During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives.

It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.

Please bring business cards, handbills (career overview) or resumes (plain paper is fine) to pass around if you have them. Figure on about 20 copies of the resumes/handbills and 50 business cards.

We will run our networking, dividing the room into small tables of a maximum of6 people and doing 2 table rotations before our speaker begins.

At each rotation, you will have 90 seconds for your pitch and about 90 seconds for Q&A.

-summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume),
-what you are looking for, and
-what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.

Date of Event: 
05/12/2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm