2014 Fall Conference

October 17-19, 2015 Airtel Plaza Hotel
Regular Pricing: $425 (Regular) $250 (Student)


Creating a Foundation for Leading in Business and Education
“Innovation: It’s not simply an idea; it’s how you create an Innovation culture where everybody wins.
What can leaders do to create and establish a culture of Innovation?
How can you sustain and foster Innovation in your organization?
Why can questioning current management ideas drive Innovation?


The importance of leading and being an innovative business or education organization is more critical than ever.

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. We all think of groundbreaking innovations as ones that disrupt markets, create new services and devices, and challenge the way we work and think. To be innovative, our leaders must challenge the status quo. As Steve Jobs once famously said, “…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Unfortunately, so often, our best efforts and hard work to create innovative organizations actually stifle and derail those very efforts.

At this conference, you will be inspired by leaders in business and education who are not only unafraid to think differently but are “crazy enough” to change their organizations through their own innovative efforts and ideas.

They all have a unique common thread that will be explored at this conference. That thread is a management philosophy where continual learning is a key source of Innovation, which in turn has led to their growth and success.

These speakers view their business and education systems through a unique lens that empowers them to successfully challenge the existing management models and leads them to create cultures where innovation, improvement, learning and creativity are nurtured and encouraged. We will explore where Innovation comes from and why, as Dr. Deming said, “One requirement for innovation is faith that there will be a future. Innovation, the foundation of the future, can not thrive unless the top management have declared unshakable commitment to quality and productivity.”

The W. Edwards Deming Institute®, in collaboration with California State University, Northridge presents a conference on innovation to encourage you to think differently, challenge the status quo and create your own win-win situations. Through presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities, this conference explores the obligations our business and education leaders have to build and create sustainable systems that help nurture ongoing innovation.

You will be challenged, excited and invigorated with the possibilities in your own career, business or education institutions.


Plenary Sessions and Keynote


Introduction to Deming’s Theories – for 2015 & Beyond: Discover how Amazing things happen, Kelly Allan, Senior Associate, Kelly Allan Associates, Ltd.

Kevin Edwards Cahill, President & Executive Director, The W. Edwards Deming Institute

It Takes An Enterprise – Current Neuroscience and Knowledge of Psychology, Edward Chaplin, Medical Director of Co-Management and Quality for Care Lines, Scripps Health

Beyond Master Plans and Disruptive Innovations: How to Fix Higher Education in California, Harry Hellenbrand, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University – Northridge

Deming’s Stage 0: By What Method?, Ron Moen, Co-Founder & Partner, Associates in Process Improvement

A Transformed Leader, Phil Monroe, US Navy Captain (Retired)


Business Tract

Deming Is It!, Steven Haedrich, President, New York Label & Box Works

Bill Bellows, Associate Fellow, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Paula Marshall, CEO, The Bama Companies, Inc.

Keith Sparkjoy, Cofounder and Culture Coach, Pluralsight


Education Track

W. Edwards Deming and The Leander Way, Monta Akin, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services & Kendra Shaffer, Executive Director for Special Programs, Leander Independent School District

What Education Reformers Can Learn from the Deming Philosophy, Andrea Gabor, Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism, Baruch College/CUNY

Deming Inspired Innovation in Education, David Langford, President & CEO, Langford International, Inc.

Trust as a Systemic Structure for Innovation in Schools and Organizations, Doug Stilwell, Superintendent of Schools, Urbandale Community School District



Conference Schedule:

Click here for the Conference Schedule (subject to change).


Hotel Information:
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406

At A Glance
Saturday, October 17, 2015 throughMonday, October 19, 2015
Airtel Plaza Hotel Los Angeles, CA
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