The Annual ‘Bryce Canyon Society’ Deming Forum
Presented by The W. Edwards Deming Institute® and Southern Utah University
Start or deepen your Deming transformation! Experience incredible opportunities to create joy in your work and life, resulting in lasting success – however you define it.
What To Expect
You’ll hear from Deming experts on the fundamentals of the Deming Philosophy, as well as the relevance and application of Deming in today’s complex world. You’ll network with leaders from a variety of industries and sectors who are dedicated to driving out fear and harnessing the power of genuine collaboration. Whether you are a long-time Deming enthusiast or new to the community, this Forum is for you!
- , Dr. Deming’s Grandson and Executive Director of The Deming Institute®
- Dr. Ravi Roy, Director of the W. Edwards Deming Quality, Innovation & Leadership Incubator (QUIL), and Senior Consultant of Quality of Management in the Department of Aviation at Southern Utah University
- Paula Marshall, Associate Trustee of The Deming Institute® and CEO of The Bama Companies
- Dr. Bill Bellows, Advisory Council Member of The Deming Institute®, President, InThinking Services
- Roger Carter, MPA, Southern Utah University and City Manager (former), Washington City, Utah
- Patrick Clarke, MPA, Department Chair & Associate Professor Aviation
- Rob Dotson, MPA, Southern Utah University and City Manager, Enoch, Utah
- Christina Dragonetti, MPA, Senior Development and Communications Manager, The Deming Institute®
- Samantha A. Murray, M.S.Ed. Founder & CEO – SAM Catalysts, LLC; K12 Parent Academy
- Amy Thorpe, Instructor, Compass & Academic Recovery
- David Zook, MPA, Southern Utah University and City Manager, Nibley, Utah
Kevin Edwards Cahill is Dr. Deming’s grandson and Executive Director of The W. Edwards Deming Institute®. He also serves on the Board of Trustees, where he is president and a successor founding trustee.
Kevin is responsible for guiding the global efforts to achieve the aim of The Deming Institute and leads their strategic planning, management, operations, marketing and communications efforts. He travels, speaks, writes and presents on behalf of The Deming Institute® and in support of his grandfather’s message. Kevin is a member of the ASQ Deming Medal Committee.
Previously, Kevin was co-founder and CEO of ViewBridge, Inc. The company was founded in 1999 and through its operating division, AdConnections, launched the first large-scale web-based sales system application for the broadcast television industry in 2001. AdConnections’ technology and approach helped streamline existing business practices, communications and negotiations in the US broadcast business.
Prior to that, Kevin was vice president and regional sales manager for the media rep firm, Katz Communications. His study and application of Dr. Deming’s philosophy led to his 1988 selection as a founding member of the Katz Kosmic Committee, a group tasked with providing guidance and leadership in the transformation to a new sales system. As chairman of the committee from 1995-1998 he helped guide the design and implementation of various sales, technology, and management systems.
Kevin was born and raised in Washington DC and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in history. He currently resides in Ketchum, Idaho with his wife Judy, who volunteers full-time for The Deming Institute and serves on their Advisory Council.
In July of 2022, Kevin had the exciting opportunity to speak at the Tugboat Institute’s Evergreen Conference. He discussed his grandfather’s philosophy, his impact on the world, and how modern businesses can grow and thrive by putting people first.
Click here or on the image to view the video on the Tugboat Institute’s Evergreen Journal online.
Dr. Ravi K. Roy is Director of the W. Edwards Deming Quality, Innovation & Leadership Incubator (QUIL), and Senior Consultant of Quality of Management in the Department of Aviation at Southern Utah University. He is also the inaugural W. Edwards Deming Fellow with the Institute, a position he assumed in January 2016, with promotion to Senior Research Fellow in January 2018. Prior to this, he served as both the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in International Development at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia (2009-2011) as well as the Director of MPA program at California State University, Northridge in California (2011-2013). Ravi earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science at UCLA before going to earn his Masters and a PhD in Public Policy/Political Science at Claremont Graduate University, one of only a handful of private comprehensive doctoral institutions in California. He has held Research Scholar positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-2015) and the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies (2002-2004). He also was the Stanton Avery Professor at Pitzer College (Spring 2002).
At The W. Edwards Deming Institute’s® 2015 Annual Conference, Ravi presented a paper that applies Deming’s New Economics and Arthur Denzau and Douglass North’s New Institutional Economics to improve inter-organizational systems thinking.
Roy’s expertise is in the area of Shared Mental Models. He has published several books and articles with Routledge Press, Sage Press, and Oxford University Press. In 2013, he delivered a session entitled “Cultivating Shared Mental Models and Social Capital” at the In2:InThinking Network Forum. In 2014, he gave a presentation entitled “Inquiring Beautiful Minds” at the annual In2:InThinking Network Forum. That same year, Roy served as a Thought Leader on the topic of “Shared Mental Models” for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s monthly seminar series. He and former Deming Institute board member, and now Deputy Director, Bill Bellows, piloted “The Dialogic Sessions,” devoted to the topic of “Shared Mental Models,” at the In2:InThinking Network’s 2016 Forum.
Ravi Roy’s presentation at the Deming Management in Public Administration Conference in 2017 on Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future.
Bill Bellows is 35+ year specialist in the fields of Quality and Engineering Management. In addition to his role as Adjunct Professor for California State University, Northridge and Southern Utah University, he serves as President of InThinking Services, partnering with clients to facilitate both the understanding and application of the Deming Philosophy and integrating this philosophy within a greater framework of “better thinking about thinking,” a concept known as “InThinking.”
Bill’s career includes 26 years of employment with Rocketdyne, the world’s premier liquid rocket engine company, providing leadership for “InThinking.” In addition to extensive application experience in the continual improvement of Rocketdyne’s products, processes, and services, these efforts included the design of a highly integrated curriculum of 200+ hours of learning events, known as “An InThinking Roadmap.”
Upon retiring Rocketdyne in 2016, Bill joined the The W. Edwards Deming Institute® for 2.5-years as Deputy Director to share his lessons learned within a worldwide Deming community. Today, as a member of The Deming Institute’s Advisory Council, he continues to tirelessly coach, mentor, facilitate, and advocate for the Institute’s aim.
Audiences for Bill’s presentations and seminars include after-school programs in elementary schools, graduate students at Northwestern University, as well as corporate, university, and public classes across the United Kingdom. Bill earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In addition to his employment by Rocketdyne, Bill worked as a heat transfer engineer in the gas turbine industry for Textron Lycoming in Stratford, Connecticut. In this role, he gained experience as an in-house problem-solving consultant, facilitator, and instructor, working in critical Engineering-Manufacturing Task Forces.
Away from work, Bill serves as chairman of the Deming Medal Committee for the American Society of Quality. He was also the founding president of the In2:InThinking Network, a position he held from 2001 through 2016. He lives in Santa Clarita, California, with his wife, Monica.
8:00am – Registration and Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am: Welcome and Event Agenda (Ravi Roy, Southern Utah University)
8:50am – 9:10am: Deming Institute Welcome: Why Deming, Why Now? (Kevin Cahill, Executive Director, The Deming Institute)
9:15am – 9:35am: Deming and the Aviation Industry (Patrick Clarke, MPA, Department Chair and Associate Professor Aviation)
9:40am – 10am: Deming and Public Management (David Zook, Rob Dotson, and Roger Carter)
10:15am – 10:55am: Paula Marshall, CEO, The Bama Companies
11:05am – 12:30pm: The Red Bead Experiment (Dr. Bill Bellows, Advisory Council Member of The Deming Institute, and President, InThinking Services)
Lunch 12:30pm – 1:10pm
1:10pm – 1:35pm: (Samantha A. Murray, M.S.Ed., Founder & CEO – SAM Catalysts, LLC; K12 Parent Acamedy)
1:45pm – 3:05pm: Round Robin: small group discussions with speakers
- Aviation Industry/Management: Jared Britt and Bill Bellows
- Food development and production: Paula Marshall
- Education K-12 and Beyond: Samantha Murray and Amy Thorpe
- Deming Grandson and Entrepreneur: Kevin Cahill and Christina Dragonetti
3:20pm – 3:45pm: My Deming Journey (Christina Dragonetti, MPA, Senior Development and Communications Manager, The Deming Institute)
3:50pm- 4:30p: Reflections and Learnings (Ravi Roy and Amy Thorpe, Instructor, Compass & Academic Recovery)
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Forum Reception in honor of Jim Wisecup, Chairman, Helicopter Association International (2018-2019)
Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, & beverages.