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The Journey
April 17, 2020 MWCC News
Virtual Leader BootCamp 
starts April 21st! 
Purchase two seats, get the third free.

LeaderShift- Virtual Leader BootCamp. 
An online program to help leaders build the capability to flex and shift their leadership practice toward the remote workforce and virtual teams.

Overview. During this four week program, leaders learn and practice the fundamentals of leading a remote workforce and virtual teams. Participants learn through interactive on-line instruction, individual assignments and virtual collaboration.  Watch this short video  for more information.

Learning Units & Focus.

Becoming a Virtual Leader. In this learning unit, leaders take a holistic view of what the shift from terrestrial leadership to virtual leadership can entail. We discuss the challenges and changes they will encounter, the constants of leadership and motivation that should not change as well as the use of collaboration tools.  Continue reading...

Click here for registration.  

This online program is led by our consulting partner, Kelly Petrock, President of the LEAD Institute

Check out our latest blog post!
Maryland Thermoform Switches Production To Make Supplies For Healthcare Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

In an interview with WJZTV, MWCC Board Member Carl Livesay said:  "We asked ourselves, what can we do to help?" 

When a southwest Baltimore company became aware that some healthcare workers did not have enough equipment to stay safe, they decided to switch over their manufacturing plant to produce what they could.
Click  here for story.  

(Our new website went live on March 1st.  You are invited to browse the site, view the content, and connect with us through our social media links to stay informed. We have added a Blog in order to provide you with news and information we feel would be of interest to our audience. We will continually update, refresh and monitor the site to ensure that it remains relevant for our users. If you are a member or sponsor, please contact us to discuss blog content opportunities.)
Restarting after COVID-19
Many MWCC members are part of "essential organizations" that have kept running throughout the COVID-19 Crisis.  Over the past month, MWCC Member Ryan Miller of  Critical Functions, has supported area businesses in their development and implementation of business continuity and risk management strategies.

As we move toward recovery, some organizations need help prioritizing the restoration of their operations, coordinating efforts to sanitize workspace, and overseeing employee screening.   In fact, the White House has just released these   Guidelines for Opening Up America Again  including guidance for employers.

To address this challenge, Critical Functions and three other local organizations have teamed up together forming the Baltimore Business COVID Recovery Collaborative.  Included in the Collaborative, and developing a packaged solution to implement current government guidance is a leading Baltimore-area remediation company, an onsite medical provider, and a commercial real estate expert.  They also plan to incorporate lean principles into their workflow.  Reach out to Ryan at   for support or if you are interested in engaging the Collaborative.


Find the Right COVID-19 Support Resources for Your Business

There are numerous local and national programs for businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your organization can be a challenge.

The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they're eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.

Another helpful source of information from our Silver Sponsor, SC&H Group:  Tax Implications for Individuals & Businesses  
Lean Peer Groups
Open for Registration !

In order to keep anything growing, you have to feed, care for and provide nourishment. That's what our Lean Peer Groups do for your continuous improvement efforts!  

Each month, you build relationships with peers that foster improvement and growth.  You will tour your respective facilities/organizations and discuss best practices, share tools, templates, and resources.  ( Due to COVID-19, we are currently continuing virtually, via Zoom.)

We now have a "Members Only" section  on our MWCC site  for our Lean Peer Groups which houses a collaboration feature.

Adding to the value of your Lean Peer Group participation is a complimentary membership to the MWCC. 

For detailed information about open cohorts and to reserve your seat click  here .
Our May 6th Quarterly Conference is going Virtual!!

Due to the uncertainty of restrictions under COVID-19, we are moving ahead with our meeting through Zoom.  There will be no fee for this meeting, so grab your favorite beverage and join us!  Register here.

Sherry Jordan World Class Project Engineer, Saft Space & Defense Division, will  discuss ongoing process improvement efforts at the company that designs and builds lithium-ion batteries for space! Sherry is a certified MWCC Lean Facilitator and a regular member of the Consortia's Lean Peer Group.  She will talk about Saft's lean journey and the resulting culture their continuous improvement efforts has created.

Kelly Petrock, President, LEAD Institute
and General Systems Consulting Group.

Culture Change - The Gordian Knot of LEAN & Continuous Improvement. In this fast paced session, Kelly will share tools, cases and examples to help leaders unravel important issues relative to culture and culture change. Key Words; Competing Values, Employee Engagement, Appreciative Inquiry & Change Management.

Kelly has been a valued MWCC consulting partner since 2000.  In 2004, he helped craft the Consortia's Lean Facilitator Certification (LFCP) program and continues as LFCP faculty, providing crucial subject matter on the topics of leadership, change management, and culture change. 

9:00 am    Program Begins
9:15 am    Saft Presentation
10:00 am  Networking/Break
10:15 am  Presentation by Kelly Petrock
11:45 am  Questions/Networking
Noon        Program Ends

Mark your calendar with these dates!
Check our website for updates:

Quarterly Conferences 
- (8:00 am - noon)
Wednesday, May 6, 2020:  9 a.m., virtual through Zoom.  Registration open.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Wednesday, November 5, 2020

Northrop Grumman is now the Maryland World Class Consortia, Ltd. 's Marquee Sponsor!! We have enjoyed the support and involvement of Northrop Grumman over the years -- from the initial development efforts of our organization in 1995, and as a Founding member when we launched in 1996, they have been a great partner and participant in our programs and offerings. A huge Thank You to Jeanie Wade , Northrop Grumman VP of Operations, for making this happen! We are excited for the future with your support.

Want to know more about becoming a sponsor?  Click here for more information.
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