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October 2, 2023

AZ MEP Leadership Development Program - Cohort 5

Arizona Commerce Authority, 100 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix AZ / First Floor Conference Center

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Many manufacturing employees are promoted from operators to lead and supervisor positions but are not given / taught the soft skills to succeed. Sometimes the result is not only the loss of a good operator by moving them into the leadership role, but if that employee struggles in their new role it can cause dissatisfaction for that employee and the employees who they are responsible for leading. Ultimately that can lead to employee turnover.

This program will consist of 7 essential classes for new leaders. The course will be delivered in 4 hour increments, one-time per month, October 2023 - April 2024. The topics are listed below along with class dates. To view the course descriptions download the flyer using the link below.

  • Session 1: New Supervisor Essentials (October 2nd)
  • Session 2: Effective Communication (November 7th)
  • Session 3: Conflict Resolution (December 19th)
  • Session 4: Coaching for Success (January 11th 2024)
  • Session 5: Time Management (February 7th)
  • Session 6: Team Dynamics (March 8th)
  • Session 7: Change Management (April 3rd)

Who Should Attend:

Recently promoted employees who are leading others (new line or cell leads, supervisors, engineers) or anyone aspiring to move into a leadership role in the future.


Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (all 7 days)

Cost: $950.00 per person (for all 7 sessions)


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October 11, 2023

Overview of Lean with Simulation (MFG Month Workshop)

Arizona Commerce Authority, 100 N 7th Ave., Phoenix AZ / First Floor Conference Center

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The focus of this 4-hour workshop is to educate/train employees in a short, concentrated manner, a number of the basics Lean principles. This training will help those participating see how continuous improvement can be applied by utilizing Lean concepts throughout the company. Topics to be covered include:

  • Lean Definitions (Cycle Time, Value Added vs. Non-Value Added) 
  • The 8 Wastes
  • Selected Tools from the House of Lean
  • Two Rounds of Hands-On Simulation
  • An example of how to value-stream a process 

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (registration from 7:30 - 8:00)

Cost: $100.00 per person (continental breakfast included)

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October 17, 2023

AZ MEP Top 5 IT Problems Companies Face Today and How To Solve Them

Arizona Commerce Authority, 100 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix AZ / First Floor Conference Center

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Are you a business owner with concerns about your ability to monitor the IT at your company? Have you considered upgrading or outsourcing your current IT support to a Professionally Managed Service, but not sure where to start? If so, this is a workshop you should attend. 


JOIN US for this in-depth discussion that will focus on the benefits of engaging with a vetted full-service IT management company covering these areas and benefits:

  1. Security
  2. Managed and Professional Services
  3. Cloud Optimization
  4. Lifecycle
  5. Communication and Collaboration

Time:  8:30 am - 10:30 am (coffee and snacks provided)

Cost:  $20.00 per person


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November 9, 2023

AZ MEP Leadership Academy: Emotional Intelligence (EI) Makes You A Better Leader

UA Chandler Campus, 55 North Arizona Place, Suite 310, Chandler, AZ

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Take Your Career to the Next Level

The Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Arizona MEP) and Eller Executive Education have partnered together to develop the first-of-its-kind series of courses called the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Leadership Academy. This academy was strategically designed for Arizona manufacturing leaders to take their careers and organizations to the next level.

The courses will help new employees develop leadership traits using hands-on, tailored activities to foster interaction and collaboration throughout the manufacturing sector.


Emotional Intelligence (EI) Makes You a Better Leader

Research shows that exceptional leaders, executives, and managers are not just smarter or luckier but rely on their emotional intelligence (El) to drive better business outcomes. Having higher levels of El helps you better understand, motivate, and develop yourself and others.


The Arizona MEP Master Class in Emotional Intelligence helps you:

  • Network with other Arizona front-line manufacturing leaders 
  • Drive better business outcomes
  • Be a more engaged and inclusive leader
  • Create stronger long-term relationships with colleagues and partners

Cost:  $695.00 per person (lunch is included)

Time:  8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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March 11, 2024

AZ MEP Lean Green Belt Certification - Cohort 4

Arizona Commerce Authority, 100 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix AZ / First Floor Conference Center

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Registrations Will Be Accepted On A First Come, First Served Basis!


Successful Lean transformations start with people that have both a solid comprehension of the lean philosophy, as well as the lean tools. They must understand their function and the role lean practitioners play in crafting the culture that ensures lasting change. The Lean Green Belt course will empower employees at any level to both support improvement efforts and become advocates for change. The 5-day course is loaded with practical examples, breakout sessions, and hands-on exercises to engage students and practice the concepts learned throughout the class.

Lean Green Belt covers a multitude of lean methodologies and tools including:

• 5S
• Plant Layout
• Lean Deployment
• Training Within Industry
• Mistake Proofing
• Kaizen
• Value Stream Mapping

• Cellular Flow
• Pull Systems
• Lean Performance Measures
• Leadership Roles
• Strategic Planning
• Building a Lean Culture

Engaging exercises are included to apply the skills in a structured environment incorporating data collection forms, videos and case studies. A test is administered on day 4 with a panel review on the final day.



Monday & Tuesday March 11th & 12th (days 1 & 2)
Monday, April 15th (day 3)
Monday & Tuesday, May 13th & 14th (days 4 &5)

Times: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 1st 4 days/8:00 am - 12:00 pm last day

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