Julie Thyne

Global Continuous Improvement Leader Dow Chemical

Julie Thyne has worked for Dow for the last 22 years in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions. She is currently a Global Improvement Leader. Julie is the recipient of the 2014 STEP Ahead award from the Manufacturing Institute. Outside of work, Julie promotes STEM education for elementary and middle school students.

Main Conference Day 2: December 2, 2020

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

10:20 AM How do you measure CI Expertise?

Dow has been on a continuous improvement journey that has included Six Sigma
certifications, external consultants, classroom workshops, and online training. As
we enter the next evolution, we are focused on expertise – how to improve the
skills of our organization at all levels and how to measure capability.
• How do you properly teach CI skills at all levels of the organization?
• Wading through all the methodologies and buzzwords, what really matters?
• How can you properly measure the CI capabilities in your organization

3:15 PM Driving Operational Excellence to the Frontline: Sustainable Transformation From the Bottom up

Most energy, chemicals, and resources companies today have
developed an operational excellence framework in which there
are numerous continuous improvement initiatives. Where a lot
of organizations fail is in gaining frontline support in order to
fully realize the OE transformation.
Prior to her current role as a Global Improvement Leader at
Dow Chemical, Julie Thyne served as a site leader for one of
the company’s electronic materials facilities. In this role, Julie
saw how tangible results can be realized when the frontline
employees are consulted, engaged, and responsible for
continuous improvement initiatives. In this Masterclass, Julie
will discuss how basic lean and CI principles can be combined
and applied to drive improvement from the bottom up. In
addition to a real life case study from the plant, Julie will share
how you can apply these techniques in your own organization:
• Creating a structured approach in shop floor meetings
• Asking the right questions to get to find opportunities for
tangible improvements
• Using Short Interval Control to track improvement projects
in a digestible way
• Developing a culture of OE and reliability through frontline
• How to identify CI projects and link them to overall
business objectives and strategy
• Setting your people up for success by providing
employees with the right tools to follow through with
improvement projects

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Julie.

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