Shingo Cultural Enablers Virtual Workshop

Tue, November 03 2020, 8:00 AM - Wed, November 04 2020, 5:00 PM [MST]

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Tue, November 03 2020, 8:00 AM - Wed, November 04 2020, 5:00 PM [MST]

Cultural Enablers principles make it possible for people in an organization to engage in the transformation journey, progress in their understanding, and ultimately build a culture of organizational excellence. Organizational excellence cannot be achieved through top-down directives or piecemeal implementation of tools. It requires a widespread organizational commitment. The CULTURAL ENABLERS workshop will help you define ideal behaviors and the systems that drive them using behavioral benchmarks.



Tue, November 03, 2020, 8:00AM – 5:00 PM [MDT]

Wed Nov 04, 2020, 8:00AM - 5:00PM [MDT]



Dr. Gerhard Plenert, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Former Director of Executive Education for the Shingo Institute 

Drew Butler, Shingo Licensed Affiliate & Shingo Certified Facilitator


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Registration Fee: $1,350/person


This two-day virtual workshop integrates virtual classroom and virtual on-site experiences at a host facility to build upon the knowledge and experience gained in the DISCOVER EXCELLENCE* workshop.


The workshops Go and Observe host site is In March 2020 was hit like many businesses by a sharp decline in business due to the COVID pandemic. Overnight business fell by 60% and the future looked very uncertain with no clear path and yet 2 months later had a record month for sales. Hear how pivoted quickly to turn a situation that could have been devastating into an opportunity for growth by using Shingo and Lean principles.


This workshop takes you deeper into the Shingo Model™ by focusing on the principles identified in the Cultural Enablers dimension:

  • Respect Every Endividual
  • Lead With Humility

 *DISCOVER EXCELLENCE is a prerequisite to this workshop.

HKPO Lean Six Sigma Experts (HKPO) is a Small, Woman-Owned business that was founded in 2006 with a mission to train and support our clients on how to continuously improve and Change for the Better using Lean Six Sigma Methodology. Over the past 14 years, we've grown our practice to over 300 clients globally. Our team has over 150 years of hands-on expertise.

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Dr. Gerhard Plenert
Author, Former Executive Director of the Shingo Institute and Master Black Belt
HKPO Lean Six Sigma Experts

Dr. Gerhard Plenert is the former director of executive education at the Shingo Institute at Utah State University, has more than 30 years of professional experience in organizational change helping companies and government agencies strive for enterprise excellence by utilizing the Shingo Model to drive cultural transformations. Dr. Plenert is an internationally recognized expert in supply chain management; Lean/Six Sigma; quality and productivity tools; and in working with and creating leading-edge planning and scheduling methods. His experience includes significant initiatives with Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Shell, Aramco, Sony, Cisco, Microsoft, Seagate, NCR Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, the US Air Force, and numerous other branches of the US Department of Defense.

About Dr. Gerhard

Author, Former Executive Director of the Shingo Institute and Master Black Belt
HKPO Lean Six Sigma Experts
Drew Butler
Shingo Advisor, Affliate and Examiner
HKPO Lean Six Sigma Experts

Drew Butler is a Senior Shingo Examiner, Licensed Affiliate and Certified Facilitator, prior to this Mr. Butler worked at Curtiss Wright as Senior Corporate Director of Operational Excellence. Mr. Butler joined Curtiss Wright in September 2013. With over 30 years of operations experience, Mr. Butler was responsible for the implementation of Lean Operational systems and controls, methods, and strategies in the Oil & Gas Division and in 2014 transitioned into the role of Corporate Director of Operational Excellence for Curtiss Wright. As CW Corporate OPEX Director, Mr. Butler was responsible for leading the development and implementation of the CW Way Lean Operating System throughout Curtiss Wright globally. Before Curtiss Wright, Mr. Butler was the Plant Manager with Boart Longyear Exploratory Mining Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his 30-year career, Mr. Butler has served in various roles of increasing responsibility in the Aerospace, Industrial, Consumer Products and Mining industries with companies such as SPS Technologies and OC Tanner. Mr. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Spring Garden College and a MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He has worked with the Shingijutsu Consulting Group in the past and for over 15 years has been a Senior Lead Examiner with the Shingo Institute in Utah and travels the world evaluating world class facilities in manufacturing, medical devices and consumer products that have applied for the Shingo Prize. In the past, he has served on the Board and as Vice President of Expansion for Guadalupe School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Butler resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Butler is also a Muay Thai Blackbelt.

About Drew

Shingo Advisor, Affliate and Examiner
HKPO Lean Six Sigma Experts