Keynote Speakers

Get inspired and energized by this year’s keynote speakers!

Each speaker will bring a unique story of overcoming challenges and obstacles in life to relate to the 2019 LCI Congress theme of Overcoming Our Industry Challenges with Lean Solutions. Read each speaker’s full biography below to learn more about their story.

Greg McKeown

New York Times best-selling author Greg McKeown will bring the message of his latest book, "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" along with his experience as the founder of McKeown, Inc., to enlighten audiences from around the world including the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. The McKeown, Inc. is a company with a mission to teach Essentialism to millions of people around the world and clients such as Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!

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Mike Staun

Mike Staun was P&G’s Engineering AD for Global Capital Management until his retirement on July 1, 2019. Mike was responsible for ensuring the Company’s $3.5 billion annual capital budget was spent wisely and effectively. He knew that for Procter & Gamble to win versus competition, they needed greater value from their capital investments. That’s why Mike championed Lean IPD at P&G and currently serves on LCI’s board of directors. He will deliver his Procter & Gamble’s Lean IPD Journey presentation during the Thursday morning plenary session.

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Stan Davis

Stan Davis serves as the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Cook Children’s Medical Center. In this role, he provides executive and strategic leadership for all operational components of the organization.  Cook Children’s is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized, vertically integrated pediatric health care organization with over 1.5 million patient encounters each year.

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Dr. Shernette R. Kydd, PhD, MBA, CLSSMBB, CSSBB, CPHQ, LBC

I am a certified Lean Sensei, Six Sigma Black belt and Lean Six Sigma Master Black belt with 20 years of experience in process improvement. I began my career as a Design Engineer in General Electric and eventually obtained Black belt certification and eventually transitioned to a Black belt role, where quality principles were applied to the manufacturing environment.

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George Cusick

George Cusick is Executive Director, Global Engineering Solutions in Merck and Co., Inc with responsibility for the delivery of the global HPV Capital program. George has been with Merck for over 25 years and has been involved in all aspects of capital project design and delivery for projects globally.

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Isaac Lidsky

Throughout his extensive career, which started as a child television star playing Weasel on NBC’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class,” Isaac Lidsky made a name for himself as a U.S. Justice Department lawyer who never lost a case, a co-founder of an internet startup, and an entrepreneurial disrupter in the construction industry. By age 25, he became entirely blind after a retina degenerative disease diagnosis at age 13. Now at age 39, Isaac’s message in his new book “Eyes Wide Open,” his message is one of empowering people to challenge ourselves to dream big and to not let external circumstances and perceptions hinder your achievements.

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