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Participants can look forward to: 

1. Gaining an understanding of the Hoshin Kanri/Policy Deployment Planning Process
2. Developing a hypothetical project plan, with metrics and goals, and align resources to the plan
3. Create a follow-up plan to monitor progress of hypothetical project plan
4. Discuss education and experience that are beneficial to the strategic planning process (e.g., bachelors and master’s degrees, and work experience within/outside an organization)

Katrina has a diverse and comprehensive background in business. Areas of responsibility and experience include Controller, Kaizen/Lean Manager, Quality Manager, Training Manager, Director of Operations, and Professor. She has worked in automotive, food and beverage industries, and is currently Director of MBA Programs at Stanislaus State University. Her experience working for a Toyota supplier provided her with strategic planning experience using the Hoshin Kanri (aka Policy Deployment) process.  This practice incorporates aligning resources to priorities during the strategic planning process. In addition, she learned the Toyota Production System, the benchmark for lean process improvement utilized across the world in all industries.  The foundation for lean is having a receptive culture that is open and willing to change, involving the entire organization. The combination of Hoshin planning and culture change set the foundation for a successful organization.