2015 DOD Maintenance Symposium

December 7-10, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Phoenix Convention Center

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: North 129 AB

Objective: Assess the Department of Defense (DoD) maintenance community's ability to create and leverage innovation, in order to anticipate, rather than simply respond to, change. Discuss the mechanisms currently in place and the required areas of improvement necessary to establish a culture that encourages, and properly applies, innovation at all levels.

Abstract: Innovation is a cultural trait necessary for all organizations to retain viability and effectiveness, but fundamentally critical on the contemporary battlefield. It can be a challenging trait to foster in an organization diverse in institutional processes and culture. Within the DoD, organizations possess a variety of values, beliefs, and behaviors which can discourage this trait and cling to the status quo. Leaders from the department's maintenance community will discuss how they are overcoming these challenges and developing innovative cultures as change tools and as a means to promote and develop guiding principles that become aspects of shared, common visions. These panelists will describe the maintenance community's current culture of innovation and offer ways to address barriers to change as well as ways to implement government and industry best practices.

Moderator:
Mr. Thomas Williams, Managing Director, Continuous Process Improvement Office, U.S. Government Accountability Office - Presentation

Panelists:
Mr. Frank Zardecki, Deputy Commander, Tobyhanna Army Depot - Presentation
Dr. Maura Sullivan, Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Department of the Navy
Mr. Michael Kelly, Director of Operations and Strategy, Global Logistics and Operational Support, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Mr. Robert Luby, Managing Director, True North Equities - Presentation
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