Midwest City Conference Focuses on Success

Article excerpt

With the current state of the economy, many businesses are faced with challenging operational changes to help reduce costs to succeed - or perhaps just to stay afloat.

The ability to lead and manage change such as this, as well as improving employee satisfaction and loyalty, are topics of the Journey to Excellence conference set for April 6 at The Reed Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd. in Midwest City.

Mike Strong, executive director of Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation Inc., said the purpose of Journey to Excellence is to "make others more successful to achieve better results and ultimately make organizations more competitive - very important in the current chaotic environment."

Journey to Excellence is an opportunity for professionals at all levels to learn about best management practices and the journeys these organizations use to improve operations, he said. It is designed for CEOs, senior managers, executives, directors, heads of operating units or quality/performance improvement leaders from business, education, government, health care and nonprofit sectors with an interest in personal learning and organizational growth.

"Participants can engage in dynamic networking opportunities and hopefully be inspired to apply the insights gained within their own organization to improve performance and get results," Strong said.

After breakfast and a networking session, conference attendees will hear from human resource executives at Oklahoma companies listed on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Steve Kriedler, executive vice president for administration and finance at the University of Central Oklahoma, will serve as moderator for the discussion involving executives from Devon Energy, American Fidelity Assurance Co., QuikTrip and Chesapeake Energy.

"We are delighted to be highlighting Oklahoma companies ranked in Fortune's List of 100 Best Companies to Work for and looking forward to giving attendees the chance to hear their best practices," said Journal Record Publisher Mary Melon. "It's a chance to celebrate them and learn from them, all at the same time. …