New Ticket Options Available for ILC Annual Conference

Registration remains open for the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) Annual Conference on Tuesday, October 25, at the Meadows Event Center in Altoona. The conference is the state’s largest event for continuous improvement professionals. It includes pre-conference workshops and tours on Monday, October 24, followed by a full day of keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and break-out sessions on using Lean concepts to address workforce, leadership, technology, and change management issues.

New this year is a “Conference in a Box” option for those who can’t attend in-person but still want to access the information presented at the event.

“We recognize that some companies may want to participate but can’t travel to the event,” said Tracy Schuster, ILC program director. “So, we’re providing an opportunity for them to gather as a team at their place of business and have a full conference experience.”

The option provides multiple virtual seats for keynote addresses and sessions. ILC will ship all conference materials to the organization, including notebooks, pens, and “some surprises” for those who chose the Conference in a Box option. Individual virtual tickets are also available.

The opening keynote address will be delivered by Jake Wood, an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and recognized expert on topics of leadership, organizational culture, and crisis management. Wood recently founded Groundswell, a giving platform for companies that want to make philanthropy an employee benefit. He is also the founder and executive chairman of Team Rubicon, the fastest growing disaster response organization in the world. Under Wood’s leadership, Team Rubicon developed a reputation for its corporate culture and was named one of the top nonprofits to work for in America five times.

A former Marine scout-sniper, Wood will discuss leading through chaos and building effective teams using a framework developed by the U.S. military.

Mike Rayburn will close the conference with a keynote address that uses guitar music and humor to get people thinking about ways to access untapped potential, set and achieve bold goals, and create change, not just manage it. Rayburn has headlined Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, and performed more than 5,000 presentations in 20 countries on five continents.

“You don’t want to miss this address,” Schuster said. “There will be a power message from Mike delivered via singing and comedy and a wonderful surprise at the end of it.”

For more information, contact Tracy Schuster at or 515-715-0164.

Register for the conference.