January 20, 2022 | Mark Paradies

Best Practice Breakout Session Speakers at the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit

Best Practice Breakout Session Speakers – May 4-6, 2022 – Knoxville, TN

Every year we have great Best Practice Breakout Sessions at the Global TapRooT® Summit. Want to see all the sessions and all the speakers? CLICK HERE. To see the speaker’s bio, click on the session title.

Here’s just a few of the sessions and a few of the speakers to give you a taste of what the Global TapRooT® Summit is all about.

2022 Global TapRooT® Summit Best Practice Breakout Session Speakers

Barb Carr

Barb is a TapRooT® Instructor and leads the development of our interviewing and evidence collection training. She is also our Editorial Director.

Barb will be participating in two sessions. The first is called the “Snowball Fight.” You will have a great time in this session asking questions of experience TapRooT® System Developers and Instructors.

The second session is the “Psychology Behind Root Cause Analysis.” This is one of Barb’s favorite topics and I know you will enjoy getting in-depth as to why root cause analysis works and why some systems don’t work.

Barb has a BS in Psychology from King University and training in Human Factors from the University of Michigan. She also has training from the National Forensic Science Center and is a Certified Professional Coach.

Barb is also co-author of the book, TapRooT® Evidence Collection and Interviewing Techniques to Sharpen Investigation Skills.

Vincent I Phipps (VIP)

Vincent Phipps

Prepared to get inspired by Vincent Phipps! His humor, high energy, and expertise will provide endless takeaways and leave you wanting more.

Vincent will be speaking on two of his favorite topics. The first is “Amplify Your Presentations.” Everyone needs to make great presentations and Vincent will communicate methods to make yourself a standout presenter.

Second Vincent will present “Amplify Your Listening Skills.” You have two ears and one mouth. Therefore, you should be twice as good at listening as you are at speaking. That’s especially true for incident investigators. How are your listening skills? Would your spouse recommend this session for you? This might be the most important session you attend.

Vincent is:

  • a Certified Speaking Professional
  • Rated in the top 1% of the world’s best speakers
  • a retired, undefeated national storytelling champion
  • an author of several books

Vincent is an Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has a BA in Speech Communications and Rhetoric from Middle Tennessee Stae University and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as an MA in Leadership, Communications, and Management from Liberty University.

Michele Wishoun

Michelle Wishoun and Alex Paradies will be guiding Certified TapRooT® Instructors through the latest improvements in the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course in the “TapRooT® Certified Instructor Recertification Session.”

Also, Michelle will present with Brian Tink the session, “If only we could hire better people these accidents wouldn’t happen.

Michelle is a TapRooT® Implementation Specialist and a TapRooT® Licensing Paralegal and has been with System Improvements since 2007.

Alex Paradies

Alex will be presenting in several sessions, including

  • How are Quality & Production Incidents Different from Safety Incidents?
  • Is Lack of Situational Awareness a Root Cause?
  • TapRooT® Certified Instructor Recertification

Alex Paradies is an experienced TapRooT® Instructor and is in charge of the development of the 2-Day and 5-Day TapRooT® Courses as well as the Stopping Human Error Course and several of our webinars. He worked with Tim Diggs to develop our TapRooT® Executive Leadership Course.

Before joining System Improvements Alex was on the executive development track at Timken where he was a Quality Manager, a Senior Lean Engineer, an Industrial Engineer, and an Operations Manager leading over 100 employees making high-reliability bearings.

While getting his engineering degree with a minor in business from the University of Tennessee, Alex also led a reliability improvement program as an intern at Novellis.

Tim Diggs

Tim will be presenting in two sessions:

  • Pre-JobRisk Analysis & Pre-Job Planning Workshop
  • Senior Executive Involvement in Improvement Programs

Tim is a TapRooT® Instructor and a TapRooT® Implementation Advisor. Tim has used TapRooT® since 1996 and joined System Improvements in 2019.

Before joining System Improvements, Tim spent 23 years in the transportation industry where his main focus was evaluating and improving operational processes.

Tim has a BS in Economics with a minor in Business Management from the University of Tennessee.

Mark Paradies

Mark is presenting in four sessions, including:

  • Ready, Set, Go!
  • Managing Your TapRooT® Improvement Program
  • Snowball Fight
  • Senior Executive Involvement in Improvement Programs

Mark is the founder of System Improvements and the co-developer of the TapRooT® System. He has led System Improvements since 1988. Before that Mark was an Officer in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy where managed operations and maintenance of nuclear power plants and was Engineer Qualified by Navsea 08 and was a qualified Surface Warfare Officer.

Mark also performed independent process safety oversight, led a human performance improvement program, and implemented an integrated living schedule (improvement program management) while working for four years at DuPont.

Mark holds two patents for root cause analysis software and has extensive speaking experience including invited international presentations for topics including root cause analysis, process safety improvement, high-reliability operations, developing improvement programs, and human performance improvement.

Mark has also served on the IEEE professional society standard-setting committees for root cause analysis (IEEE Standard 1707-2015 – IEEE Recommended Practice for the Investigation of Events at Nuclear Facilities) and, besides the seventeen books on root cause analysis and performance improvement that he has authored/co-authored at System Improvements, he has helped write three CCPS sponsored books (two on incident investigation and one on the normalization of deviation).

Mark has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Nuclear Engineering with an emphasis on Human Factors.

Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans

Dr, Flynn-Evans leads the NASA Ames Research Center Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory. She will be speaking about “Fighting Fatigue,” an important topic in the 24/7 world in which we live.

Erin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey (UK) and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining NASA, she was an Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Flynn-Evans has extensive research experience examining the short and long-term effects of sleep loss and circadian desynchrony in occupational settings, including among astronauts, airline pilots, physicians, and other shift workers. Her laboratory-based research has focused on examining the effects of light on circadian, neuroendocrine, and neurobehavioral responses in humans and how these outcomes relate to the development of countermeasures for shift work. Her field research has involved integrating these measures of fatigue and associated countermeasures into complex operational settings.

Steve Hawkins

Steve Hawkins, Vice President at FDRsafety, was previously Deputy Commissioner of Labor for the state of Tennessee. He will speak about “OSHA Compliance and Fatality Investigations.”

Steve began working for Tennessee OSHA in 1987 as a safety compliance officer. In 1999 he was promoted to Assistant Administrator of TN OSHA. In this capacity, he became the primary investigator of industrial fatalities for TN OSHA. In 2009, he became TN OSHA Administrator, and then in 2019, he became the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor. 

Steve has a BSIT in Engineering from Tennessee Technology University. He is a member of the Manufacturing & Engineering Technology Advisory Board at Tennessee Technology University.

Rick Hulse

Rick will be speaking in two sessions:

  • Building a World-Class Operational Excellence Program
  • Designing a Roadmap to Success

Richmond Hulse is a Founding Board member of the Operational Excellence Society and has 29 years of experience in operational excellence consulting, business management, and business development.

Rick has been assisting System Improvements since 2018 and has a BS in Business Economics and Finance from the State University of New York College at Oneota.

Rick has also been a New York State County Representative, a Trustee of the Fly Creek Historical Society, a Chairman of the Otsego County Industrial Development Authority, and an Active Member of the Lions Club International.

Kevin McManus

Kevin McManus

Kevin will present, “How to flex your Safeguard mix & minimize daily job risk.”

Kevin serves as Chief Excellence Officer for his company, Great Systems! He is a Contract TapRooT® Instructor for System Improvements and has taught over 400 courses around the world.

Kevin has held a variety of industrial jobs before starting his own company including being a:

  • Training Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Director of Quality
  • Production Manager
  • Plant Manager

Kevin served as a Malcolm Baldridge Quality Examiner for 18 years and then became a part of the National Judges Panel.

Kevin writes a monthly column for the Industrial and Systems Engineer Magazine and is an Industrial and System Engineering Society Fellow. Also, Kevin has been inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineers.

Kevin has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

Gard Clark

Gard will present, “Getting Great Senior Management Investigation Critiques.” Find out the tricks of the trade for avoiding those horrible “inquisitions” during senior management investigation presentations. Instead, get great feedback from senior managers because you met their needs and expectations.

Gard Clark is a Senior Vice President at Teledyne Brown Engineering. He is also the Owner of CPMQ Consulting, LLC, where he is a Contract TapRooT® Instructor.

Prior to his civilian career, Gard served in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy for 27 years. This included being Commanding Officer of the USS Dallas and being a Major Program Manager for NAVSEA.

Gard has a BS in Applied Science-Computer from the United States Naval Academy and an MS in Computer Science from Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Register Now for the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit

The people above are just a sample of the 39 speakers and 40 Best Practice Breakout Presentations in the 8 Tracks at the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit.

The Summit is being held at the Knoxville Convention Center on May 4-6. The 9 Pre-Summit Courses will be held there on May 2-3. See the complete Summit schedule at THIS LINK.

May isn’t that far away. Start making your plans to attend now. Register by CLICKING HERE.

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