Perfecting the Art of
VALUE STREAM MANAGEMENT
PERFORMANCE … OPTIMIZATION … CULTURE … CHANGE
Perfecting the Art of
VALUE STREAM MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE
OPTIMIZATION … CULTURE … CHANGE
OptimiZ Consulting LLC
Box 337, Gilbert, AZ   85299   USA
Office: 480-545-9095
Cell: 480-223-2230
kay@miningopportunity.com

WHAT CLIENTS AND CONFERENCE ATTENDEES SAY…

“I am happy because you are teaching my people to think like I do.
CHINALCO PERU–J. Huang, CEO

“Thanks for bringing the light!”
FREEPORT McMORAN- Supervisor

“Our mine managers have commented that Kay helped them to “see the world differently” and zero in on the best “value opportunities” for improvement. Kay knows how to change a culture. Kay has always been accepted well by our people because she…talks the talk, is flexible in her approach to the needs of the local management group, teaches people to become self-sufficient, and rolls up her sleeves to drive results. I would not hesitate to recommend Kay to any company that needs help with their performance improvement programs”
PEABODY ENERGY – Richard Robison, Vice President, Process Improvement

“Kay’s contributions to the results of the team effort were significant in the areas of content, teamwork, and communication. She has a unique ability to meld accounting protocol with the needs of field operations. She also has the enviable ability to communicate with all levels of an organization.”…”Her professional approach to a task is melded with a friendliness and cooperation that is unique.”
RAG COAL WEST – Steve Rennell, Operations Manager

“Very few of the site personnel had as broad a vision as you when it came to understanding the subsequent impact of operating decisions across the whole of the company. This allowed us to identify and capture synergies…that had otherwise gone unnoticed…Your interaction with the sites, at all levels of their organizations, while not easy, was outstanding…There was never a time when you were not available to discuss with anyone the intricacies of the concepts…Without the ability to effectively communicate across our entire operating organization, we would have been much slower in recognizing the results of the program…Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, was your incredible enthusiasm for the program.”
CYPRUS CLIMAX METALS COMPANY – Bill Champion, COO

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CORPORATE GROUPS:
“Kay is one of the most enthusiastic and inspiring speakers I have worked with. She was recently involved in our Mining Procurement & Supply event at the East Coast and I have already confirmed her to join us again at the same event on the West Coast of Australia. Her ability to transfer knowledge whilst managing to captivate an audience… is second to none and I would not hesitate to invite Kay back again or recommend her to any prospective business partners.”
Teresa Bildstein, Senior Portfolio Manager, Mining IQ, a division of IQPC

“Whether hilarious or sobering, your stories deliver an eye-opening look at how organizations prevent employees from delivering their best.”
Kim Davis, Event Manager, MINING MEDIA, INC.

“Your presentation held up a mirror to executives and opened their eyes to unintended consequences of their best intentions.”
Mark G. Ellis, President, INDUSTRIAL MINERALS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA

“You said that the root cause of many corporate problems and low morale is poor management choices. Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom.”
William M. Reid, VP Product Development, AMPHEROL FIBER SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL

This topic helped emphasize that we must look at the big picture and involve employees at all levels. I will strive to look for more lost opportunities as a result of attending today.”
Tom Hilderbrand, Manager of Process Engineering, THIELE KAOLIN CO.

“Your example about getting departments to communicate showed how internal politics prevented companies from achieving their goals.”
Steve Fiscor, Editor, COAL AGE MAGAZINE

“Attendees ranked your presentation 9.0 out of 10. Comments from executives included “Kay is fantastic!” and “Her topic was very relevant given opportunities I’m considering.”
Steve Pincus, President/Owner, EXECUTIVE FORUMS CEO GROUP, Scottsdale, AZ

“This topic raised my awareness about how small improvements can make a big difference.”
Chee Gan, Data Engineer, FREEPORT McMORAN

“Kay’s presentation about taking the lid off barriers in your business was fantastic! I walked away with several points I can implement immediately to grow my business…dynamic, informative, inspiring… It was all there!”
Denise McCreery, CHANDLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Women In Business

“Your presentation was both upbeat and a valuable tool that the audience could take away with them. It is a pleasure to have presenters who not only have fun with what they are doing but also to give insight to those attending. You did both of these things. The truly amazing thing was with the time constraints that I gave you. You put all this together in less than 24 hours. Kay, you did an outstanding job. Thanks for your part in making our program successful.”
MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Barbara Caravella, Executive Vice President

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NON-PROFIT GROUPS:
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, I wish to thank you for moderating the department’s quarterly conference. With your wise guidance and leadership, the event became a productive and positive experience. You were able to harvest thoughts and ideas from our diverse gathering and assemble them into a coherent whole. Besides navigating us through a bit of rough water, you provided a process improvement overview that gave us a firm foundation for the afternoon session. Your follow-up and notes on the conference were also very much appreciated. We will build on these at our next board meeting. The citizens of Arizona will benefit from your ability and skill.”
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES, P. K. Rana Medhi, Chairman of the Board

“Our retreat and plan was judged a great step forward by all 12 of our board members. A clear, concise strong plan with 100% buy-in. Kay Sever did an excellent job! We rated her a “6” on a scale of 1 to 5.”
SONORAN ARTS LEAGUE, Strategic Planning Retreat, Ralph Deuschle, President

“Kay was right on target for our audience and mining theme. Kay effectively engaged them in new understanding about mining and its challenges and contributions to society. She is an energetic professional speaker with an open friendly style. She conveys technical information in an understandable manner to the message drives home. People in attendance continue to mention how much they learned from Kay and how much they enjoyed having her as a part of our conference.”
TEMPO INTERNATIONAL Annual Women’s Conference, Louise Hermsen, Vice President P&H Mining

I will take a different approach in looking at processes, make sure I am looking at the Big Picture, and share the game with my cross-functional team. Excellent – it is apparent that she knows her stuff.”
Earnestine Harrison, Assoc. Dean of Instruction, RIO SALADO COLLEGE

“Your presentation and exercises included real life experiences, not just “models”.
Ernestine Tesarek, Mgmt. Assistant, CITY OF MESA

“She reinforced how much people mean to the process and potential success. I will change how a look at problem solving. Very enlightening.”
Deborah Yunous, Quality Advisor, CITY OF MESA

“Kay, Bravo for your work with our people! You did very well with our folks. I was delighted! Kay worked very well with our group. She spoke in ways that were understandable and relevant to our situation, even though we are not a part of industry. The universality of her message about how we can deal with problems and changes in our lives as individuals and as an organization were right on target. She helped us begin some very important discussions. Kay can speak to change, and in our organization, we’ve had more change than we can even begin to quantify. She helped put things into perspective, and most importantly gave us some tools to begin our transformation. I’d recommend Kay and her work to groups who find themselves in need of fresh eyes and a new perspective.

We asked Kay back to work with our congregation for a second time. Being in the midst of significant changes here, we felt that she had more to offer us. Indeed, Kay tailored her presentation especially for us; she reviewed concepts from previous meetings, and lead a thought provoking event for us. As always, Kay was prepared, professional and finely attuned to our particular situation. This wasn’t a “generic” presentation or a canned seminar by any means. We remain thankful to Kay for her work helping us through a time of transition.”
FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Sun City, AZ. – Dale McCurdy, Pastoral Associate & Event Organizer:

“Kay did an outstanding job for us. She shared information with our members that is invaluable to all as we counsel small business clients. She is also a very motivating speaker. After listening to Kay, you are inspired to go above and beyond what you would normally do. She has also given workshops for our organization and again prepared pertinent to the attendees. After Kay speaks, evaluations are glowing. I am most pleased to recommend this lady. She is well versed in a variety of areas and is capable of a very fine delivery.”
EAST VALLEY SCORE, Lu Fox, Chapter Chair

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OPPORTUNITY:
An odorless invisible element defined as a favorable set of circumstances in business. The only element with an infinite atomic number and weight. When discovered, it reacts with management strategies and corporate cultures to produce a desirable green substance found in financial institutions.