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Joint APICS PDM- "Lifelong Learning for Lifetime Success!"

February 23, 2021
5:45 PM - 7:30 PM

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Virtual PDM


Join APICS New Haven, Danbury, Fairfield, Minuteman (Boston), South Shore and ASQ CT chapters.

Lifelong Learning for Lifetime Success!


In our ever-changing world, particularly one in which the pace of change is accelerating, we need to constantly upgrade our skill sets to satisfy the needs of the marketplace.  If you’re thinking that sounds just like matching supply to demand, you’re right on!  The critical resource that constrains throughout, has evolved from being inventory, to capacity, to information, to knowledge.

How is knowledge different from information? Information sits in a database, whereas knowledge is our ability to use information.  It takes the form of skill sets, technical expertise, wisdom, and decision-making ability.  Put another way, information is stored by a computer; knowledge is possessed by a human being.

As we journey through life, our needs, wants, and expectations will change.  Our value system evolves as we go from being young and carefree teenagers to responsible adults with obligations to our families, employers, and society-at-large.  We find that our learning comes from both formal education, and the practical “lessons learned” we develop from life’s experiences.  Often, the key to maximizing our success is in striving for a balance among the following conflicts:

  • Theory v. Practice
  • Old v. New
  • Risk v. Reward
  • Standard v. Creativity
  • Satisfaction v. Yearning


This presentation will discuss these elements, as part of an examination of learning, and the role it plays in the broader scope of life.  Mike will share entertaining experiences from his personal and work lives, that promise to share lessons learned.  This will be a very entertaining and educational event!


  1. 5:45 – 6:00 PM: Virtual networking
  2. 6:00 – 6:10 PM: All Chapters quick business notes
  3. 6:10 – 7:10 PM: Presentation
  4. 7:10 – 7:20 PM: Q & A



Michael D. Ford, M.S.I.S.E., CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM, CSSGB is Principal of TQM Works Consulting, for which he is widely recognized as a premier provider of corporate training across a wide array of subjects. He provides innovative solutions based on 30 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory management, distribution planning and education / corporate education. This includes a broad range of experience from ETO (Engineer to Order) to MTS (Make to Stock), as well as non-profits, service, and Department of Defense.

He has presented at over 380 industry events throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Nigeria, S. Africa and Australia, and has provided over 5,800 hours of classroom training. He specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining” and as a result averages 4.5/5.0 on evaluations.

Ford is a 2016 graduate of Binghamton University, earning a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He continues to pursue “lifelong learning for lifetime success” and has participated in over 200 professional development activities beyond his formal education, and has additionally acquired 9 internationally recognized professional certifications. He has also served on the review team for APICS CPIM courseware updates, and as an SME for the APICS Principles courseware updates.

Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills, to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges.  He is a charismatic speaker, who specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining.”


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$0.00 Virtual PDM Free


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