Learn. Engage. Improve.

Experience the work behind organizational excellence, continuous improvement and the Nine Principles® with conferences, speaking engagements, virtual webinars and more.

Conferences & Events


July 28-29, 2020 | Pfister Hotel
Milwaukee, WI


Join us in Milwaukee at our annual education leadership conference. Learn with teams from around the country who are deeply engaged in shifting culture, improving practice and unleashing results. Learn key strategies to remove barriers and successfully scale improvement. Learn how to target the behaviors that erode culture and shift the collective mindset to one of continuous improvement. These engaging two days will enable your team to leverage lessons learned and experience the energy of the Innovation Hub: Nine Principles® Pop-Up Shops highlighting specific tactics driving results in highly effective organizations.

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September 10-11, 2020 | New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, LA


How Can Continuous Improvement Help Colleges and Universities Face a Disruptive Future?

In the four years since we held our first higher education leadership conference, our partners have shared how they’ve overcome barriers with employee engagement, retention, leadership development, strategic alignment, service excellence and more. We have learned that a continuous improvement mindset is consistently at the heart of their success.

This year, we are focused on how higher education institutions can use the Nine Principles® for Organizational Excellence to create an environment where continuous improvement is part of the everyday culture.


October 28-29, 2020 | Pensacola Beach Hilton
Pensacola, FL


Our partner organizations are using innovative approaches to timeless tactics and getting remarkable results. During these two days, you will learn about common barriers they have faced and how they used continuous improvement practices to move the organization forward. Join us for our second year in our home town to hear inspirational stories, learn tactics for leading through change and network with other education and organization leaders.


Email us at info@studereducation.com to secure a spot on the waitlist.

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November 19-20, 2020 | School District of Menomonee Falls, WI


The Symposium on Continuous Improvement invites district leaders, school administrators and classroom faculty to visit the School District of Menomonee falls to learn first-hand the strategies and practices that transformed them into a district recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for exceptional continuous improvement processes.

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February 9-10, 2021 | Sonoma County Office of Education
Santa Rosa, CA


Join us for another year in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA to share successes from leaders across the country focused on Continuous Improvement. Learn how to build the foundation of a continuously improving organization and extend the impact of teams learning how to improve performance.


Email us at info@studereducation.com to secure a spot on the waitlist.

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Coach Chats

Leader development that meets you where you are.

Coach chats are designed for quick, lively and interactive learning opportunities where leaders can interact with a coach, learn practical content and engage with other leaders in a virtual session.

June 16 | Reflective Practices


Pressing pause to reflect can help leaders learn and recognize the important nuances of leadership, improvement and organizational excellence. Reflective practices can help leaders avoid and face the side effects of growth and change, and at the same time, celebrate wins and overcome barriers that get in the way of achieving results.

Join Dr. Kathy Oropallo and Dr. KK Owen on Tuesday, June 16, at 3:30 p.m. CT to press pause for a moment and reflect on your leadership practices! During this free virtual chat, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with other leaders to see how they’re using reflective practices in their organization.

September 22 | Defining Success


Actor Bruce Lee said, “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” In this coach chat we will discuss how you focus yourself and your organization to succeed. In addition, we will talk about how you bring that laser-like focus to how you measure success and track your progress to it.

Are you ready to be a warrior on the path to success? Join Dr. JoAnn Sternke and Dr. Pat Greco on Tuesday, September 22, at 3:30 p.m. CT for an invigorating discussion on defining success.

During this free virtual chat, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Dr. Sternke and Dr. Greco questions and interact with other leaders to see how they’re defining and measuring success with laser-like focus.

Tuesday, September 22 at 3:30PM CT
with Dr. JoAnn Sternke and Dr. Pat Greco

9P Online Resources:
How Focus Leads to Results

November 10 | Are My Employees Disengaged?


Visualize the scene from the movie “Rocky” where Rocky Balboa took a victory run to the top of the steps in celebration. What does “running the steps” look like to become a champion in your organization?

In this coach chat, we will start with what “running the steps” should look like and then discuss the warning signs of poor morale at work. What are the factors that cause decreasing morale and do you experience the factors in your organization?

Join Dr. Gayle Juneau-Butler and Nannette Johnston on Tuesday, November 10, at 3:30 p.m. CT to learn four action steps to help boost team morale and “run the steps” like a champion:

  1. Define the cause of disengagement
  2. Connect work to meaningful outcomes
  3. Make sure the right people are in the right seats
  4. Let work be fun where appropriate

During this free virtual chat, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Dr. Juneau Butler and Nannette questions and interact with other leaders to see how they’re channeling their inner Rocky to run the steps and become champions within their organization.