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Weekend Conference Presentation
Closing Keynote Session - June 12th

Put Your Learning on Steroids: Mixing Adult Learning Principles with Continual Improvement Theory
Presented by Curt Wegner
Primary Focus: Leadership
Secondary Focus: Understanding Variation


Abstract: Continuous improvement and learning are synonymous terms. The key to acquiring profound knowledge, the essential ingredient for quality improvement, is learning. Curt Wegner will reveal basic principles of adult learning and demonstrate how an organization can put their learning on steroids by incorporating these simple truths. The modern practice of adult education is based on a field of study emanating from a theory of “andragogy” versus pedagogy, a concept coined by Malcolm Knowles. The adult learner is a complex, motive-driven species that prefers to throttle their learning, rather than being force-fed like in foie gras. Methods of educational delivery are an important consideration (not incidental) when designing a total system of learning if there is to be true transformation of the individual that leads to behavior change. Don’t miss this presentation. You’ll leave the Forum on a high note for your trip home.

As a keynote speaker, Curt's presentation was "translated" into a 4ft by 15ft mural by our graphic recorder, Greg Whicker. Click on image for an expanded view.

Curt Wegner




Curt Wegner

Biography: Curt Wegner has worked extensively in the fields of human resource development, management training, organizational development and process improvement for the past 40 years. His design and delivery of programs in business, industry and healthcare have helped organizations achieve successful transformation.  He has held key management positions in training and management development with major corporations and demonstrated multi-plant, international and cross-functional leadership while in these capacities. 

In 1980, he presented a research paper titled The Relationships of Field Independence-Dependence Cognitive Styles with Managerial Disposition at the International Adult Education Research.

From 1983 to 1993, Curt served as the corporate liaison between Dr. W. Edwards Deming and Navistar's International Truck and Engine Corporation.   Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He authored a white paper on the Principles of Adult Learning and the Deming Philosophy that was presented at the 1990 Deming Seminar for Educators in Newport Beach, CA.

Curt was a guest speaker and panelist at Deming four-day seminars in the 1980’s, presented to the San Diego and Minneapolis Deming User Groups in 1990-91, founded and was president of the Northern Illinois Deming User Group 1992, facilitated live satellite Deming video teleconferences, been a guest presenter in July 2005 in Toronto, Canada at the W. Edwards Deming Institute’s seminar entitled How to Create Unethical, Ineffective Organizations That Go Out of Business(Many Organizations Do It, But Do You Know How You Do It?), and conducted Deming seminars for credit at graduate schools of business and education.

Curt presented a white paper at the 14th International Deming Research Conference in New York City February, 2008 entitled Deming and McGregor: An Example of Training Methodology for the Development of Leaders.

Curt is on the adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University where he teaches research design and program evaluation to graduate students.  He has been a guest lecturer for graduate courses in Leadership in Adult Education at NIU throughout his professional career.  Curt was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Study of Adult Learning from 1990-1992. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals and co-authored an article appearing in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education entitled Increasing Patient Participation: The Effects of Training Physical and Occupational Therapists to Involve Geriatric Patients in the Concerns-Clarification and Goal-Setting Process.

Curt holds a doctorate in Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University, was past Chair of the Lewis University Graduate School of Business MBA Extension Program Executive Advisory Board.  In addition, he holds an M.S. Ed. in Industrial Training and a B.S. in Industrial Personnel Supervision.

Curt has been married to his wife, Diane, for 40 years and has three grown daughters. His avocations include refereeing collegiate, high school and club soccer for the last 25 years, and coaching/playing men’s competitive 12” softball for 36 years. Curt was selected by the Illinois High School Association to referee boys and girls state soccer finals in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Contact: Curt can be reached by e-mail at doctorrcw@aol.com for additional information about this Weekend Conference session




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