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Jason Schulist

Center for Exceptional Leadership Facilitator

Jason is president of the Generative Local Community Institute (GLCI), a nonprofit whose mission is to connect communities so they can improve their problem-solving capability and accelerate community impact. Prior to forming GLCI, Jason served as Appvion’s vice president of continuous improvement (CI) from 2013-17. Appvion’s CI deployment was awarded runner-up in the PEX Global Award for Most Innovative Culture Change Deployment for 2016 and consistently exceeded Appvion’s profit improvement goals.

Jason worked in the Utility Industry from 2004-13 with roles as DTE Energy’s director of the program management office (PMO), managing a $1 billion portfolio of projects, and as director of continuous improvement, saving more than $700 million while building CI capability and winning the IPQC’s Best Process Improvement Program in 2010. Prior to DTE Energy, Jason held management positions in lean operations, business development and corporate strategy with General Motors.

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Marquette University and two masters’ degrees in electrical engineering/computer science and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a Lean Six Sigma black belt and has a project management professional (PMP) certification.

Jason has a passion for generative local community and has founded the Skillsfest movement that applies continuous improvement to thorny community problems. He is a co-founder and past chair of the Michigan Lean Consortium. He currently serves on the boards of the United Way of the Fox Cities, CAP Services, the MIT Club of Wisconsin, and the POINT Poverty Initiative in Northeastern Wisconsin.
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