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At each SME Leadership Series, the following presenters will take active roles in providing the highly interactive leadership training only found in this series.

Lead Presenter

Mark Michalski
Mark Michalski
Senior Director of Technical Operations and Strategy
MKS Instruments
Member Since 1992

Favorite Leadership Quote:
 "Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." ~ General Colin Powell 

Personal Thoughts on Leadership: Every day I challenge myself to be fully engaged in enabling my team to reach their goals, by listening to their issues and doing all I can to remove their barriers to success. Leadership is not telling people what to do — it is being there for them every day, in every way. In the Leadership Series, we strive to provide the tools that current and future leaders need to dream more, learn more, do more. 


Matt Hilgendorf
Matt Hilgendorf, CMfgT
Advanced Components and Systems Supply Chain
Caterpillar Inc.
Member Since 2002

Favorite Leadership Quote:
“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~ W. Edwards Deming, PhD

Welle, Matthew
Matt Welle
Lean Manager
Putnam Plastics Corp.
Member Since 2011

Favorite Leadership Quote: "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent." ~ Abraham Lincoln

SME Staff Presenter

Ralton Emory

Ralton Emory
Member and Industry Relations Manager
Member Since 1994

Personal Thoughts on Leadership: Leadership, to me, is all about having a positive impact. A leader impacts the overall goal of the organization by making smaller, yet no less significant, impact on the team that he or she leads. People follow those who can give them the courage and direction to act, support them as they make good decisions, give constructive improvement suggestions where necessary. Our goal with the Leadership Series is to equip people to become that type of leader.