About About Kathy & Shannon
Kathy Miller is a Senior Operations Executive who has held numerous global vice president and director roles in manufacturing and lean enterprise leadership. Kathy is a Shingo Prize Recipient for Large Businesses as a Plant Manager. She started her career in Operations as a 17- year-old co-op student at a vehicle assembly plant and progressed through engineering, marketing, lean manufacturing, and operations leadership roles, working for four large publicly traded corporations in executive roles, including Rolls-Royce, Delphi, Parker Hannifin, and Vertiv. Kathy is a transformational leader who consistently delivers impressive business results through team development, process discipline, and continuous improvement. Kathy is known for creating inclusive cultures based on trust, respect, and accountability. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute), a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Ball State University, and a Master's Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Kathy was inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2021.
Shannon Karels is a Sr. Operations Manager who has led multiple lean transformations and run operations for two large publicly traded corporations across multiple industries and business models. She started her career in supply chain management and progressed through lean and operations leadership roles. Through this journey, Shannon has improved cultures in numerous manufacturing facilities by leading employee empowerment and engagement and building highly successful teams focusing on business results. Shannon is known for leading accountable organizations built on trusting relationships that improve the companies’ profitability and customer experience. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Western Michigan University.