TMS2018 Professional Development Events

Improving Culture and Business Performance: Going Beyond the Warm and Fuzzy

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
Professional Development Committee
Samya Brayley, Mawson Consulting; Barry Sadler, Net Carbon Consulting, Pty Ltd; Shane Hughes, Mawson Consulting


This workshop will focus on how to create a work environment where employees and team members are engaged and more productive. Using practical examples, it will link engagement and productivity to specifics such as organization structure, data-based decision making, and using capabilities effectively. The workshop uses a set of proven integrated models that help leaders to understand how to set up and maintain an organization, including the impact of their own behavior, to create conditions in which people are engaged and work productively. In a modern work environment where technology is changing the way we work, the workshop also addresses how to introduce business improvements like big data, centralized control rooms, and application-driven tools in a way that supports clear authority and accountability.

Who Attends?

Designed for individuals with technical backgrounds who have been promoted into positions managing significant teams, this workshop will focus on the business side of materials science.

Topical outline

  1. Introduction: Defining culture and how it relates to business performance including components, measurements, and impact of technology of a high-performing culture on the work of team leaders and members.
  2. Data-based decision making: Identifying the who, what, and why of effective measuring and monitoring of performance, authorities and accountability, digitization, and centralized data management.
  3. Measuring success: Making the transition from technical to leadership roles including how work changes and developing new necessary skills.

Instructor Biographies

Sam Brayley is a Founder and Principal of Mawson Consulting. She worked for Rio Tinto in the iron ore, aluminum, diamond, alumina, and bauxite business units. Brayley has consulted in the private and public sectors across a range of industries including manufacturing, resources, finance, and airlines over the past ten years. Brayley consults in all aspects of organization development and has particular expertise in the areas of organization structure/design, capability and talent management, and organization system design/implementation. She is also a clinical psychologist.

Shane Hughes is a Principal of Mawson Consulting. Hughs worked for Hamersley Iron, Comalco, and Virgin Blue and has consulted to a range of resource and industrial companies in Australia and overseas since 2002. He has extensive experience in the areas of organizational change, employee relations, and workplace culture.

Barry Sadler is a metallurgist who worked for Rio Tinto Aluminium Smelting and Iron Ore Mining businesses for 20 years in research, production, technical management, and organizational roles. Since 2002, he has consulted internationally on technical and business improvement and how organizational principles can be applied to accelerate progress in these areas.

Keith Sinclair is a business process improvement consultant with more than 40 years of experience in engineering, production management. and consulting roles. He founded Sinclair Associates, Inc. in 1986. His industrial experience includes industrial and process engineering, as well as manufacturing management in a wide range of manufacturing and processing industries such as mining, chemicals, steel, automotive supply, electronics, metal processing, and assembly. Keith has consulted internationally for a wide range of manufacturing and process industries with a focus on the systems, methods and tools for business improvement and the organizational principles needed to make the effort sustainable and embed it in the fabric of the organizational culture.


Registering As Advanced On-site
Member $175 $225
Non-member $225 $275
Student $75 $125