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The Maryland World Class Consortia builds the competitive strength your organization needs to win.

We are the Maryland World Class ConSortia.

The MWCC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen and grow the state and national economies through performance excellence. We help organizations of all types use world class techniques, such as lean and six sigma, to build competitive capability.



Equip your managers, team leaders, and front-line leaders with the essential tools and hands-on training they need to succeed!

"Leadership Skills & Style Development" focuses on three key areas: Leading & Managing Others, Personal Style and Interpersonal Skills, and Work Unit Performance Improvement. This 3-day in person program, led by Kelly Petrock, is built on proven leadership tools, skills, and concepts, and will help participants align their leadership approach with the organization's performance needs and the maturity, motivation, and skill levels of their associates. 


The MWCC is thrilled to sponsor IndustryWeek's Operations Leadership Summit in Indianapolis, IN, from June 26-28, 2024. MWCC Board Treasurer and General Manager of Mercury Plastics, Carl Livesay, will explore the common challenges that impede our Lean initiatives. Alongside Associate Director Dave Rizzardo, they will present various strategies to sustain Lean practices and outline the essential roles and responsibilities required for success. Register now at


Please join us in welcoming our newest Board member,  Adarsh Karki.  Adarsh (AK) comes to us from Intralox, a manufacturer of conveyor belting equipment.  AK was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and came to the US in 2003 for engineering studies. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and married his best friend from college.  They have two children and live in Ellicott City.  This year, he completed his 1st Ironman!

To read more about AK and see our full Board, go to our "About" section.


The Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) Board of Directors has appointed Thomas Dahbura as our newly elected Board Chair. Known as the label guru, Thomas is the CEO of Hub Labels, Inc. a highly advanced and innovative label printer in Hagerstown, MD. Thomas has long been a supporter of the Maryland World Class Consortia, Ltd. and practices what he preaches not only implementing Lean with his CI team but by continuing his quest for operational excellence and personally participating in our programs and offerings. We are excited to have Thomas at the helm knowing he believes strongly in our mission of providing Lean training, leadership development, implementation support and transformation services to our clients with the core objective of promoting, developing and sustaining world class practices. Welcome, Thomas!

And with Thomas stepping in, we wish to warmly thank our outgoing Chair, Philip Tulkoff for his stellar leadership over the past two+ years. Phil possesses a combination of qualities and skills that enabled him to inspire and guide our Board genuinely and easily. We deeply appreciated his outstanding service and we are thrilled that he will continue his participation on our Board of Directors. From all of us at MWCC, thank you, Phil.



The 2023 Lean Facilitator Certification Program (LFCP) is designed around a series of 4 in-person classroom sessions held at monthly intervals. Each monthly session meets for four consecutive days, for a total of sixteen classroom days. In these classroom sessions, LFCP candidates fully engage and learn through instruction and group activities about the principles, tools, techniques, and skills necessary to create and sustain lean change.  The skills developed in this course are designed to build in-house talent - the process improvement knowledge and experience needed to lead transformation projects on your organization's Lean Journey.

Our curriculum is designed to align with the national Lean Certification's Body of Knowledge, and LFCP students can optionally pursue their Lean Bronze Certification through this course with guidance by our experienced Facilitators.

Click here for all the details!

SSMI – the Dr. Mikel J. Harry Six Sigma Management Institute has joined forces with the MWCC.

We are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between the MWCC and SSMI to provide our members and clients the premier Lean Six Sigma Belt Certification from the organization founded by the Co-Creator and Chief Architect of Six Sigma – Dr. Mikel J. Harry.

Bill Smith, Dr. Harry & Bob Galvin began the Six Sigma venture at Motorola in the 1980’s, and Dr. Harry carried Six Sigma to the world in the 1990’s and 2000’s with historic impact at many organizations like General Electric, Allied Signal and Dupont

Beginning in June 2022, our members will have the ability to become certified Lean Six Sigma Belts through SSMI’s Blended Learning Platform. SSMI’s curriculum is the world’s most comprehensive BoK (Body of Knowledge), without the price tag of other service providers.

Members will be able to choose from any of the offered Belt Certifications from a Master Black Belt all the way down to their new “Action Belt” which is a crash course in Lean Six Sigma that can be completed in as little as 8-hours. Your employees can be trained today and begin improving tomorrow.

Reach out to Joyce La Padula at to explore the possibilities!  Check our calendar for more information.

RMI Launches 2022 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Program And Recognizes President Dr. Mike Galiazzo as 2022 Grand Champion 2022 Champions will be showcased online beginning March 30, 2022 and celebrated in person on November 17, 2022. Submit your Champion story today! The Champions program highlights achievements in Maryland's manufacturing eco-system to include Champions from business, education, government and the community. Champions are outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, and agencies whose exemplary efforts of manufacturing-related innovation, leadership, goodwill, growth and transformation deserve recognition. Click here for all the details.

The Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) appointed Philip Tulkoff, President of Tulkoff Food Products in Baltimore City, as Chairman of the Board for the MWCC during its quarterly meeting on Sept. 9, 2020.  

"I am honored to be chosen as Chairman of the Board for MWCC even during these challenging times,” said Phil Tulkoff, MWCC Board Chairman. “We will be working on pivoting our offerings in order to keep our members and clients engaged with programs, events and speakers that are relevant to process improvement without the ability to hold in-person events.  I look forward to working with the Board to make this a reality."

Current Officers and Directors:  

  • Phil Tulkoff, President, Tulkoff Food Products, MWCC Chairman
  • Dr. Minerva Devera, Director of Operational Excellence, Emergent BioSolutions, MWCC Secretary
  • Carl Livesay, Vice President of Maryland Thermoform, MWCC Treasurer
  • Robert Barnes (retired), Northrop Grumman
  • Thomas Dahbura, President, Hub Labels
  • John King, Continuous Improvement Manager, Northrop Grumman
  • Dr. Shawn Wolf, Outside-Force
  • Lauri Shropshire, COO, MLS Enterprises

“We wish to thank the outgoing Chairman, John King, for his contributions and leadership over the past two years,” said Joyce La Padula, Managing Director of MWCC.

RMI’s 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Define New Directions in a New Reality

Manufacturing plays a critical role in Maryland’s economy; it greatly impacts middle class jobs, our families, communities and human life itself. In these challenging times, a new reality is emerging across Maryland, defining the future of Maryland manufacturing.

RMI’s 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing will “tell the stories” of many of these challenges and the successes in overcoming them. Submit your Champion stories today; no cost to do so. View the new online Directory of 2020 Champions. Sponsor the 2020 Champions program.

Read our COVID-19 Special Edition Newsletter

If your company is racing against the clock to meet the demands of delivering supplies and products for the fight against COVID-19,  we can help.  Contact us!

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We've launched our new website!

We're proud to announce our brand new website design! The new website looks nice on any device you're using, and it's much easier to navigate. We're also excited to be offering a bunch of new features, like a job board, members-only discussions, and private photo galleries. We hope you enjoy the site! 

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