SNU Announces PLN Speaker Lineup

BETHANY, OK - Matthew May will be the speaker for this year’s first Peer Learning Network (PLN) seminar at Southern Nazarene University (SNU), Thursday, September 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Royce Brown Business Building, located off NW 39th Expressway and Peniel. A continental breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m.

Author of The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation, Matthew E. May applies the principles and tools of the Toyota way of innovation to businesses of all kinds to consistently achieve breakthroughs and continually improve performance. A superb speaker with years of experience, inspiring new ideas and teaching the most effective process for innovation in industry today.

Matthew E. May spent seven years teaching Toyota Innovation methods for the University of Toyota. Presenting thoughts, tools and techniques, May proposes that innovation is about people not technology—connecting self-knowledge to leadership effectiveness and personal performance to corporate strategy.

The magic of May’s message lies in its universality and transportability across industries and functions, from old-line industries like the one Toyota dominates, to service and knowledge-based industries, as well. His clients include the Los Angeles Police Department, Wells Fargo, Nextel, and the Department of Defense, among many others.

In his presentation, May will outline the search for elegant solutions by urging audiences to adopt the three key principles behind every groundbreaking innovation. He will also disclose ten key universal practices that make these principles actionable, along with an organizing core process.

Matt May is the founder of Aevitas Learning, which was a preferred business partner with Toyota from 1999 to 2006 and the only non-Toyota entity certified to teach Toyota methods by the University of Toyota. Aevitas Learning teaches organizations how to build culture and discipline around innovation.

Established and facilitated by Southern Nazarene University in 1995, the Peer Learning Network brings together the CEO and leadership teams of Oklahoma-based companies who have committed to be Major Partners in the Peer Learning Network. Partners utilize PLN for the purpose of professional development. Members pool resources and thereby hear world-class presenters, share management, leadership and planning ideas and network with a wide array of successful Oklahoma company representatives.

The three remaining PLN sessions for this year include the following:

Boyd Matson
Thursday, November 1, 2007 at SNU

How to Stand Still When the Hippos Charge

Robert Novak and Mark Shields
February 14, 2008 at SNU

The 2008 Election and Beyond: Point and Counterpoint

PLN Presents
Luncheon Presentation

Speaker to be announced
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City

Tickets are $40.00 each and may be reserved by calling 405.491.6311. For more information about this or future Peer Learning Network workshops, contact the Office of University Advancement at Southern Nazarene University at 405.491.6311, e-mail, or log on to