KARL STORZ Leadership Development

KARL STORZ Leadership Development Program


Company Overview

The KARL STORZ Leadership Development Program is sponsored by KARL STORZ Endovision, Inc. KARL STORZ Endovision, Inc. is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for over 60 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties.  Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness.  KARL STORZ has local offices in Charlton, North Attleboro, and Southbridge, Massachusetts. 


Goals of the Program

The vision of the KARL STORZ Leadership Development Program is to aid underrepresented undergraduate students in acquiring and developing leadership skills that will help them be successful in their first five years in industry.  As such, preference will be given to those applicants who are underrepresented in STEM fields (African-American, Latino-American, Native-American, Female).     

Participants will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills that will position them to be well prepared for success and rapid career growth. This opportunity is one that most professionals typically do not receive until well into their careers.  Participation in the KARL STORZ Leadership Development Program can help provide concrete evidence of leadership experience to future employers. 



Actively taking part in this program is considered a valued job; therefore, students earn a $250 stipend per term if they meet the program requirements.  The stipend is paid at the end of summer 2013, end of A term 2013, end of B term 2013, and end of C term 2014.


Learning Modules

There are five learning modules that provide the basis for the program.  The topics are the following:

Customer Focus – In this module participants will learn the importance of customer focus and critical strategies that allow for building lasting relationships with both internal and external customers.

Business Acumen – The focus of this module will be on building participant’s business intelligence, as it relates to financials, manufacturing methods, and regulatory compliance.

Continuous Improvement – Participants will gain an understanding of Operation Excellence and how the application of different improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, A3 Thinking, Root Cause Analysis, and hands on problem solving can increase performance.

Team Building and Virtual Collaboration – Through an increased awareness of cultural, organizational, and personal diversity, participants will learn how they can develop themselves and their teams to achieve greater success.

Leading Change – Participants will learn techniques for successfully leading change and gain an awareness of different leadership styles and how to be a leader, not just a manager. 


Project and Additional Areas

In addition to the five training modules, the KARL STORZ Leadership Development Program will be supplemented with a project, book reads and virtual discussion groups, Career Development Center programming, and other leadership programming provided by the university.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learned in the program to lead small groups of KARL STORZ employees in a project relevant to the medical device company.  In addition, participants will receive performance feedback, interview coaching, and resume critiquing in preparation for their career search.


Required Program Dates

The KARL STORZ Leadership Development Program will begin in D term 2013 and continue through C term 2014. Program activities will take place at WPI, KARL STORZ Charlton, and virtually during the summer months.

D Term 2013
Program Kickoff Dinner - Date TBD 
KARL STORZ Company Tour, Program Orientation, and Summer Introduction – afternoon of Wednesday, May 1 (day after D term ends)

May-August 2013
Required Book Readings and Virtual Sessions

A Term 2013 – C Term 2014
Program sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will generally occur during the first, third, and fifth weeks of the term. Below are the required dates*:

A Term 2013
• September 4, 2013
• September 18, 2013
• October 2, 2013

B Term 2013
• October 30, 2013
• November 13, 2013
• December 4, 2013

C Term 2014
• January 22, 2014
• February 5, 2014
• February 19, 2014

Program Closing and Final Report to KARL STORZ: February 2014
*program dates may change, advance notice will be provided.


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Have questions?

Contact the Program Manager Lynn McElholm at lmcelholm@wpi.edu or 508-831-5905. Thanks!