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In Case You Missed It...Scenes from the 2016 Lean Transformation Summit!

by Lean Leaper
March 22, 2016

In Case You Missed It...Scenes from the 2016 Lean Transformation Summit!

by Lean Leaper
March 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

The 2016 Lean Transformation Summit was held last week and it was another unforgettable experience. We had nearly 800 live and virtual attendees from 23 countries and almost every industry on the planet join us for two days of learning and networking in fabulous Las Vegas. And fabulous it was. In case you missed it, here are some exclusive images of the big event: 

The desert sun rises over Day 1...


Our attendees entered through these doors to our Summit at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa...


Breakfast starts to end and attendees start streaming into the main ballroom. The kickoff is about to begin...


Tabitha Dubois and Josh Rapoza kick off the event with some announcements and thank-yous to everyone for coming, then onto the stage comes...


...Jim Womack! He talks about the future of lean and how we can advance it for another 25 years...


He was followed by Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods and Marty Neese of Sunpower, who talk about their companies' respective lean journeys...



And then everyone broke for their choice of Learning Sessions and Breakouts. Here are a few scenes from Ernie and Tracey Richardson, who spoke about the lean transformation they oversaw at Kinross Gold Mine (represented by Frank Wagener, Vicente Fox, and Deanna Hall)...



Many attendees spent their lunch hour out by the Red Rock's massive pool deck. The weather was a perfect, balmy 75 degrees with a gentle breeze.


Then, after lunch, everyone went to their second choice of Learning Sessions and Breakouts. Then it was back into the main ballroom for Lean Jeopardy - with your host Chet Marchwinski Trebek! The middle team got this question at the last second - do you know what the answer is?


And after crowning the Jeopardy winner it was time to head for the poolside Networking Reception, just as the sun began to set on Day 1...what a day it was!

The next morning, attendees were treated to several presentations, one by Mark Reich on the lessons in his upcoming book, Managing on Purpose...


...another by Adam Prime of Phase 2 Medical Device Manufacturing, which executed a lean transformation that helped them exceed seemingly impossible productivity metrics...



...and another by Guru Vasudeva, SVP and CIO of Nationwide Insurance, about the lean operation that is Nationwide's IT division.



Then everyone broke for two rounds of Learning Sessions and Breakouts, with lunch in between. Day 2 sessions included...

Building the Fit Organization, with Dan Markovitz...


...and What Problems to Solve Now and What Can Wait, with Art Smalley.



Then it was back into the ballroom one last time, for a closing keynote by John Shook, who talked about some of his favorite quotes, presentations and moments from the past two days. His presentation included a screening of his self-narrated Lean Transformation Model Animation, plus a shocker - a slide showing the results of a survey LEI conducted to find out what were atendees' biggest concerns in a lean transformation. The winner by a longshot...



After John's words of wisdom, Tabitha Dubois and Josh Rapoza came back on stage with one final announcement - the location of the 2017 Lean Transformation Summit. Two lucky attendees found something under their chairs - one found an envelope, the other a gold chip. The gold chip finder won a free ticket to the 2017 Summit. But where would it be held? 

The answer was inside the second attendee's envelope. The location will be... [drumroll please]

...the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA!

Thank you again to all who joined us, whether live, virtually, or in spirit. We hope to see you next year in Carlsbad!

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