Lean practitioners always expect the annual Lean Transformation Summit by the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) to deliver lots of practical, how-to information for implementing lean management systems. But the 2015 conference, set for March 4-5 in New Orleans, promises to deliver plenty of inspiration as well.
Margarette Purvis, president and CEO, Food Bank for New York City and Zack Rosenburg, co-founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project, will deliver the opening keynote.
Both nonprofits use lean management principles to develop efficient systems for helping people in need. Food Bank for New York City, the nation’s largest food bank, uses lean concepts, to continuously improve how it delivers one million meals annually. Started after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the St. Bernard Project uses lean to help disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover promptly, efficiently, and predictably.
Other plenary presenters are:
- Jeff Abate, vice president, retail operations, The Kroger Co.
- Latondra Newton, chief social innovation officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
- Mark Reich, LEI chief operating officer.
- Richard Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller, Menlo Innovations.
- John Shook, chairman and CEO, Lean Enterprise Institute.
- Jim Womack, LEI founder and senior advisor.
In a unique conference format, executives describe their lean continuous improvement strategies during plenary sessions, then company managers and continuous improvement professionals explain the how-to tactics in breakouts sessions.
This year, the conference features a special volunteer day at the Saint Bernard Project in New Orleans. Summit attendees can join LEI staff at a building repair site painting, hanging drywall, and doing other activities.
Conference highlights include workshops, in-depth sessions for building skills and behaviors needed to start or advance a lean transformation, and learning sessions, small interactive classes for learning leading-edge lean methodologies and applications.
Learning session topics include facilitation skills for leading teams, the Green Beret way to develop lean leaders, and designing experiments using lean UX.
Pre-Summit Workshops on March 2nd and 3rd include applying lean principles to sales, creating a lean product development system, implementing strategy deployment, and creating lean HR policies and practices.
For complete information and to register visit: https://www.lean.org/Events/2015_lean_transformation_summit.cfm, call 617-871-2900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Summit will take place at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans.
About Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, makes things better through lean research, education, publishing, and conferences. LEI supports lean initiatives such as the Lean Global Network, the Lean Education Academic Network, and the Healthcare Value Network. Visit LEI at https://www.lean.org for more information.