2018 Lean Transformation Summit
March 26-27, 2018  |  Nashville, TN
Lean Talks
Logistics & Lodging

Want better employees? Be a better employer.

The theme of the 2018 Lean Transformation Summit is simple. Want better employees? Be a better employer.

What does it mean to be a better employer?

Does it mean you have to pay better salaries? Offer better benefits? Or does it mean you have to engage with your teams? Build the right culture? Adjust your management system?

Regardless of your position within your organization, everyone holds the responsibility to build a better company. This is what we will be exploring, sharing, and learning when the lean community gathers in Nashville, March 26 & 27.


  • Lessons you can apply when you return to work Monday morning.
  • Unbeatable networking opportunities
  • Motivation to improve/charge your battery
  • The opportunity to create new knowledge for the entire lean community
  • Perhaps the most industry-diverse lean event you’re ever attended

We intentionally design our summit to have an intimate feel and allow for more unique networking opportunities. We want you to have a personalized experience, and we make every effort to accomplish this.

In the coming weeks, we will be announcing a diverse group of Plenary Companies, Keynotes, and Learning Sessions.

This is our first year holding the summit in Nashville. Our CEO & Chairman is a Tennessee native, and we plan on pulling out all the stops to make this a remarkable homecoming for him and the lean community. He will serve as your tour guide for lean learning during the summit, and he will also show you the best places in Nashville to have a great time. You will not only learn a lot, but you will have a great time doing it.



Learning Sessions | Networking Opportunities | Fees | Workshops

Learning Sessions

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Improving the Fire Department through Lean, Not “Firefighting”

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, Grand Rapids, MI, like many cities, struggled to maintain services amid plunging tax revenues, increasing layoffs, and deepening budget cuts. When local business leaders suggested city officials apply lean management to maintain services, the fire department became an early adopter.

Join Brad Brown to learn how lean principles are applied in a nontraditional environment to eliminate waste, increase service levels, improve finances, and transform how a key government agency operates. He’ll cover:

  • How resistance to change was overcome in the tradition-bound fire service
  • How the A3 problem-solving process was used to address systemic department issues.
  • The roles played by the Michigan Lean Consortium and Grand Rapids Community College.
  • How the department’s continuous improvement efforts evolved from a focus on tools like standard work, 5S, rapid improvement events, and visual management, to a daily lean management system.
  • How activities like Monday morning improvement walks, personal kanban boards, and huddles make the daily system work.
  • How the department is using hoshin kanri for strategic planning.
  • How lean methodology bridged the gulf between management and operations personnel by shifting from an approach of doing lean TO people to doing lean FOR people.
The Lean Farm: Better Food, Productivity, and Profits -- with Less Work!
How to Engage Employees Through Creativity
Conscious Coaching: Developing Great Problem Solvers using Mindfulness Practices
More sessions to be announced soon!

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Networking Opportunities

The summit is designed to be the best networking venue in the Lean Community by providing formal and informal ways for you to connect with counterparts facing the same challenges as you:

Sunday, March 25th: Welcome & Networking Reception

We always try to do something special for our networking reception, and this year we are in our Chairman, John Shook’s home town so you know we have to go big.

Join us at the Wildhorse Saloon, one of Nashville’s most popular (and most fun) locations for a night of networking, live music, dancing, games, food, and drinks. We want to give you the honkey-tonk welcome you deserve.

The Wildhorse Saloon has been featured on countless TV shows and is on virtually all the "must see" locations in Nashville, and we’ve got your ticket in.

The party starts at 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 25th!

  • Networking Breaks (30 minutes to allow time for a phone call, cup of coffee, and conversation)
  • Monday, March 26th: Networking Happy Hour (continue conversations and compare notes after the first day)
  • Lunch Roundtables (attendee-led discussions on topics you've told us are important to you)

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Maximize your learning opportunities, add a workshop!

You’ve traveled to Nashville to learn and meet new people sharing similar struggles. Creating a better company means improving your capabilities and skills. LEI’s workshops are in-depth programs that will help move you beyond individual "tools" and isolated improvement projects to build leadership capabilities and develop management skills needed to create the complete lean enterprise and a culture of problem solving. There is a 25% discount on workshops for attendees.

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$2,500.00 USD
The registration fee includes participation in the Summit, participant materials, and food for both days. If you need to be invoiced please call 617.871.2900.
Workshops are available to Summit attendees Wednesday, March 28th for an additional fee. Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Ultra-Early Registration Discount
A very limited number of attendees who register by October 31, 2017, will receive $600.00 off. No code needed – the discount will automatically be applied to your registration.
Early Registration Discount
If you register by January 31, 2018, you will receive $300.00 off. No code needed – the discount will automatically be applied to your registration.
Team Discount
For groups from the same company, every 5th person's summit registration is free! ( Workshops are not included.) Please call 617-871-2900 to register your group and receive this discount.
*Discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Confirmations, Cancelations, and Substitutions

Once registered for the Summit or for Workshops, you will receive a confirmation email. To receive a full refund, notice of cancelation must be received by February 26, 2018. After this date, cancelations will be subject to a non-refundable $350.00 cancelation fee. Substitutions may be made at any time before March 15, 2018.
If you have any further questions please contact the Lean Enterprise Institute at 617-871-2900 or summits@lean.org.

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Conference: $2500 USD
Ultra-Early Discount - $600 Off

$1900 USD
until October 31, 2017
Limited number of ultra-early discount registrations available. When these are filled, price will rise to $2200.

Workshops: $800 USD
$600 for conference attendees

Special Sessions priced separately

More info on discounts »

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