2023 N.E. W. Lean Conference

Lean is for everyone!

Join us for this one-day conference on September 27, 2023. Our goal is to educate and inspire you as you discover the power of Lean processes. 

At this event, attendees will be able to choose from a variety of breakout sessions covering everything from DE&I, IT, strategy deployment, brainstorming techniques and more. Network with peers who are facing similar challenges and learn from the best in the business!

Our local industry experts hail from top organizations like GiANT Secura, Wabash, Medtronic, and more. Be inspired by J2 Integrity Solutions, Elkay Interior Systems International, ADM, Unicorn Recruitment & Career Services, and Learning to Lean. 

Choose from two great tracks!

Hands On Track

These sessions offer you the ability not only to learn about a Lean tool/concept, but to gain actual experience USING the tool!  This isn't your normal boring conference lecture experience!  Gain the understanding and hands on application of using a tool/concept in a "safe" environment where you can learn from others and ask questions!

Application Track

Are you interested in learning from others about their Lean journey?  These sessions will provide insight and knowledge from industry experts on how Lean concepts were a game changer for each of them and their organizations.  Learn from individuals in HR, IT, Healthcare and Supply Chain (just to name a few!)




7:30 – 8:00am

Registration, Vendor Marketplace & Breakfast

8:00 – 9:20am

Welcome & Keynote 
Amy Mast – Outpacing Your Expectations

(Lecture Hall)



Hands On Track

Application Track

9:30 – 10:15am

How to Improve Absolutely Anything
 Katie Labedz

A Lean Approach to DE&I, 

Jaime Schmitt


10:30 – 11:15am

Graphical Facilitation Skills
for Better Communication!

Dave Kippen

How to Achieve Lean IT: Best Practices, Challenges, and Complementary Disciplines

Carol Wedig


11:30 – 12:15pm

Graphical Facilitation Skills 
for Better Communication!

(Continued From the 10:30am session.)

Dave Kippen

Yes, Finance Can Lean Too!

Roxanne Neilson

12:15 – 1:15pm

Lunch & Power Panel Session
Power Panel will begin at 12:30pm

(Lecture Hall)

1:15 – 2:00pm

Strategy Deployment: 
How to get Breakthrough Results

Kris Ferber

Lean Out Recruitment Process

Jaime Schmitt


2:15 – 3:00pm

Meet in the Middle

Jessica Johnson

Lean into I.T.! Tips & Techniques Of Lean Principles in Healthcare and Manufacturing Tammy Miller


3:15 – 4:00pm

Supercharge Your Ideas
with Affinity Brainstorming

Sarah Smith

Lean in Supply Chain

David Jerrett 

4:00 – 4:30pm

Closing Remarks
 Katie Labedz and Jaime Schmitt

(Lecture Hall)

View full session descriptions HERE
Speaker Bios 

Schedule subject to change. 

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to gain valuable insights and knowledge
from the best of the best. Register now for the 2023 N.E.W. Lean Conference!


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