View this email in your browser
Upcoming Events:
  • Lean Bronze Prep Series – Lean 103 - December 13
  • Lean Coffee Chat Grand Rapids – December 19
  • Lean Application – Jan. 16, 2019
  • Kata Immersion Course – January 29, 2019
  • A year-end event – Moved to end of January 2019
  • Bronze Prep Exam – February 21, 2019
If you have any ideas for events in 2019 or would like to be on the planning team, please respond to this email!
Happy Holidays from Al, Our MLC President!
Now that I have been onboard four months as the MLC President, I thought I would share some information and thoughts with you.

First, I want to officially welcome Allison DeVries to the MLC as our new General Coordinator.  In this capacity, she will assume all the roles of our previous Coordinator position except for website, social media and newsletter responsibilities.  Allison brings a high level of experience, intelligence, and contagious enthusiasm to the MLC.  We are fortunate to have her as a team mate.

Second, we have a new position, Website Coordinator, which is being handled by Lauren Stewart, our former Coordinator.  As Website Coordinator, Lauren will handle all updates to our website, social media, and newsletter.  This allows time for Lauren to manage her expanding journalism career.

Third, I must tell you that my first few months of MLC involvement leaves my mind spinning with the overall experience, dedication, and enthusiasm of our members and leaders.  Our Board has been working hard on the MLC Hoshin with secondary Hoshins being completed by the key Teams:  Annual Conference, Events, Membership, and Volunteering.  Our 2019 will be well planned and exciting!  It will be especially fulfilling for you as members with not only events for you to attend, but also the opportunity for you to lend your many talents in the form of volunteering.  Please give this your thoughtful attention and contact Christine Muscat, our Volunteer Team Co-Lead ( 

I cannot over-emphasize the energy that is building around our growth potential.  Our organizational plans show more events, more members (particularly organizational members), plus a great need for more volunteers.  We will need to perform as we espouse, in a lean manner with robust systems and tools.  Your participation in providing event ideas, joining Teams, and lending a helping hand will be greatly appreciated!

I hope many of you have had the chance to experience some of our recent events:  August Annual Conference, Grand Rapids Lean Annual Conference, Coffee Chats, and lean training sessions.  Please look forward to the Kata Immersion Course in Muskegon on January 29 and our Year-Beginning Conference in the 1st Quarter.

Finally, I wish all of you a blessed holiday season with your family and friends.
News From The Events Team
Karyn Ross speaking at one of our fantastic events this year!
The MLC has reformed its Event Planning team. The team is co-lead by Alen Ganic (Inventory and Asset Manager, City of Grand Rapids) and Pam Kenney (Continuous Improvement Specialist, State of Michigan, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Office of  Performance Management). 

The Event’s Team is made up of over 20 MLC member volunteers from across the state and represents many different industries across the State of Michigan. We have a great representation to ensure we can listen to our member needs for event offerings.
The team has already met several times and is working hard to fill out the calendar of events for 2019. In addition to our Annual MLC conference, the events offered will include:
  • The Annual Healthcare Symposium
  • The Grand Rapids Lean conference (this fall was our first annual – and it was a hit!)
  • 4 to 5 Kata Practitioner events planned throughout the year
  • A 4-hour Kata immersion course, and
  • Lean Coffee events throughout the year and at varying locations
The MLC will continue to offer the Lean Bronze certification course, and are working on offering webinars on hot topics throughout the year, as well!   
It will be an exciting year of topics and events offered to our members and future members! Please check the MLC website for updates as the 2019 Calendar of Events becomes updated. Also,  we welcome your input and feedback on events that you would like to see offered by the MLC. The MLC would love to hear from you if you’ve suggestions or questions. Please feel free to contact:
Alen Ganic (
Pam Kenney ( or
Lucy Young (
Events Team:
Join us for our Lean Coffee Series!
Do you love coffee (or tea)? Do you love networking, sharing lean best practices and solving lean problems together? If yes, we are rolling out a new informal program called Lean Coffee Chats! We will have 60-90 minute sessions in different locations around Michigan.

What are the benefits?
  • Leverage our membership knowledge base
  • Focus on implementation of lean tools
  • Opportunity to network
  • Share best practices
  • Stay connected with other MLC members
  • ALL FOR FREE for members (+ you can bring a non-member guest for FREE too!)
What a typical agenda will look like:
  • Meet and greet
  • Lean implementation topic and brainstorm - bring a topic suggestion or come ready to ask for help with a lean issue you are encountering
  • Learn about MLC and upcoming events
  • Networking
Our next Lean Coffee Chat is on December 19 in Grand Rapids. The host will be Matt Albin from Amway. 
Join our Facebook Group to network, connect, grow and learn!

We also have a new Linkedin page! Click here to connect to get job opportunities, lean articles, and new announcements! 
Did you know?
The MLC website has tons of resources for you to use! 

You can check out our recommended books, videos, links, job postings, look at past newsletters, and much more. 
Did you know that we have MLC T-Shirts for sale? These would make a great Christmas gift for the lean practitioners in your life!

They are on sale for $20! Click here to purchase before they sell out.
Copyright © 2018 Michigan Lean Consortium, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list