January News from the Iowa Lean Consortium
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ILC 2014 Events

The ILC Event Team has an exciting slate of events planned for 2014. The following events are open for registration:

Kaizen Facilitation Skills and Tools:
an interactive Kaizen event workshop, dedicated to the tried and true Lean methodology known for producing immediate results and sustaining those results. (event reached capacity, waiting list has been initiated)  Learn More.

Lean Learning Strategies with Pella Corporation: The event will begin with a keynote address from Denny Van Zanten, Sr. Group VP of Product Development, Quality, National Account Sales & Customer Service, followed by breakout sessions led by Pella Corporation team members.  It will conclude with a plant and office tour followed by a large group session to share Q&A's and lessons learned.  Register Now.

Lean 101: Principles of Manufacturing: This is a one-day class for those interested in learning and experiencing Lean concepts to improve their work processes and quality.  This event will use a structured simulation to teach the importance of improving processes and information flow within a work environment.  This class is being offered twice, once in Des Moines at DMACC's Southridge Center location and again at Vantec, INC in Webster City.  The Vantec location will include a plant tour at the conclusion of the workshop.

Basic Lean Flow Simulation: This event offers a hands-on simulation with descriptions of basic tools and concepts.  Attendees will be introduced to basic Lean tools and will learn how those tools are used to improve the Value Stream by eliminating waste.  Learn More

More events are being planned and will be announced via email and on the ILC Website.
Lean Blogs
The ILC knows being a "Lean learner" is important in the continuous improvement process.  Here is a list of Lean blogs you might like to read and follow.  Do you have a blog you follow or a blog of your own you would like to add to the list? Let our coordinator know!

Welcome New Members!

Organizational Member:
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
Individual Members:
  • Rachel Momsen
  • Gayla Hoppenworth
  • Lt. Cdr. Kelsey Foster
ILC to Partner with Community Colleges
The Iowa Lean Consortium is pleased to welcome Des Moines Area Community College and Southeastern Community College as new organizational members!  One of the goals the ILC board set forth at the board retreat last December was to connect ILC members with Lean learning opportunities beyond ILC events.  One way we have done this is via the Shared Events Calender and now we are pleased to announce we will also inform you of Lean trainings being offered by SECC and DMACC.  Those events will be listed in the newsletter and on the Shared Events Calendar.  Please note there is a fee associated with the classes as they are not ILC sponsored events (other than the Lean 101 class we are offering on March 18 at DMACC which is free for ILC members).  Welcome SECC and DMACC to the ILC!
Membership Renewal Reminder
Membership renewal notices were sent via email in late November.  Thank you to the many organizations and individuals who have renewed!  If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so today by clicking here.

Do you know an organization or individual  that would benefit from and ILC Membership?  Contact Tracy to provide their contact information and we will follow up with them.

Upcoming Events

Kaizen Event
February 13, 2014

Pella Corp Event (w/tour)
March 6, 2014

Lean 101 Simulation
 (Des Moines)
March 18, 2014

Mike Hoseus Event
April 8, 2014

Lean 101 Simulation
Vantec     (Webster City)
May 15, 2014

Improvement Kata Event
July 16, 2014
Shared Events Calendar Offerings

ILC Members, remember to check the Shared Events Calender for in-house trainings offered by ILC member organizations.  HNI is offering two classes in February and will hold two seats at each for ILC members at no cost.  More events will be added soon!

 ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance.  Membership provides free access to ILC events and more.  Whether you are just starting your Lean journey or have considerable Lean experience, you will find valuable learning opportunities that help you move forward in your journey.  Learn more now and join for the 2014 calendar year!

ILC Call for Presenters Online Form

The ILC is always looking for presenters to partner with us to bring quality events to the ILC Membership.  Would you like to be considered as a presenter for an upcoming event?  

CLICK HERE to complete our NEW Call for Presenters Form and you will be added to our database.


There are new Lean job opportunities posted in the Member's Only Area of the ILC website.  Have a job to post?  Contact the ILC Coordinator.
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