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Fall Conference Registration Now OPEN!

The ILC is pleased to bring you our largest conference in the organization's history!  This year we are offering pre-conference intensive workshops and company tours in addition to our Main Conference.  On October 28th the Main Conference will feature two keynote speakers - Paul Akers and Karl Wadensten AND 8 breakout sessions.   The Fall Conference will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.

You don't want to miss this one!  Registration opened last week for members and seats are filling quickly. 

                             Paul Akers                       Karl Wadensten

Learn More & Register TODAY!

ILC Feature Organization
Veridian Credit Union

Written by Paul Farmer,  Director of Continuous Improvement
Veridian Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by our members. The credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services and employs more than 600 people throughout 27 branches across Iowa and Eastern Nebraska.

Like many organizations, Veridian Credit Union has always explored ways to improve our processes. Those efforts were largely isolated within specific projects in direct response to an identified problem. A few years ago, we recognized the need to analyze lean opportunities more globally and launched an organized effort to apply lean tools to the organization more broadly. Today we are building on that foundation and creating a culture of continuous improvement.

I still consider Veridian to be in an early stage of our global lean journey. My best advice is to start somewhere, and start now.  It can be overwhelming to see other organizations’ continuous improvement programs that have been developed over the last 15-20 years. Start now. Start small, and grow. Pick an area of the organization to start with, go after some quick wins and apply that learning process to larger opportunities.

The ILC has been fantastic at opening doors and giving us learning and networking opportunities.  They have connected us with resources right here in Iowa that would have otherwise required cross-country travel.  Belonging to the ILC has certainly accelerated our lean journey. 

Be a Feature Organization

New Benefits for ILC Members

We are excited to tell you about TWO new benefits for ILC Members:
  1. Members will now be able to register for events 1 week earlier than non-members (two weeks earlier for the Fall Conference).
  2. Members will be given priority over non-members on the event waiting lists.

Not a member and want to enjoy these and the many other benefits of an ILC membership? 

Iowa Lean Champion Nomination Process
Now Open

The Iowa Lean Champion Award honors a leader who has made significant contributions to Lean practices and/or lead a Lean journey and meets the following criteria:
  • Leadership – Recognized Leader in Lean and Continuous Improvement
  • Sustainability – 10 years practicing in a Leadership or Change Agent role
  • Impact – Demonstrated and quantifiable business improvements
  • Principle-Based – Demonstrated key Lean Principles of Respect and Continuous Improvement
  • Influential – Has been a Role Model & Mentor to Others

  • Outreach – Leader in the Community as well as in Business
We are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Lean Champion Award.  Please complete this form to nominate someone for this award by August 26.

The award will be presented at the 2015 Fall Conference.
We believe in continuous improvement! 

Watch for our new website coming this Fall!

Upcoming Events

September 23
Lean Basics
with Dean Bliss
Iowa Memorial Union
Iowa City
Register Now

October 27 & 28
ILC Fall Conference

Register now

November 12
Coaching Leadership for a Lean Culture Transformation

with Mike Hoseus
Hosted By
Black Hawk County

Registration Opening Soon

December 10th
Lean Implementation Strategies
Panel Discussion and Round Table
Hosted by Woodruff Construction
Fort Dodge

Registration Opening Soon


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.
 Shared Training Calendar

Is your organization willing to open in-house trainings and events to ILC members?  Please contact Tracy at with the details.

Members can learn more about the following Shared Training Events by logging into the Members' Only Area of the ILC website and clicking on Shared Training Calendar on the left side of the screen.

September 3
LSS Mapping Skills at Alliant Energy

October 20
Continuous Improvement 101at Pella Corp

October 21
Team Leader Orientation
at Pella Corp

October 28
Sponsor Fundamentals at Pella Corp

CLICK HERE for the full list
ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve performance. 

Membership provides free or  significantly reduced rate 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.
Join Today!

Welcome New Members!

Organizational Members:
  • Great Western Bank
  • University of Iowa Community Credit Union
  • Hoover's Hatchery
  • Infinity Farms
  • FireSprint
Individual Members:
  • Cheryl VanHouweling
  • Theresa Heitman
  • Michael Lewis
  • Steven Wilson
  • Nick Novotny
  • Michael Devine
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