Iowa Lean Insider-News from the Iowa Lean Consortium August 2012
Iowa Lean Consortium

John Shook Coming to Iowa

John ShookThe Iowa Lean Consortium is pleased to announce John Shook, Chairman and CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute, will be the Keynote speaker at the Oct. 2nd  ILC Conference Creating A Problem Solving Culture at Vermeer Corporation in Pella.  Mr. Shook is recognized as a "true sensei" who shares his knowledge and insights with the Lean Community and with those who have not yet made the the Lean leap.

You DO NOT want to miss this event.  It will be an opportunity to learn from a Lean expert and share ideas with others on the Lean journey.  There will be time for discussion with other attendees after the Keynote and afternoon breakout sessions focusing on A3 Problem Solving.  CLICK HERE to learn more and register for this event TODAY!

ILC Board Member Recognized

ILC board member Dean Bliss received recognition from Mark Graban, noted Lean consultant and author, for his Lean Overview Webinar.  Mark noted that Dean's webinar "serves as a good introduction for those of you who are new to Lean or new to healthcare." Check out Mark's comments and Dean's webinar at:

Welcome New Members!

We welcome the following members to the Iowa Lean Consortium.  Not a member?  Join Today and start attending ILC events for FREE!
  • University of Iowa Foundation
  • Grinnell Regional Medical Center
  • City of Mason City
  • WHY! Consulting
  • Kerry Adaway -FBL Financial
  • Todd Ross-FBL Financial
  • Karie Gauze-FBL Financial
  • Lynn Michl -CFO Systems
  • Dave Everett-Sammons Financial Group
  • Scott Sorheim-Lean Technologies
ILC Booth at ABI Conference

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the ILC Booth at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Taking Care of Business Conference in June.  We had the opportunity to tell many people about the valuable services the ILC delivers to its members.

Congratulations to Mike Boyle from Interpower who won the $100 Kum and Go Gift card and Lynn Michl from CFO Systems who won a one year ILC Membership
ILC Booth at ABI

Questions?  Have suggestions for our next issue of the Iowa Lean Insider or an ILC learning opportunity?  Contact ILC Coordinator Tracy Schuster at or 515-259-0554.
Ellen Gaucher

Thank You Wellmark!

Thank you to Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for hosting a fantastic learning event in July.  Attendees heard from Executive VP Ellen Gaucher who told the Wellmark Lean story and shared lessons learned.  Participants spent the afternoon learning about process walks, executive engagement and much more!  Members can log into the Member's Area of the website to obtain the presentations from the event.
Join the ILC

Join the ILC!

If you are not a member of the Iowa Lean Consortium, we invite you to JOIN TODAY!  ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve their performance.  Membership provides free access to ILC events and more, allowing you to see Lean in action and network with Lean practitioners.  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.  CLICK HERE to learn more now.
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