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2014 Fall Conference
Creating A Lean Culture

October 2, 2014
Cedar Rapids Marriott

Registration is open!
Less than 50 seats remain!
The Iowa Lean Consortium is pleased to bring you this year's Fall Conference. This year's theme is Creating a Lean Culture and our Keynote Speaker is David Mann, author of Creating a Lean Culture:  Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions.  David will present an interactive keynote address which will be followed by breakout sessions - we have 8 breakout sessions for you to choose from this year!  This will be the largest conference in our history and we expect it to reach capacity so don't wait, register TODAY! 

Lean Healthcare

By Janet Lacey, RN, ILC Board Member

I work in healthcare. Unfortunately, it seems that healthcare has lagged behind others such as manufacturing and business to adopt Lean principles and practices. Yet what entity needs it more? We certainly have a burning platform for change. The 3rd leading cause of death in the United States is medical error. Even so, there are still excuses made for dismissing Standard Work based on proven best practices. “Every patient is different.” “Cookbook” medicine doesn’t work.” “We can’t have staff away from work for three days at a Kaizen.” “We deal in people-not widgets. “ Yes-we do deal in people. Not just people, but husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. We have taken on the responsibility for these people’s health and well-being and it’s time for us to quit making excuses ...continue reading
Lean Champion Award
Now Accepting Nominations
The ILC created the Lean Champion Award in 2012 to honor a leader who has made significant contributions to Lean practices and / or lead a Lean journey for 10 years or more.  We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 ILC Lean Champion Award which will be presented at the Fall Conference on Oct. 2. You can read more about past winners HERE.

To nominate someone for the Iowa Lean Champion Award, email Tracy at providing the nominee's name, place of work, current title and a few paragraphs explaining why you want to nominate them.  Nominations will be accepted until September 5, 2014.

Welcome New Members!

Organizational Members:
  • Kyoger (Waterloo)
  • Modine Manufacturing Co (Washington)
Individual Members:
  • Jamie Schmidt
  • Lynette Kenne
  • Namit Prasad
  • Stephanie Baker
Ernie Richardson teaches about Gemba walks.  Thanks to Nationwide Insurance
for hosting this great event!

Upcoming Events

If Not You, Then Who? 
Leadership & Personal Engagement
w/Dan Sullivan, TBM Consulting Group

John Deere
August 26

ILC Fall Conference
Keynote: David Mann
(Cedar Rapids)
October 2

Plant Tour
Hagie Manufacturing
November 3

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.
Upcoming Trainings on the Shared Training Calendar

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

 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 .

Rates are currently pro-rated for new organizational members!

Do You Love to Lean?
In keeping with its core values of providing collaborative learning opportunities, the ILC wants to connect individuals who are passionate about Lean and are willing to be an "extra set of eyes" for ILC member organizations that are running an in-house Lean event.  If you are interested in helping an ILC organization by providing  an outside perspective during their Lean event, please complete this form to be added to our database.

ILC member organizations looking for volunteers to provide feedback during their events should contact the ILC coordinator at to obtain a list of volunteers.

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