industry tracks

leadership: People, Purpose, & Passion

Today, Lean is used in many industries.

Not only are we going to cover Lean as a whole, but also dive deep into your specific career track, giving you principles and tools so you can repeat and apply in your environment.

4 Industry tracks


Learn tools and techniques to help your health system lower costs, improve process efficiencies, and develop opportunities for better patient outcomes.


Learn and discuss opportunities to reduce process complexity, rework systems to increase speed and accuracy and reduce waste.

Higher Ed. / Non-Profit

Learn how some higher educational institutions are using continuous improvement principles to transform their organizations through application of the tools and techniques.


Learn value-add content that can be applied right away after returning home from the summit. The business track includes industries such as manufacturing, landscape, construction, and many more!

Breakout Speakers for Your Track

Business Track Partner

Striving to help companies seek continuous improvement in all areas.

business track

breakout speakers

Dan Davis

Continuous Improvement Leader

I love continuous improvement. Extremely passionate in teaching and simplifying concepts to help companies shift their culture to make it a place that it is everyone’s responsibility to improve.

Steve Kane

Teacher, Coach, and Mentor of Lean Leaders Gemba Academy

Influential, methodical and consultative business operations advisor and coach with more than fifteen years of proven experience in manufacturing and Lean / Continuous Improvement.

Government Track Partner

Striving to help companies seek continuous improvement in all areas.

Government track

breakout speakers

Brad Brown

Deputy Chief of Support Services
Grand Rapids Fire Department

Brad started his fire service career in 1996 and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Support Services for the Grand Rapids, MI fire department, Chief Operating Officer for Invica Performance Improvement, LLC, and Senior Consultant for Fitch and Associates.

Matthew Singh

Director of Operational Excellence
State of Nebraska

Matthew is an experienced administrator and nationally recognized operational excellence and continuous improvement expert. He is currently serving as the Director and Master Black Belt for the State of Nebraska’s Center of Operational Excellence.

Dean Schroeder

Professor | Author | Consultant

Dean M. Schroeder helps organizations improve management outcomes. His recently released book, Practical Innovation in Government: How Front-Line Leaders are Transforming Public-Sector Organizations, co-authored with Alan Robinson, has alrady been recognized as one of the most important books published on continuous improvement in government.

Higher Ed. Track Partner

Striving to help companies seek continuous improvement in all areas.

Higher Ed. & Non-Profit track

breakout speakers

Lee Campe

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt x4 | Dad | Army Ranger | Lecturer | Professor

Lee Campe, is the President of Performance Excellence Inc. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Lee is a proven Lean Six Sigma deployment leader with a wide array of expertise in all facets of business and Continuous Improvement. He also is one of the few instructors with extensive experience in Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and Innovation through design thinking. Lee also served as a US Army Ranger.

Debra Levantrosser & Ruth Archer

Advancing Lean in Higher Ed
Michigan Technological University

Debra: With 25+ years strategizing and implementing lean in industry Debra found herself at the University of Michigan where she teaches lean in the College of Engineering in a full time capacity. She is excited to share how U of M prepares its engineers and business majors for implementing lean.

Ruth: Facilitating continuous improvement (kaizen!) events. Providing dynamic, relevant, interactive training and education. Great at problem solving, initiative, and resourcefulness.

Healthcare Track Partner

Striving to help companies seek continuous improvement in all areas.

Healthcare track

breakout speakers

Edward Blackman & Dale Gregory

Adavancing Lean at ADM

Edward: Edward Blackman joined ADM as Global Director of the Enterprise Process Office in 2021. He has over 20 years of transformational continuous improvement experience working with companies like Dematic, Whirlpool, Spectrum Health and Meijer.

Dale: Dale has been applying Continuous Improvement for over five years while also developing and implementing his skillsets in Instructional Design, Learning and Development, and Agile.


Ken Segel

Chief Executive Officer at Value Capture LLC

Ken is the CEO and co-founder of Value Capture. In this role as CEO, Ken provides support to CEOs of healthcare organizations dedicated to eliminating injuries and improving quality as a means to dramatically raise the clinical and financial performance of the entire institution. Prior to Value Capture, Mr. Segel served as the founding director of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (PRHI). PRHI achieved best-in-nation regional results in the elimination of several classes of risk for patients and served as one of the first proofs that operational excellence was possible in healthcare. He is a certified facilitator of the Shingo Institute.

Louie Hendon

NI Administrator – Sleep Clinic / NI CI Administrative Director at Cleveland Clinic

Louie A. E. Hendon, III is the Administrator for the Sleep Disorders Center and the Administrative Director for Continuous Improvement in the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic. Prior to this current role, Louie spent 8.5 years as a Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist for the Cleveland Clinic assigned to implement a Culture of Improvement at Hillcrest Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital. 

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