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

Heidi Peterson

Vice President Operations

I am an executive change agent with 21 years of experience in automotive , motion control industry, commercial cleaning solutions and office furniture industry.

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.

Rick Foreman

Leadership & Lean Transformation Expert
Tongrun International & John Maxwell Team

Operational excellence leader specializing in leadership development and coaching, mentoring, and lean implementation, from a hands on perspective. 

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.

Karyn Ross

Kind Leadership
The New School for Kind Leaders

Karyn is on a mission to Help People Create a Kinder, Better World. An award-winning author, Karyn’s sixth book, The Kind Leader: A Practical Guide to Eliminating Fear, Creating Trust and Leading with Kindness is a must read for everyone who leads people at work, at home and in the community.

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

breakout speakers

Matrina Postan

Consultant | Coach | Speaker | Facilitator

Trina is a catalyst for positive change with a track record of engaging executives and staff members to
generate new ideas and increase overall performance. She is skilled at creating strategic alignment of
people, purpose, and procedure to create exceptional customer experiences and drive business
results. Trina enjoys leading cross functional teams to develop integrated, lean processes. 

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.

Charlie Protzman

CEO of BIG, Shingo-Prize Winning Author, Master Lean Consultant

Charlie is an international business consultant, multiple Shingo Prize-winning author, speaker, trainer, leadership coach and Implementer in Lean Business Delivery systems. Charlie has over 36 years experience in Materials and Operations Management and has saved his clients millions of dollars.

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