Celebrating 5 Years of Lean Summits

The Global Lean Summit 2024
September 17-19, 2024

Building a Lean Organization

Columbus, Indiana, USA      


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What Sets This Event Apart?

Most conferences assemble a mix of speakers that simply share their thought about a topic with you. You leave the event with a few good ideas, but lacking the solution or knowledge you were hoping to get from the event.

This is the difference with the Global Lean Summit, we have created a curriculum, a journey, to provide you with the value you're looking for. Our focus is to provide you with tangible results you can use.  Bring your asks, your problems, and our speakers and staff are committed to coaching and mentoring you to come away with the roadmap to get the results you deserve.

We are using Lean principles to design the experience that you want.

  • Personalized Tour of a Toyota Plant
  • Innovative Presentations
  • Creative Problem-Solving Workshops
  • Personal Consultations
  • Industry Experts
  • Interactive Networking

September 17, 18, & 19

THEME: Building a Lean Organization

Developing a Lean Organization is designed to help you craft a customized roadmap for transforming your organization and creating a sustainable improvement culture.  

DAY 1: Creating a Successful Lean Culture

The day starts by reviewing the elements necessary for establishing a successful Lean Management System and discussing those roadblocks and obstacles that will hinder it.  Learn solutions, share ideas, and start developing your roadmap to creating a robust and sustainable Lean culture. The day will prepare you for what to look for when we visit Toyota on day 2.

DAY 2: the TOYOTA Experience

Spending the entire day at Toyota Material Handling.  Get a chance to tour their production line, visit their Obeya room, talk with Toyota employees, and see for yourself all of the things you've always wanted to see.  This will be a day you will always remember.  See theory in practice.

DAY 3: Your Lean Management Roadmap

We've learned what makes a successful Lean Management System on day 1.  We've seen a successful Lean Management System on day 2 when we visited Toyota.  Day 3 is all about developing your own Lean Management Roadmap that will help you roll out or sustain your efforts at work.  The Global Lean Summit is different from any other conference because our speakers are here to help you develop your roadmap and answer the questions you have.  This will be an incredible day with a roadmap you will use long after the summit is over.

Former attendees all say the same thing, that this was the most impactful and useful day of any conference or training that they have ever  attended.  Looking forward to seeing what you create!

September 16

Optional Pre-Summit Workshops: Strengthening Your Competencies

Lean is about continuous improvement.  Take advantage of these excellent workshops designed to help increase your knowledge and skills.

Price: $400 for an all-day pass on this bonus day.

Half-Day Workshops: 5 Confirmed

A number of half-day workshops are confirmed, with more being added:

  • A Demo in Lean Excellence: Using Style 4 Leadership Empowerment
  • Embracing the Situational Leadership Model in Lean Leadership
  • Unlocking Millions: Transforming Shop Floor Wisdom into Lean Office Management
  • Sustainable Leadership - Engage and Empower Your Teams to Produce Lasting Results Using the Wheel of Sustainability
  • Lean Foundations for Leader Engagement & Strategic Deployment

Full-Day Workshop

This full-day workshop will focus on providing you with the detailed knowledge you're looking for to take your skills to the next level.  

  • Setting Up Your Obeya Room

Additional Workshops will be announced shortly.

Our Speakers

Host of the Virtual Lean Summit, Author of Parenting the Lean Way

Jared Thatcher

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Jared is host of the Global Lean Summit and the Virtual Lean Summit, which he started in 2020 as a response to help small businessowners struggling as a result of the COVID lockdowns. Demand for an in-person event has led to this first global summit. Jared has worked as a Lean consultant for companies like Nike, Mercy Corps, Alaska Airlines, Daimler Trucks, among others, and currently works in government applying Lean.

Author of "The Mistakes that Make Us", Podcaster, Consultant

Mark Graban

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, professional speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur. He builds upon a deep education in engineering and management with practical experience working with executives and frontline employees in multiple industries to synthesize and practice methods including Lean management, continuous improvement, statistical methods, and people-centered leadership approaches.He has learned, practiced, and taught these methodologies in settings including manufacturing, healthcare, and technology startups. Working independently since 2010 and in partnership with other consulting groups, Mark enjoys working with organizations looking for better ways to improve, with leaders willing to lead that charge. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the software company KaiNexus

Co-Founder of the
Just-in-Time Cafe

Tracy O'Rourke

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Tracy O’Rourke is the Co-author of "The Problem-Solver's Toolkit"; Co-Founder of the Just-in-Time Cafe, The SoCalLeanNetwork Chair, A member of the AME Western Region Board, an instructor at UC San Diego for the Green Belt and the Lean Six Sigma Leadership Course, and lastly, Tracy is a self-proclaimed process improvement ZEALOT!

Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Author, Speaker, Lean Maniac

Paul Akers

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Paul is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company with distribution in over 40 countries. FastCap, based in Ferndale, Washington, launches 30+ new innovative products each year and is regarded as a model Lean manufacturer.

The grandchild of Greek immigrants, Paul was born and raised in Southern California. At the age 14 he became an Eagle Scout, at 16 he built his own guitar and earned the attention of guitar builder Bob Taylor, who mentored and eventually put Paul to work for Taylor Guitars.

Paul graduated with honors from Biola University and then went to work in Pasadena restoring historic homes and teaching High school industrial arts.

In 2000, Paul discovered Lean manufacturing or Toyota Production System (TPS). This newfound knowledge helped him and his wife Leanne take FastCap from a small start up in their garage into the successful product development company it is today.

In 2010 Paul ran for the US Senate in Washington State on a Lean platform of transforming government by developing Lean thinking as a key strategy for all government organizations.

Paul is an avid outdoorsman and 2 time ironman that surfs, runs, swims, bikes, and has summited many 14,000 foot mountains, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, and trekking to Everest Base Camp. He is also an instrument-rated pilot and has flown his plane all over the world, including 3 North Atlantic crossings in a single engine aircraft.

Paul is an energetic speaker whose core passion is helping people discover their full potential and showing others how to implement Lean in their business and personal life. Paul’s passion for Lean has taken him around the world to over 70 countries to work and speak.

Paul has written 5 books, "2 Second Lean", "Lean Health", "Lean Travel", Lean Life, and "Banish Sloppiness".

Founder - Lean Leadership Academy

Sam McPherson

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Sam McPherson retired in 2004 as the U.S. Army Special Forces director of training and private sector operational leadership in 2007. In 2011, he co-founded the Lean Leadership Academy to help organizations develop their organizational leadership pipeline and properly implement TPS as a comprehensive system to achieve business and organizational excellence.

Lean Consultant, Author, and LinkedIn Learning Instructor

Sam Yankelevitch

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Sam Yankelevitch maintains he is too old to grow up, too young to stop learning and delighted to give back.

As a former global operations executive in the automotive sector, Sam has a few lessons to share. Whether as a Linkedin Learning instructor, book author or speaker, Sam provides thought provoking experiences related to culture change, communication, project management and problem solving, from before the word Lean was coined. By bridging communication with Lean, Kaizen and quality principles, he opens a hidden gate to help reduce a common source of waste caused by human misunderstandings. Sam’s online courses have been viewed by almost 600,000 learners worldwide. BMW, John Deere, and GKN aerospace, are a few of the companies Sam has worked with. Walking the invisible Gemba, Lean Potion #9:
Communication - The Next Lean Frontier and An Interview with Failure are his latest publications, along with some new Linkedin Learning courses, which integrate Lean, communication and culture.

After publishing his first fiction novel, Sam is often thought of as the guy who interviewed failure. He has spoken internationally at conferences and corporate events and is fully bilingual in both Spanish and English.

Author, Speaker, Lean Consultant

Adam Lawrence

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Adam Lawrence is the Managing Partner of Process Improvement Partners, LLC. He has 30+ years of experience in process improvement activities, targeted at manufacturing and business processes. Having facilitated 300+ Kaizen events in multiple industries around the world, Adam aligns with leadership, engages teams, and creates sustainable results. Adam has mastered the use of many different process improvement methodologies, allowing him to implement the best strategy for each organization’s goals and objectives. He develops sessions that are fun, engaging, and laser-focused. Adam is 100 percent committed to ensuring the team has a winning result and a fantastic experience. Married to his wonderful wife, Peggy, for over 30 years, they have one son (Tyler, his IT department). Adam grew up in the Washington, DC area and received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. He earned Lean certifications from the University of Michigan. Adam enjoys time with family and friends, loud music, traveling, the many great clients he has worked with (his extended family), and his many business adventures. The Wheel of Sustainability is his first book.

Senior Director Operational Excellence at United States Postal Service

Jewelyn Harrington

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Currently working in the United States Postal Service in their Operational Excellence group, Jewelyn is working to change the culture to embrace Lean thinking. Jewelyn is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history in cultural transformation, structured problem solving, team development and operations. Skilled in Value Stream Mapping, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Black Belt, Quality Management, and Industrial Engineering. Strong operations professional graduated from The Ohio State University.

Lean Healthcare Executive

Mohamed Saleh

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Dr. Mohamed Saleh is a thought leader in shifting cultural mindsets by redesigning business systems.  He has a successful track record anchored in two decades of hands-on transformations with a strong interest in making a global difference by providing distinctive leading-edge Lean-inspired education and advisory services aimed at helping organizations in an array of industries achieve the highest levels of performance excellence.  Mohamed's roles in these companies were centered around Lean transformations with much of his career serving in senior level roles.  He has a PhD in Business Administrations from Northcentral University, with a specific interest in organizational sociocharacteristics, technical characteristics of Lean Implementations, and leadership mindsets in healthcare organizations.

Author, Speaker, Teacher, Consultant in Team Based Continuous Process Improvement

John Dyer

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Please contact me if you are interested in learning how to experience significant, sustainable improvements within your company. I have had the opportunity over the years to work with many great global companies on a variety of Continuous Improvement and Operational Excellence initiatives. I have also had the opportunity to assess and provide feedback to company leaders on their Lean and Six Sigma efforts (including as a judge for the IndustryWeek 'Best Plants' assessment process). Maybe my 30 years of experience in the Process Improvement arena could help your business achieve improved Customer Satisfaction and significant growth.

Also, be sure to read my articles on the Industry Week web site. www.industryWeek.com/author/john-dyer

Director Of Process Improvement at Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Karil Sampson

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Karil has worked in the field of process improvement for 20 years. His journey has taken him through property insurance, information technology, academia, medical devices and public sectors. He has made a career of reminding people that complicated systems are made of  simple components.

COO at Huf Group - Germany

Dirk Fischer

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Dirk has 30 years experience in Automotive TIER 1 operations. He started learning TPS in 1996. Since then he has always been implementing TPS as a Plant Manager, a General Manager, a VP of Operations and as a COO. Dirk is always had a strong focus on improving QCDSM, to turn around and restructure environments. He is currently the COO of the Huf Group and has been transforming their global operations to embrace a Lean culture of continuous improvement thinking.

Speaker, Business Strategist, Author, Equity Change Agent, Lean Consultant

Joy E. Mason

Operations Management Consultant and Toyota Production System Expert

Hide Oba - 大庭英嗣

Speaker, Lean Consultant

Jeff Gray

Founder at 
GoodStrategy Consulting

Tom Jackson

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Tom Jackson is an economist, strategist and consultant. Tom has been a student of lean enterprise since 1988 when he copyedited Hiroyuki Hirano’s JIT Factory Revolution and Yasuhiro Monden’s Japanese Management Accounting for Productivity Press. In 1992, he abandoned his comfortable professorship at the University of Vermont to start an international joint venture with lean pioneer Norman Bodek. Tom returned to the U.S. to work for Norman as his Vice President of Strategy. He eventually became CEO of Productivity Press and Productivity Inc., Norman’s ground breaking lean publishing and consulting companies. In 2000, Tom left the Productivity family to work for private equity and start a couple more consulting firms, taktX LLC and Rona Consulting Group. Tom has traveled the four continents applying lean principles to the design and production of automobiles, automotive springs, gas products, athletic shoes and apparel, cardboard boxes, semiconductors, elevators, cell phones, window and door seals, refrigerators, washing machines, grain bins, chicken feeders, natural gas regulators and the delivery of healthcare and social services. In 2020, Tom retired to Louisville, Kentucky, where he launched a new venture, GoodStrategy, a consultancy focused on applying hoshin kanri to improve the leadership and management of public and private organizations. Tom’s publications include Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise, which was awarded the Shingo Prize for Research Excellence in 2006. He is also the series editor of six books of the Lean Tools for Healthcare Series, including Mapping Clinical Value Streams, which Tom authored himself. In 2024, Tom will publish the 2nd edition of Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise.

More Speaker Announcements Coming Soon

Here’s What People Are Saying About The Last Event


Having Fun

Thanks to Jared Thatcher for the Virtual Lean Summit again this year. Having fun and sharing stories from and to the world. Learning from and giving to each other around the world, everyday is school day!!

Garry Masters - Lean Trainer and Coach - England

Classy Speakers and Valuable Content

This summit is one of the greatest I attended as well.
Besides classy speakers and valuable content, I also very much appreciate participants’ being active in chat and sharing own experiences, readings, etc. Thank You so much for this summit! For people who want to “grow” it is more than incredible.

Austeja Stankunaite - Head of Operations - Lithuania

This Event is Phenomenal & I had a Blast

This event is phenomenal, and I had a blast with your international audience during my session!

Lee Rubin - Key Note Speaker - USA

Intensive and joyful learning

It was a wonderful three days experience of intensive and joyful learning, #vls22. My pleasure to meet and interact with diverse industry experts and academics from around the globe.
No better way to learn about Lean than to hear directly from people who have dealt with the challenges, resolved the issues at the front lines, and have achieved successes in their respective #leantransformation journeys.

Sandeep Batra - Director of Continuous Improvement - Germany

So Many Thought Leaders

You have made this a hugely successful summit Jared, coordinating so much value from so many thought leaders.

Mike Denison - Founder Lean Mentor International - UK

A great Learning Experience

Being a part of #vls22 for three days last week was so much fun and a great learning experience. It was my pleasure to meet all lean enthusiasts across the world. I appreciate the way you structured the summit to make it more interactive.

Meghana Mahesh - Director of Operations - India

Refreshing Knowledge

The refreshing knowledge from the 2022 Virtual Lean Summit

Imoleayo Anthony Osijo - Senior Associate Process Improvement - USA

A Great Learning Event

It is most definitely going to be a great learning event across several days.

Tracey Richardson - Founder of Teaching Lean Inc. - USA

Thank You For Inspiring Me

I attended your virtual lean conference and - WOW! - that was a great week spending time with great minds in my field. Well Done! Thank you for inspiring me.

Amy Flores - Continuous Improvement Manager - USA

Best Summit Ever!

I had attended some summits :), and this is one of the best summit ever 👏👏👏🍀 I learned a lot from passionate experts at today session. Thank you.

Diem Nguyen - Sr. Production Engineer - Vietnam

Great Speakers!

Great first day at the Virtual Lean Summit 22. The presenters were all great!

John Rice - Operational Excellence Manager - USA

Great day

Great presentations, great people, great day 👍

Ari Väisänen - Lean Manager - Finland

Super instructive

The Virtual Lean Summit 2022 was super instructive and a fun summit!

Silvia Diniz Carneiro Leão - Process Improvement Consultant - Portugal

Well worth staying up past midnight

Great to hear from experts in the field of Lean and Continuous Improvement as they shared their experiences around this years theme of "Achieving a Continuous Improvement culture".. something which we are constantly striving for within Police Scotland. The icing on the cake was joining the fireside chat with Ritsuo Shingo tonight. Well worth staying up past midnight to hear some words of wisdom from the man himself! Lots of notes taken

Lesley-Anne Gourlay - Continuous Improvement Lead - Scotland

Loving the conversations

Loving the conversations and being able to network & connect with Lean practitioner's from around the world today at the Virtual Lean Summit with Jared Thatcher

Thomas Lencki Jr - Senior Process Engineer - USA

I feel excited

I feel excited to dive into the waters of LEAN knowledge sharing!

Austėja Stankūnaitė - Head of Operations - Lithuania

Global Lean Summit Ticket Pricing 

Join us in Columbus, Indiana, from September 17-19, 2024, for an immersive experience at Toyota that goes "Beyond the Tools" to develop your Lean organization.
Take advantage of our bonus Pre-Summit workshops for only $400 more and strengthen your Lean competencies.


Early-Bird Pricing

Price Increases on April 30th

Global Lean Summit

SEPT. 17-19




  • Pre-Summit Virtual Session on August 14th
  • Ticket to the Global Lean Summit September 17-19th

Early-Bird Pricing

Price Increases on April 30th

Global Lean Summit

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Pre-Summit Workshops





  • Pre-Summit Virtual Session on August 14th
  • Pre-Summit Workshops Monday, September 16th
  • Ticket to the Global Lean Summit September 17-19th

Cancellation, Postponement, Substitution, and Video and Photography Policy:
We understand that things can change and you can receive a full refund if requested before April 30th. After that date and before August 1st a 10% cancellation fee will apply, with no refunds available after that date.  Substitutions are available at any time.
  The Global Lean Summit (GLS) is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of a substitution, alteration or cancellation/postponement of an event. GLS shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event this summit is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to a fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrence or any other event that renders performance of this summit impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, government authority, extreme weather or other emergency.
    Please note that while speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing, circumstances beyond the control of the organizers may necessitate substitutions, alterations or cancellations of the speakers and/or topics. As such, the Global Lean Summit reserves the right to alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics and workshops if necessary without any liability. Any substitutions or alterations will be updated on our web page as soon as possible.
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More details on the summit reach out to:

  • jared@virtualleansummit.com
  • 971-352-1301

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Edinburgh

12210 N Executive Dr
Edinburgh, Indiana 46124
+1 812-526-8600

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