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Global Lean Summit


A Passion For Lean

In the midst of the COVID shutdowns Jared Thatcher had many friends that owned small businesses who were on the verge of bankruptcy. He knew that if they understood the principles of Lean they could ‘bounce back’. In an effort to help as many as possible, Jared hosted what he thought would be a one-time free virtual Lean summit. What began as a response to crisis and giving back to the community, quickly evolved into an annual event, thanks to the overwhelming support and positive feedback from both attendees and speakers. Today, he runs two events. The first is the Virtual Lean Summit, a free event, giving back to the community that has supported him. And the second is an in-person event, the Global Lean Summit, designed to help companies break past barriers to Lean implementation so they can create a thriving Lean Thinking culture in their organizations.

"My vision for these Summits is simple: create an event where every speaker, every session, every interaction leaves you feeling enriched, enlightened, and eager for more. An experience that creates unparralleled value for the participants and their organizations."

-Jared Thatcher, Host and Founder

Our Team

Jared’s journey into the world of Lean began over two decades ago when he was the manufacturing plant administrative manager at Kimber of America. Later at Daimler Trucks North America, he was part of the global effort to bring Lean Thinking into the office side of the business. While in the project management office, his team saved Daimler over $1.1 billion dollars over three years. He was recruited by a consulting firm where he helped with Lean implementation at organizations like Nike, Mercy Corps, Portland General Electric, and many others. He was the Business Transformation Designer at Alaska Airlines restarting their Lean department, and for the last five years has worked on Lean implementation in government. He holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and attended EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Anna Thatcher brings a wealth of experience as a project manager with a background in both large and start-up companies. She has joined the Global Lean Summit and looks forward to implementing best practices from previous summits to have another outstanding event! Anna’s educational background includes a degree in Economics from Portland State University, she a certified Scrum Master, and holds Certificates in Technical Project Management and Business Analytics from MIT xpro and the Harvard Business Analytics program. She is very passionate about Lean and applying its principles in daily life!


At the end of this year, we have had the privilege of working with over 160 speakers from around the world addressing an audience spread across 95 countries. Our speakers are thought leaders, authors, experts and practitioners of Lean and other fields. In addition to Lean, we have had experts in Operational Excellence, Change Management, Design Thinking, Agile, Supply Chain and many other business disciplines helping their organizations to improve. Our speakers are dedicated to helping our attendees gain critical skills and improve their knowledge to be able do the same thing for their organizations.

Act Now! Space is Limited

GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE: You and your team will gain the most out of this Summit if you come as a group. As an incentive to encourage you to bring your team we offer the following discounts: From 3 to 9 team members you receive a 10% discount (use code: GROUP10 at checkout); for 10+ team members you receive a 20% discount (use code: GROUP20 at checkout).

Ticket Information

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$2,400 /Ticket

$1,995 /Ticket

Early Bird Pricing

Price Increases on May 31st

Global Lean Summit

SEPT. 17-19


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Early Bird Pricing

Price Increases on May 31st

Global Lean Summit

SEPT. 16-19

Cancellation, Postponement, Substitution, and Video and Photography Policies:

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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