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Celebrating 5 Years of Lean Summits

The Global Lean Summit 2024September 17-19, 2024

Building a Lean Organization

Columbus, Indiana, USA      

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.

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:

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.  

Additional Workshops will be announced shortly.

Our Speakers

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

Jared Thatcher

Author of “The Mistakes that Make Us”, Podcaster, Consultant

Mark Graban

Co-Founder of the Just-in-Time Cafe

Tracy O’Rourke

Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Author, Speaker, Lean Maniac

Paul Akers

Founder – Lean Leadership Academy

Sam McPherson

Lean Consultant, Author, and LinkedIn Learning Instructor

Sam Yankelevitch

Author, Speaker, Lean Consultant

Adam Lawrence

Senior Director Operational Excellence at United States Postal Service

Jewelyn Harrington

Lean Healthcare Executive

Mohamed Saleh

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

John Dyer

Director Of Process Improvement at Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Karil Sampson

COO at Huf Group – Germany

Dirk Fischer

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

More Speaker Announcements Coming Soon

Here’s What People Are Saying About The Last Event


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

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

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

Great Speakers!

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

John Rice-Operational Excellence Manager – USA

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

I feel excited

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

Austėja Stankūnaitė-Head of Operations – Lithuania

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refreshing Knowledge

The refreshing knowledge from the 2022 Virtual Lean Summit

Imoleayo Anthony Osijo-Senior Associate Process Improvement – 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

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.


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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.    By attending the event you grant permission that your image may be captured and used in print, video, and/or electronic medium for commercial, promotional and educational purposes without compensation.  No photography inside the Toyota Material Handling plant will be allowed.

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Location: Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Edinburgh

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

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Join Us For Global Lean Summit

For only $2,400 $1,995 for the in-person event September 17th-19th and

$400 for the optional pre-summit workshops on Monday, September 16th.  

There is limited seating for this in-person event due to the Toyota tour.

Don’t delay and get your seat confirmed now before their gone.