2016 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference

Our fifth annual Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference

on 18-19 October was a great success!


Conference Attractions:

The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference featured:

  • Four keynote presentations by prominent thought leaders and lean transformation experts
  • 32 concurrent presentations sessions over two days spanning lean thinking, leadership, culture change, and related topics
  • A dedicated track of four Lean Government presentations on the 18th, and a four-presentation track on Lean Healthcare on the 19th
  • Exhibits, poster sessions and displays
  • Networking, happy hour, and group mixers
  • Lean Leadership award presentation and lean training course graduation
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch meals and afternoon refreshments included
  • The Maryland World Class Consortia's 20th Anniversary Celebration

One-page at-a-glance conference agenda and presentations here.

Download the full conference daybook here.

The one-page printable conference flyer here.

View our twentieth anniversary celebration press release here.

Keynote Speakers:


Bruce Hamilton: President, Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership; Multi-Award-Winning Author, Toast Kaizen and other titles

Bruce Hamilton is President of GBMP, a non-profit dedicated to improving competitiveness through continuous improvement principles. Bruce is a 30-year student of Lean, and he is also Director Emeritus for the Shingo Institute, which has been called "the Nobel Prize of Operational Excellence." Bruce is the creator of five Shingo Prize-winning titles.  He is an Inductee to both the Shingo Academy, and the AME Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Bruce is a sought after speaker, facilitator, and advisor, and has a special understanding of management's role in Lean transformation.

Drew Locher: Managing Director, Change Management Associates; Multi-Award-Winning Author, Lean Office and Service Simplified and other titles

Drew Locher is Managing Director of CMA, which assists organizations in applying Systems and Quality Management principles to improve business performance. Since 1986 and his work with General Electric, Drew has dedicated himself to process improvement. Since 2001, Drew has been a faculty member with the Lean Enterprise Institute. He also is on the faculty of the University of Michigan and the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Drew has two books that have won the Shingo Prize: The Complete Lean Enterprise and Lean Office &  Service Simplified.  

George Trachilis: Co-Founder, Lean Leadership Institute; Award-Winning Co-Author of Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels

George Trachilis is Co-Founder and President of the Lean Leadership Institute. An engineer and entrepreneur, George visits Japan each year to deepen his understanding of Lean principles and how people can apply them to achieve improved results. George works with people in an online setting, where he introduces the Toyota Way, Toyota Kata, and Harada Method bodies of knowledge. Together with Jeff Liker, George recently co-authored Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels, winner of the prestigious Shingo Prize.

Mike Wroblewski: President, Dantotsu Consulting LLC; Award-Winning Co-Author of Creating a Kaizen Culture

Mike Wroblewski is President of Dantotsu Consulting, supporting clients with Lean transformation, organizational culture change, people development, and continuous improvement. Mike has studied continuous improvement for over 25 years. He is one of the small handful of American engineers and business leaders to study directly under Shigeo Shingo, one of the fathers of the Toyota Production System.  Mike co-authored the book Creating a Kaizen Culture, which won the Shingo Prize in 2015.








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