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 SoCal Lean Network

Learning and LEANing Through Sharing

Welcome to the home page for the So Cal Lean Network - the place for all things Lean in San Diego and Southern California!

A Message From The Chair: Hello Everyone and Welcome! 

As part of the new website, SoCal based companies and people will be featured in webinars and podcasts. From the existing website content, we will still feature all information including any job postings, local consultants and current events.

Even though we cannot connect in person, there are lots of ways to plug into the Lean Community virtually! 

There are lots of opportunities! Scroll down to view the upcoming sessions and to register! 

Do you have an opportunity for a virtual tour you would like to make available?

Do you have a summit/conference you would like to let our members know about?

Do you have a job posting you would like to post on SoCalLeanNetwork?

Send a note to Tracy ORourke at tracy@jitcafe.com.


Current Events


8/2-8/5 12:30-2pm ET Each Day
Lean Frontiers Virtual Coaching Summit

Description: The annual Lean Coaching Summit is designed for continuous improvement professionals, or anyone in a lean environment, responsible for directing the work of others. The Summit is focused on action, not theory; so, prepare to log in, learn, and practice key coaching skills. Register here:


August 3-4th AME: Healthcare Lean Summit

The AME Health Care Lean Summit lets you learn directly from the world’s best health care leaders and suppliers. AME has put together a world-class lineup of health care leaders to share insights, best practices, and tools designed to inspire you to move your organization forward on its lean journey — all delivered by health care luminaries with the knowledge and experience to help you grow your enterprise while navigating these uncertain times.
Take away practical knowledge and approaches that you can apply in your organization to transform your operations and take you to the next level of success. You'll hear keynotes by noted thought-leaders Dr. John Toussaint and Jacob Raymer. The summit also includes three virtual tours where you'll see real-time lean tools that are making a difference in operations and the office at Franciscan Alliance, Rogers Behavioral Health and University of Chicago Medicine. 

This summit was designed by those in the health care industry with practitioners, C-level and other leaders (including those in lean and continuous improvement), managers, supervisors, and suppliers from health system, aging continuum, and homecare/hospice in mind.

Register Here


August 5th 11-12pm PT Free Webinar

The Five Habits of Highly Effective Lean Leaders featuring Sammy Obara

Why do some Lean implementations fail? There could be dozens of reasons, but there is one aspect worth focusing on—so we can avoid it—the habits of leaders. Lean implementation works well when leaders focus their efforts. Would you like to be better at evaluating your own effectiveness? Would you like to understand how to overcome the challenges to building better habits?

Come join this this 1-hour webinar with Sammy Obara, a Toyota Production System veteran, for some insights and guidance on how leaders support successful Lean Implementations.

- The core of leadership: Nothing to do with Lean
- The awareness factor
- Bringing focus through urgency
- Structure drives behavior
- Courage to ensure compliance
- Key development

Register Here


August 11th 4:00-5:30pm PT - Free!
Central Coast Lean Coffee

Title: Central Coast Lean Coffee

Description: Lean Coffee is a great way to get and give help to others in our lean community. Although we still do the occasional Lean Leadership Forum, we are currently experimenting with virtual Lean Coffee as a lean way to get lean folks together. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. Future Central Coast Lean Events and Lean Coffee Registration: https://www.purpose-ccl.org/lean-

coffee Aug 11th Lean Coffee: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-coast-virtual-lean-coffee-tickets-155843097901


October 18th-21st: AME International Conference

AME Everywhere 2021

Continuous improvement practitioners know there is no better learning experience than an AME International Conference. Join us from almost anywhere you access the internet, and discover practical ways to apply creative ideas to your business. You’ll learn about best-in-class practices from operational excellence leaders, see lean organizations up-close during facility tours and uncover new ways to empower people within your organization.

Share, learn and grow with the best — all at the 2021 AME International Conference. Registration and Info:


October 20-22nd 2022: Lean in Higher Education (HE) Conference

The Lean HE International conference this year will be fully online.  We are looking forward to welcoming you virtually to Glasgow in October. We will continue to add more information to our website over the coming weeks and months, including information on keynote speakers, conference programme, social events etc. EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS ON 13TH AUGUST 2021 Register here.


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Do you have a Lean tour available in San Diego? Do you have a Lean related job posting? Do you have a Lean podcast interview candidate in mind? Send us a note? We're always looking for more San Diego Lean companies and people to highlight.

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