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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: 


The SoCal Lean Network has a new website!

We are moving from socalleannetwork.org to socalleannetwork.com.

There will be a re-direct to the new website.

As part of the new website, San Diego 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.

April is getting started with a lot of activity!

There is a book club featuring Katie Anderson’s book Learning to Lean, Leading To Learn. There are 3 dates: 4/7, 4/21 and 5/5. Join for one or all three.

There are four upcoming summits/conferences:

Central Coast Lean Virtual Summit – 4/26 – featuring Los Angeles based, Mark Graban

AME’s Operational Excellence Summit – 4/27-29 featuring San Diego’s HM Electronics, Rick Sunamoto.

Colorado Lean Network is hosting a healthcare panel 5/3 featuring Brian Hand from UCSD Health

UC San Diego’s Process Palooza – 5/8 – featuring process improvement in education

Do you have a job posting you would like to post on SoCalLeanNetwork? 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? Send a note to Tracy ORourke at tracy@jitcafe.com.


Current Events

Plug into the Lean Community

4/7, 4/21 & 5/5: Book Club with Katie Anderson's - Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn

AME San Diego Consortium’s – Lean Leadership Series Featuring the Book: Learning To Lead, Leading To Learn by Katie Anderson

This Lean Leadership Series is a 3-part series designed like a book club to explore the learning of the book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn authored by Katie Anderson featuring Isao Yoshino’s 40-year career at Toyota.

Join us to study this book in a 3-part series Wednesdays 4/7, 4/21 & 5/5 from 2:30-4pm PT

Everyone will be guided to read the book section by section, with page goals, discussion questions, and food for thought provided by members and the discussion leader Tracey Minutolo from Hologic.

The first session on April 7 will include live discussions and Q&A with author, Katie Anderson.


April 7: Meet the author Katie Anderson for live discussion & Q&A and the 3 Practices to Become an Effective People-Centered Leader

April 21: Learning to Lead – Book Discussion Foundational Leadership Lessons

May 5: Leading to Learn – Book Discussion Helping Others Develop

Sign up for all three sessions below:

April 7th: 2:30-4pm PT


April 21st: 2:30-4pm PT


May 5th: 2:30-4pm PT


4/15 How the Shingo Model Can Revolutionize Your Culture

Is your organization in an endless loop of unsustainable performance improvement projects? Are you failing to see a substantial impact? Are your systems failing to reinforce operational efficiency and productivity? How do we close the gap between systems, tools and behaviors to attain sustainable results? 

Successfully achieving operational excellence requires a long-term quest for perfection. Sustainable results emerge from cultures where every person—from every level—is engaged in the daily journey towards excellence. The Shingo Model can guide that journey.

Please join us for this 1-hour webinar where Carlos Cruz walks us through the power of The Shingo Model. Beyond a simple tool or methodology, the Shingo Model will teach you about the relationship between culture, systems, and principles which are essential for results-driven, sustainable organizational excellence.

With over 30 years of combined experience in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Technology, and Financial Banking, Mr. Cruz is an accomplished, transformational visionary with a strong passion for operational excellence and cross-functional process transparency. Currently, he is the CEO and Founder of The Guiding Principles (TGP), a non-profit organization known for its high-integrity, authentic leadership with exceptional ability to manage diverse relationships between executives, colleagues, and employees.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3fDSrYP6Qdy4-rMC49mWaw


4/26: Central Coast Lean Virtual Summit

The Central Coast Lean (Virtual) Summit is BACK!!! This year it is an online event focusing on BUILD BACK LEANER!!! It is to be held on Monday, April 26, from 9:45am - 1:30pm, Pacific Daylight Time. Some of the 'Thinkinars" featured:

  • Jeff Foster - Chief Operating Officer, Cross Border Xpress:  “Cultural Intelligence”

  • Mark Graban - President, Constancy, Inc. [The podcast My Favorite Mistake]:  “Red and Green is Not Lean”

  • Scott Gauvin - CEO, Macresco  “Respect for People - Tool, Pillar or Mindset?”

​​For more information and to register: https://www.purpose-ccl.org/ccl-summit


4/27-29th: AME Operational Excellence Summit 2021

Uncovering excellence: Finding hidden knowledge from the best organizations

You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to hear directly from some of the world’s best lean organizations. For this special virtual event, AME has put together a world-class lineup of companies that will walk you through insights, best practices and tools that will inspire you to find excellence opportunities in your daily work — all delivered by AME Excellence Award recipients and assessors who have been in your shoes and know how to take the next steps toward operational excellence.

Take away practical knowledge that you can apply in your organization to jump-start your operational excellence journey and push you to the next level of success. The virtual summit also includes two virtual tours where you'll see operational excellence in action at Crown Equipment Corporation and M2 Global.

For more information and to register: https://www.ame.org/ame-operational-excellence-summit-2021

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5/3: Colorado Lean Network Hosts 

In this panel discussion you will hear from various process improvement minded individuals in different hospitals and organizations present and discuss ways they are improving the COVID vaccination process. They will share improvements made, lessons learned, and projects that they are working on.


  • Hear from experts in the field about improvements being made by their organization and to the vaccination process at large.

  • Be inspired by success stories

  • Learn from others

The Panel:

Mike McGowan (Marietta Memorial Hospital): Director of Process Excellence. 6 sigma black belt and MBOE from Ohio State. Been learning lean for almost 15 years.

Brian Hand (UC San Diego Health): Brian Hand is a Sr. Transformational Healthcare Coach at UC San Diego Health. He provides advanced Lean training, facilitates improvement workshops, and coaches. He is passionate about developing problem solvers and does so by creating a safe and trusting environment for learning to take place. Brian has 26 years of Lean and engineering experience from industries including automotive manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, and holds an engineering degree from San Jose State University. He is passionate about process improvement and organizational transformation centered on people.

Casey Bogenschutz (SCL Health): Performance Improvement Specialist at Lutheran Medical Center. Industrial Engineer with several years of experience as a lean facilitator in transportation and healthcare.

Rebecca Colley (Children's Hospital): Black Belt Candidate and Program Lead for Patient Flow at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Beth English (Children’s Hospital): Master Black Belt and Manager of the Performance Improvement Academy at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Lindsay Beaudry (Denver Health): Senior Lean Facilitator at Denver Health and Hospital System.  For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vaccination-process-improvement-panel-discussion-tickets-149353318797

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5/11-6/8: UC San Diego's Process Palooza

Process Palooza celebrates UC San Diego’s commitment to business excellence, operational efficiency and continuous improvement. The 2021 series provides support, lessons, actionable takeaways and inspiration! By attending, you’ll:

  • Learn how continuous improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) are transforming higher education and industry

  • Hear about real results achieved by leveraging CI and LSS  

  • Leave with actionable strategies to apply in your role

Hear from global thought leaders on how they apply and leverage our theme of "The Power of Continuous Improvement."  These aren't sit-back-and-relax webinars. Process Palooza sessions are fast-paced, engaging and interactive. Prepare to think, participate and win prizes!

While the sessions build on each other, they each have their own unique insights and takeaways. Sessions are free and run from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT. The sessions require separate Zoom registrations so be sure to register for all the ones you would like to attend.



Starting 5/13: LeanWright Black Belt Program

4.5 full days or 45 hours plus project time Prerequisite(s): LEANwRIGHT LSS Green Belt or Equivalent LSSGB Certification Description: This class provides an advanced level of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) with in-depth coverage of the LSS tools and concepts. Focus is more on inferential statistics, Design of Experiments (DOE), Quality Tools, Improvement Kata and leadership of LSS and mentoring of lower rank LSS Belts. Class includes videos, exercises and multiple simulations to reinforce the concepts presented. Students receive complete binder with LSSBB materials included in the cost of the class. Each student must pass a 100-question exam on LSS and then complete LSS project to be certified. Projects (or multiple Kaizen Events) are expected to have savings of $100,000 per year

Thursdays: 9a-1p May 13th, 27th, June 10th, 24th and final class (with exam) on July 8th

  • A recognized LSS Green Belt certification is required for this class (or taking above course)

  • Requires Microsoft Excel with add-in of SigmaZone XL Add-In (included in cost of program)

  • Students will receive 3-ring binders with all learning materials and Lean Six Sigma pocket guide / reference book

  • Special pricing for LEANwRIGHT clients and AME/SCLN members: $2499

This program is filling up quickly, so please contact LEANwRIGHT as soon as you can to confirm your slot(s). If you have questions or need more information contact Jerry Wright at jerry.wright@leanwright.com


UC San Diego's Lean Six Sigma Leader Course

This program will provide you, as the leader, with the tools to become a skilled mentor to drive organizational change and ensure that process improvement projects align with your business’s mission and overall objectives. Through an effective blend of learning techniques, this training will provide you with the critical knowledge to confidently build a continuous improvement culture and inspire behavioral change. The course begins on May 18th. For more information and to register: https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/lean-six-sigma-leadership


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