The Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) is committed to transforming Michigan's organizations and economy by developing and supporting Lean systems thinkers.

The MLC believes in Respecting People, the Inclusion of All Learners at any level and with any experience, and the importance of Teaching and Learning as an experience and a tool for growth.


Kata's Influence on Flexfab!

This event is for Kata practitioners or those interested in learning more about how Kata is used in a manufacturing setting.

Oct 18, 2019 | Hastings, MI

During this event the learner will develop a better understanding of the challenge implementing the Toyota Kata methodology in manufacturing.


Go with the Flow

Intentional optimization of the 7 Flows of Healthcare

The Michigan Lean Consortium and Lean Healthcare leaders across the state of Michigan are coming together to learn about the new practices and improvements that are happening in healthcare.

Joining the MLC will connect you with the current network of more than 1,100 Members! Gain access to useful Lean Training material and MLC Website resources, as well as gain valuable Leadership Development skills and Continuous Learning opportunities.

What Is Lean?

Lean is a dynamic process of continuous improvement and learning by empowered associates, in a culture of mutual trust and respect, focused on eliminating waste and maximizing value for our customers.


Meet the Board!

Meet the 2018-2019 Board Of Directors.

Join a Team!

Help us in a variety of ways:

  • Plan and coordinate upcoming events
  • Get to know fellow MLC members
  • Answer membership/account questions
  • Recruit new members

Be in the Know!

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter! View our Newsletter Archive.


BEING A MEMBER

We offer organizational and individual memberships. Join and save money on events, receive membership benefits like these:

  • Attend Learning Events facilitated by experienced practitioners
  • Participate in Tours, hands-on learning and group “Gemba Walks”
  • Admission to our Annual Healthcare Symposium and Lean Conference at a discount
  • Share Best Practices and expand Networking opportunities
  • Access to useful Lean Training material and MLC Website resources
  • Shared Membership privileges with Northern Michigan Lean Learning Consortium
  • Gain valuable Leadership Development skills and Continuous Learning opportunities
  • Connect with other members in the Membership Directory 

Monthly Lean Coffee Chats

Upcoming Lean Coffee Chats!

CANCELED Holland at Tiara Yachts | Friday, October 11th | 7:30 am

Zeeland at Disher | Monday, October 28th | 7:30 am

Lansing at Neogen | Tuesday, November 19th | 7:30 am

Zeeland at Disher | Monday, November 25th | 7:30 am

What is Lean Coffee Chat?

It's an open atmosphere to discuss all things LEAN, share professional challenges people are experiencing in their LEAN journey, and network with like-minded peers in the Michigan area.

  • Leverage our membership knowledge base
  • Focus on implementation of lean tools
  • Opportunity to network
  • Share best practices
  • Stay connected with other MLC members

ALL FREE for members (+ you can bring a non-member guest for FREE too!)


2019 Annual Healthcare Symposium

Nov 12, 2019 | Saginaw, MI

Intentional optimization of the 7 Flows of Healthcare

The Michigan Lean Consortium and Lean Healthcare leaders across the state of Michigan are coming together to learn about the new practices and improvements that are happening in healthcare.

The location is centrally located in Saginaw at the new Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

This all-day event (8:30-4pm) will include speakers that will share their using Lean philosophy at their workplace and the impact it could have on yours.

Kata's Influence on Flexfab!

Oct 18, 2019 | Hastings, MI

This event is for Kata practitioners or those interested in learning more about how Kata is used in a manufacturing setting. During this event the learner will develop a better understanding of the challenge implementing the Toyota Kata methodology in manufacturing. This Gemba will allow participants to see the structure of how Toyota Kata is used on the shop floor and see tangible outcome metric improvements.

ASQ Detroit Section General Meeting for Nov 2019 

Nov 21, 2019 | Farmington Hills, MI

Engaging Frontline Employees in Problem Solving

Presenter Benjamin Bartlett

Frontline problem-solving is a popular ideal for companies looking to transition to a more Lean-based environment. However, it can be difficult to help employees make the transition when there are many barriers that stand in the way of success which have nothing to do with understanding Lean thinking.



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