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.


Learn about Lean & Design Thinking!

  • Learn the history and the basic principles of Process Improvement
  • Embrace Metrics –– They are your friend
  • A refresh using VSM & A3 in a more simplistic manner
  • Be introduced to Design Thinking

Learn from Our Members!

Listen to the podcast The Leaning Edge, hosted by Debra Levantrosser as she speaks with leaders, implementers, and believers in the lean philosophy to share their successes and struggles in hopes that they will help others in their Lean journey.

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

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 Shingo Manufacturing Summit

Sep 24, 2019 | Southfield, MI

Come learn from manufacturing leaders about how mid-level managers can make big transformations in their organizations using the principles of the Shingo Model™. Learn what leaders and managers like you have done to make notable improvements to their organizations!

Michigan Lean Consortium Members can receive a 15% discount by entering "VIPMichiganLean" at checkout!


Blending Lean and Design Thinking

Sep 13, 2019 | Troy, MI

Come spend the day and learn about Lean & Design Thinking. What's in it for you?

  • Learn the history and the basic principles of Process Improvement
  • Embrace Metrics (Data)- They are your friend
  • A refresh using VSM & A3 in a more simplistic manner
  • Be introduced to Design Thinking
  • Confirm the general similarities between Lean and Design Thinking and not feel that one replaces the other
  • Leverage Scrum/ Agile
  • Understand Innovation and how to get there


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