Making a Positive Difference in Michigan's Future

The Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) was founded in 2008 by a group of

forward-thinking individuals who firmly believed that if every Michigan

organization used lean principles, the state's economy would rebound.  

The founders' goal was to spread lean principles and tools throughout

the state to make Michigan the best place in the country to live, learn, and earn.

Mission: Develop and support Lean systems thinkers to transform Michigan’s organizations and economy.

Core Values

  • Inclusion of all learners at any level and with any experiences
  • Teaching and learning
  • Respect for people 

To have a significant impact on Michigan public, private, and educational organizations and their employees, students, educators, customers, and clients, that results in:

  • Increased knowledge of lean practices and principles
  • Improved service
  • Improved quality
  • Improved safety
  • Increased creation and retention of jobs in Michigan through implementation of lean practices and expanded knowledge of lean principles
  • Improvement in Michigan’s dashboard and the dashboards in Michigan organizations


MLC is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Members and Activities

Today, the MLC has more than 950 members representing 15-plus

industries and broad spectrum of lean expertise - from novice to advanced.

Geographically, our membership covers the entire state - from Detroit to Grand Rapids to the Upper Peninsula.

We host monthly events and an annual conference that are

open to members and non-members alike.  Our presenters are leaders in

business, government, and consulting.

Visit our membership page for more information.


Beverly Brown
State of Michigan

Jamie Flinchbaugh
Lean Learning Center

Julianne Purcell (Leigh)
Oakland University

Debra Levantrosser
Arbed Solutions LLC

Chris Maier 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Joseph Schiele
Oakland University

Jason Schulist
DTE Energy

Chris Wilson

Rich Wolin
Northwestern Michigan College

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