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"Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture" & Networking Event featuring Tom Shuker

  • Friday, December 07, 2012
  • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • The James B. Henry Center 3535 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI 48910
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Session Description

The Michigan Lean Consortium is proud to host their 2012 End of Year Celebration/Networking Event at The Demmer Center at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI on December 7, 2012. Our featured speaker is Tom Shuker, Partner at Lean Transformation Group, LLC. 

Afterwards, there will be a networking reception to celebrate MLC's 2012 year and get excited for 2013!

Event and announcement of 2013 Board Members is from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Holiday Networking Reception will follow from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.

We are very honored to have Tom Shuker with us to lead this important event. The MLC announces this highly informative, interactive event to learn how to create a lean culture and more importantly keep it.


Most companies embarking on a lean journey soon become frustrated with kaizen events and isolated improvement projects that yield great short-term results but have no sustainability. They are searching for something more: the culture of continuous improvement with its philosophy, processes, and people aligned to cultivate problem solving. In this presentation we attempt to answer the questions: 

  •  What is it?
  •  How to get it?
  •   How to keep it?

In addition to Tom Shuker’s presentation there will be break out sessions including:


1.    Two Ways of Coaching and Developing Your People (with Tom Shuker as Leader)


2.    Case Studies of Michigan Success Stories (Demmer Center clients)

Session Leader

Tom is a 30-year veteran in various manufacturing environments within General Motors Corporation. Tom has also spent two-years at New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), the GM-Toyota joint venture, working within the Toyota Manufacturing System and performing lean assessments of Toyota facilities in Kentucky and Japan. Tom has co-authored two books on Lean, Value Stream Management and Value Stream Management for the Lean Office, both published through Productivity Press, Inc. Tom is also a co-author of Mapping to See – A Value-Stream Improvement Kit for Office and Service, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, and an MBA from Western Michigan University. He currently aids companies implementing lean through an investment group that purchases small manufacturing firms and helps turn them around and as a member of the consulting group Lean Transformations Group. 

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