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“Total Employee Involvement” is the Theme for GBMP's 15th Northeast Lean Conference

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Press release from the issuing company

Attendees of GBMP’s premier annual event will learn how to engage the hearts and minds of employees to effect meaningful & sustainable improvement.

Boston, Mass. – The GBMP conference, coming October 23-24, 2019, to Hartford, CT turns its focus on recognizing the re-emergence of Total Employee Involvement as the key to unlocking the full benefits of Lean transformation.

In the early days of Lean implementation, company involvement of all employees at all levels was identified as the keystone to Lean. Total Employee Involvement (TEI) recognized the innate capabilities and desire of employees to solve problems and always make things better. Unfortunately, in the early 1990’s, as Lean tools were popularized, the focus on broad-based employee development and involvement diminished and was largely replaced by subject matter experts and swat teams. New jobs were created to concentrate the tasks of problem solving and improvement in the hands of just a small segment of employees. Today, organizations seeking to change their culture are recognizing that this must involve everyone.

Featured keynote presenters will include Jamie Bonini, VP TSSC at Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Art Smalley, author of the best-selling books A3 Thinking, Creating Level Pull & Four Types of Problems, Alan Robinson, author of The Idea Driven Organization and Ideas are Free, and Amy Ferrero, Head of Client Services, MassMutual Financial Services, each addressing management’s imperative to unleash the capabilities of every single employee, every single day.

Added Bruce Hamilton, President of GBMP:

“In my 40 years as a student and practitioner of Lean, Total Employee Involvement, TEI, is the single most important leading indicator for Lean Transformation. There is nothing more powerful than a committed and aligned workforce that embraces each day with the professional challenge to make things better than the day before. This is why we are dedicating the 15th annual conference to showcasing TEI leaders from all levels of the organization.”

The Northeast Lean Conference attracts more than 550 passionate Lean implementers every year, from the manufacturing, healthcare and service industries. Lean practitioners from the front lines to the back-office attend with the goal of networking, benchmarking, sharing and learning all things continuous improvement and Lean – to get the tools, knowledge, inspiration and confidence they need to bring their organizations to higher levels of operational excellence.

The annual event is ideal for executives and managers who play a role in driving Lean transformation and provides exceptional educational benefits to front line team members, CI champions and change agents from all functional areas of any organization.

For the first time, there will be more than 50 breakout sessions in six tracks:

  • Leading Lean Transformations
  • Engaging Hearts – The Social Side of Lean
  • Engaging Minds – The Technical Side of Lean
  • Advanced Lean Topics for Experienced Practitioners
  • Focused Workshops in Lean Accounting & Six Sigma
  • Applying Lean in Healthcare, Service, Insurance & Government.

The complete agenda will be released in April 2019.

If you would like more information about The Northeast Lean Conference and/or GBMP, please call us at 617-969-1396 or email us or visit the conference website. Exhibitor, speaker & poster presenter opportunities are still available but are filling up fast.


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