7th Annual True Lean Conference

June 12-13, 2018


 6th Annual True Lean™ Conference

May 10-11, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Practical Learnings from the True Lean™ Journey –
Let’s Overcome the Derailers

This year’s conference is a unique opportunity to

return to basics and engage in a practitioner to practitioner

exchange of experiences to combat derailers.

Our Toyota practitioners will share their own successes and

provide guidance to help you get past the problems.

Speakers will include…

Ken Kreafle

In addition to currently serving as the Toyota Executive in Residence, Ken is a Toyota General Manager with
29 years of experience.

Return to Basics

A review of the basics of TPS ‐ the learnings of Mr. Taichi Ohno as shared by Mr Fujio Cho.

Cheryl Jones

Cheryl retired as a vice president after serving 22 years with Toyota. Since 2009 she has been
one of our program’s lean practitioners.

Management Commitment:
the Tale of Three Leaders

Management’s involvement can make or break a transformation. Cheryl will share personal
experiences from coaching leaders.

Alonzo Allen

Alonzo began working with Toyota in Georgetown, Kentucky, in 1988 ‐ 3 months before the first vehicle rolled off the line. After retiring in 2013,
he joined the Lean Program at UK.

Jumping to Problem Solving Instead of Building a Lean Cultural Foundation

It’s tempting to launch your transition simply by employing lean tools, like Problem Solving –
Without the culture behind it, there’s a
derailment in the future. 

Pete Gritton

After 23 years of service, Pete retired from Toyota as vice president of Human Resources. He oversaw 22,000 employees in several
North American operations.

Failure to Practice Lean in the Support Functions of the Organization

 From the reception area to the loading dock, every employee contributes to the company’s success. Without bringing support personnel along on
the lean journey, your transformation will
not have a solid foundation.

Glenn Uminger

Glenn joined Toyota as a leader on the startup team of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in 1987, and retired in 2014 after serving two years as the
Toyota Executive in Residence at UK

The True Lean Journey is Not Understood

To reach the destination you must strategize and plan the trip. A master plan with milestones to plan, do, check and act every step of the way is vital. 


Return to Lexington-Refresh Your Enthusiasm-Learn from Toyota practitioners and peers!

Click here to register and join a practical learning experience like no other.

View the True Lean Conference Working Agenda – More details coming soon!



Why attend?sampson

To learn from Toyota practitioners…

To hear new solutions…

To strengthen your progress…

To return to basics…

To build relationships…

To recharge…





Fee: $750.00

Includes lunch both days and a reception. The location in Lexington, Kentucky will be the Carrick House, a historic home that has been preserved and enhanced to be a very special event venue. The Carrick House is located at 312 N. Limestone St., Lexington, Kentucky 40508

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Photos by Joseph Rey Au