OEN Seminar: Go Lean & Green – Make the Most of What You Have with Lean Fundamentals

Whether you’re a manufacturer or service provider, lean fundamentals will help you make the most of what you have while increasing efficiency, creativity, teamwork, and quality.

Lean theory and tools are based on the idea of preserving (or increasing) value with less work. But at its root, lean is much more than a productivity model—it’s really an employee engagement model. A lean culture is one of “no-blame, only opportunity,” a culture of collaborators that work together to continuously improve the organization from the bottom up.

In this half-day workshop learn how to manage your team in a way that:

  • Motivates your employees by actively engaging them in a continuous process of improvement
  • Eliminates wasted time and resources
  • Breeds creativity for you and your employees
  • Embraces and encourages more productive teamwork
  • Increases the quality of your work
  • Decreases turnaround time
  • Reduces your space, inventory, inboxes, to-do’s, and time to the bare minimum needed

Join Kjell van Zoen from vanZoen LLC and Brion Hurley from Rockwell Collins to better understand how to develop and introduce lean in your organization and your personal workflow.

Roots of lean
In the 1950’s Taiichi Ohno, the father of lean manufacturing, created what became known as the Toyota Production System and subsequently as Lean. In the words of Mr Ohno himself, if we “are not given the opportunity to serve the company by working effectively, there can be no joy. For the company to deny that opportunity is to be against the principle of respect for humanity.”

According to lean, anything that doesn’t increase value in the eye of the customer is considered waste, or “muda”, and every effort should be made to eliminate that waste, as it is taking time away from you and your employees from working on more meaningful tasks. By the early 2000s, a connection was being made between waste and the impact it had on the environment (energy, water, landfill, pollution and carbon emissions), and the idea of “lean and green” was born.


Includes breakfast and lunch.

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Cost: $60 for OEN members and $95 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds*

Not yet an OEN member? Join today to take advantage of our member price and get free passes to other OEN workshops and events!

Workshop Leaders


Brion Hurley

Process Improvement Consultant, Rockwell Collins

Brion, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, teaches Six Sigma Green Belt classes, facilitates workshops, performs statistical analysis, and mentors and engages employees through improvement efforts in the manufacturing and office areas. In addition, he holds numerous sustainability certifications, and has been driving sustainability efforts at both the corporate and regional level by applying process improvement techniques to reduce electricity and solid waste. He volunteers his time with nonprofits to teach and coach Lean concepts through an organization called Lean Portland.



Kjell van Zoen

Lean Business Consultant, vanZoen LLC

As a lean business consultant, Kjell focuses on small makers/manufacturers. He adopted lean while growing and running his own maker business (Plywerk) from 2006 through Jan 2016. He is a brand ambassador for Portland Made and speaks about lean, green and local manufacturing.

June 19, 2017 9:00 AM
June 19, 2017 2:00 PM
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