OEN PubTalk: What the BLEEP is Lean?


You’ve heard of the lean process, but are you fuzzy on the details? Curious if you can apply it to your startup? Although lean is often linked to manufacturing, it’s really about how ideas, people, energy, information, materials, and cash flow through an organization. At our June PubTalk, four panelists from diverse industries will discuss how the lean process has impacted their company culture, including the benefits and potential pitfalls.


As always, the program will be preceded by time for networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

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Cost: $10 for OEN members; $20 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*

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Alvin Elbert of A.R.E. ManufacturingAlvin Elbert is President of A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc., a contract shop located in Newberg that specializes in precision components. Since its foundation in 1980, A.R.E. has grown from a small garage to an operation with more than 45 employees and a host of equipment. In 2005, A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc. began implementing lean principles at all levels in the organization.

John Grant of Agile AttorneyJohn Grant is founder of the Agile Attorney Network, which draws upon tool sets like Agile, Lean, Lean Startup, and Design Thinking to help attorneys and their teams build efficient and effective workflows. John is a lawyer with nearly twenty years’ experience in business process optimization, technology systems design, and project and program management.

Ken Tomita of Grovemade will serve as a panelist for our June 2016 PubTalkKen Tomita is a former designer, builder and fabricator of contemporary furniture inspired by traditional Japanese forms and his own life experiences. In 2009, he co-founded Grovemade, which specializes in the design and construction of high-end wood accessories for the consumer market. He now serves in a dual role as President and Creative Director.

Yesenia Gallardo of Poda FoodsYesenia Gallardo is co-founder of Poda Foods, which raises and processes crickets into protein powder for food entrepreneurs and restaurants. Yesenia has a background in business and sustainable agriculture, and is a 2014 fellow for the Switzer Foundation. She has previously worked with the USDA as well as with various NGOs and nonprofits in the Portland area.

Kjell van Zoen will moderate our June 2016 PubTalk on LeanModerator: Kjell van Zoen is a lean business consultant focused 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.


Our June PubTalk is sponsored by:
 Ater Wynne and Portland Development Commission.

June 8, 2016 5:15 PM
June 8, 2016 7:00 PM
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1945 NW Quimby
Portland OR
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