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When you say lean, I think change

Simple tools to help you become excellent at change
Thursday, Oct. 27 Location Code
1:30pm-2:30pm Dallas Ballroom A, 1st floor ThP/49

Gain insights into the process of change itself. Discover the tools to help you prepare your team to manage and embrace change.


The lean journey can often become overly focused on tools and methods. Focusing on process definition and the transition from current state to future state, discover how to prepare your team to effectively manage change. Learn how to dispel the hidden fears that emerge during a lean initiative as these fears require more energy to re-communicate the benefits and slow down the rate of progress. Latent anxieties can make sustaining the benefits of a lean initiative difficult as impacted employees gravitate to the previous process that was more familiar. Hear how to embrace change in a productive and healthy manner.


Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935, with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, as well as prepared foods. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. Tyson employs 115,000 team members at more than 400 facilities and offices in the U.S. and around the world. www.tysonfoods.com

Presenter: Jeff Thurman

Jeff Thurman has been leading and facilitating lean transformations for over 15 years at W.L Gore and Associates, Ingersoll Rand and Tyson Foods. He has helped strengthen processes in a broad array of industries including automotive, industrial, commercial and food products. He also worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas for 18 years in various operations roles. Thurman has a BS degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University.