Lean Leadership Center 
Intermediate level

Re-thinking lean HR for operational excellence

Engage your workforce by fully implementing a lean culture and talent management strategy
Monday, Oct. 29 Location Code
1:00pm-5:00pm TBD MW/13

Discover how to ensure the sustainability of operational excellence by methodically embedding it into each aspect of your talent management strategy.


Many organizations struggle to ensure their approaches to improve are sustained over time and are seeking better ways to more fully engage their HR team in the demands of a lean transformation. Learn how to operationalize a defined lean culture to fully engage your workforce and how to develop a better design for a lean talent strategy. Hear how a comprehensive lean culture will exponentially improve organizational performance in terms of a fully engaged workforce, higher product and service quality levels, improved revenue opportunities and decreased operational expenses.


The Lean Leadership Center is committed to providing links to a range of resources for building leadership skills. Its resources include workshops, presentations, virtual learning communities, publications and various other components to help you meet your organization’s leadership objectives.These resources represent a variety of disciplines that can be combined for improved results in skill building for lean leaders, lean culture implementation, leadership for HR and other functional support leaders. www.leanleadershipcenter.com

Presenters: Cheryl Jekiel / Mary Pat Knight

Cheryl Jekiel is CEO of the Lean Leadership Center and has over 30 years of manufacturing experience. She has held vice president of human resources positions for a number of companies, including Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Inc., FONA International, Inc., and Flying Food Group. She also served for five years as the chief operating officer at a specialty bakery in the Chicagoland area. She has developed an expertise in lean manufacturing with a particular focus on lean cultures. Jekiel is author of "Lean Human Resources: Redesigning HR Practices for a Culture of Continuous Improvement." 

Mary Pat Knight’s 25-year career has spanned marketing, operations, strategic planning, human resources, training, development and executive coaching. As the chief operating officer for Food For Thought Enterprises, Inc., she led the company’s growth and culture transformation. She directed marketing for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and also spearheaded the creation of the marketing arm and the corporate reorganization of The National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation. As CEO of MPKnight, Inc. and Leaders Inspired, Knight has provided consultation and mentoring in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, organizational effectiveness, leadership/management development, integrated marketing and project supervision.