Intermediate level

Accelerate your professional development using hoshin kanri

How to apply the hoshin kanri principles to achieve your vision
Monday, Nov. 4 Location Code
8:00am-12:00pm Water Tower, West Tower, Concourse Level MW/14

This interactive workshop will help you to understand and apply the powerful hoshin kanri approach to strategic planning and execution. Engage in hands-on application of hoshin kanri to accelerate your own professional development.


Learn how highly successful companies, such as Toyota, P&G and Xerox, use hoshin to develop and execute on their strategic vision and goals. The key advantage of this approach is ensuring alignment of the high-level vision down to the daily activity level. Unlike typical strategic planning, hoshin also emphasizes execution to achieve the strategic goals through identification of key activities, regular monitoring of progress toward targets, and responding to gaps to achieve the desired results. Gain insights into the basic concepts of hoshin kanri, then will practice applying it to your career development goals. On completion of the workshop, attendees will have built their own hoshin strategic A3 outlining their vision, goals and plan for execution, and will have actionable takeaways on next steps to apply lessons learned.


WestRock partners with customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. WestRock places high value on engaging all of its employees in continuous improvement. The company’s Performance Excellence group helps to spread the principles and methods throughout the organization. www.westrock.com

Presenter: Jess Orr

Jess Orr is a performance excellence system practitioner at WestRock, where she helps to engage and coach others in the organization in continuous improvement principles and applications. She has over ten years of industry experience, including working for Toyota and General Electric. Orr is six sigma master black belt trained, and holds a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.