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Discover lean amid change

The calm after the storm: Embarking on lean and culture change


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Oct. 29 Location Code
11:15am-12:15pm Virtual ThS/14



Imagine two successful business units that have their own independent cultures and practice of lean methodologies suddenly merging together. Hear about Sandia National Laboratories' lean journey and how it managed to stay the course in the midst of change. 


Hear examples of initiatives that were successful in developing a contiguous lean culture as well as areas where the company struggled to get the lean results it wanted. You will also learn about Sandia's goals for continuing and reinvigorating its lean culture and how it plans to get there.


Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California, Sandia has major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness. Learn more at

Presenters: Amanda Cox / K. Chris Monroe

Amanda Cox is a lean six sigma-certified black belt at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She supports the organization’s strategic planning activities and provides lean six sigma consulting services to leaders and staff. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in psychology from the University of New Mexico and an MBA in operations and marketing from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. 



K. Chris Monroe is a lean six sigma black belt at Sandia National Laboratories. She specializes in the services providing leadership development, change management, strategy definition, and training, with strong communications skills and a proven ability to facilitate teamwork and resolve issues. Monroe holds an MBA from New Mexico State University and is a certified black belt.