Lean champions workshop

June 23, 2020 | 7:30 am to June 24, 2020 | 4:30 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
Student Member Fee: $195
Member Fee: $300
Non-Member Fee: $400


Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development Center
600 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia

In this two-day workshop, you will learn about continuous improvement (CI) and operational excellence (OpEx) principles and the roles and responsibilities of lean champions.

The workshop will focus on high performance teams, lean and six sigma for senior and middle managers who are held responsible for the CI/OpEx journey. The program will cover the fundamentals of lean, theory of constraints, six sigma and how those tools will improve team performance. The program will also cover sustaining the lean journey and Green Belt assessments.

Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With more than 20,000 employees, Newport News Shipbuilding is the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the largest shipbuilding company in the U.S. It builds some of the most advanced ships in the world using its expertise in nuclear propulsion, naval design and manufacturing. Newport News Shipbuilding is currently building the new Ford-class aircraft carriers and Virginia-class fast-attack submarines, and performing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. It provides fleet services for its ships worldwide and, using its nuclear and manufacturing expertise, is expanding into Department of Energy and alternative energy ventures. Learn more at nns.huntingtoningalls.com.


June 23, 2020

7:30 a.m.   –   8:00 a.m.    Welcome     
8:00 a.m.   –   8:15 a.m.    Introduction   
8:15 a.m.   – 10:00 a.m.    Lean champions overview & theory     
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    High performance teams - what does right look like: Block 1
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Lunch
12:30 p.m. –   2:15 p.m.    The war on waste & bottle necks: Block 1 (lean and theory of constraints)
2:15 p.m.   –   2:30 p.m.    Break
2:30 p.m.   –   3:30 p.m.    The war on waste & bottle necks: Block 2 (lean and theory of constraints)
3:30 p.m.   –  4:30 p.m.     Lean exercise and data Intake/tool validation: Talent acquisition and retention system

June 24, 2020

8:00 a.m.   – 10:00 a.m.    The war on variability: Block 1 (six sigma) 
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    The war on variability: Block 2 (six sigma)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.    High performance teams: What does right look like: Block 2
12:30 p.m. –   1:00 p.m.    Speaker
1:00 p.m.   –   3:00 p.m.    High performance teams: What does right look like: Block 2 (continued)
3:00 p.m.   –   3:15 p.m.    Break
3:15 p.m.   –   4:30 p.m.    The courage to lead & lean leader award ceremony


Joe Barto

Joe Barto is the founder and president of TMG and an expert in building and maintaining high performance teams including leader identification, training and development, talent acquisition and retention systems, workforce risk analysis and lean six sigma. Barto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master’s degree in public administration, organizational theory and leadership. He is a former US Army Cavalry Office and a Combat Veteran. Barto is a recognized expert in technology assisted learning, implementation, program management and is a published author. He has been facilitating dream team workshops since 2004.


At this event, you'll learn about:

  • The fundamentals of lean/continuous improvement
  • Six sigma
  • Theory of constraints
  • Lean leadership

Middle and high-level managers interested in learning more about lean six sigma and other continuous improvement tools should attend.


You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. 

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be canceled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.