UAHuntsville to host 2011 LEAN Educator Conference

Huntsville, Ala. (September 26, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM) will host the 2011/2012 LEAN Educator Conference Thursday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 1.

The conference begins at 7 a.m., each morning in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology. Keynote speakers for the conference are John Y. Shook, chairman and CEO of Lean Institute; and John Toussaint, president of ThedaCare's Center for Healthcare Value. To register please visit

John ShookJohn Y. Shook 
CEO of Lean Institute

John Shook is recognized as a true sensei who enthusiastically shares his knowledge and insights within the Lean Community and with those who have not yet made the lean leap.

Shook learned about lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world.

He is the author of Toyota's Secret: The A3 Report Sloan Management Review, and How to Change a Culture: Lessons from NUMMISloan Management Review. Shook is a sought-after conference keynoter who has been interviewed on lean management by National Public RadioBloomberg NewsThe Wall Street Journal, and numerous trade publications.

John ToussaintDr. John Toussaint
President ThedaCare's Center for Healthcare Value

Toussaint founder and president of ThedaCare's Center for Healthcare Value, Dr. John Toussaint, has the experience and passion as a driving force in creating healthcare value. From 2000-2008, Toussaint served as president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare, Inc., a community-owned, four-hospital health system including twenty-one physician clinics, as well as home health capabilities, senior care facilities, hospice care and behavioral health. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with nearly 5,400 employees, serving an eight-county region.

For more information on the 2011/2012 LEAN Educator Conference on the UAHuntsville campus, please visit the following websites:

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