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This is a WCEE Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; please bring your own lunch.

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
From 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Haynes and Boone LLP
800 17th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, District of Columbia  20006
United States

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

Using Lean Principles to Create a Problem-Solving Culture


A lean organization understands what the customer values and focuses on continuously increasing value by improving its key processes. The ultimate goal of a lean organization is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.

Every company and every process has room for improvement. Lean thinking provides people with tools to address problems preventing us from delivering perfect customer value. Understanding how to improve processes is crucial, as a bad process will beat a good person every time. Continuous improvement focuses on fixing the process, not blaming the people who work in the process.

Hosting the session is Ellen Sieminski, who is a corporate Global Enterprise Lean Six Sigma Manager for Littelfuse, Inc., a multinational electronic manufacturing company based in Chicago, Illinois. The company primarily produces circuit protection products but also manufactures a variety of electronic switches and automotive sensors. Ellen is passionate about people development. The world is full of opportunity for improvement, and her goals are to get everyone to love lean as much as she does and to give people tools they can use to solve problems and effect change.

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Venue: Haynes and Boone LLP, 800 17th Street NW, #500, WDC 20006
Closest Metro Stations: Farragut West; Farragut North
Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)
Registration: Seating is limited. There is no registration at the door.
Building Security Requirements: Your name must be on the “registrant list” to be allowed access. 
Please respect our host and register early.

This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages will be provided but please bring your own lunch.


WCEE is grateful to

Haynes and Boone LLP

for use of its conference facilities


Our Speaker

Ellen Sieminski has been a lean practitioner for 18 years, and currently serves as a global lean coach and mentor at Littelfuse, Inc. Ellen works with executives and directors on strategy deployment, creates and conducts training on various lean topics, facilitates kaizen blitz events, and delivers team-building training as part of her efforts to bring empowered work teams to the office as well as to the manufacturing floor. She volunteers extensively with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping its members share, learn and grow by networking with continuous improvement practitioners from all types of businesses. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Ellen coaches and mentors internal customers from all functions around the globe on lean methodologies to provide them with a roadmap for achieving a better future state. Seeing through the clutter, recognizing critical issues and knowing when to push others and when to hold back ensures that teams she coaches learn to effectively examine their critical processes and develop continuous improvement plans for lasting culture change. She easily engages different audiences by focusing on what they truly care about and tailoring training curricula that is meaningful to them. Hard on issues and soft on people defines her approach to teaching the discipline and focus necessary to effect change. Though challenging the status quo can often lead to contentious debate, she coaches associates on navigating the organizational chaos to drive continuous improvement initiatives that matter.



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