Siouxland Lean Consortium

April 23 • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM • Dordt College • Sioux Center, IA

Dordt College

$125 (early bird), $165 after April 10, $25 for active students

Time: 07:30 AM - 04:00 PM


6th Annual Siouxland Lean Conference

April 23, 2019

Dordt College Campus Center
Sioux Center, IA

The SLC Regional Conference is an annual event where all those interested in learning about Lean can come to hear different speakers as well as network with other Lean practitioners.  Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to hear from two keynote speakers and six breakout session presenters as they tell their stories and share their lean experiences.  Please visit our website for all the detail information on the conference:


Show your pride and support for sharing and growing your Lean Manufacturing knowledge by becoming a sponsor of the 2019 Siouxland Regional Lean Conference.  We have a tiered sponsorship program that includes company recognition, free conference tickets, and other goodies.  Please contact us by email at for more information.

The Siouxland Lean Consortium is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

2019 Keynote Speakers:

Mack & Ria Story – Top Story Leadership Founders
Mack Story has logged over 11,000 hours leading teams through organizational change.  He is the author of the extremely popular Blue-Collar Leadership Series.  Mack began his career in manufacturing in 1988 on the front lines of a large production machine shop.  He eventually grew himself into upper management and found his niche in Lean manufacturing and along with it, developed his passion for leadership.  Ria Story is an author, TEDx speaker, and expert in leadership and life skills for women.  Ria has nearly 20 years of experience in leadership and management.  Mack and Ria co-founded Top Story Leadership in 2008, are certified leadership speakers and trainers, and have published 22 books on leadership development and personal growth.

Highlights for them have been:

  • Helping train 20,000 Guatemalan Leaders with John Maxwell
  • Speaking at Yale University
  • Offering leadership development support for the U.S. Military, Chick-fil-A, Auburn University, Chevron, and many other organizations.


Jess Orr – Founder of Yokoten Solutions, and Performance Excellence System Practitioner at WestRock
Jess Orr is a continuous improvement thinker and practitioner with 10+ years experience in a variety of industries, including automotive working directly for Toyota in Georgetown, KY.  She has Six Sigma Master Black Belt training, and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.  Her areas of knowledge and skill include the Toyota Production System (TPS), A3 problem-solving, change management, value stream mapping, kaizen event facilitation, and application of continuous improvement to non-manufacturing processes.

In her current role as a Performance Excellence System Practitioner at WestRock, Jess applies her knowledge and skill to help engage and empower employees to improve their work and achieve higher levels of company performance.  She is passionate about sharing learning and best practices among the continuous improvement community.  Her website and blog can be found at

2019 Breakout Sessions:

  • Cognitive Loading – Brad Van Berkel, Pella Corporation
  • Eight Wastes of Lean in Sales & Marketing – Mike Vetter, Flywheel
  • Standardized Work – Jesse DePriest, First National Bank of Omaha
  • Technology Scouting & TDMI – Shankar Srinivasan, CIRAS
  • Strengthen CI Culture – Luke Francois & Ed Katje, Pella Corporation
  • Leading from the Front Lines – Mack Story
  • Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential – Mack Story
  • Lean 101 – Jesse DePriest, First National Bank of Omaha

More information about the Breakout Sessions can be found on our website at:

General Admission (Early Bird) $125 – available thru April 10.
General Admission $165 – available after April 10.
Student Admission $25 – good for all who register with an active student email address.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at:

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided and are included in the ticket price.

7:30-8:30am Networking Breakfast
8:30-8:45am Opening Remarks
8:45-9:45am Morning Keynote
9:45-10:15am Networking Break
10:15-11:15am Concurrent Session 1
11:15-11:30am Networking Break
11:30-12:00pm Lunch
12:00-1:00pm Afternoon Keynote
1:00-1:15pm Networking Break
1:15-2:15pm Concurrent Session 2
2:15-2:30pm Networking Break
2:30-3:30pm Concurrent Session 3
3:30-4:00pm Closing Remarks and Drawings