Mike Osterling is a coach, facilitator, speaker, author and consultant. His 18 years in management at Schneider Electric, coupled with more than 15 years as an external consultant, have provided him with powerful foundations for supporting organizations on their journeys to optimize performance and apply Lean thinking. Mike has helped a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, professional services, financial institutions, government, pharma and construction. Mike is the President and Principal Consultant at Osterling Consulting, Inc. and has clients in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In 1999, he helped found San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Certificate Program and continues to facilitate in the program. Mike is bilingual (English/Spanish) and co-authored the Shingo Award-winning book Value Stream Mapping as well as The Kaizen Event Planner. For more about Mike and contact information, please visit his webpage here.

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Ken Rolfes is the Principal Consultant for KDR Associates, Inc. KDR helps organizations translate improvement efforts into meaningful business impact. KDR is a management consulting and education firm in corporate strategy and operations that provides business performance improvement services on a focused or enterprise-wide basis for Service and Manufacturing companies. Committed to delivering results, KDR collaborates with its clients to help them become high performance businesses and organizations. KDR Associates brings a unique pairing of strategic acumen, and strong Lean execution capabilities to help identify new opportunities, drive process improvements and develop people to maximize the value of the business to its customers, employees and shareholders. Ken is the co-author of Lean for the Long Term. For more click here to go to Ken's website.

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Jerry Wright is the CEO and Principal Consultant of LEANwRIGHT, Inc. With 34 years of industry experience and 25 years of lean transformation work, Jerry knows how to create a lean culture, lead kaizen events as well as coach, train and mentor Lean Leaders and their teams. He has personally facilitated more than 1,200 formal "kaizen blitz" events. Jerry led more than a dozen lean enterprise transformations during his 16 years at DJO Global. His lean accomplishments include receiving the Shingo Prize, Industryweek's Top Ten Best Plants in North America, and 3 AME Manufacturing Excellence Awards for his operational sites. Jerry became only the 7th person in the world to be Lean Gold Certified (LGC) by the joint alliance of ASQ, AME, APQC and the Shingo Institute in 2016. Jerry is a Lean Master Black Belt and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has been a lean and process excellence instructor at both UCSD and SDSU. Jerry is a contributing author to The Lean Handbook. You can visit his LEANwRIGHT webpage by clicking here.

Tracy O'Rourke is a Managing Partner at GoLeanSixSigma.com, co-author of the book, The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide To Your Lean Six Sigma Journey, and co-host of the Just-In-Time Café podcast. Tracy advises companies and spearheads implementation on many aspects of process improvement, cultural development and strategic alignment. Tracy got her start as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at GE Appliances in the late 1990’s with Jack Welch at the helm of the organization. Tracy is the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt instructor at UC San Diego and an instructor in the Lean Enterprise Certification program at San Diego State University. She is an accomplished facilitator and trainer. She has trained over 2,000 people, mentored 500+ people and has helped complete 400+ projects with results that range between $50,000 and $40 million dollars in savings. Her facilitation expertise runs the gamut, from facilitating leadership retreats with top executives, to facilitating Process Walks, Kaizen Events and improvement project team meetings.

Our SCLN Consultants listed here alphabetically are highly recommended by our members. See below for more information and to explore links.


This page provides SLCN consultants that can provide Lean or Lean Six Sigma training or services to your organization

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Ric Van Der Linden is the Principal Consultant for ProgressivEdge, a consulting business based in the San Diego area focused on the application of Continuous Improvement techniques to any business type (private, public, service, tech, healthcare, manufacturing and military). He has worked with a range of mid to large size organizations on the strategic deployment and highly successful roll outs of Lean Six Sigma. He can also work very tactical on the facilitation of projects and improvement events. He has trained thousands in LSS and has supported hundreds of projects and events over the past many years.  Ric is the Master Black Belt Lead Instructor at UCSD for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program. To visit Ric's website, please click here.

Philip Hansen is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt consultant, kaizen event facilitator and local university instructor. Philip has worked in industry for more than 35 years in research, engineering, operational excellence, project management and quality assurance. Philip gained his lean expertise and vast experience from functional positions and leadership roles at Frito Lay, Nutrilite (an Amway division), Ventura Foods and most recently, MedImpact Healthcare Systems. Philip has instructed in the UCSD Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program for many years with Ric Vander Linden and Tracy O'Rourke. Philip has also done contract instructor work for SDSU. Philip is a long-time California resident, currently living in the Murietta area. To see his professional resume, please click here.