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The Art of Lean: Recognizing Waste & What to Do About It

Lean manufacturing is synonymous with efficiency. This often leads many to believe lean is all about reduction — in workforce, inventory, waste, etc. But efficiency is an outcome, not a strategy. Lean itself is a growth strategy, and like any strategy requires investment, not reduction, of time and resources to succeed.

Please join us for this exciting webinar explaining the basic concepts and benefits of lean manufacturing programs. Our guest speaker, Petra Sterwerf is a pioneer in the field. She’ll share stories, outcomes, pitfalls, and best practices in the art of identifying and eliminating waste through the use of training, problem-solving tools, and the engagement and participation of employees.

We’ll cover these key topics and more:

  • What it really means to be lean, and why it’s important
  • The critical steps needed to create a successful lean program
  • Pitfalls to anticipate, and the problem-solving tools to overcome
  • Internal communication tips and techniques to keep employees engaged
  • Training your workforce in concepts, objectives, and practices of lean


Petra Sterwerf
Director of Operations, Skyline Chili

Petra Sterwerf is an operations executive with extensive experience in lean manufacturing and a background in plant management with Hillshire Brands and AdvancePierre (Tyson Foods). Her lean initiatives at these companies led to $42.2M in cost savings. Petra’s journey from QA tech to VP of Operations shaped her approach of lean “from the floor up.” Prior to her new position at Skyline Chili, Petra served as an advisor, working with leading manufacturers to coach them how to begin their own lean journeys to drive out waste and optimize operations. She has a proven track record of making substantial contributions to the long-term growth and success of businesses by building inclusive continuous improvement cultures.

Holly Mockus

Holly Mockus
Director, Content and Industry Strategy, Intertek Alchemy

With over 30 years of industry experience at companies like Conagra, Kellogg, and Sara Lee, Holly helps Intertek Alchemy to create world class workforce development solutions for large, complex operations within the manufacturing industry. Holly has held positions in quality assurance, sanitation, food safety, and plant regulatory affairs. She was honored to receive the Safe Quality Food Institute’s Outstanding Achievement Award, was named one of Food Logistics’ 2016 “Champions of the Supply Chain,” and has served on several working groups with groups like GFSI, and GMA. Holly is passionate about the importance of training for frontline manufacturing workers.


Wednesday, May 25th
12pm CT

The Art of Lean: Recognizing Waste & What to Do About It