2019 Jean Cunningham ~ Life Cycle of Lean Accounting - Lean Frontiers - Be Bold. Be Better.

Life Cycle of Lean Accounting

Presented By:

Jean Cunningham

Session Abstract:

Where did Lean Accounting come from?  What is the typical experience of people and organizations interested in Lean Accounting?  Jean has been a thought leader since the beginning and will share with you her perspective on Lean Accounting. By attending this session, you will be better prepared and more confident in leading your lean accounting transformation forward.


Learning Objectives:

  • How Lean accounting got started
  • What do people like to learn about?
  • What do people actually do?
  • Typical barriers holding lean accounting back
  • Dealing With Barriers

About the Facilitator:

Jean Cunningham, Founder and President of JCC, is widely recognized as a pioneer of Lean Business Management having led her companies and client companies through the Lean transition into non-production functions since the early 90’s. She has consulted and given lectures on applying Lean Business Management for over twenty years. Since 2006 with JCC, Jean travels to clients throughout the U. S. consulting on Lean strategy and organization, and facilitating kaizen, process mapping, and other Lean-based events. She keynotes and presents workshops at Lean conferences worldwide.

For fifteen years, Jean was the Vice President and CFO first at Lantech, Inc. and later at Marshfield Door Systems. From 2006-11, she was the CFO and a Director-at-Large for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Jean is an original Thought Leader for the Lean Accounting Summit and the Lean HR Summit and presents at both annually. She teaches Lean Accounting for The Ohio State University Master of Business Operational Excellence program. Jean is also a board member of the Lean Enterprise Institute and the non-profit Lean Education Advancement Foundation.

Jean is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Real Numbers, an essential text for transitioning to Lean Accounting.  She is also co-author of Easier, Simpler, Faster, a book on applying Lean principles to information technology processes and optimizing output information for the Lean workplace.  Both books were awarded the Shingo Prize for Research (2004, 2008). She also is one of ten authors who contributed to Lean Accounting, a collection of works by Lean experts.

Jean has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from Northeastern University’s Executive Program.

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