2024 MLC Annual Conference—We Have NEVER Done It This Way!

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • Friday, August 16, 2024
  • 12:00 PM
  • Grand Traverse Resort


  • 8 or more
  • 8 or more
  • 8 or more
  • 8 or more


Conference Days—What's Included

Experience" Registration

Regular Registration
August 13th
Late Afternoon Icebreaker Activity*

August 14th Learning Day
Networking Hour
August 15th
Learning Day
Excursion Activity*
August 16th
Gemba Walks*

*“Full Experience” registration required to attend 

This year, our theme for the conference is We Have NEVER Done It This Way! Surpassing The Norm. Sometimes we need to take our own medicine. Something is broken in the Lean world, what used to work for us seems to be changing.

  • What are we doing differently in the Lean world?
  • How are we moving from simply using tools to actually solving problems?
  • How are we creating pull for our services instead of pushing our thinking on everyone?

Come find out! Four days of incredible networking and learning will transform how you think about improvement for yourself, for businesses, for Michigan, for the world!

What Can You expect?

  • Up to 4 days of amazing learning and networking — Including 2 days of Breakout Sessions and Keynote Speakers
  • Breakout Sessions — Divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced tracks
  • Panel of Lean Experts — An incredible opportunity to learn
  • Networking — Dedicated activities outside the classroom to network and bond with other learners, make connections, and continue “informal” learning*
  • Gemba Walks — “Go see” what is happening and learn from others experiences*

*Wednesday networking is included in regular ticket price. Activities Tuesday and Thursday, and the Gemba Walks Friday come with the “Full Experience” registration.

Check Out Our Excellent Presenters!

Sponsor the Annual Conference!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hotel Blocks

Grand Traverse Resort - Space is Limited!

Grand Traverse Resort Website
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
Acme, MI 49610 (map)

When reservations are made, we will require a credit card or cash deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night for each reservation.

Guestroom Type

Guestroom Rate

Hotel Guestroom


Tower Guestroom


Phone: 800-968-7352 call and ask for the Michigan Lean Consortium discount rate.

Book Online At The Discounted Rate!

The daily resort fee is currently  $20.95 per room, per night, which includes; unlimited use of resort fitness center including cardiovascular and strength training equipment, whirlpools, saunas and indoor pools, seasonal access to outdoor pools and beachfront facilities, preferred guest pricing for our golf courses and tennis facilities, in-room coffee, high-speed internet access in Hotel and Tower guest rooms and condominiums, on-property shuttle service to Cherry Capital Airport and Turtle Creek Casino, unlimited toll-free and credit card access phone calls, voicemail message service, , use of safe deposit box,, golf bag storage, and parking. The resort fee will be automatically posted to your attendees’ guest room account. Fee and services are subject to change.

Grand Traverse Resort Cancellation Policy

An individual’s deposit is refundable to that individual minus a $25.00 cancellation fee if the Resort receives notice of an individual’s cancellation at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

Bayshore Resort - Space is Limited!

Bayshore Resort Website
833 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686 (map)

Guestroom Type

Guestroom Rate

Hotel Guestroom


Eastside Guestroom


Bayfront Guestroom


Phone: 231-935-4400 and ask for the MI Lean Group Rate.

Spa rooms also available: $309.00-349.00, ask about availability when calling.

Bayshore Cancellation Policy

If cancellation of an individual reservation becomes necessary, it must be done within 48 hours of the arrival date or the guest will be charged one nights stay plus taxes.

Grand Beach Resort

Grand Beach Resort Website
1683 U.S. 31 North
Traverse City, MI 49686

Guestroom Type   Guestroom Rate
 Standard Room  $278.10
 Bay View Room  $341.10

For Grand Beach reservations call direct at 231-938-4455. When you mention Michigan Lean Consortium you should receive the discount rates. The block will be held until July 1st.

Traverse City

Traverse City is a city located along the coast of Lake Michigan. Known for its picturesque outdoor offerings, Traverse City is a popular destination when visiting the Great Lakes. 

Check Out What Traverse City Has To Offer!

Looking For Speakers

If you or someone you know has a burning desire to share their insights with conference guests, or at one of our many other programs we welcome suggestions!

Events Speaker Form

New To The MLC?

At the MLC, we do our best to be inclusive at every level of experience, whether it’s a conference, Gemba walk or any other of our membership activities.

An individual or organizational membership gives you a year’s worth of great Lean learning and networking at low- or no-cost!

Conference Cancellation Policy

We understand that plans change. In the event you are unable to attend an event, refunds will be issued in full for cancellation refund requests received in writing via the events@michiganlean.org email at least seven (7) days before the event. Refunds will not be issued when less than a seven (7) day notice is provided. After submitting your cancellation refund request via email, please allow up to ten (10) business days for your refund to be processed. If the event is rescheduled, all purchases will be honored for the rescheduled event date. If the event is cancelled, all purchases will be refunded in full.

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