Hologic, Inc. 
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Intermediate level

Executive gemba walks - hit the ground running

Go see - ask why - respect people


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Oct. 12 Location Code
1:45pm-2:45pm Hynes Center, Level 3, Ballroom B ThS/64



Hear how Hologic has been able to change with the tides of uncertainty and the next steps they will take to ensure lean is not “something extra” but part of the company’s fabric and the way it does business. Listen to successes and failures, and how the company gained momentum to move forward to its current state.


Learn how senior leadership engagement is critical to the success and sustainability of an improvement program. Leaders are responsible for creating an environment of accountability and improving employee engagement. Hear how an organization moving forward in their lean journey was acquired, lost its lean leaders/focus and struggled progressing lean across the organization. Discover how one site got back on track in the middle of significant reorganization and change, refocusing its lean efforts. Learn how employees are engaged and recognized through a My CI Program. Hear about creative ways to provide lean training to those who cannot afford spending time away from their valuable work. Gain insights on how executive management participated in implementing gemba walks as part of their philosophy of respect for people, including lessons learned along the way.


Hologic, Inc., is a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, making advances toward greater certainty for its customers by providing cutting-edge technology that makes a real difference in getting patients early diagnosis of disease. It moves to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and work to achieve both incremental and transformational progress to improve patients’ lives. Its purpose—The Science of Sure. Its core offerings: Breast & Skeletal Health; Diagnostic; GYN Surgical; and Medical Aesthetic Solutions. Hologic believes its responsibility is to offer customers ever-greater certainty – progressive certainty – by pushing the boundaries of science. "We act with integrity. We innovate with determination. We are Hologic." Hologic is the recipient of the San Diego Business Journal Manufacturing Excellence Award.

Presenter: Lisa Thompson

As director of business excellence at Hologic, Inc., Lisa Thompson manages a portfolio of projects, is the corporate point of contact for lean champions and provides lean training/facilitation of lean events across the organization. She joined Hologic in 1998 as manager of packaging and labeling. In 2008, she moved into the finance organization, creating a corporate continuous process improvement (CPI) program. In 2009, she was one of the original champions to spearhead operational excellence. With the acquisition of Gen-Probe by Hologic, Inc. in 2012, Thompson moved to the integration management office to assist with acquisition integration efforts across the global organization. Thompson received her master of science in global leadership from the University of San Diego. She has a lean six sigma black belt and attended Jeffrey Liker's "Leading the Toyota Way" master class in 2017.