Using Six Sigma to Address Racial Equity with Joy Mason – Lean Six Sigma for Good

In a recent interview, Joy Mason, CEO and founder of Optimist Business Solutions discusses her background in continuous improvement, what led to the creation of The Six Sigma Racial Equity Institute™ (SSREI), along with some project examples. SSREI is an innovative leadership program designed to upskill Black Women to be complex problem solvers. She also […]

Racial equity institute gives Black women Six Sigma training as ‘an opportunity to level the playing field’

Joy Mason helped found the Six Sigma Racial Equity Institute, which is a nonprofit in Indianapolis, Indiana that teaches Black female professionals problem solving skills to receive the institute’s Six Sigma green belt certification. Six Sigma training is normally $5,000, but the tuition is reduced for these women due to corporate sponsorships. Students meet all […]

Marion County Cohort Addressing Under-represented Black Women in Six Sigma

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Center for Business and Economic Development has partnered with the Six Sigma Racial Equity Institute (SSREI) to help Black women in Indianapolis and Marion County earn their Six Sigma Green Belt certification. “What we’re doing with the Six Sigma for Racial Equity Institute is taking the power of data analysis […]

Six Sigma Racial Equity Initiative in Indianapolis – Innovation, Agilité & Excellence Podcast

Joy Mason discusses her background, and her work creating the Six Sigma Racial Equity Initiative with podcast host Veronica Marquez. The initiative is designed to upskill Black women in the Indianapolis community with strategies and tools for critical thinking and complex problem-solving. Each program cohort includes training and certification provided by a local university. The […]

Using Six Sigma to Amplify Diversity and Equity with Joy Mason – JIT Cafe

Overwhelmed!! That’s the word Joy E. Mason hears most often when she asks leaders how they feel about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Leaders are finding themselves overwhelmed by recent demographic and cultural shifts and the uncertainty of what to do next. Unfortunately, traditional DEI training doesn’t appear to have the answers that leaders desperately […]

Using Kaizen Events to Understand the Complex and Unique Challenges of the Public Sector with Isaac Hughley

Isaac Hughley, Process Improvement Specialist with the Indiana Department of Revenue presented at the monthly Indianapolis ASQ section meeting in September 2021. He discussed how kaizen events can be used in the public sector to address complex and unique challenges (especially during a pandemic). He shares an example of a kaizen event in which the […]

Kata for Good and #RootCauseRacism with Deondra Wardelle

Deondra is a strategic thinker and consultant based in Indianapolis (Indiana) who focuses on coaching, empowering and developing individuals towards achieving their personal and professional goals. She shares her experiences working for and volunteering within nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to her nonprofit work, she is also the creator of the #RootCauseRacism, which was […]

Lean and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Lean Blog Podcast

Mark Graban interviews Christopher D. Chapman, Senior Lean Transformation Coach at Chapman Lean Enterprise, and Dr. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, a social scientist, Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University. They discuss Christopher’s article “Lean in Lean Thinkers to Root Out Racial Inequity” and the intersection and overlap between Lean […]