Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, MBB
President, Firefly Consulting, Austin, TX, USA

Kimberly Watson-Hemphill is the President of Firefly Consulting, a firm specializing in Innovation and Operational Excellence. She is also on the faculty of the Acton School of Business, a MBA program in entrepreneurship based in Austin, Texas. She was previously a Vice President of George Group Consulting, and a Partner with Accenture. Kimberly has led multiple programs in Lean Six Sigma and Design for Lean Six Sigma with Fortune 500 companies, including a global deployment that generated over $1B in savings. Her previous book, Fast Innovation, hit Business Week’s Top 10 Business book list. Her new book, Innovating Lean Six Sigma, was released by McGraw-Hill in early 2016. Kimberly is a certified Master Black Belt.


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Conference Chair's Message

Laura Martin-Samala

Continuous Process Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner helps organizations achieve, but is also a fundamental core competency of their personal make up. That is why  innovative companies are looking for people that use the LSS way of thinking at every level. In this age of “Big Data”, “IOT” and “AI”, ... read more