Title: Founder and President
Company: Jean Cunningham Consulting


Jean Cunningham is a strong proponent of comprehensive lean education curriculum and is influencing the curriculum on several fronts. She and colleagues have started a non-profit targeted to send professor/student pairs to lean conferences, teaches in Fisher College’s Masters of Business Operational class and directs curriculum for the Lean Accounting Summit. She believes in the power that lean has on people and their careers.  

Jean brings corporate experience to her classroom teachings including (former) vice president and CFO at Lantech, Inc. and Marshfield Door Systems. Other associated roles include the former CFO at Stiles Associates, the premier executive retain search firm focused on lean, and the former CFO and a Director-at-Large for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, a well known business association providing lean workshops and other industry events.

Based on her corporate lean journey, Jean published two books on the practical application of lean.  "Real Numbers" won the 2004 Shingo Prize for research and has become an essential lean accounting text. "Easier, Simpler, Faster" won the 2008 Shingo Prize for research and is recommended reading for lean IS/IT efforts. She contributed to "Lean Accounting," a collection of works by lean experts and is one of the founding and ongoing Thought Leaders for the Lean Accounting Summit.