Join the Iowa Lean Consortium

Welcome! The Iowa Lean Consortium is a member-driven organization that helps train your workforce by connecting you to a broad network of continuous improvement professionals and learning opportunities designed to help you improve your people, processes and the competitiveness of your organization.

Our membership consists of organizations from all sectors of the economy including, but not limited to, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, service/transaction, construction, government, and education.

How to join: 

  1. Review the membership levels and benefits at each level (see below). Click here for a PDF.
  2. Complete an application.
  3. Learn more about all member benefits via our Member Kanban Board and Members Only Page.
  4. View current member listing.

If you have questions please refer to our FAQ page and/or reach out to ILC Program Director, Tracy Schuster at

Join NOW via our Annual Conference Special

When your organization joins today, the membership will be valid until December 31, 2022! Your team can register for the Annual Conference at the member rate and take advantage of all member benefits NOW.
You will get 15+ months of membership for the price of 12.

Join Now! 

New Member Benefit
Number of individual employees who are members 1 Named Individual 1-3 Named Individuals 1-10 Named Individuals Unlimited – ALL employees are members
Reduced event registration fees
Priority registration and waiting list priority
(including our Annual Conference)
Iowa Lean Members Only Forum Access to Lean Coffee Sessions
(virtual and in-person)
Access to live & recorded online events
Lean Jobs Board View View View and post View and post
Website access to library and tools
Iowa Lean Members Only Forum Access to Members Shared Calendar
Iowa Lean Members Only Forum Access to Members Forum
ISU Capstone Projects Access to ISU Capstone Projects with Students Personalized visit to explore maximizing a capstone project
Recognition on ILC website Organization Name Logo Large Logo Large logo linked to your organization’s website
Transfer membership to new employee in the event of job changes
Transfer event registration to another ILC member in  your organization
Iowa Lean Members Only Forum Access to Mentorship Program
5% Discount on CIRAS productivity services
Annual Visit from CIRAS staff to review continuous improvement programs (offered, not required)
All employees are members and receive all member benefits
5% off ALL CIRAS services
Press release written by CIRAS marketing to announce ILC membership and promote your organization as one that values a culture of continuous improvement
Special invoicing (i.e. will split invoice between departments)
New Member Benefit

  Download a PDF of Benefit Chart


What others are saying about being members of the ILC:

The ability to transform our business and remain agile is a competitive advantage in this current work environment. Because of Lean and our relationship with the Iowa Lean Consortium, Vermeer has been able to quickly reconfigure both our manufacturing and business processes to match the way we need to work today.  —Larry Ehlinger, Vermeer


We have a very small Continuous Improvement team, so access to ILC’s readily available resources is an important part of our CI journey. We appreciate that the ILC is a member-driven organization. They want to hear from us regarding our needs, and they work to meet those needs. This has allowed Grinnell Mutual to suggest specific training topics and targeted experiences that have improved the quality of education for our CI leaders and accelerated our overall implementation timeline. —Jeff Martin, Grinnell Mutual


Muscatine Power and Water is a founding member of the ILC. We continue to participate because it provides us with a way to connect to other organizations across the state—build relationships, learn from others, and share our successes and opportunities. The training opportunities we receive as a member of the organization pay for themselves many times over. —Jennifer Peterson, Muscatine Power & Water


Mary Greeley values its membership with the Iowa Lean Consortium because it brings valuable, cost-effective training to our workforce. ILC membership also provides us opportunities to collaborate and benchmark with peers, both within our industry and outside. This is important as we continue our journey toward organizational excellence using the Malcolm Baldrige framework. —Karen Kiel Rosser, Mary Greeley Medical Center




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