Join the Iowa Lean Consortium

The Iowa Lean Consortium is a member-driven organization that was established in 2010 through grassroots initiatives. Our primary focus is to empower you and your workforce with the knowledge and resources necessary to build a culture of continuous improvement. Our extensive network of seasoned professionals and diverse learning opportunities will play a pivotal role in enhancing your people, refining your processes, and elevating your organization’s competitiveness.

At the Iowa Lean Consortium, we believe in the power of collaboration and shared experiences. Together, we can explore innovative strategies and best practices to drive meaningful transformations in your organization. Whether you are just beginning your continuous improvement journey or seeking to build upon existing initiatives, our dedicated team is here to support you and connect you to resources and other members.

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 PDF.
  2. Complete an application
  3. Pay for membership via credit card or request an invoice via application


  1. Learn about all member benefits via our Member Kanban Board and Members Only Page.
  2. View the current member listing.

If you have questions, please refer to our FAQ page and/or reach out to us at

Annual Conference Special

Take advantage of our Annual Conference Special offer! Sign up now, and your membership will be valid until December 2024, giving you over 15 months of membership for the price of 12. As a member, your team can attend the Annual Conference and other ILC events at a discounted rate and begin accessing all member benefits immediately. Join today!

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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 Learning Hour
Iowa Lean Members Only Forum 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. split invoice between departments)

  Download a PDF of the 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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