Laura Colcord

COO and Managing Consultant , Legal Lean Sigma Institute
Boston, MA, United States

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• Versatile consultant skilled at organization diagnosis and improvement, project facilitation and project management, change management, and training and coaching internal consultants, team leaders, and management teams
• Expert at designing and implementing process improvement programs at every scale, ranging from major multinational companies to small, entrepreneurial organizations. Senior-level coach and mentor for executives leading transformation programs
• More than 30 years business experience, largely in the energy, chemicals/ pharmaceuticals and manufacturing industries, with experience also in consumer goods and service industries including financial services, health care, higher education, law firms, and non-profit organizations. Has worked in 20 countries
• Areas of expertise include corporate and operational transformation, strategic business planning, LeanSigma process improvement, Supply Chain management, and acquisition topics, including operational due diligence for potential acquisitions and post-merger process integration
• Extensive experience creatively applying LeanSigma outside traditional areas, including chemical and process industries as well as administrative processes, knowledge processes (e.g. new product development), management processes, and in new industries (e.g. law firms)
• Highly-rated designer and instructor for all types of Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints training, including overview courses, leadership training, awareness training, development of skilled internal consultants (4-week Black Belt training), and advanced training in special topics
• Wannabe jazz piano player, competitive ballroom dancer, artist


English, French

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012

I'm passionate about

connecting great ideas with effective action. I love exploring interesting ideas for their own sake, but believe that ideas become much more valuable when the seeds are planted, nurtured, and grown.

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