Deborah Salimi

Deborah enjoys challenge in culturally diverse, multi-lingual atmospheres. She is a Lean Sensei, PMP, author, speaker and has worked as a manufacturing engineer, project manager, process engineer, lecturer, professor, Organizational learning manager, Director of Career Services, and community volunteer at companies such as Intel Corp, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Honeywell, Hughes Aircraft/Boeing and also not for profit HealthCare and higher education in the USA and UAE.

She honed her skills in:

  • Project management and training delivery through a grueling position as the master schedule owner for the construction and ramp up of Intel’s first Pentium factory in New Mexico, USA
  • Lean by designing and overseeing a million dollar transfer of technology including working at the mother factory in Japan and taking two bus loads of USA employees to meet their Mexican counterparts in a maquiladora
  • When she is not teaching and coaching folks on their Lean journey, you may find her writing. Most recently, she co-authored Kaizen Demystified, a collaboration of four authors who combined have led over 1000 Kaizen events.

For her contributions to the local and international community in promoting innovative engineering and business education, she received notable recognitions, including a Distinguished Faculty Award from a regional university, but her most treasured professional recognition is a familiar face approaching, smiling and saying “You helped me to see the value of my contributions at work and it changed my life for the better.” She continues to encourage those around her to continuously learn, raise their standards and just Go for It.