Acknowledging that the solutions to most problems already exist within individuals and groups. At Athena, we believe in drawing out this wisdom and enhancing it with technical concepts and tools that the client may not be familiar with to create deep and lasting individual and organizational evolution.
Lauri Valenta has over 20 years’ experience leading and coaching organizational improvements and transformation initiatives in the private and public sectors. She has studied dozens of organizations, processes and teams and has facilitated as many improvement teams resulting in break-through improvements. She also facilitates strategic planning and strategy deployment through measurement plans and linked visual management systems. Her passion is helping organizations and people to reach their fullest potential in service to their clients and their communities.
Lauri is a skilled, active facilitator with experience using liberating structures to create true engagement in teams. With an emphasis on leadership development, she has developed and delivered multiple training programs and provided active workplace observation of applied learning and coaching feedback to maximize skill development. Lauri is an experienced consultant, project manager, and coach who offers specific expertise in Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints improvement methodologies, evaluating organization design, process performance, and workplace culture. She is respected for her ability to build relationships quickly and to effectively communicate with all levels of an organization and infusing Lean with humanism.
Lauri is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), has a B.S. in non-profit management and holds certificates in Change Management from Acuity Institute. She studied political science and psychology at Northwest Missouri State University, the Toyota Production System (lean/kaizen) in Japan, and Production & Inventory Management at APICS, Seattle. Lauri spent 18 years in the private sector in various leadership positions at a mid-sized manufacturing firm and five years as an internal lean consultant for King County and King County Metro Transit before joining The Athena Group.