Judy Wells is a thought leader and strategic thinker with more than 25 years’ experience in guiding organizations to breakthrough results through process improvement projects.
As a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (ASQ) and Prosci Change Management practitioner, she is skilled at analyzing what’s working and what’s not in an organization and orchestrating positive change – by tapping strengths and bringing people together, in a positive and motivating manner. Talented at helping organizations define a vision, she establishes strategic direction, drives execution, builds organizational talent, and leads change. Judy is a proven leader in facilitating partnerships and building relationships across all levels of organizations. Her organizational and process management skills are stellar, with a flawless record of on-time, in-budget outcomes on projects of all sizes.
A pioneer in bringing Lean to the U.S., Judy began her career utilizing the Toyota Production System methods developed in Japan while working as a manufacturing engineer. She went on to work for the U.S. Air Force and Hughes Aircraft, where she facilitated Total Quality Management (TQM) process improvement teams and studied under industry experts including W. Edwards Deming. At Hughes Aircraft, she was a certified process improvement facilitator and taught training in Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments.
After earning her MBA in Operations Management from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she began her career as a professional management consultant with Ernst & Young and IBM, where she gained extensive experience and training in process improvement and Organizational Change Management (OCM). Judy has led more than 100 highly successful consulting engagements, the majority of which have included process improvement components.