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In-depth training that prepares participants to lead and contribute to Lean Six Sigma efforts and project teams. This class includes the same content and structure as the 12-day in-person LSS Green Belt training with three individual coaching sessions. Participants complete a real-world, instructor guided project as part of certification. Includes the introductory course to Lean Leadership, the Leading with Lean Short Course

Course Description: 

This four-month, in-depth training provides participants with the opportunity to lead an instructor-guided process improvement project with the potential of positively impacting their place of business. 100% online, the workshop is a blend of interactive exercises, monthly class discussions, three personal coaching sessions with the instructor, and a live online Leading with Lean short course training (unique to Lean Institute training), all in a self-paced learning environment with structured goals of completion through each phase of the course to help participants successfully stay on track for certification. Time outside of class is needed to study and work on the process improvement project. Certification requirements include successful completion of training, a process improvement process project, and a supporting written report. 

Estimated Timeline: 

  • Define (1 week) 
  • Measure (3 weeks) 
  • Analyze (5 weeks) 
  • Improve (4 weeks) 
  • Control (3 weeks) 
  • Final Presentation (4 weeks after completing the Control Phase) 

Certification Requirements: 

LSS Green Belt certification requires: 

  • Successful completion of coursework 
  • Participating in discussions and project review meetings 
  • Successful completion and review of your Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project 
  • Comprehensive project presentation live via Zoom supported by a written report

Projects are considered completed when there has been evidence of improvement on project goals through a pilot or full organization implementation. 

General Information:  

Online registration is available for most courses. Otherwise, you may contact Registration and Records at (405) 325-6034 to sign up. 

Quick Facts

Course length: 16-26 weeks (9.6 CEUs)

Prerequisites: None 

2023 Spring Session Dates: March 06 - July 14, 2023. Zoom Presentation Day, August 04, 2023.

Cost:  $2,495. Register by February 20, 2023 and save $100.

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*Please use the Register Now link if paying by credit card. If paying by Purchase Order or Cost Transfer please call Registration and Records, (405) 325-6034, to register.

Instructor: Joyce Hinton or Larry Fisher, LSS Black Belts and Brian deFonteney, LSS Black Belt, Leading with Lean short course

Materials: When registering, please provide a good physical mailing address. No PO boxes. Two resource guides will be mailed to the address provided. All other materials are inside the course.

Location: 100% online, coaching sessions and Leading with Lean short course via Zoom

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To arrange remote Lean White Belt, Lean Tools, or onsite Lean Six Sigma White or Green Belt certification, Lean Leadership and other specialized training for your company, please contact Lisa Angelotti, langelotti@ou.edu or (405) 325-3136. 



Participants receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits, which are required to maintain many professional licensures. OULI training also qualifies as PDU credits for Project Management Professionals. 


OULI's team of instructors and consultants are practicing experts in the field with extensive history in implementing process improvement efforts and coaching students.   

Brian deFonteny

deFonteny is the creator of Leading with Lean and other short courses offered by the OU Lean Institute. A certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt once active in the oil and gas industry, deFonteny has more than a decade of experience as a Lean practitioner, coach and instructor. He holds a master’s degree in human relations and a bachelor’s in psychology. deFonteny is committed to optimizing organizational success by helping others Lead with Lean. He is the author of Leadership Reimagined and an adjunct professor with the University of Oklahoma. 

Joyce Hinton  

Hinton is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has served as an OULI Lean Six Sigma coach, instructor and consultant for many of the Institute’s major clients. She is the primary instructor for the Institute’s LSS White and Green Belt training workshops. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and has completed extensive training in Lean Six Sigma methodologies, as well as having extensive experience in both management and procurement. 

Teresa Tobias  

Tobias is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt trained by some of the original consultants in the industry (Sigma Sciences, Inc., p.k.a. Six Sigma Associates). She has worked with Six Sigma Academy, the first consulting organization created by the founder of Six Sigma, Dr. Mikel Harry. Tobias has extensive experience at the strategic level working with leadership. At the tactical level, she has coached and mentored clients' internal resources for hundreds of transformational projects. 

Larry Fisher  

Fisher is the Center Process Manager for Continuous Improvement and Innovation (CI2), Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker AFB. He coordinates continuous improvement mentoring and training for 35,000+ Airmen. As a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt, he is an instructor and facilitates multi-organizational improvement events, mentors, and coaches those utilizing CI2 techniques and seeking LSS Green Belt/Black Belt certifications. Since 1985, Fisher has held positions in engineering, quality, contracting and process improvement organizations.