About Todd Hudson

Todd Hudson is a rare combination: a Lean Six Sigma black belt industrial engineer who is also an expert in knowledge transfer and training.

In the early years of his career, Todd managed operations for several high-tech manufacturers including Siltronic, Taiwan Semiconductor and Planar Systems.

While managing facilities, he quickly realized that he could make rapid improvements to processes but teaching a 24/7 multi-national, multi-lingual, multi-generational workforce how to do those improvements was a huge challenge.

Being a maverick thinker, he began to experiment with applying process improvement methods, such as Lean, to training. The results were literally off the charts. So extraordinary, in fact, that he eventually left manufacturing and founded the Maverick Institute to bring his Lean for Training certifications to as many organizations as possible.

Since then, he has consulted in knowledge transfer and Lean for Training with organizations of all sizes, all over the world.


An Experienced Safety Trainer

In his various roles, Todd has had plenty of hands-on experience in safety training. As a plant manager, when he discovered that his employees were afraid of the safety shower, he brought a change of clothes from home and personally demonstrated the shower on himself.

He has also worked with mining companies in Arizona to improve safety through better training.

Today, he is a FEMA-Oregon certified trainer for CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), and is the volunteer training coordinator for the Oregon’s Clackamas County CERT team.

An Author, Speaker and More

Todd is co-author of Mindful Habits for 7 Lean Practices, as well as Eliminate, Automate or Transfer? Three Ways to Retain Critical Knowledge Before Your Expert Leaves, and two books on employing Lean methods to accelerate onboarding of young new hires: “My Personal Onboarding Plan: The New Hire’s Guide to On-the-Job Success” and “Not a Moment to Lose: The Step-by-Step Guide to Internship Success.” 

He is a popular keynote speaker/workshop leader at conferences and a prolific writer whose articles have appeared in Chief Learning Officer magazine, the New York Times, the Portland Business Journal and many other business media, podcasts and webcasts.

Todd holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts, a BA in Chinese and Economics from Connecticut College, a certificate from Stanford University’s Executive Program in Strategy and Organization and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the Motorola Lean program. He is a whiz in the kitchen, avid kayaker, cyclist, amateur filmmaker, prog-rock enthusiast and a superfan of The Big Lebowski.

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