About the Maverick Institute


At the Maverick Institute, our mission is to find new ideas and applications for Lean and to make them fresh and relevant for today’s organizations.

Founded by Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Todd Hudson, we pioneered the application of Lean to Learning and Training, creating a specific methodology for eliminating training waste and adding learning value to accelerate knowledge flow across organizations.

We work with organizations from many different industries, but have a particular expertise in applying Lean to Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) processes in laboratory and healthcare settings.

About Our Founder

Head Maverick Todd Hudson hates waste.

With more than 30 years of Lean operations and management experience, and more than fifteen years as a global knowledge transfer expert, Todd has worked with US, European and Chinese companies in nearly every major industry.

A clear-sighted truth teller, Todd has an insatiable curiosity and keen observation skills that allow him to get right to the heart of process and knowledge transfer issues. Never satisfied with the status quo, Todd is the consummate “why not” thinker, helping our certification candidates set (and reach!) stretch goals and saving valuable resources. He is all about measurable results and positive impact.

Todd is also a popular speaker at conferences and corporate meetings, and prolific writer who articles have appeared in Chief Learning Officer magazine, the New York Times and many other business media.

He is the author of two books on employing Lean methods to accelerate onboarding of 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 currently co-authoring a book on Lean and Mindfulness and writing another book on applying Lean to EHS in laboratories.

Todd holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Chinese and Economics from Connecticut College. He speaks Chinese and French. And he is a foodie, cyclist, kayaker and an amateur filmmaker.