PEN Announces Partnership to Bring Lean Six Sigma Courses to Members

Minneapolis, Minnesota  – The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) is pleased to announce a partnership with The Netherlands-based The Lean Six Sigma Company (TLSSC), which will bring TLSSC’s world class online portfolio of Lean Six Sigma training to PEN members in the Upper Midwest.

“The need to improve organizational efficiency and productivity has never been greater,” said Brian Lassiter, president of the Performance Excellence Network.  “Even before – but especially because of – COVID-19, organizations will need to streamline operations, finding ways to eliminate waste, simplify processes, and quickly improve results.  But today no one has the time, and most of us simply cannot due to coronavirus restrictions, attend in-person workshops to learn new skills and techniques to improve our organization’s performance.  That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with The Lean Six Sigma Company to bring these concepts to our members in a convenient, virtual, efficient, and cost-effective way.”

The partnership provides PEN members with access to proven methods, best practices, and techniques through a series of online workshops designed and offered by TLSSC in collaboration with their sister company, The Productivity Company (TPC), a fast-growing edu-tech company with a mission to help people embrace lifelong learning through compact e-learning solutions.

Online course content focuses on relevant topics such as Lean, Six Sigma, 5S, Kaizen, A3, project selection, mistake-proofing, value stream mapping, and many others.  Courses can be consumed individually or as a series.  All are relatively short in duration.

“Due to the great accessibility of digital content, our members will have immediate access to a wide variety of online courses and can access them at any time in any setting,” says Lassiter.  “And with TLSSC’s proven global reputation that includes over 4,000 clients and 25,000+ trained students worldwide, we’re confident in the quality and relevancy of the material.”

Edwin Boon, CEO of The Lean Six Sigma Company USA states: “In the Performance Excellence Network, we have found a partner that embodies the same mindset of continuous improvement and passion for quality that drives us as an organization and are honored to work with such a respected resource of knowledge.”

Content is immediately accessible, and PEN members are eligible for a 50% member discount.  Organizations not currently members of PEN are also welcome to access the content.

For more information, visit here.

Contact Information


Jennifer Burmeister, Program Director



Edwin Boon, CEO and Master Black Belt



Maurice Doppert, Partner and Sales Director


About Performance Excellence Network

The Performance Excellence Network was founded in 1987 by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Rudy Perpich, and was spun off into a private 501(c)3 nonprofit two years later. PEN advances improvement and performance excellence within organizations, individuals and communities. It helps leaders identify strengths and improvement opportunities, and it builds networks that bring information, resources, knowledge and best practices to organizations desiring to improve. PEN serves over 250 members and organizations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. For more information, visit here.

About The Lean Six Sigma Company (TLSSC)

Based in The Netherlands, TLSSC is one of the world’s leading providers of Lean Six Sigma education. The Lean Six Sigma Company’s classroom courses and workshops are certified according to the ISO18404 and ISO13053 standards, ensuring that the knowledge, skills and competencies are recognized internationally. TLSSC has also collaborated with multiple universities in Europe in order to spread LSS within the academic setting. For more information, visit here.

About The Productivity Company (TPC)

TPC develops online courses in collaboration with industry experts and hosts these courses on their online learning platform. This includes courses on the subject of Lean Six Sigma, developed with their sister company The Lean Six Sigma Company. TPC creates online learning solutions that are accessible, fun, effective and above all, practical. Their courses are aimed at improving productivity through techniques, methods and tools that help individuals and organizations both excel at work and simply make life easier.  For more information, visit here.