Summary and Objectives
Kata in the Classroom (KIC) brings the Toyota Kata to life through an interactive simulation that teaches students how to follow the four steps of the Improvement/Coaching Kata. During this session, Deondra will share how she used the Kata in the Classroom concept to work with senior leaders in varying organizations to create strategic plans and help their teams achieve challenging goals sometimes along unchartered pathways.
Deondra Wardelle is a leader, organizer, corporate trainer, licensed health coach, problem solver, motivational speaker and continuous improvement professional. Her focus is coaching, empowering and developing individuals towards achieving their personal and professional goals.
Deondra has a diverse professional background that includes her current role as Director for a global industry leader, where she and her team are responsible for driving and supporting Continuous Improvement opportunities for more than 70 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has worked as a corporate trainer, human resources professional, project manager and has held various roles in operations management.
Born in California, raised in Kentucky and now living in Indiana. Deondra graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate & Organizational Communication, has studied Leadership at the Louisville Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned her Health Coach certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
As a licensed Health Coach, Kata Geek and Lean Six Sigma professional (specializing in Lean Six Sigma and the Toyota Improvement and Coaching Kata ) Deondra’s passion and life’s calling is using Continuous Improvement methodologies via Vision Boards to help change the lives of people by turning their dreams into reality one day at a time.