Yokoten Learning was founded by Jess Orr, a continuous improvement practitioner, thinker, and learner. She has 10+ years of experience in a variety of industries, including Toyota. Jess has two Six Sigma Black Belt certifications, is certified in Toyota Business Practices and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math from Virginia Tech.

Jess is particularly passionate about coaching and training others in continuous improvement principles and practices, guided by her core value of “Respect for People”.

If you are looking to take your organization to the next level, consider partnering with Jess. She offers interactive training webinars and coaching customized to meet your organizations specific needs. Areas of expertise include:

  • Toyota Production System
  • Lean tools (i.e. value stream mapping, setup reduction, 5S, visual management, etc)
  • A3 thinking and problem-solving
  • Daily Management System
  • Identification and selection of high-value projects
  • Kaizen event planning and facilitation
  • Six Sigma principles and tools
  • Transactional / administrative process improvements
  • Building a culture of continuous improvement

Example training webinar: How to Use A3 Thinking in Everyday Life



“Jess Orr is one of the most passionate leaders in lean and continuous improvement that I have had the pleasure to work with. She understands the connection between systems, people, and tactical tools AND how to create the strategy necessary for executing the change necessary for a lean operating system”

“During my 20 year career so far in working with various business titans which include inventors and successful entrepreneurs, I have recognized immediately that Jess is one of the very few elite talents in which I have had the opportunity to learn. She has helped me tremendously in enhancing my own abilities in developing people and leveraging analytics for all to benefit.”

“Jess has the ability to pull the best out of the groups she serves, enabling them to walk beyond their present boundaries, expanding their visions of service, enabling their future growth both as a team and as an individual.”

Webinar participants:

“Great technical tools presentation with Jess’s great personality and personal touch/subject. Perfect combo.” 

“This was a fantastic summary of the A3 process with a specific, simple example. The material was broken down in a manner that made it easy to apply no matter your role or organization.” 

Coaching client:

“Having just started my learning for continuous improvement methodologies, I quickly found myself in uncharted territory. I had some knowledge acquired from books and courses, but was completely green with respect to implement continuous improvement.

Jess’s advice and suggestions has made an immediate impact on both my confidence and my career. If you’re feeling stuck or lacking confidence with how to pursue continuous improvement, I highly recommend a consult with Jess. Your only regret will be that you didn’t reach out to her sooner!”

You can connect with Jess on LinkedIn or via the contact form below:

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