Yokoten Solutions was founded in 2018 with the purpose of educating and empowering organizations in continuous improvement principles and skills to build in-house capability for positive change. ‘Yokoten’ (pronounced yō-kō-ten) is a Japanese word that means to share best known practices. Yokoten Solutions’ goal is to spread the principles and practice of continuous improvement across a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing to non-profits to healthcare.
Jess Orr (founder and lead facilitator):
Jess Orr is a continuous improvement leader and practitioner with over 12 years experience in a variety of industries. She worked directly for Toyota and is Six Sigma Master Black Belt trained. Jess holds bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech with a minor in mathematics.
Jess is passionate about engaging and empowering employees to improve their work and building a culture of continuous improvement within organizations. Jess’ areas of knowledge and skill include facilitating process improvement events, lean and six sigma, change management, and building a culture of continuous improvement. Together, she and the teams she has served have achieve more than $5MM in sustainable savings for organizations.
“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.”
“Provided valuable information and was presented in such an engaging and easy to understand format. The material was broken down in a manner that made it easy to apply no matter your role or organization”
“Jess has a way she goes about [projects] to make them interesting and fun. The best part is she keeps the team on point and is very thorough and detail oriented in her delivery of the assignments. Jess has been instrumental in my vision on continuous improvement.”
“Jess did an amazing job keeping everyone’s attention while presenting material. Her presentation skills and use of humor kept everyone engaged and was well appreciated by all of my fellow classmates. A++”
“Jess is immensely talented in that she combines highly acute abilities in developing people, data, and analytics so that bottom line results exceed challenging goals. As a result of her deep care and passion, many of those who have collaborated with her on several levels have been inspired to reach within themselves to harness one’s abilities to drive meaningful results for the entire team at large. Jess has an incredible respect for people and that is ultimately why I believe she is able to be extremely effective in her continuous improvement projects for sustaining positive cultural transformations and impactful financial savings at the same time.”
“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.”