E113: Applying Lean Six Sigma within Nonprofits and Life Coaching with Aleshia Jordan

I had a great interview with Aleshia Jordan a few weeks ago, to discuss how she transitioned from finance to Lean and Six Sigma consulting, and how she is now taking her Master Black Belt skills and over 20 years of experience into her firm Virtualocity, LLC to help organizations, nonprofits and individuals in their personal life.

She discusses setting up a nonprofit in 2011 called Our Daughters, Inc. which is an all girls club, working to develop young ladies from ages 8-16 in St. Louis to help them write their own story, improve relationships and well-being using problem solving tools and skills.

She also set up a foundation for her late husband, Victor Jordan Sr. who passed away in 2020. She shares her grief journey in her first book, “Lifting The Veil.”

Tune in to this episode and discover:

  • Why she created a nonprofit organization and how Lean and Six Sigma tools were integrated into the work
  • Why she created Virtualocity LLC and how she helps individuals in their personal life
  • Her purpose for writing a book about the loss of her husband in 2020 and encouraging others to become authors
  • Why change management is often overlooked, but such a critical part of improvement projects
  • The challenge of companies seeing belts as external consultants rather than facilitators
  • The importance of letting teams organically develop solutions rather than prescribing them
  • Why it is critical to properly define scope on projects to mitigate risks
  • Why soft skills (like relationship building) are key complements to the technical skills and methods
  • Why influencing change is more important than just getting results

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Have you ordered the book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 2)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area. All proceeds donated to charity. Now available in audiobook as of Feb 2024. You can also order Volume 1 released in 2019.


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