U.S. Study Tour

What Do Participants Learn?

As a result of attending this program, participants will acquire the ability to:

  • Bridge the gap between senior management and the front line.
  • Learn to use and apply a disciplined problem solving process to include principles of Toyota Kata.
  • Become a Legacy Leader through proven Lean Leadership principles.
  • Conduct Value Stream Analysis to help your team identify priorities for improvement.
  • Build a network of supportive leaders to continue development.

Who Should Attend?

Mid-to-senior level leaders who lead other managers; operational, group or department managers; or leaders who work up, down and across the organization.  This study trip is not industry specific; for example, leaders from manufacturing, healthcare, small business, etc. are invited to attend and will find great value in the content.  

During this study trip, you will be exposed to lean best practices, proven methods, tools, and techniques, as well as guided discussions to help you identify and overcome barriers to low efficiency, reduced team engagement/motivation, missed goals, missed budget, etc. 

Your Hosts

Robert Heath, Sr.


Robert Heath, Sr. is an engaging communicator and leading expert in Empowering Leadership.  His work is centered on helping business leaders to do more with less by properly leveraging the talents of their teams.    

He is the Founder of the Legacy Empowerment Academy and the CEO of Legacy Leadership Consulting.  Through these companies he has helped his clients achieve outstanding results like reducing a $7.5 million dollar backlog, reducing average hours worked by 25%, improving profitability by 500%, and improving leadership effectiveness by 50%. 

Combining the Leadership principles he used as an Officer and Company Commander in the United States Marine Corps with the personnel development strategies he has mastered over 20 years of leading, teaching, and coaching, Robert works with leaders who desire to increase productivity, reduce stress, and get the very best out of their team on every project, regardless of who they may lead. 

Robert received his JD, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law.  He also holds an MA in Teaching from Christian Brother's University, as well as dual BA degrees in Economics and Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Patrick Adams


Patrick Adams has been delivering bottom-line results through specialized process improvement solutions for over 20 years. He's worked with all types of businesses from  private, non-profit, government, and manufacturing ranging from small businesses to billion dollar corporations. Patrick is a proven leader, coach and highly experienced consultant that is niche focused on organizational strategy and leadership development.  

He is the Founder and CEO at Patrick Adams Consulting.  Patrick received his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and also holds a Master of Business Administration.  

Through his work as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Executive Lean Coach, Patrick has trained thousands of successful change agents, and has been actively involved with 60+ organizations including Parker-Hannifin Corporation (55% productivity increase, 32% reduction in manufacturing leadtimes), Amway Corporation  ($6.5 million dollar documented cost savings), Plasan Carbon Composites (over 25% reduction in changeover times), Whirlpool Corporation, Haworth Corporation, and many more.   

He brings a unique human approach to sound team-building practices; creating consensus and enabling empowerment. He motivates, inspires, and drives the right results at all points in business processes.  

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