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Shane Allen Wentz


Shane is co-owner of A Change in Latitude Consulting, whose mission is to leverage continuous improvement to help organizations in both the public and private sector “change their latitude” in order to enhance their bottom line, build a culture of continuous improvement and get closer to their “true north.”  He is a certified lean six sigma master black belt who has spent approximately 12 years in the continuous improvement field with organizations such as the US Army, Siemens, Nike and Radial (formerly eBay Enterprises). 
 
Shane is passionate about continuous improvement and shows his passion through various posts and articles on LinkedIn, speaking at Operational Excellence conferences, being a guest on the Just in Time Café (goleansixsigma.com) and the Manufacturing Leaders Podcast.   Shane is an advocate of people being at the core of continuous improvement and works with leaders of organizations to ensure continuous improvement is leveraged to enhance the culture which drives savings.

Why Shane Loves Teaching
“I love taking what people perceive as a difficult topic and breaking it down so that it is easily understood and applied to everyday life.”   Teaching is something I have done for years; in the Army and at the college level, however my favorite topic to teach is continuous improvement.  To have students come to me after class and say they can feel my passion when I am talking about continuous improvement always brings a smile to my face.

Professional Summary  
Shane got his start as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in the US Army in 2009 as the Army rolled out the largest deployment of Lean Six Sigma in the world.  After a year of doing black belt work part-time, in addition to his day job, he got the opportunity to get master black belt certified and become a full-time continuous improvement practitioner.  He took over as the Director of Continuous Improvement for the Army Human Resources Command.
 
Shane then made the plunge to the private sector as the Director of Business Excellence, North America Region, for Siemens Rail automation.  He was then recruited to join Nike as a lean master, overseeing the lean program for Japan and Korea as well as rolling out lean to various North America Nike business segments.  Shane then moved to Memphis and became the Director of Lean and Quality for Nike’s North America Distribution Network.  He then joined Radial (formerly eBay Enterprises) as their Global Director of Continuous improvement for their network of 23 distribution centers and call centers across North America and Europe.

In February of 2019 Shane and his wife Susie started A Change in Latitude Consulting.  They are a woman and Small Business Disabled Veteran Owned (SBDVO) consulting firm that leverages continuous improvement to enhance the bottom line of private and public sector organizations and get closer to their “true north.”

Credentials
  • PhD from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky with an emphasis in Strategy Development
  • MBA from Baker College in Flint, Michigan
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Awarded best Enterprise Level Project 2011- US Army (presented by Secretary of the Army)
  • Guest Lecturer at University of Louisville teaching classes in Supporting Organizational Change and HR Fundamentals
  • Taught hundreds of courses in continuous improvement in the US Army, Siemens, Nike and Radial
 
 
“I love taking what people perceive as a difficult topic and breaking it down so that it is easily understood and applied to everyday life.”
- Shane Allen Wentz