Terra Vanzant-Stern, PhD


Victoria University



About Terra Vanzant-Stern

Terra Vanzant-Stern, PhD., PMP, SPHR/GPHR. is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and CEO of SSD Global Solutions, Inc. (Smart Simple Decision Making). She currently serves on two non-profit boards: Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Colorado Lean Network (CLN). She holds a PMP, SPHR, GPHR, Quality Engineer and Facilitator certifications. Dr. Stern is a USAF veteran who has written several books and articles on problem solving, process improvement and leadership. Her most well-known book is Lean Six Sigma: International Standards and Global Guideline (Routledge). Her latest book by the same publisher is currently being used at Metropolitan State University: Leaner Six Sigma - Making Lean Six Sigma Easier and Adaptable to Current Workplaces. Dr. Stern's latest work has been with Design Thinking: A Model for Process Improvement, Innovation and Invention. Additionally, Dr. Stern has published two Kindle books: LEANER Six Sigma and A Leaner Approach to Government and Public Utilities. Her book Lean and Agile Project Management went into 2nd Edition May 2020. Dr. Stern's latest work is on Employee Engagement, She is offering training and certification as an Employee Engagement Coach. Dr. Stern has worked with George Washington University, Baker University and CSU developing programs in the areas of practical statistics, leadership and critical thinking. Dr. Stern has performed executive coaching, facilitation and Kaizen sessions (rapid improvement events) for companies such as Tennessee Valley Authority, Southern California Edison, South Texas Project, Ahold Holding, County of Jefferson Colorado and the Denver Federal Center. Dr. Stern's past board positions include: Chair, ASQ Lean Enterprise Division, Strategy Chair Colorado Human Resource Association, Member at Large, Colorado Ethics Committee and Curriculum Chair for Projects with Industry (who worked placing developmentally disabled adults in the workforce community).

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