LAS VEGAS-In 2005, The Home Depot's process excellence program quadrupled its financial impact from 2004 while cutting cycle times in half. At the Lean Six Sigma Summit West, learn exactly how The Home Depot managed this, and also how more than 40 other companies are achieving this kind of result.

The Lean Six Sigma Summit West, scheduled for Sept. 26 to 29 in Las Vegas, has nine tracks, seven hands-on workshops and two interactive tutorials. Top profiled companies include: Harley-Davidson, Cintas Corp., ABN AMRO, BP, Jarden Corp., ARC Automotive, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Xerox, Cisco Systems, Home Depot and Telex Communications.

Richard Teerlink, former chairman of Harley-Davidson Inc., is the 2006 leadership keynote speaker. Teerlink's experience in revitalizing the Harley brand offers invaluable lessons for business leaders at all levels. He shows that there is no quick fix to affect lasting and beneficial organizational change, but provides practical, reality-based prescriptions for developing employee alignment and effective approaches to recognition and communication. His presentation will help attendees understand how to put to work the proven strategies Harley-Davidson used to reinvent every aspect of the business and re-evaluate their business proposition. He also will explain how to create a culture of trust where passionate people work at being better every day; focus the enterprise on the most important things that create competitive advantage; and beat competitors at satisfying customer needs.