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How to Establish a Learning Community – a practical workshop | Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones

Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if you could create a vibrant, active, learning community within your organisation?

In 2020, that crazy year where the world turned upside down, a new learning community was born. The Kata Girl Geeks started out as one person wanting to learn, and developed into an amazing, global group of over 100 women, coming together to support each other, learn new skills and improve their worlds.

Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if you too could create a vibrant, active, learning community within your organisation?

Well this workshop can help you do just that!

  • You will be introduced to the Improvement Kata – a 4-step model which helps us think and act scientifically – and shown how this approach can help you take small, intentional steps towards your goal.
  • You will hear the journey of the Kata Girl Geeks, see how we worked to identify and overcome obstacles, and how we continually seek to improve through experiments.
  • You will build and work through your own storyboard, and come away with a practical understanding of how to use the Toyota Kata approach to develop and build a strong learning community within your organisation.


Gemma started her career studying Mechanical Engineering. She quickly discovered the world of Continuous Improvement and spent 20 years working to improve processes and systems within various manufacturing industries including Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Dairy, Cosmetics & Toiletries, Food, and Medical Devices. She has been a CI Manager numerous times and an Operations Manager running a factory of over 500 people.

Gemma is hugely passionate about Manufacturing and strongly believes in Lean Thinking. She gets such a kick out of coaching and facilitating, especially when she sees the lightbulb switch on in someone’s head – when they solve a problem; when they realise they have the power to change; or when they get excited about all the improvements they could make.

In 2018, Gemma left the world of employment to establish her own business, SPARK Improvement, aiming to switch on as many lightbulbs as possible. Her mission is to help organisations be the best they can be, through a combination of Lean Thinking, Toyota Kata, Visual Facilitation, and Experiential Learning.

Gemma is based in Cheshire in the UK.

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