The concepts of lean and continuous improvement have been around for more than 50 years, yet thousands of companies have failed to fully integrate and sustain this powerful manufacturing approach into their organizations. For those that do, lean tools can bring their operations into better alignment with crucial cost, safety, sustainability, production, delivery, reliability and customer expectations. Despite these benefits, organizations still struggle to keep lean methods in continuous use. A better approach to leveraging lean and continuous improvement is to view it as a journey that begins with tools and training and ends when a self-sustaining, continuously evolving, lean culture that is fully in place throughout the corporation. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is well along on this journey, with strong lean tools and an established culture of continuous learning. Conference attendees will learn about some of the triumphs and setbacks that have marked Freudenberg’s 29-year transformation and leave with ideas about how to begin the journey from process improvement tools to powerful learning culture.