Katie Anderson Head Shot - Dec2014Bio

Katie Anderson is a leadership and executive coach, team builder, facilitator and strategic thought partner. Katie is passionate about developing people’s leadership, problem solving and coaching capabilities to support continuous improvement and organizational transformation.

Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2013, Katie held senior Lean leadership roles at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Children’s Health, and served as a consultant for PricewaterHouse Coopers Australia and a research analyst at the University of California at San Francisco.

In addition to her consulting practice, Katie is a faculty member of Catalysis (formerly the Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value) and the Lean Enterprise Institute, is a coach for the Fisher School of Business MBOE program, and serves on the Quality and Patient Experience Board Committee at El Camino Hospital in Silicon Valley.

After living in Tokyo for 18 months in 2015 & 2016, she recently moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Education and Honors

  • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology with honors.
  • University of Sydney, Master of Philosophy in Public Health.
  • Fulbright Scholar, Australia

Katie’s work and approach


Katie blogs about her experiences with Lean, leadership, and life in Japan on this website. Her intentions and goals for this site include exploring the following topics:

  • Lean thinking in Japan
  • Healthcare in Japan
  • The role of women and gender relations in the workplace and daily living
  • Daily living and Japanese cultural observations

Some blog posts that highlight Katie’s work and coaching principles include:

Lean Post articles

Katie writes for the Lean Enterprise Institute‘s Lean Post. Articles include:

Her most popular Lean Post article “How to Get Out of the Habit of Telling” was translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil.

Planet Lean articles

Katie also writes for Planet Lean. Articles include:

Public Engagements

Upcoming public events:

Recent public events:


Some current and former clients include:

  • Palo Alto Veterans Administration Healthcare System (United States)
  • Sutter Health (United States)
  • Victoria Department of Health (Australia)
  • Mitsubishi Health (Japan)
  • Many hosptials and health systems across California

Social media

Katie’s LinkedIn profile

Katie’s Twitter profile: @kbjanderson