Kimberly Watson-Hemphill

BSE (Aerospace Engineering) and BA (French) from the University of Michigan, as well as a MSE (Engineering Mechanics) from the University of Texas, Master Black Belt

Firefly Consulting
Austin, Texas

Kimberly Watson-Hemphill is the president of Firefly Consulting, a company she founded in 2009. She is a globally known expert in the field of innovation and operational excellence, and is the author of Innovating Lean Six Sigma: A strategic guide to the world’s most effective business improvement process and co-author of Fast Innovation. She has led Lean Six Sigma programs in multiple manufacturing and service industries, including a deployment with a global Fortune 500 company that generated over $1 billion in savings. She was previously a partner with Accenture and a vice president of George Group Consulting, and is currently on the faculty of the Acton School of Business. Her educational background includes a bachelor of science engineering degree in aerospace engineering and a bachelor of arts degree in French from the University of Michigan, as well as a master of science engineering degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Texas. She is an ASQ member and certified Master Black Belt.


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