Celebrating Six Years as a Top Women-Owned Business: Firefly Consulting

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Firefly Consulting, a Decade of Delivering Business Value and Leadership

Organized around the idea of offering smaller teams staffed with deeply experienced consultants, the model challenged the traditional consulting team format.

Firefly Consulting is marking its ten-year anniversary of helping organizations meet and exceed their goals in operational excellence, building solutions around complex business challenges, and helping companies establish self-sustaining continuous improvement environments. And for the 6th consecutive year, Firefly is celebrating its recognition as one of Austin Business Journal’s Top Women-Owned Businesses of Austin.

A brief timeline: Firefly Consulting was created in 2009, the brain child of Kimberly Watson Hemphill, who enlisted her friend and former colleague, Kristine Nissen Bradley, to build the upstart firm. Organized around the idea of offering smaller teams staffed with deeply experienced consultants, the model challenged the traditional consulting team format reliant on larger groups of less practiced junior members.

The move has been successful. In 2010, Firefly worked with its first Fortune 500 business, and in 2011 it took its Lean operating model international. By the time the team published its first book, Innovating Lean Six Sigma (McGrawHill, 2016), it had grown considerably and was serving a diverse portfolio of industries from oil & gas to private equity to healthcare. Today it has an office in Paris, France and has recently published a benchmarking study investigating the effectiveness of Lean Six Sigma deployments. The results reflect insights from respondents at Amazon, BMW, Baker Hughes, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Interstate Batteries, Eli Lilly, Superior HealthPlan and many others. The full report can be downloaded at https://firefly-consulting.com/pr/.

About Firefly Consulting
Firefly Consulting is a privately held, boutique consulting firm that specializes in innovation and operational excellence and is headquartered in Austin, TX. More information about the firm and its services can be found online at http://www.firefly-consulting.com.

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