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The Power of Continuous Improvement


Tuesday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Process Palooza returns to UC San Diego - and the world! - for its fourth edition. We're all about showcasing and celebrating the power of continuous improvement!  

Kickoff: A Culture of Continuous Improvement


  • Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego
  • Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego
At UC San Diego, we embody a culture of continuous improvement. It infuses all that we do as we empower staff to achieve excellence and raise the bar of what’s possible.

To kick off Process Palooza 2021, you’ll hear straight from campus leadership with their thoughts on the importance of continuous improvement in
  • Instilling a culture of innovation
  • Empowering staff to drive change
  • Responding to unprecedented challenges

Featured Interview: The Power of Continuous Improvement

  • Chase Boehringer, Founder, The Bucketlist Adventures

You often hear that continuous improvement is about the process, not about the people. Chase Boehringer, an adventurer, speaker, Guinness World Record holder and author will offer a different view: that continuous improvement is about the people - for those who affect change and for those who benefit from it. 

By overcoming mental barriers and embracing an open, collaborative mindset, Chase was able to make incremental changes in his personal and professional life that led him to founding two organizations that inspire others to do the same. 

Join Chase as he discusses his journey, and leave with inspiration to become your own changemaker empowered to affect those around you.

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! The Great LSS Race


As a signature component of Process Palooza, the Great LSS Race is back in a virtual format! Teams use their Lean Six Sigma knowledge to analyze a real campus process, suggest improvements, and then pitch their ideas to judges. We'll introduce the teams and concept, and provide updates on a weekly basis! 

Interested in competing yourself, or helping out? Read more

Lightning Round: Infusing Our Culture

Staff empowerment at UC San Diego is truly grassroots. Teams and projects from all across campus push themselves to spark change and move the needle. The spirit of our movement comes to life through various voices and initiatives that showcase the value of investing in training, providing opportunities to put practice into action and more. 


Speaker Bios

Kickoff Messages

  • Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego

    Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego

    Pradeep K. Khosla became UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor on August 1, 2012. As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 40,000 students, seven undergraduate colleges, six academic divisions, and six graduate and professional schools. UC San Diego is also home to the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the UC San Diego Health System. With annual revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2019, UC San Diego is an academic and research powerhouse, with faculty, researchers and staff attracting more than $1.45 billion in sponsored research funding a year. UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 15 research universities in the world and is the largest civilian employer based in San Diego County.

    View Chancellor Khosla's full biography.

  • Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UC San Diego

    Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UC San Diego

    Elizabeth H. Simmons is the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UC San Diego. She is the institution’s second-ranking executive and serves as chief academic officer, overseeing academic programs and policies as well as academic personnel services. Simmons is passionate about advancing the goals of UC San Diego’s strategic plan, which emphasizes excellence in education, research and public service, and the commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Simmons is also a theoretical high-energy physicist and Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. 

Featured Interview

  • Chase Boehringer, Founder, The Bucketlist Adventures

    Chase Boehringer, Founder, The Bucketlist Adventures

    As the Founder of The Bucketlist Adventures, Chase has led the world’s wildest adventures and expeditions, gaining six Guinness World Records, some scars and a few wild stories along the way. He’s a nine-time award winning event coordinator, a high-performance coach and a best-selling author. Today Chase helps curate unique and awe-inspiring experiences for innovative companies around the world.


  • Ashley Gambhir, Senior Director of Transformational Healthcare & Ambulatory Innovation, UC San Diego Health Physician Group

    Ashley Gambhir, Senior Director of Transformational Healthcare & Ambulatory Innovation, UC San Diego Health Physician Group

    Ashley has worked at UC San Diego since 2006 and currently serves as Senior Director of Transformational Healthcare & Ambulatory Innovation for the UC San Diego Health Physician Group.  She is a results-driven professional committed to the ongoing and growing success of UC San Diego with experience driving strategy and building operational excellence. Ashley is a certified project manager, certified change practitioner and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has a proven ability to lead teams through change in order to maximize efficiencies and innovation.

  • Allorah Pradenas, Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives, OSI, UC San Diego

    Allorah Pradenas, Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives, OSI, UC San Diego

    Allorah is the Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives for UC San Diego's Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives. As Managing Director, Allorah provides leadership and strategy for the OSI projects and programs portfolio, focused on continuous improvement, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and operational efficiency. Innovation-focused programs managed by her team include the Standing Committee on Service and People Oriented Administrative Culture (SC-SPOC), IdeaWave, and OSI’s Continuous Improvement & Lean Six Sigma programs.  Before joining UC San Diego in 2015, Allorah acquired over a decade of project management and leadership experience at various higher education institutions. Allorah earned her bachelor’s degree in writing from the University of Redlands and her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from UC Riverside. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a ProSci change management practitioner. Her current focus is on delivering strategic initiatives that drive process optimization at a campus-wide level by encouraging data-informed decision-making, building campus partner relationships and engagements, and conducting organizational reviews that identify critical needs and present innovative solutions to address the root cause of issues. Additionally, as a LEAD Fellow, Allorah serves as a campus champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion, who engages and leads crucial conversations around improving organizational learning and campus climate.


  •  Tracy O’Rourke

    Tracy O’Rourke

    Tracy is Co-Founder of the Just-in-Time Cafe and co-host of the Just-In-Time Cafe Podcast. She is also the co-author of “The Problem-Solving Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide To Your Lean Six Sigma Journey." Tracy is a Master Black Belt, facilitator, trainer and instructor. Over the last 20 years, Tracy has trained over 2,000 people, mentored 500+ people and has helped complete 500+ projects with results that range between $50,000 and $12 million in savings.  

    Tracy is also a Lean Six Sigma Instructor at UC San Diego Extension.