2019 Planned Regional Events

Manufacturing excellence within an organization begins with growing people’s knowledge. Over the past 30 years, our membership has learned that to thrive in a highly competitive environment requires two key ingredients: People engaged in excellence in their daily work and the sharing of enlightened knowledge throughout the enterprise. To help members succeed, AME hosts events across North America, where our membership presents its greatest and most enlightened best practices. We’ve learned that by leaning on the insights of members who have been there and done that, members are provided with a trusted network of like-minded people they can rely on to confidently make the changes needed to accelerate growth. By bringing members together to share, learn and grow, we inspire each other’s journey to enterprise excellence. 

Learn more about upcoming events below by clicking on your region or viewing all events, and sign up to be notified when registration opens for that event!

CANADIAN
GREAT LAKES
MID-ATLANTIC
MIDWESTERN
NORTHEASTERN
NORTH CENTRAL
SOUTHEASTERN

SOUTHWESTERN
WESTERN

 

CANADIAN

Registration is open for all Canadian region events! Click here to register today for an upcoming event.

 

GREAT LAKES 

Registration is open for all Canadian region events! Click here to register today for an upcoming event.

 

MID-ATLANTIC

Registration is open for all Canadian region events! Click here to register today for an upcoming event.

 

MIDWESTERN

Multiple companies
AME Chicago lean tour

Fall 2019
Chicago, IL
This two-day event will feature tours of multile lean-thinking companies in the Chicagoland area. See how local companies are using lean in their processes, learn about what worked and what didn't work, and discover the tools and techniques companies are using to improve their organizations. 

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AME Lean boot camp
Summer 2019
Chicago, IL
Learn how to use lean tools and techniques to quickly identify waste, recognize opportunities and improve productivity across a wide range of processes.

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Regional excellence forum
Summer 2019
Chicago, IL
Hear how different organizations are working to continuously improve their organizations as you network with the AME Midwest lean community. This event will feature presentations from local companies on a variety of hot-button lean topics.

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Peer-to-peer work group breakfast
Quarterly
Chicago, IL
Join a small group of working professionals to share and learn best practices in continuous improvement. This free two-hour session includes a light breakfast and:

  • Peer to peer brainstorming intended to aide members in the challenges of implementing continuous improvement culture, tools and approaches
  • Sharing of online and offline resources, forms, training materials and other aides when implementing continuous improvement
  • Networking with fellow continuous improvement practitioners

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AME Chicagoland Lean Consortium benchmarking tours and kaizan workshops
Monthly 
Chicago, IL (Chicago Central, Collar Counties, Waukegan, Elgin, Aurora, Joliet, University Park)
Is your company located in the Chicagoland area and committed to continuous improvement? Are you seeking ways to accelerate your improvement journey, deliver better value to your customers, and engage your workforce? Join the AME Chicagoland Lean Consortium and become part of a collaborative learning network of local practitioners who are committed to performance excellence and collaborative learning. The AME Consortia program is designed to support you in accelerating your company’s journey toward excellence through:

  • Plant tours rotating through the member companies
  • Round-table discussions on a host company’s hot issue
  • Special interest groups on a common hot issue (e.g. 5S, VSM, pull, SCM, etc.)
  • Shared-cost learning events
  • Special discounts to AME workshops and events
  • More

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NORTHEASTERN

AME Dine & Learn events
Monthly
Monthly after-hours Dine & Learn events include brief networking followed by dinner and a short presentation on a different topic. These events are a great opportunity for members and non-members alike to share, learn and grow with other lean thinkers and practitioners. There’s no conflict with normal business hours, and dinner is included!

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NORTH CENTRAL 

Design Ready Controls
Best practice event

Fall 2020
Brooklyn Park, MN
Named Manufacturer of the Year 2018 by the Manufacturers Alliance, Design Ready Controls defines modern manufacturing. State-of-the-art automation, lean practices and a culture of continuous improvement has driven its success since 1989. On this world-class plant your, see the latest lean initiatives and advanced automation and the production of high volume, high variability control panels and wire harnesses.

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Lean advocates meeting
Monthly
Twin Cities, MN
Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced lean practitioner, join us for a monthly breakfast to collaborate on starting a lean journey at your company. Sample agenda topics include: Updates from AME and the North Central Regional board; what problem or challenge are you striving to address in your lean journey? What is your goal or target (perhaps in 3-12 months, depending on the situation)? What is the current situation? What are you trying or testing now? What are you learning/have you learned recently? What will you try next? Go to network.ame.org to connect with other lean advocates and for more information on upcoming monthly meeting dates and times.

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SOUTHEASTERN

Lean Bronze Review & Exam
This course is intended to prepare participants to take and pass the Lean Bronze Certification Examination, which will be offered on the third day for those who sign up separately with SME. This three-hour multiple-choice exam is designed to test understanding of the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge. The review course helps participants understand the body of knowledge that test questions are drawn from, provides practice exams and exercises to give students a good idea of what will be included in the exam, and offers several takeaways that students will find useful on exam day.

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SOUTHWESTERN

Registration is open for all Southwestern region events! Click here to register today for an upcoming event. 

 

WESTERN

Lean agile project management
June 2019
Learn how to manage projects in a lean and agile format. This workshop will explore a variety of techniques to help project management professionals get the most from their project teams while ensuring on-time and on-budget project results.

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Mission Bell
Visual management for busy managers

September 2019
Mission Bell is a California-based company that specializes in quality architectural woodwork, millwork and custom casework, ranging from intricate one-of-a kind quality woodwork fixtures to standard production cabinets. The company uses a highly visual system to manage in a hectic environment. Go and see how visual systems allow Mission Bell supervisors and managers to minimize errors in their fast-paced world.

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