Conference overview

The AME conference provides a forum whereby attendees can stay current with new and developing management and operational techniques. At the AME conference, you’re not just hearing about lean, you’re seeing it firsthand. One of the best features of the AME conference is that attendees have the opportunity to leave the conference venue and tour manufacturing facilities to see lean in action. We will offer more than 40 best practice tours at AME Chicago 2019.

AME Chicago 2019 will offer inspiring keynotes throughout the week--thought leaders in the areas of innovation, leadership, engagement and continuous improvement. Practitioner-to-practitioner sessions will be offered throughout the week in a variety of formats, including roundtables, in-depth panel discussions and innovative, attendee-driven content to maximize your learning experience.

AME is a nonprofit association, and the AME conference is organized by a large group of volunteers. These volunteers are passionate about helping North American manufacturers sustain success through continuous improvement practices.

The AME conference offers numerous networking activities, so participants can establish contacts within the industry that go well beyond conference week. An AME conference provides you with the opportunity to develop new relationships by connecting and learning from and with the best. As a member of AME you will discover practical ways to apply creative ideas to your organization. Build, recapture and rejuvenate your sense of purpose. Expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge. Sharpen lean skills, intensify your understanding of lean tools and learn how to integrate industry practices into your organization. Learn about best-in-class practices, compare your experiences to the most successful businesses and make sure your continuous improvement efforts are on target.


Learn more about accommodations and travel
All conference events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Keynote speakers will help inspire your journey to enterprise excellence.


The great depth and breadth of our sessions means that you will always find something relevant— an idea, a concept or a success story—that you can use. We showcase industry leaders who are articulate advocates for change and will present to you how you can achieve the change you seek! Traditional presentations are given by practitioners. Attend as many presentations as you would like, there is no need to sign up in advance. We’ve also gathered experienced continuous improvement pioneers as hosts, panelists and presenters. Join any one of these interactive sessions around topics of special interest to our members. Attend as many sessions as you would like.


AME offers tours of industry leaders’ facilities so that you can see what really works. We make sure that you get to see “hands-on” tools and skills. All conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a tour.  Note: Tours fill up quickly; register early! Restrictions and requirements for the tour must be respected. Lunch will be served off-site as part of the tour for those tours gone over the lunch hour. Tours will typically last 3-5 hours. You may sign up for a tour online in August 2019.


In-depth, half-day, pre-conference workshops provide attendees solid, lean, practical thinking.
Half-day workshop: 4 hours / $200


Exhibitors are strongly aligned with our conference. You don’t become an exhibitor unless your product or service is versed in lean thinking and continuous improvement. Exhibits are included with conference registration fee.


SUN/MON: Club NuBee Hive Meet Up
If this is your first conference, join us for one of the Club NuBee Hive Meet Ups where presenters will offer an overview of the conference and answer audience questions.
SUN/MON: Dine Around
Enjoy dinner and networking with small group of fellow attendees at a local restaurant. Cost of dinner on your own.
TUES: AME-zing Race
As your team explores interesting facts about Chicago, snap photos of key locations showing your team experiencing the local culture. Cost of optional dinner following the AME-zing Race is on your own.

Submission process

If you are interested in presenting a practitioner presentation or a pre-conference workshop, we encourage you to submit your idea via our submission system. 

You will need the following:

  • a biography for each presenter
  • your company biography
  • a session title and subtitle
  • the full description of your session.

Ready to begin?

Submit a practitioner presentation 

Submit a workshop

Your submission will be reviewed by the conference team and you will be contacted once a decision has been made.