Guest post from Denver regional event chair Todd Reese.
Whether you’re an athlete or a business professional, the need to perform at the top of your game is important. Having the right tools and skills to succeed are as critical as ever. That’s why the AME 2015 regional conference in Denver was designed to help you achieve your peak performance. As one of AME’s more intimate events, our event in Denver provides two days of intense learning and networking and serves as a complement to our International Excellence Inside Conference which takes place in Cincinnati on October 19 - 23.
Highlighting this event are three informative, inspiring keynotes, eight different practitioner-led presentations, five workshops, three special interest sessions and a choice between two different plant visits. Presenters include an AME Hall of Fame member and recipients of the AME Manufacturing Excellence Award and the Shingo prize.
Highlighting our keynote speakers is Jim “The Rookie” Morris, the inspiration behind Disney’s The Rookie. At the age of 35, Morris transformed himself from a high school teacher to hard throwing major league pitcher. Morris will share his motivational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success. Other keynote speakers include AME Hall of Fame member Dr. Patricia Gabow and Luke Faulstick, co-owner, President and CEO of Power Partners, Inc.
Attendees at our event in Denver can choose from eight best-practice presentations and three special interest sessions. These presentations offer attendees the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are eager to share the secrets that led to their organizations’ success. The Denver event focuses on two different value streams: engaged people and systematic daily improvement. Some of the organizations delivering presentations include Medtronic, Autoliv, Aera Energy, and Sur-Seal.
Included in the event are five different workshops, which explore topics in greater depth in an interactive environment. Topics include Toyota Kata, daily improvement, overcoming resistance to change and habits of fit organizations. Workshops are usually among the highest-rated parts of our annual conference and for this event, they are included in your registration.
While the presentations, special interest sessions and workshops all provide excellent opportunities to explore continuous improvement ideas, there’s nothing like seeing lean in action by going to the gemba. Attendees can choose from one of two plant tours: MillerCoors and Denver Water. I’m confident you’ll find some key takeaways you can bring back and implement at your organization.
As the chair for AME Denver 2015, I encourage you to take advantage of all of the networking and in-depth learning opportunities available to you in Denver. I’m certain you’ll find the intimate environment of this event conducive to meeting new friends and sharing best practices. If you’re at the event, be sure to use the event hashtag #AMEDENVER15 and share some of your insights on Twitter. Also, feel free to let your followers know about the Denver event on LinkedIn.
If you’re interested in furthering your organization’s continuous improvement journey, I invite you to attend AME Denver 2015. It’s an opportunity to share, learn and grow from a group of passionate, successful practitioners who are interested in your success. Register now for our Denver regional event on April 27 – 28.