Submission process

Are you interested in presenting at the AME Chicago 2019 conference? 

The AME Chicago 2019 schedule is now complete. Interested in presenting at AME Toronto 2020? Worshop and presentation submissions are being accepted now. Please see the themes and complete the submission process here

The AME Chicago 2019 conference theme Leading on the Edge represents leading on the forefront and leading people with outside-the-box thinking. It also represents breaking away from old ways of managing and a shift toward collaboration and fostering a culture of advancement, development and respect for people.

We are looking for presentations relating to the following topics:

Fundamental Concepts and Tools: Every organization must be familiar with and capable in the fundamentals of enterprise excellence.  Further, they must understand their application in all environments - production, service and office.  Each concept and tool must be properly applied in order to realize the expected benefits. This includes the approach that is taken in their application. Experience has shown that an inappropriate approach can give rise to misunderstanding and even resistance. Only with sufficient familiarity can such situations be avoided and the results maximized. (Keywords: 5S, heijunka, jidoka, JIT, kaizen, pull/Kanban, six sigma, SMED, standard work, TPM, TWI, value stream mapping.)

Innovation: The pace of change is ever increasing and organizations in all industries must stay ahead or risk being left behind. New technologies to address business and market challenges must be persistently pursued and developed. This can be accomplished by a single organization, or entire industries working together collaboratively. Awareness of developments and trends is incumbent in all organizations to better insure their long-term viability. (Keywords: 3P, lean IT, lean product/service development, process design.)


Lean Management: The Lean Management System is an engine for continuous improvement, but like any engine it must be ‘fueled’. Leaders and the activities in which they are involved will or will not drive continuous improvement over time. The cycle of daily ‘firefighting’ must be broken so that managers can spend time on activities that truly improve the business through associate engagement. Over time, these activities become routine thereby keeping the ‘engine’ running smoothly. (Keywords: collaboration, daily management, inventory optimization/planning, KPIs/metrics/balanced scorecard, leader standard work, lean accounting, lean supply chain, project management, visual management.)

People Development: An organization’s greatest asset is its people. In fact, it is one of the few assets that appreciate over time. The successful organizations in the future will be those that develop all team members to their fullest potential. This includes their knowledge and skills, as well as their mindsets for problem solving, improvement and change in general. The result will be an adaptive organization that is much more likely to succeed in an uncertain future. (Keywords: A3 thinking, change management, coaching/communication, PDCA, problem solving, Toyota kata.)


People-centric Leadership: All organizations seek the elusive engagement of its team members – to engage their heads and hearts, along with their hands. Experience has shown that leaders who connect on a personal and even emotional level with their team members can succeed where others have failed in this important objective. Leaders must develop the necessary skills and mindsets to create a culture that instills engagement. (Keywords: employee engagement, leadership behaviors, lean culture, respect for people, safety.)


Purpose-driven Change: People and organizations do not willingly change. There must be an inspirational purpose to embark on the journey to enterprise excellence and change in general. An organization must define that purpose and communicate it in ways that pervade through its culture. This will guide the decisions it makes and the improvements it undertakes. The result will be an organization where all team members are working towards a common direction and unleashing untapped potential in doing so. (Keywords: hoshin kanri/strategy deployment, inspiring change, organizational alignment, strategic planning, visioning.)



We are also looking for sessions that will explore other key elements such as: Management systems; human organizational development; safety and environmental; business operations; extended value stream management; manufacturing operations.

If you are interested in presenting a practitioner presentation or a pre-conference workshop, we encourage you to submit your proposal 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.


The AME Chicago 2019 schedule is now complete. Details for presenting at the AME Toronto 2020 conference coming soon!

Click here to submit your practitioner presentation proposal.

Click here to submit your workshop proposal.

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