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Radical inclusion

Building the foundation for continuous improvement


Practitioner Presentation
Wednesday, Oct. 19 Location Code
2:00pm-3:00pm Sheraton Dallas Hotel WS/37



Discuss how a radically inclusive environment sets the foundation for continuous improvement.


In this practitioner presentation, we will discuss the relationship between having a lofty target for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) work that is not a metric-driven transformation but a courageous act of growth as a leader and as an organization. We will discuss how the psychological safety needed to innovate at everything level of the organization is the same quality needed to create a radically inclusive environment.


Since its founding in 1985, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) has grown into the premier not-for-profit organization for the exchange of enterprise excellence knowledge. The association’s 4,000 members come together through practitioner-to-practitioner experiences to explore lean thinking and other operational improvement methods, exchange best practices, and network. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, summits, and industry-leading conferences, AME members discover and implement new continuous improvement strategies to share, learn and grow. For more information, visit


Marc Braun currently serves as the AME Board Chair and shares often how much he loves this community of business leaders united under a passion for sharing, learning and growing together. With a background in chemical engineering and a heart for business, Braun has spent the last 27 years in manufacturing, serving at every level of the organization, including president. He believes, like many AME members, that business, when led well, can be an amazing force for good in this world. But it requires enormous courage to make this potential a reality. It is for this reason Braun writes, speaks and coaches CEOs and senior executives in his professional life to fulfill his stated purpose in life to: Encourage leaders to become everything they were created to be.