Call For Submissions

AME Call for submissions Share your best practices, tools and ideas with 2023 AME conference participants and help them learn and grow.


We've detailed the types of programming we offer at the conference below, but we encourage thought leaders to submit content ideas, and we will work with you on your format. Please review the themes below and submit your presentation, workshop or tour proposal through the appropriate link. Before you submit, you will need the following:

Presentations and workshops:

  • a biography for each presenter
  • your company biography
  • a session/workshop title
  • a feature image and a headshot for each presenter
  • the full description of your session/workshop.


  • your company biography
  • a tour title
  • a feature image and your company logo
  • the full description of your tour.

​Your submission will be reviewed by the conference team, and you will be contacted once a decision has been made. If you are unable to submit a google form, please email to request a Word doc version of the submission form you need. 

Workshops and sessions are currently full. 


AME Cleveland 2023 International Conference Program Themes 

  • Future workforce development
  • Industry 4.0 into the future
  • Innovation
  • Leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Redefine enterprise excellence


Your presentation must:

  • Be offered by a practitioner who has actually achieved results (no consultants.) 
  • Be an interactive/in-depth topic of special interest to conference participants.
  • Be 45 minutes in length.
  • Be aligned with one or more of the value stream presentation themes.
  • Support AME’s conference goals and meet its code of ethics.


Tour hosts open their facility doors to conference participants to showcase their best practices and leading-edge lean and continuous improvement solutions. As part of AME's approval process, our best practice tour committee will want to visit your facility to audit your submission. Your tour must:

  • Be hosted by practitioners who have actually achieved results (no consultants.)
  • Provide the story of your lean journey: problem identification, lean tool selection, success verification and new knowledge application.
  • Share examples of leadership that enabled results.
  • Help inspire others towards world-class competitiveness.
  • Support AME’s conference goals and meet its code of ethics.


Our pre-conference workshops allow conference participants to take a deep dive into a topic. Workshops are an additional fee and may be offered by consultants. Your workshop must:

  • Be four hours or eight hours in length. 
  • Be interactive (e.g. simulations) and include specific takeaways that participants can apply in their job. 
  • Help inspire others toward world-class competitiveness.
  • Support AME’s conference goals and meet its code of ethics.

Interactive Sessions

Interactive sessions focus on prominent issues facing our members. As an interactive session leader, you may introduce a topic, but the goal is to facilitate a discussion among conference participants rather than present to them. Your interactive session must:

  • Be led by a facilitator who spends less than 20 percent of the time talking and more than 80 percent of the time engaging the participants in discussion and meaningful dialogue.
  • Be led by practitioners who have actually achieved results.
  • Involve topics of special interest to attendees.
  • Support AME’s conference goals and meet its code of ethics.
  • Be 60 minutes in length.


Future workforce development

An organization’s most important asset is its people. People add value. People develop processes. People design new products. People use technology and automated equipment. The entire enterprise is people-dependent. We want to hear from organizations creating a collaborative work environment with ownership and impact. This theme will explore new ways to engage and develop the changing workforce. (Keywords: respect for people, employee engagement, leadership behaviors, lean culture, people-centric leadership.)



The pace of change is ever-increasing. 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. This theme will focus on driving excellence, innovation and improvement in all areas of the organization. (Keywords: lean product/service development, lean process design, 3P, rapid learning cycles, Kata, understanding customer value, agile)

Industry 4.0 into the future

New technologies are making major changes to how work is done and businesses operate. Some of these include 3D printing with different materials, artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, IOT/digital connectivity, cobots/robotics, machine learning, big data, cyber security, wearables, advanced RFID, nanotechnology, drones, autonomous vehicles, predictive maintenance, blockchain and many others. We want to hear from companies that are forging new paths into the future. This theme will explore digital transformation, web-based services, data management and a range of other technologies that drive excellence. (Keywords: industry 4.0, internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual workplace)

Leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion

As leaders, we aspire is to create an environment of trust where people feel valued, and know they truly belong. Respect for people is a key pillar for organizations working to create a culture of continuous improvement. This track will explore leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion strategies for building the future workforce. Hear from organizations whose business performance is thriving as a result of reimagined leadership approaches and deployment. Not surprisingly, these leading-edge companies have all benefited from understanding and strategically focusing on a growing and supporting an ever-growing diverse workforce. (Keywords: coaching, building capability, respect for people, psychological safety, leadership behaviors, lean culture, people-centric leadership, organizational alignment, leader standard work.)

Redefine enterprise excellence

For many practitioners, lean implementation has been limited to the operations areas. But the opportunity to transform a great company into an excellent one lies in embracing these practices on an enterprise-wide basis. Showcase tools and lean methods that impact your entire organization, including systems, structures, processes, and value streams that support KPIs to drive transformation in customer experience, operational processes and business models. This theme will focus on mastering complexity, stability and improvement. (Keywords: metrics, visual management, daily management, leader standard work, hoshin kanri/strategy deployment, strategic planning, organizational alignment)

Code of Ethics

The conference provides a unique, non-commercial forum for open dialogue and the creative exchange of ideas among professionals in business and industry. Consequently, every activity and program must represent the highest standards of decorum, respect, mutual understanding and conscientious adherence to ethical principles on the part of all participants. Under no circumstances should presentations be used for the direct promotion of a presenter’s product, service, or monetary self-interest. Individuals should refrain from the use of brand names and specific product endorsement whenever practical. Use caution when discussing products. Presentations are subject to libel, slander and antitrust laws. All presenters must refrain from statements or humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any individual or group; this includes the use of racial and gender stereotypes. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. The conference is open to all persons, regardless of race, national origin, sex, age, physical impairment, and social, political, economic or religious views. Instances involving non-compliance with these guidelines or breach of the standing Code of Ethics should be referred to the conference chair.