Ten Advantages of a Virtual Lean Conference

Thursday, September 30, 2021


For the second time in as many years, the AME International Conference will be delivered virtually. In any setting — vitual or in-person — an AME conference provides tremendous value as you share, learn and grow in a community committed to lean, continuous improvement, people-centric leadership, and operational excellence.

While nothing beats an in-person AME conference, the virtual experience offers advantages that make participation worthwhile for everyone from the C-suite to the frontline. Read below for 10 benefits of attending a virtual conference, and then register for AME Everywhere 2021 today.

  1. Join from anywhere you access the internet
    You can’t beat the convenience of participating in keynotes, tours, workshops, practitioner presentations, special sessions and networking opportunities from the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you access the internet. You’ll be able to participate in comfort while staying safe, allowing you to better focus on the content that matters to you.
  2. Revisit what you loved after the conference with on-demand access.
    With on-demand, streaming access to most sessions, you’ll be able to round out your learning experience by watching sessions and presentations that you miss during conference week. You’ll have six months of access to most of the program recordings. That amounts to approximately 40 hours of best-practice training videos. That’s more than a standard work week! What could you take away from a week’s worth of valuable training materials?
  3. Invest in yourself, your employees and your peers
    An AME conference is one of the best ways to grow your knowledge and know-how. In fact, nearly 90% of participants from AME’s 2020 virtual conference reported that they will apply the lessons they learned at that conference to their workplaces. That’s because you will hear directly from fellow practitioners who have walked the same path you’re on and overcome similar obstacles to those you face.

    And when you send a team or your entire company, you’ll reap even bigger benefits when everyone works from the same playbook and with the shared knowledge that the AME conference provides.
  4. Reconnect with the AME community with virtual networking
    Our need to connect and the value of collaborative learning has never been more important. So much has changed, and a network of peers can help you find solutions to the challenges you face. The virtual environment makes it even easier to tap into the AME community:

    -Share your LinkedIn profile in the chat.
    -Join the opening night celebration.
    -Find time during conference week to meet fellow participants in a breakout room or virtual coffee chat.

    Plus, with AME’s Online Event Guide (OEG), you’ll be able to connect with other participants directly and share what you’ve learned during a tour, keynote or session. The OEG also offers you a chance to compete in one of AME’s networking games. And because the conference will attract people from all over the world and from several industries, you’ll have access to more diverse participants and perspectives.

    You can’t delay your learning and networking, and AME Everywhere 2021 is a phenomenal opportunity to cultivate new ideas and bridge the gap until we can be in-person again.
  5. Go and see tours take you, well, everywhere
    The way to really experience a lean, continuous improvement culture is to go to the gemba. At AME Everywhere 2021, you’ll be able to travel virtually to tour sites all around the globe because we’re not locked into a single geographic location. Climb aboard the (virtual) tour bus and visit top notch operations in Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.
  6. Lean and green go hand in hand at AME Everywhere 2021
    There’s been a lot written about how green initiatives and lean processes fit together. With AME Everywhere 2021, you can efficiently participate in the conference without the need to travel. You’ll keep your carbon footprint in check because you won’t be traveling by plane or car. 
  7. Interact with presenters through the chat and Q&A
    AME uses the Zoom interface throughout the conference, allowing participants to interactive with presenters through chat and in Q & A sessions. You’ll have direct access to groundbreaking leaders from the continuous improvement community. Pose your question during a Q & A session or seize the opportunity to connect with presenters in ways you couldn’t at an in-person event. Once the conference ends, connect with presenters on LinkedIn to stay in touch for updates and reap the benefits of a powerful network of lean thinkers and doers.
  8. Stay close to your home and work with one fixed cost
    No travel means that you can stay at home or work during the conference. You’ll be able to have dinner with your family or tend to unexpected work priorities that pop up during conference hours — and, if you must miss a session, you can watch it on-demand later!

    Plus, you’ll have just one fixed cost to participate because you won’t have to pay for air travel, lodging or meals. That’s a benefit your accounting department can get behind!
  9. Discover solutions and get rewarded when you meet with exhibitors on your schedule
    A big part of any conference is the ability to network and meet with current and potential solution providers. At the AME Everywhere 2021 conference, you’ll be able to schedule appointments with exhibitors when it’s convenient for you. Browse the virtual exhibit booths and then set up a time to meet virtually with those suppliers who fit your needs.

    New for the 2021 conference: AME will raffle off 20 $50 gift certificates just for visiting with exhibitors. Meet with multiple exhibitors between Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 and increase your chances to win a prize. Best of all, winners will have the option to choose how they receive their gift card. Options include stores, restaurants, travel, donation sites, services and entertainment providers, or apply the $50 to a future AME event registration.
  10. Ability to register last-minute
    Virtual conferences take away a lot of the headaches of planning. You won’t need to book flights and hotels months in advance or find a petsitter for your fur baby. Instead, you can register for the conference at the last minute and still benefit from the entire program.

    But don’t delay your AME Everywhere 2021 registration any longer! Some workshops, tours and sessions may have capacity limitations and will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, when you act now you can take advantage of AME’s BOGO bundle and enjoy both AME Everywhere 2021 and AME Dallas 2022 for the lowest price we’ve ever offered! Register now!