From the CEO: What's next?

AME | November 6, 2020


Allegedly, we are in November. Daylight saving time has ended. AME’s conference has passed. Halloween has come and gone. There was a U.S. election. And leaves continue to change colors and fall from trees.

But in the Midwest where AME is headquartered, there’s been a bit of a resurgent summer this week with temperatures hovering around 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius).

Things change and time rolls on, but sometimes — as with the summer-like weather in Chicagoland — we get reminders we can hold onto while we explore opportunities for the future.

For those who participated in the 36th annual AME International Conference last week, you can hold onto the conference programming for six months. We have begun adding the on-demand programming to the Online Event Guide. All keynote sessions are available for on-demand streaming now, with more content being added every day.

Beyond accessing on-demand content, what’s next for those who attended AME Toronto 2020 and those who didn’t?

First, continue your learning! AME has upcoming programming and training offerings, which you can find on our events calendar. Meanwhile, AME’s Champions Club and Consortia offer opportunities to grow your network while participating in specialized learning opportunities with fellow practitioners. In fact, we have an established consortium in 13 cities in the U.S. and Canada with several others currently forming. If you are interested in learning more about AME Consortia, please reach out to us at

In addition to AME’s core offerings, our partner organizations, including Women in Manufacturing and SME (both of which offer a reciprocal AME membership), provide great opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge or certify your lean expertise.

Perhaps the best way to get involved in the lean community, grow your network and knowledge, and bring attention to your organization’s continuous improvement efforts — all while giving back — is to volunteer with AME. We are a volunteer-driven organization, and we are always looking for new ideas and more helping hands. I encourage you to get involved. You can learn more about dipping your toe in the water, wading in, or diving deep on our volunteer page. While you’re there, please sign up to learn more about AME volunteer opportunities.

And, as always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.