Driving operational excellence with employee engagement

June 25, 2024 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Pacific time
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | events@ame.org


Virtual Event

We all know engaged employees are the best employees. We pretty much know how to get employee engagement: treat people with respect, encourage the development of critical thinking skills, let people influence their work environment, etc. If we know this, why don’t we all have a highly engaged group of people passionately working in more organizations? Perhaps a change is needed to get engagement. Is it possible we need to change how we lead if we desire more engagement of our associates? Learn about four actions you might practice to learn to lead in a more effective way.


The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. AME’s membership is composed of a trusted network of volunteers who are committed to leveraging the practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared-learning experience. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, webinars, summits and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. AME offers its members a multitude of valuable resources to help them stay abreast of current industry developments and improve the skills, competitiveness and overall success of their organizations.


Michael BremerMichael Bremer has held a variety of titles, including director of the information systems group for Beatrice Foods, chief financial officer and board member for the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and president of the Cumberland Group in Chicago for 28 years (global consulting company). He initially studied quality improvement with Dr. Deming and Dr. Juran in the early 1980s and is a 2019 recipient of the Mac Mcculloch Life Time Achievement Award from AME. Bremer has extensive experience with the Toyota Production System, process improvement, lean manufacturing and leadership team effectiveness. He had opportunities to work on performance improvement practices in various environments, including high and low-tech manufacturing, electric utilities, USAF, USN, software, newspaper publishing and non-profits. Some of the more interesting were the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (give money away faster), General Atomics (software development practices and the design of a new pilot station) and a manufacturing organization owned by Toyota. He finds it fun and energizing to unleash the creativity and capabilities of people. Bremer also served as adjunct faculty for the University of Chicago’s Graham School for 15 years and as a senior mentor at a new business start-up incubator focused on manufacturing (mHub Chicago).


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

1 p.m. Introduction and presenter presentation
1:50 p.m. Q&A
2 p.m. Event adjourns

  • What does excellence look like
  • The value and benefits of building an engaging culture with enterprise excellence
  • The key leadership behaviors necessary for engaged employees and enterprise excellence
  • C-level executives and operational leaders
  • Change leaders responsible for lean and operational excellence transformation
  • Change management leaders 
  • HR professionals

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