Learn from inspirational keynote speakers at AME conference

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Tags: lean manufacturing, continuous improvement

As many manufacturers begin their journey through an economic recovery phase, it is vital to uphold a solid organizational foundation that will help create and sustain global success. Building excellence inside is inevitable at the 2010 International Excellence Inside Conference, hosted by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME).

From November 15-19 in Baltimore, Md., an expected 2,500 manufacturing practitioners from around North America will learn from six inspirational keynote speakers who will share their Lean strategies and success stories. Each of these leaders explore continuous improvement and best practices on a daily basis. Through their experiences, conference attendees will discover innovative decision-making methods, enhanced leadership skills, money-saving strategies and more efficient business processes.

The 2010 International Excellence Inside Conference will begin with a motivational message from Dr. John Izzo, author of “Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die” and one of Leadership Excellence magazine’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in North America. He will discuss how organizations can reach sustainable success through the integration of values and purposeful leadership and business practices.

Dr. John Toussaint, CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, will present on lean thinking in the healthcare industry. Specifically, he will draw on his experience introducing his company to the ThedaCare Improvement System, a continuous improvement model that helped save millions in healthcare costs, while delivering better quality care to patients.

Speaking on the strategic importance of customer experience and company culture will be Colleen Abdoulah, CEO of WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, and the only female to lead a Top 20 cable company in that position. Attendees will also hear her discuss the development of gender-balanced management and leadership and cultivation of authentic leadership.

Howard Putnam, author of “The Winds of Turbulence” and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, will present on how successful organizations get through the maze of the business world. Specifically, he will explore thinking outside of the box, organizational visions and developing a people-centered culture.

As a principal investor in several Lean enterprises, George Koenigsaecker has significant experience leading lean initiatives. He developed and implemented the “Danaher Business System,” a comprehensive lean enterprise model, and led the HON Company’s lean conversion, which tripled the volume for the office furniture manufacturer.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Outliers: The Story of Success” and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” will conclude the conference. In his address, Gladwell will explore factors that truly foster success, new tools to understand how trends work and how leaders can master successful decision-making. A staff writer for The New Yorker, his work has been described as idea-driven narratives focused on the everyday, and a combination of research with more personal, social and historical material.

In its 26th year of progress, AME is pleased to offer participants countless network opportunities, practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared-learning experiences, and innovative Lean tools and strategies at the 2010 International Excellence Inside Conference. The conference receives a 93 percent quality satisfaction rating year after year from both new and returning attendees.

To register, visit www.ameconference.org or call 224-232-5980, ext. 223.

About the Association for Manufacturing Excellence
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, seminars and plant tours, 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.