Elevating San Francisco Bay Area businesses towards operational excellence with the promotion of people-centric leadership, lean concepts and continuous improvement. 

Is your company located in the San Francisco Bay Area and committed to continuous improvement? Are you seeking ways to accelerate your improvement journey, deliver better value to your customers, and engage your workforce? Join the AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium today and become part of a collaborative learning network of local companies that are committed to performance excellence and collaborative learning. Established in 2017, the AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium brings together diverse companies and their leaders to share, learn, and grow together.

Consortium membership is open to companies from any industry (manufacturing, health care, financial services, software, distribution, information technology, and more) with a desire to share and learn to become part of this practitioner-to-practitioner network. Leverage collective resources and knowledge and improve your approach to improvement!

For more information about the AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium, contact Katie Anderson at or 650-796-0581. Interested in joining? Get an introduction to the AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium and learn more about the benefits, offerings and more.


SFBA Quarterly Board Meeting

April 21st, Noon - 2:00pm

Our Spring Board Meeting is coming up on Friday, April 21st. All member companies are required to send at least one representative. At the board meeting, we will be setting the agenda and making plans for topics and ongoing collaborations with the Consortium. If you have ideas that you would like to share with your lead representatives, please reach out to them. If you're curious who your lead representative is, you can find their name(s)  here .

This meeting is intended for Consortium lead members or their representatives to set the agenda. If you have any questions, please email

SFBA Roundtable - Best Practice Sharing

Wednesday, April 26th, noon-1:00pm PDT

Lumentum is hosting our next roundtable discussion on Best Practice Sharing. Join us on April 26th and give your experience sharing best practices, and challenges with sharing best practices, across your company, and spread improvement ideas. Come learn alongside other consortium members. 

More event details coming soon.

AME SFBA Site Visit to E. & J. Gallo Winery

May 19th, 9:30am - 2:30 pm

We are excited that E. & J. Gallo is hosting our next in person site visit. The event will include a tour of the facility, and we will learn how E. & J. Gallo is using lean and operational excellence principles in their winery. Full agenda coming soon. Company leads are currently managing attendance sign-ups. If you are unsure who your company lead is, please reach out to us and we will connect you. 

There will be an optional wine tasting and social hour after the site visit, from 2:30pm - 5:00pm.

Reach out to us at if you are interested in attending and unsure who your company lead is.

AME Consortia has launched a new Special Interest Group (SIG) for Healthcare Leaders.

The San Francisco Bay Area and Cleveland Consortia are the founding members and invite their healthcare members and other Consortia members to be part of this new SIG.

Who should participate? Operational Leaders, Business Leaders, CI Leaders & all other healthcare leaders that will find this opportunity valuable.

Areas of interest & benefits:

Email us to join the group and be added to the distribution list for upcoming meeting invites. 


Safety Special Interest Group (hosted by AME St. Louis)

Meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday - Open invitation to SFBA members

The topic for this meeting is Recordable Injury / OSHA Visit / Brake Press Machine Guarding, hosted by Heather Campbell of Duke Manufacturing. 

Reach out to with any questions or to get access to the Zoom link for this meeting.

AME Back to Basics Virtual Lean Summit 2023 

March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 8:00 - 10:10am

Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!

Email and let us know that you're interested - we will be sure to keep you in the loop as details become available.

Virtual Event from AME

April 20th, 9:00 - 10:00am

An equity framework is a document that describes how an organization will govern and operate its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. It provides all levels and segments of your workforce with the information, guidance, and accountability they need to be engaged and deliver on expectations. In this session, CultureBrokers will share a proven template that provides a useful foundation for achieving measurable and sustained DEI goals. We will discuss our process for developing the document and explore how each key component of the template would support your improvement efforts. Finally, we will explore how your own equity framework can help you meet the more rigorous Baldrige criteria related to DEI. 

Virtual Event from AME

April 8th, 9:00 - 10:00am

Everyone makes a spelling mistake now and then, and most of us have clicked “send” on an unfinished email. While it’s embarrassing to make mistakes like these, you can probably recover from them with a quick edit, re-send, or phone call of apology. But some business writing mistakes, while common, will crush your reader’s willingness to plow through your document or their ability to understand what you’re trying to say. In this session, you’ll learn which business writing mistakes hurt your document or email the most. You’ll review real writing samples of people who work in engineering and analyze whether they’ve committed any of these crushing mistakes. You’ll also learn strategies for planning and editing your document, so you can avoid these errors. 

Central Coast Lean Summit 2023 - Hybrid and In Person April 24th, 7:30am-5:00pm plus post-summit workshop an April 25th led by Katie Anderson

Join Central Coast Lean for the 13th annual gathering of thinkers and practitioners from around the “local” lean community as we explore how to integrate scientific thinking into your organization. In this Summit, experts and practitioners come together to ponder:

What does it mean to "think scientifically"?

What are the strategic advantages to a scientific approach?

How do you get managers to coach scientific thinking?

How do you get ALL your employees to practice scientific problem solving in their daily work?

This is the second Summit following two years of virtual Summits under COVID. This year we are "going hybrid" so in person and online participants can access the same great material with effective learning and interaction experiences. Our annual Summit continues to source innovative lean ideas and “treatments’ in our ongoing experiment to build a community of lean practice on the Central Coast. This year we learn how to learn in hybrid mode: the future of work.

SFBA members can save 10% with Discount Code: cclsummitsfbalc

AME Charlotte 2023 Lean Summit

May 1st - 3rd

If you are searching for a better way to lead, develop people and produce superior results, this lean summit will help put you over the top. What are you doing to lead the way in improving your organization’s ability to engage your people and compete?

We're back and in person on May 1-3, 2023, in Charlotte, North Carolina for the return of the Southeastern Region annual lean summit! This year, the summit is all about leadership. Workshops and tours will focus on building skills and culture to enable current and future leaders to drive continuous improvement in their businesses.

This is an in-person event complete with keynote speakers, tours, peer-to-peer learning, workshops, and networking opportunities. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Virtual Event from AME - The Anatomy of Trust

Tuesday, May 16th, 8:00am

In this interactive presentation, we will analyze the key elements to trust, and the keystone quality of strong and healthy relationships. Trust is a situationally dependent quality. We will break it down and explain it so you can apply it to your work and personal life. There will be ample time for Q&A. 

Virtual Event from AME - Operationalizing Equity. 

Tuesday, June 6th, 9:00am

CultureBrokers defines equity as “results that do not differ by race, ethnicity, culture, and other meaningful differences.” Interpreted in this way, equity moves from an abstract and amorphous concept toward a practical, structured effort. In this session, we will share how you can operationalize equity using this definition via three big objectives: Proving Commitment, Leveraging Structure and Being Disciplined. We will explore some key principles and related actions in support of these objectives which can ultimately become a living, valuable part of the way your organization behaves. Finally, we will crosswalk this with the Baldrige DEI criteria so you can see how these support each other. 

AME Annual International Conference, 2023

October 30th - November 2nd

Hosted at the Huntington Convention Center, AME Cleveland 2023 will focus on engagement, sustainability, industry 4.0, lean fundamentals and leadership. Learn from organizations that are keeping employees, customers, their communities and the environment in mind.

See excellence in action on local tours and engage with fellow continuous improvement practitioners during presentations and interactive sessions. Hear from inspiring keynote speakers, grow your professional network and much more.


We are excited to have you as part of the AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium and look forward to the opportunity to share, learn and grow with your organization.


E&J Gallo Winery

El Camino Health


Kaiser Permanente - North Valley Sacramento Region


Stanford Medicine Children's Health

UCSF Medical Center

UCSF University

Veriflo/Parker Hannifin