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.


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:

  • Best practice sharing and knowledge

  • Group collaboration on challenges and opportunities

  • Opportunity to connect and engage with other industry leaders

  • Operations and management systems experiences

  • Virtual Gemba Walks

  • Present on projects and outcomes

  • Lean development opportunities

  • Peer to peer learning, sharing and growing

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

UCSF Learning Opportunity In-Person Event

Wednesday, February 8th, 9:00am - 2:30pm

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is on a journey of operational excellence and continuous improvement. Come join the next AME San Francisco Bay Area Consortium event to see how UCSF is applying concepts of continuous improvement, lean, and problem-solving in the area of Facilities Services and Diversity and Inclusion. The event is held in partnership with UCSF’s Facilities Services Center of Excellence and the Value Improvement Department and will include a tour of the new Mission Bay Campus as it relates to the content of the Value Improvement projects shared, a discussion with UCSF Facilities leaders, and an opportunity to Share, Learn, and Grow together.

Hosted by UCSF, a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) San Francisco Bay Area Consortium member for Consortium members and others interested in operational excellence in the Bay Area.

Social Meetup after the UCSF Learning Event

Wednesday, February 8th, 3:00 - 4:30pm

Everyone is welcome! This is an optional meetup from anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who would enjoy lean networking with members from the SFBA Consortium.

Location: Mission Rock Resort

817 Terry A Francois Blvd

Roundtable Discussion: Successes and Challenges Related to Leadership Behavior and Coaching Leaders

March 10th, Noon - 2:00pm PST

Join the SFBA Consortium for a Roundtable Discussion on the topics of Leadership Behavior and Coaching Leaders. Bring your questions, thoughts, and personal experience to share with the group.

Additional details coming soon


PLM Companies plant tour: Early stages of lean

February 23rd, 7:00am - 9:00am

Join PLM Companies for a plant tour where they will share early stages of lean implementation and the beginning of their path on the continuous improvement journey. In person plant tour is only available to St. Louis consortium members. All other registrants will participate virtually.

Highlights include:

  • 2 second lean

  • Automation

  • Continuous improvement

Virtual Event from AME

March 3rd, 10:00-11:15am

Improvement is truly continuous only when ‘scientific thinking’ cascades down from management to every level of a company. Building such a continuous improvement culture needs a change in how we manage people. Managers would need to move from the traditional directive style of management to become coaches who develop their team. But this is easier said than done!! How do you build a coaching culture ? What does that look like? What are some pit falls to be aware of? Join our round table discussion to discuss more about coaching for continuous improvement.

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 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.

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.

AME Virtual Lean Coffee

Recurring - Tuesdays at 8:00am PST

Join fellow continuous improvement practitioners and leaders for a virtual lean coffee break on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Central Time.

During the facilitated idea exchange, we'll discuss issues and solutions for your organizations. You'll be invited to share insights and hear from fellow lean practitioners.

This free, virtual event is open to both AME members and non-members but "seating" capacity is limited. Once registered, you will receive virtual meeting information via email.


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