• AME, Association for Manufacturing Excellence

People-centric leadership 101 & half-day Gemline tour

August 15, 2018 and August 16, 2018



9 International Way

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Contact Joe Rizzo to REGISTER:

jrizzo43@bellsouth.net 207-400-4403

DESCRIPTION Join us for a special event featuring AME’s people-centric leadership 101 course and an optional half-day tour of Gemline! Developing a passionate, engaged workforce is the recipe for a thriving, successful business. If you’re interested in improving leadership behaviors and increasing engagement, this AME PCL 101 Course is for you. This course was designed by AME to provide organizations with a comprehensive overview of people-centric leadership and the behaviors required to build a culture where every day, everyone is fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes.

On August 16, see and hear a story of employee engagement that includes all functions of the business. Through the efforts of Gemline’s associates at all levels of the company, from administrative areas to the manufacturing floor, in various languages and from halfway around the world, Gemline has implemented more than 30,000 ideas since 2012. You'll hear directly from Gemline associates about their work on visual management, policy deployment, 6S, standard work, improvement and coaching kata, and other tools applied both in the office and on the shop floor.


Gemline is the promotional product industry's premier supplier of bags, business accessories, gifts and writing instruments, and is ranked as one of the industry's largest suppliers by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). With a full in-house design team and multiple product launches a year, Gemline is a leader in design innovation, bringing the most cutting-edge and relevant trends to the market. Its product line consists of padfolios, portfolios, gifts, writing instruments, backpacks, sport and travel bags, totes and coolers, as well as high-quality brands featuring American Tourister, Bobble, Brookstone, Igloo, Moleskine, Samsonite, Thermos and Zebra. Gemline is headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. gemline.com


Lisa Weis, people-centric leadership 101 instructor

Lisa Weis is a people-centric, lean/continuous improvement expert, with more than 20 years of demonstrated success in helping hundreds of public and private organizations achieve their vision and meet their strategic goals by engaging people, implementing enterprise excellence and inspiring innovation. Weis has helped a diverse spectrum of organizations in the manufacturing, government (federal, state, local), healthcare, education and service industries. She is the head of curriculum development for the Association of Manufacturing Excellence people-centric leadership initiative to provide leaders with the skills to leverage the knowledge and capabilities inherent in their employees and build an engaged culture. Weis is a member of the AME Mid-Atlantic regional board and an AME Excellence Award assessor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.


Day 1: PCL 101

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome & breakfast 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Introductions 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Defining people-centric leadership and organizational impact 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Leadership behaviors, self-reflection and building relationships 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Leadership behaviors, communication/listening, celebration and recognition 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Leadership behaviors that support the growth and development of people 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Goal setting, feedback and alignment in a people-centric culture 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call to action & summary 4:30 p.m. Wrap-up

Day 2: Gemline tour 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome & networking 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Gemline's lean journey 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tour facility 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Q&A, feedback from attendees & suggestions for improvement 12:00 p.m. Adjourn


  • Hear directly from Gemline associates about their work on visual management, policy deployment, 6S, standard work & other tools applied in the office as well as manufacturing.

  • See how Gemline utilizes leader standard work, and their expanding practice of the improvement kata and coaching kata.

  • Learn the value and benefits of building a people-centric culture.

  • Discover the link between building a people-centric culture and lean/CI tools.

  • Deep dive into vision, goal setting, feedback and alignment in a people-centric culture.

  • Learn the key leadership behaviors necessary to build a people-centric culture, including: Honest and persistent self-reflection, reflective listening and effective communication, building relationships, supporting the growth and development of people, and celebration and recognition.


  • Passionate and willing leaders who understand the importance of "respect for people" to the long term success of any organization.

  • Anyone in a leadership role – from supervisors to CEOs.

  • Leaders who recognize un-resolved conflict in their organizations and need a method for addressing it.

  • Leaders who want to increase engagement among their teams and their organizations overall.


You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award-winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $300 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to two weeks prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.

Contact Joe Rizzo to REGISTER:

jrizzo43@bellsouth.net 207-400-4403


Non-Member Fee: $545

NELC Member Fee: $395 (NELC Members recieve this discount)