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Our Councils

The hundreds of executives who choose to engage in Council activities provide an invaluable resource, helping AMA track emerging business trends to assure that our products and services reflect the most current best practices and the most valuable information available to businesspeople.

For participants, AMA Councils keep members and their organizations abreast of the latest innovations and challenges as seen by peers from other companies and industries.

The Council Experience...Practitioners Helping Practitioners

Through “The Council Experience,” members and AMA are kept informed about what the best practitioners are accomplishing in their organizations. Through candid off-the-record exchanges, Council members and their organizations can improve their operating performance and sharpen their strategic thinking. AMA then takes this information and translates it into products and services that help its customers and members improve their organizational performance.

Council Membership

Every Council has a maximum of 40 members, each personally selected and invited by the President of AMA. The criteria for membership are varied, but all Council members are chosen because they are:

  • Active members of American Management Association with significant information about and experience in their knowledge areas
  • Recognized leaders or authorities in their fields Seriously concerned about best practices and learning solutions as demonstrated by speeches, attendance at meetings, or other visible efforts
  • Highly recommended by their peers as substantial members of the management community
  • Representative of their organization’s guiding principles.

Council appointments are for at least one year, and Council members do not usually serve longer than five years. The Council memberships are reviewed annually, to ensure continuing commitment. AMA also ensures that the nature and makeup of the Councils accurately reflect the wide diversity of manufacturing, service, technology, government, and not-for-profit organizations in the management community and their demographic composition.

The President of AMA appoints one member of each Council as Council Chairperson for a specified term of two to three years. The Chairperson reviews all meeting agendas, leads each Council meeting, and identifies and recommends potential Council members.

All Council members have an ongoing relationship with the AMA Vice President of Councils and direct access to the President of AMA and other senior executives.

Council Meetings

As a global community of interactive, interconnected individuals and organizations, AMA creates additional value within the business community by giving Council members the opportunity to share their wide-ranging experiences, ideas, and perspectives at their Council sessions.

Global Councils accomplish their advisory role by meeting formally twice a year for one and one-half days of discussion. These meeting are structured to:


  • Assist each member in staying on top of best practices, trends, concepts, and changes in his or her field of expertise
  • Provide participants with an overview of general environmental trends that can impact their managerial effectiveness
  • Provide AMA with practical, timely and expert guidance in the development of AMA products and services.

A Council Chairperson presides over each meeting and, along with AMA staff and other Council members, creates the agenda of topics for each session. Because the topics are of primary concern to the members, discussions are off the record, open and lively. As a result, members leave the meetings with a renewed sense of direction and priorities.

Selected AMA executives and managers who are directly connected to the subject matter at hand also attend sessions. These AMA managers then ensure that the information and ideas discussed by each Council are translated into new programs or other management products and services.

† All Council meetings are strictly off the record and are restricted to Council members, selected AMA staff, and specially invited guests. No press representatives are ever invited to Council meetings.

AMA Councils



"Serving on the AMA Council offers enormous advantages for me and my organization. First and most important, I learned a tremendous amount. I developed invaluable contacts both in and out of my industry. Many of these connections have helped my company. For example, over the years, I gained significant benchmarking information. And, of course, I have acquired great friendships."

Peter M. Sturtevant
Vice President
Xerox Corporation
Supply Chain Management Council

Contact Information
All questions and comments about AMA Councils, including Council membership inquiries, should be directed to
Virginia L. O’Connor
VP Councils
American Management Association
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019