2016 Annual Quality Conference

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2016 Annual Quality Conference

Quality, Today to Tomorrow

November 3rd, 2016

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Oh My Gosh, It’s the 2016 Awards Dinner

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016omg-josh

A Night of Comedy and ASQ Awards


Epworth Christmas

or 150 years, Epworth Children & Family Services has provided the St. Louis community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect.

Oh My Gosh Josh, aka Joshua Routh is a nationally recognized entertainer, and a founding member of the performing troupe, Circus Kaput. As well as being an exceptional physical comedian Josh is an accomplished magician, juggler, hypnotist, sideshow performer and acrobat. He has performed in 42 states, for thousands of people in many diverse venues. Including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC!

And if that isn’t enough, there will be an opportunity to start your holidays early, with a GIVING TREE to benefit Epworth Children and Family Services.

Bring a gift, or just bring a donation and we’ll do the shopping for you!

  • Bring a gift for the Children of Epworth
  • Dinner
  • The annual presentation of ASQ awards
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Transitioning to ISO 9001:2015

Transformer Repair and Engineering

Sandi Mohr
Quality Manager, ABB Inc.,

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

Are you responsible for transitioning your quality management system to ISO 9001:2015?  Have you delayed your implementation because you are not sure how to implement the changes?  Have you completed a gap analysis yet?

This presentation will share the tools we used and tips we learned to assist us in an easy transition.    It will focus on how we addressed the revised process auditing and risk requirements, and other helpful tips.

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Accelerated Stress Testing for Robust and Reliable Product Design

Accelerated Stress Testing

John J. Paschkewitz, P.E., CRE Principal Consultant and Owner Product Assurance Engineering, LLC

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

Accelerated Stress Testing for Robust and Reliable Product Design

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Three Critical Behaviors That Experts and Professionals Do That Novices Miss

Thomas Browdy PhDTuesday, Sep 20, 2016

This talk will bring out the importance of experts using stories and metaphors, how these stories and metaphors should be used, and where to apply them most effectively. Also discussed will be the skillful use of language by experts to solve problems that cannot be taken on with textbook solutions (addressing an intermediate zone of practice). Lastly the social aspects of educating those that work around the expert will be highlighted.

The behavior of experts is often off-conscious and defies personal examination by them. It is through careful interviews and dialog that we can discover the characteristics that make the expert so good at what they do, and thus providing the opportunity for others to learn at a much greater rate. Three critical behaviors were revealed as a result of analyzing 14 interviews of expert project managers.

These behaviors are:  One, communicating often using stories or metaphors, two, creating innovative solutions to problems, and three, educating other stakeholders with social realities in mind. These three behaviors lead to more successful outcomes, are the preferred way for managing tough situations, make the expert professional easier to work for and with, and overall make them more valuable to their firms.

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ASQ’s new on-line Recertification Journal

Mark Lynch PhD PE

Mark Lynch


Vicki Mercer

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016

Mark Lynch and Vicki Mercer will discuss ASQ’s new on-line Recertification Journal.

    We will demonstrate:

  • What you will need in preparation of filling out your recertification journal.
  • How to navigate to it on the asq.org website.
  • How to enter your recertification information.
  • How to submit for recertification.
  • Some “Best Practices” for using the electronic recertification journal.

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Supplier Quality Audits

Vicki Mercer, Senior Supplier Quality Specialist, Bausch & Lomb

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Your customer just requested to audit your facility.  Now what?  Your mind races: Is there something wrong? What do they want?  Do you have to show the auditor everything they want or jeopardize business relationships?

Perhaps you’re on the other side & are new to auditing suppliers.  Where do you start?  More importantly, how do you assess an entire company in a very short period of time and make a judgement call on whether or not the company is compliant?

There’s no need to panic!  This presentation will give you the insight you need to confidently host or perform audits.  It will include auditing fundamentals, the audit process, auditor competencies, auditing tools and techniques, and helpful tips.

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19 APR 2016 ASQ St. Louis Dinner Meeting at Hussmann Corporation

Hussman Hub

Hussmann’s “Global Hub” Retail Innovation Center

This meeting will include a visit to Hussmann’s “Global Hub” Retail Innovation Center. The structure of the Global Hub, with thirteen individual venues and touch pad technology, is designed to encourage creative and conceptual thinking that will evoke ideas and solutions to unleash the potential in food retailing. The venue provides a forum where Hussmann and food retailers can work together to uncover new ways to attract consumers, reduce operational costs and create a unique customer experience within their store. Visitors to the Global Hub will take part in a dynamic experience that encourages participation and collaboration.

In addition to the Global Hub there will be a plant tour and a buffet dinner.

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24 MAY 2016 ASQ St. Louis Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, May 24, 2015

Join us for a wine tasting by Jeff Rule from PRP Wines International in Maryland Heights, MO. Not only will we have excellent wines to sample, but Jeff will talk to us about how various vineyards ensure quality and consistency in the wines they bring to market.

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15 MAR 2016 ASQ St. Louis Dinner Meeting at Orlando Gardens

Shawn Findlater CSSBB

Shawn Findlater CSSBB, CQE, CSQE
Sr. Quality Consultant
Virtual QE LLC

Shawn Findlater: How to Influence Suppliers to Build Quality

What is the answer to influencing another organization (Your Suppliers) to build your product with the same level of detail, ownership, and conscientiousness as your company? —Leadership.

Learn how to apply leadership skills/qualities that will facilitate supplier participation with Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) type activities.

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