Eric Currie 20 JAN 2022 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Thursday, 20 Jan 2022 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Eric Currie, CCP

Eric Currie, Certified Change Practitioner

Stop Living Life on the Sidelines and Start Living B.O.L.D

Has this ever happened to you? You’re ready to take that next step in your career, but you never make time to talk to your boss about it? You want to follow your passion and purpose in life, but each time you try, the negative voice inside your head stops you in your tracks? Or you want to achieve the goal you have set for yourself, but you question if you have the right strengths to make it happen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are ready to Stop Living Life on the Sidelines and Start Living B.O.L.D!

Join Eric Currie on January 20 @ 6:00 p.m. at the ASQ monthly meeting for this empowering, inspiring, and high energy message. He will help you harness the power of YOU by using psychology-based techniques that will shift your mindset to overcome your fear of change, and make your 2022 a little less complicated.

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Chris Anderson 17 Feb 2022 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Thursday, Feb 17, 2022 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Dr. Anderson, Chris

Dr. Chris Anderson,, Management Coach, Bizmanualz, Inc.

Demand Forecasting for Optimal Inventory with Long Lead Times

Accuracy in predicting customer demand is essential to building an economic inventory policy under long lead-times and a target fill rate. This presentation discusses the forecast accuracy of different simple to more complex predictive analytical techniques. We will learn how traditional forecast error measures are inappropriate for inventory control, despite their consistent usage in forecasting. Instead we will evaluate demand forecast performance dynamically with customer service level as a stock control metric that includes inventory holdings costs, stock out costs, and fill rate service levels.

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Frank Bell 9 Dec 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Frank Bell

Frank Bell, Staff Executive Director

Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Measuring What Matters –
How a Little Nonprofit Learned to Thrive Amid a Pandemic

Frank Bell is the staff executive director for Elevate St. Louis, who is building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community. Frank’s life can be summed up by his organization’s slogan, “No one gets there alone”. Every accomplishment he has achieved has always come by working alongside people who work for the good of their communities.

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Michael Scofield 20 SEP 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Michael Scofield MBA

Michael Scofield, Assistant Clinical Professor, Loma Linda University

Monday, Sep 20, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Improving Decision-Making With Expanded Data Sources

Learn not just upon raw data quality & data management, but the acquisition, screening, packaging, and presentation of information for decision-making.  In particular, getting executive decision-makers to understand what threats are lurking outside their immediate cognition or “bubble”.  We consider three kinds of “cognitive horizons”—spatial-geographic, cultural and economic, and (interestingly) time itself.

The concept of situation awareness is related to getting the “big picture” of reality, which involves seeking and using more data from external sources not previously known of. Three kinds of “situational awareness” are discussed in parallel—personal, enterprise, and nation-state.  We will look at how the intelligence community of a nation-state looks beyond its borders (and oceans) to understand the emerging threats to its interests at home and abroad.

Similarly, executives (and their knowledge-workers) need to cultivate new sources of information and insights about the market, and changes in the culture and economy which may affect their success or survival.  The best information can be ignored; great examples in recent American history.   We discuss the rapid rate of change in cultural and economic forces.  E.g. 40 years ago, nobody imagined how cheap solar panels could be in creating electricity.

The difference between data and information is important, and information for executive decision-making must consider the audience’s numeracy, literacy, biases, and vocabulary.  What we don’t know can hurt us. This lecture draws from concepts in my 23 years of previous workshops in data quality, data visualization, and the data-to-understanding supply chain.
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Emory and Saunders 06 OCT 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Richard Emory

Richard Emory

Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Coming Climate Crisis – Whatcha gonna do when it comes for you?

How might climate change impact your company and your role as a quality professional?

What can you do to prepare? What can be done to prevent catastrophic outcomes?

David Saunders

David Saunders, CC-P

This workshop will provide scientific evidence of climate change; discuss legal, social, and political issues; and suggest actions for prevention. The requirements for becoming a certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P©) will be discussed.

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Abhi Gupta 17 June 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL Presentation – 6PM

Abhimanyu (Abhi) Gupta, Instructor of data science and business analytics at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University

Thursday, June 17, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Data Analytics, Information and Knowledge

There is a difference between information and knowledge. Knowledge is the information that helps us act better. In our life or business, we usually have access to a lot of information, but we sometimes struggle to convert them into knowledge. The discipline of data analytics guides us in converting information into patterns and insights in the current world. 

This workshop aims to demonstrate how some basic data analytics skills help us make better decisions in our business and life. In this session, we will first play a business simulation game. Then we will apply some fundamental data analytics concepts and techniques to learn how we can perform better. Lastly, we will apply our strategies to be better at the simulation game.

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Ryan Carris 20 May 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL Presentation – 7PM

Ryan Carris, MSc, CSSBB

Process Chemist, Sensient Colors LLC

Thursday, May 20, 2021 VIRTUAL 7PM Presentation

Six Sigma for Batch Processes


Batch processing is useful when user interaction isn’t required at each individual step. However, batch processes run less often and pack more variables into each step, which makes statistical tools harder to use, and requires investigators to rely on a combination of methods and skills to identify root causes.

This presentation will give a case study on the application of Six Sigma to an industrial batch process where Statistical Process Control alone would not have illuminated the root cause of quality failures.

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Karen Maskell and Awards 20 APR 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL Presentation – 6PM

Maskell, Karen

Karen Maskell, ASQ West North Central Region Director

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

National Volunteer Week and
ASQ 2020 Recognition

As a member-led organization we all have a part in building the future. Karen Maskell, our ASQ West North Central Regional Director, will highlight ASQ strategic priorities for 2021 and will share insights into how ASQ is evolving and adapting to continually improve for the future. She will explain the organizational structure and initiatives in place to engage members and provide value for the current and next generation community. This informative and interactive session provides an opportunity for you to ask Karen questions and contribute ideas to shape our path forward.

Finally, the ASQ St. Louis section will recognize three (3) award recipients for their 2020 efforts for the ASQ St. Louis section.

  • KAUFFMAN AWARD – for MERITORIOUS SERVICE to the SECTION
  • DEUFEL EXTRA MEASURE AWARD – for ABOVE and BEYOND CONTRIBUTION to the SECTION
  • VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE AWARD – for a SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION of VOLUNTEERISM to the SECTION
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Bridget Brown 25 MAR 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 4PM Happy Hour Presentation

Bridget K. Brown

Owner | Chief Storytelling Officer StoryMatters, LLC

Thursday, Mar 25, 2021 VIRTUAL 4PM Happy Hour Presentation

Tools for Tough Conversations

Perhaps you need to have a tough conversation with a client, a co-worker or a family member.  We will define what that looks like, talk about the challenges and provide you with a few quick tools of how to go about listening better when these conversations arise. In this is an interactive zoom session, we will discuss and provide you with tools for how to have tough conversations.
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Michael Scofield 10 MAR 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Michael Scofield MBA

Michael Scofield, Assistant Clinical Professor, Loma Linda University

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Covid-19 Data Quality Case Study

Managing a public health crisis requires reliable metrics, generally on an aggregate level.  Unlike many industrial processes, raw data about a pandemic is captured through a variety of distributed locations, events, and jurisdiction.  Data quality challenges abound.  Definitions of events, metrics, and timing of aggregates create ambiguities and uncertainties.
We will examine critical elements of the current pandemic including explaining how a virus works, definitions of antigens, antibodies, co-morbidity, false negatives, and long-haul symptoms resulting from Covid-19 infection.  We introduce a graphic model of the chain of events in a patient’s illness, and how we could benefit from more metrics with greater precision.  We will introduce the concept of the event-to-information supply chain and issues of timing and ambiguity of high-level metrics.  We show examples of political bias in expression and manipulation of information.  We will finally look at the quality challenges of vaccine testing and distribution.
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