12th Annual ASQ Lean-Sigma Conference at SIUC


will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 on the 2nd floor of the S.I.U.C. campus Student Center, 1225 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL.
Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., sessions start at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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St. Louis Supply Chain Mixer

Networking Happy Hour Hosted by

APICS | American Society for Quality | Institute for Supply Management | Transportation Club

April 30, 2015
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Kick off springtime with great food and great conversation at the St. Louis Supply Chain Mixer co-hosted by 4 premier professional organizations. Here’s a great opportunity to reach beyond your current professional circle and make new connections. Bring your colleagues, your boss and your significant other for a festive night out in good company.

The program will include 4 “Table Talk” mini-seminars. Participate in all four 20-minute sessions to be entered for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

Hot and cold plates provided. Cash bar available.

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Annual Awards and Elections

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014

awardsAnnual Awards

Have you received an ASQ certification this past year?  Come and be recognized for your quality achievement at the St. Louis Section 1304 Annual Awards night.  Recipients of ASQ Certifications are eligible for a complementary dinner.

Annual Elections

Every year we elect section officers for key leadership committee positions.

  • Section Chair
  • Section Chair-Elect
  • Section Treasurer
  • Section Secretary

The leadership committee plans, coordinates, and leads all section events; assists members with ASQ opportunities; and represents the section at ASQ functions.  Section leadership provides an excellent opportunity to develop management skills, give back to your section, and help others on their quality journey.  Open positions are available for those ready to take the challenge.

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James Canham, VP of Pharmacy Operations, Express Scripts

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Express Scripts Facility Tour and Presentation

Learn how Express Scripts Holding Co. became the only St. Louis company to crack the top 50 on this year’s Fortune 500 list. The pharmacy benefits manager landed at No. 24 on this year’s list, which ranks the nation’s largest corporations based on revenue.  Express Scripts manages prescription benefits for tens of millions of Americans on behalf of thousands of clients, including health plans and plan sponsors for employers, unions and government organizations throughout the nation.

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Joint Meeting of PMI and ASQ

Brittany HagedornGet the Most from Simulation 6/26

Risk analysis is part of every decision we make. We are constantly faced with uncertainty, ambiguity, and variability. And even though we have unprecedented access to information, we can’t accurately predict the future. This presentation will look at three techniques to help mitigate risk.

Monte Carlo Simulation is a computerized mathematical technique that allows people to account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making. Monte Carlo simulation furnishes the decision-maker with a range of possible outcomes and the probabilities they will occur for any choice of action.

Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is the process of codifying the behavior of a complex system as an ordered sequence of well-defined events. In this context, an event comprises a specific change in the system’s state at a specific point in time.

System Dynamics is an approach to understanding the behavior of complex systems over time. It deals with internal feedback loops and time delays that affect the behavior of the entire system.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 Joint meeting of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and American Society of Quality (ASQ)

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Robert Martichenko: Lean Leadership

Robert Martichenko

Robert Martichenko, CEO LeanCor

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 APICS/ASQ Joint Meeting

Learn all about lean leadership from a leading lean instructor.

Organizations have spent significant time and resources implementing Lean principles in their supply chains and businesses at large. However, the focus on process and Lean tools has left some organizations struggling to see long term sustained results. Join Robert as he discusses the most important part of any Lean initiative, the importance of creating Lean Leaders who understand and focus on the power of people.

Robert will outline the key differences of Lean Leadership and traditional leadership. As well, Robert will show how true sustained results can be achieved by creating problem solving cultures where people are engaged in the business to continuously improve processes across the entire supply chain.

Note: This is a joint meeting with the Association for Operations Management (APICS) and ASQ.

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St. Louis Supply Chain/Quality Networking Event

Kick off the holidays with great beer, great food and great conversation at the St. Louis Supply Chain/Quality Networking Event co-hosted by four premier professional organizations. Here’s a great opportunity to reach beyond your current professional circle and make new connections. Bring your colleagues, your boss and your significant other for a festive night out in good company.

The program will include three “Table Talk” mini-seminars. Hot and cold appetizers and a Cash bar.  

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Central

Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, MO 63143

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ASQ Innovation Conference Saturday, October 26, 2013

Keynote: John Timmerman, ASQ Chair
Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel Sacramento, CA


Innovation is today where quality management was 25 years ago.
It is often confined to a small group  of people in your organization—these
great ideas and useful approaches are not always well publicized and do
not always engage all of your people. Innovation can also mean different
things to different people.


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May meeting held at the Engineer’s Club


The evening starts with SEED presenting a Dance exhibition

Afterward, the “SMED Heads”, will present their award-winning improvement project. The SMED Heads are an international, cross-functional improvement team working at Mallinckrodt, the Pharmaceutical business of Coviden. The SMED Heads formed to evaluate and optimize the existing cleaning procedure for the large-scale production equipment in Mallinckrodt’s pharmaceutical salts facility. 

Originally conceived as a Lean Six Sigma process improvement Kaizen, this project was expected to improve First Time Right, reduce wasted time and resources, and increase available production capacity by improving equipment changeover time.  Instead, this team totally redesigned the process, and saved over $1 MM in the first year after implementation.

This project was a finalist in the International Team Excellence Competition, held at the 2013 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, and the team won the “Organizational Impact” award. Come hear how they did it!

We are honored to have this presentation from the ASQ World Conference.  Please come join us.  Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advanced registration. Click on the link below to register online and reserve your seat.

Our after dinner speaker is Leah C. Lorendo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.


Leah is Principal, Imprensia Communications, a communication consultancy that helps executives strengthen their communication effectiveness to enhance achievement of business objectives and organizational performance. Leah has more than 16 years experience as an executive communication coach with senior executives from a variety of industries in Fortune 500 companies. She was an Adjunct Professor in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis for 3 years. Leah is a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive experience in coaching executives in the business value of vocal distinction to strengthen communication outcomes.



Engineers Club
4359 Lindell Blvd,
St Louis, MO 63108

Tuesday, May 21 2013, 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM

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Workshop: Converting your Quality Skills to the Healthcare Industry

Have you ever contemplated going into healthcare?  It is a growing industry and they need people from other industries with quality and process improvement skills.  Come attend this workshop to see what’s all involved in making the transition to the Healthcare Industry. As part of this workshop: well how examples of healthcare projects and  we will review resumes to see how you can tailor you quality skills to match the healthcare requirements. 

When: Jun. 22, 2013
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Where: St. Louis Community College – Corporate College
Facilitator: Kim Rochetti, President, Strategic Operating Systems
Sign up or ask questions by calling 314-838-4659.


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Facilitator Bio:

Kim Rochetti transitioned from Boeing Aerospace after 22 years and spent 2 years in healthcare, assisting them improve their processes.  She’s a Master Black Belt, CSSBB, CQE, and PMI PMP with about 30 years of process improvement experience.  She recently started her own consulting business, Strategic Operating Systems, deploying Continuous Improvement Systems at companies in various industries.


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