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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Dr. Randy Baker 25 FEB 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Dr. Randy Baker Adjunct Professor of Finance and Accounting Senior Manager (Retired) – The Boeing Company

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Obtaining Accurate and Compelling Data: Challenges and Importance

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss and highlight issues that lead to variability during the process of collecting, determining suitability, storing, updating and analysis of data for decision-making purposes.

Regardless if data is collected from operations, real-time feeds, or from computer-based / database warehousing, data often has further multi-faceted uses beyond the primary purposes of the original researcher, investigator, or analyst. Consequently, this presentation posits that a user’s knowledge of data accuracy from secondary data is likely not commensurate with its importance in terms of subsequent analysis and down-stream decisions resulting from secondary data set(s). 

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Meredith Perry 1 MAR 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Monday, Mar 1, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Safety and Quality Commitment: You can’t have one without the other

A look at the importance of safety in regards to quality in the Food Manufacturing space.
-How to create a culture of safety
-Why are safety and quality paramount?
-What does a commitment to safety and quality do for an organization?

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Tony Belilovskiy 1 FEB 2021 ASQ VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Belilovskiy, TonyHollingsworth, BradMonday, Feb 1, 2021 VIRTUAL 6PM Presentation

Voice of the Customer and Lean Six Sigma Powerhouse

Combining Voice of the Customer and Lean Six Sigma into one webinar is the most powerful accelerator for enhancing your organization forward, clearly defining and integrating VOC, Lean, DMAIC and Design for Six Sigma, and achieving a high-performance culture.

This session combines the power of an unconventional Voice of the Customer methodology with Six Sigma core concepts, creating a continuous feedback loop to power your continuous improvement initiatives.  The constant feedback for Define part of DMAIC, translation of VOC data into CTQ requirements, Design for Six Sigma introduction are just a few topics that will be discussed and presented in this presentation.

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