Pam Kuehling 21 JAN 2020 ASQ Dinner at Forrest Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020

Pamela Kuehling Director of Procurement St. Louis

Pamela Kuehling, St. Louis City, Director of Procurement

Reduction in Cycle Time for Bid Tab Creation

Pamela Kuehling explains how she helped customers experience less controllable delays as a result of bid tab creation cycle time. Bid Tabs are created after product bids are received from vendors, and are entered into Excel spreadsheets to show an apples to apples comparison. This helps Departments make better selection decisions. Solutions could only focus on what the Supply Division controlled. Learn how they achieved a 22% reduction in average days, a 7% reduction in standard deviation and an 11% reduction in the range of days for bid tab creation cycle time in procurement.

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Ellen Gragg 21 JAN 2020 ASQ Dinner at Forrest Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020

Ellen Gragg, Cobalt Content Group

Ellen Gragg, Cobalt Content Group

Project Management for Software Quality

Whatever your title, whatever your certifications, skill in managing projects is enhances your chances of success. Learn the project management skills that make a big difference in delivering quality – in software or anything else. We’ll discuss some project management tools, techniques, and skills that help address and manage the chaos that is software development, validation, and lifecycle management.

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Anica Addison 18 FEB 2020 ASQ Dinner at Favazza

Anica Addison, VP Operational Excellence, Equifax Workforce Solutions

18 Feb 2020

Remaining Relevant – Leverage Continuous Improvement Skills to Enable Design Thinking and Drive Business Transformation

Have you recently found yourself wondering if the skills you’ve spent your whole career learning even matter anymore in a world where “disruptive change” seems to have become the norm?  This discussion highlights the challenges with traditional continuous improvement techniques and focuses on the need to approach strategic transformations using design thinking.

We will look at best practices using tools from our continuous improvement toolkits that can be applied within a design thinking methodology.  With a few small changes to how we approach problem solving, we can be ready to help our organizations (and ourselves) accelerate the pace and scale of change required to experience true transformation.

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Murali Mariappan 18 FEB 2020 ASQ Dinner at Favazza

Murali Mariappan, Vice President

Murali Mariappan, Vice President at Wells Fargo

18 Feb 2020

Incorporating AI as a Part of Continuous Improvement

As Quality / Lean Six Sigma professionals we have unique skill sets that helps us partner with IT organizations that are typically tasked with managing the Artificial Intelligence journey.  This presents a road map for a Quality / Lean Six Sigma professional to go back to their organization and proactively engage their top management and IT organization and allow them to be key stakeholder to help shape the AI journey.

It is important that Quality / Lean Six Sigma professionals are involved in this endeavor not just secure their future but their unique skills are vital and complementary for an effective implementation of AI but it is not at all apparent in the current hype.

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03 DEC 2019 ASQ Dinner at Missouri Athletic Club

2019 LLS Man and Woman of the Year

Executive Director, Gateway Section of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2019

What is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

The 45 minute presentation will cover who The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is and why it exists, detail the lifesaving work being done by the organization, explain how LLS can achieve its mission, review LLS’ impact and explain the mission priorities.

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Plant Tour 15 OCT 2019 ASQ Dinner at Craftsmen Industries

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

event marketingCraftsmen Industries Plant Tour

Join us for a tour of Craftsmen Industries on Tuesday, October 15th.

We’ll have a tour followed by discussion with SugarFire food catered in!  Early registration is required and they have a limit of 60 “tourists”.  Just like our regular meetings, with check-in starting at 5:30.  The tour begins at 6:00.  Dinner at 7:00 and we’ll wrap up by 8:00.

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Mary Sue Love 17 SEPT 2019 ASQ Dinner at Engineers Club

Mary Sue Love

Mary Sue Love is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at SIUE.

Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019

How to Prepare and Successfully Complete Almost Any Difficult Conversation

Do you dread difficult conversations?  Hate giving…or receiving performance appraisals? Cringe before facing a tough interaction with a sub…or a general contractor?  If so, you are not alone!

Join us as we talk about how to prepare and successfully complete almost any difficult conversation! We’ll discuss what makes a conversation difficult, learn the pre-work we all need to undertake before starting a difficult conversation, and practice a few. By the end of the session, we’ll acquire some new negotiation techniques to move projects, and maybe even people forward.

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Jason Peach 17 SEPT 2019 ASQ Dinner at Engineers Club

Jason Peach

Jason Peach, President/CEO, West Community Credit Union

Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019

West Community Credit Union’s Quality Journey: Use of the Baldrige Framework

West Community Credit Union has been engaged in a continuous improvement journey since 2008, utilizing the Malcolm Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence.  In 2018, West Community was named a recipient of the Missouri Quality Award, the state-level Baldrige award administered by the Midwest Excellence Institute.  Jason Peach, President/CEO, will describe key lessons learned by West Community and its leadership team over this 10 year journey.

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James leads 18 April 2019 ASQ LUNCH at Engineers Club

Thursday, Apr 18, 2019

Ameren’s Drones in Daily Operations

Join us and your fellow members at the Engineers Center for a JOINT MEETING with the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. This LUNCH MEETING will feature James Pierce who will speak about Ameren’s innovative and system reliability focused approach to deploying drones as a daily operation. Weather permitting, there will be a drone demonstration.

This luncheon will discuss Ameren’s innovative and system reliability focused approach to deploying drones as a daily operation. Weather permitting there will be a demonstration.

Ameren is deploying and utilizing unmanned aerial technology in multiple business lines with a focus on cost savings, reliability, safety and customer satisfaction. Drones are being used daily throughout Ameren’s service territory to inspect power lines, vegetation, gas and generation facilities with a high degree of success. Benefits are even being seen in storm restoration, where drone crews are able to assess damage in difficult to access areas in a fraction of the time a foot patrol would take.

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Liorah Rapkin 14 MAY 2019 ASQ Dinner at Engineers Club

L I Rapkin

Liorah Rapkin, Director of Quality for TCC, Inc

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Thinking Big: Ethics Meets Analytics

This presentation walks through case studies that demonstrate the effects of analytics on individuals, organizations, and government; highlights risk areas in designing and using analytics, and provides a framework for evaluation based on Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. The presenter will discuss Data Quality, Data Usage, Opacity, Scale and Damage in both positive and negative examples, including the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica collusion that affected the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote and the 2016 United States’ Presidential election, and the classic example of analytics, Moneyball.

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