July Newsletter Article
Dear ASQ Pittsburgh Members,
I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer, despite the rainy weather. Although the months of June, July, and August have traditionally been a break from the monthly dinner meeting schedule, the Section Leadership Committee has been busy planning an even better 2016 program. I would like to share some exciting details about our preparations as well as news about recent events.
Spring 2016 Conference: "Achieving Organizational Excellence"
Planning and preparations were launched in May for the spring 2016 conference. John Erinc accepted a new assignment as Conference Chair, and he has built a highly committed and talented committee consisting of Cassie Jodon, Matt Reitz, Mike Sadusky, Donna Santucci, Hank Sobah, and myself. Meeting every two weeks this summer, the committee has already reached several significant milestones. The conference date is set for Friday, April 22, and the theme will be "Achieving Organizational Excellence." We have signed a contract with the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry Woods for a 200 person capacity room, and we intend to do everything in our power to fill it up! The RLA has been the site of our spring conferences since 2012, and we have been very pleased with the quality of their meeting facilities, food, and technical assistance.
Back in February, the Section signed a contract with Cassidy Advertising to provide the Section and its events greater visibility through its marketing services and social media advertising. We believe Cassidy’s regional marketing was instrumental in boosting attendance at this year’s conference significantly above levels seen in prior years. Cassidy will be an important asset in marketing the 2016 conference as well as our future dinner meetings.
The Conference Committee is also excited to announce that performance excellence guru Bob Stearns will be our 2016 Keynote Speaker! As the Architect and Leader of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Process at Medrad from 1995 to 2000, Bob was instrumental in putting Medrad on the path to winning the Baldrige Award in 2003 and 2010. As CEO of "Powerful PotentialTM", Bob has provided invaluable assistance to numerous client companies in their development of performance excellence cultures. Bob’s 2016 Keynote will focus on "Five Baldrige Strategies for Creating a Culture of Excellence", and immediately following his Keynote, Bon will conduct a follow-up workshop. To learn more about Bob, please visit his website at http://www.extraordinaryperformance.com.
We will resume our dinner meeting season in September with a fun and challenging diversion from our usual technical presentations. On Friday, September 18, we will meet at the Escape Room at 569 Greenfield Ave in Pittsburgh from 7:00 to 8:45 PM. The Escape Room is Pittsburgh’s first interactive, immersive puzzle game. Filled with riddles, gadgets, and mind tricks, the mysteries behind the Escape Room doors will challenge you and your teammates to 60 minutes of isolation where only problem solving, creativity, and resourcefulness will set you free. If you want to test your team-building and problem-solving skills while having a uniquely fun time, the Escape Room would be a great opportunity. Following our Escape Room adventure – and I assume we will successfully escape – the group will meet in a reserved room at Hough’s Taproom and Brew Pub across the street. Be sure to see details below to learn more about the Escape Room and for registration.
The Section held its second round of certification exams on June 6. Special thanks are owed to Jim Wright and Bryan Bradmon for proctoring the exams on a Saturday morning. The exams were held once again at the Bayer facility in Indianola. Our next two exam sessions are scheduled for October 3 and December 5.