Message from the Quality Management Division Chair
Update on our Technical Committee Conference – We continue to work with 11 other divisions on a Technical Conference for late October in Orlando Florida. This conference will include pre-conference tutorials October 27 – 29, 2014 and a two day technical conference on October 30 – 31, 2014. This is the first ASQ conference organized by several of the Divisions of ASQ and should be one that you plan to attend. To continue to find more information please check the conference web site at www.asqtcconference.com Book your rooms as soon as possible since the conference room rate is very attractive and the rooms may get booked up quickly.
We are very excited about two new positions that have been created on the QMD Council that should help us provide more member valued services.
Stephanie Thomson has joined us as the NEW Vice Chair of Students. At the World Conference this year we offered all student members of the Quality Management Division a free conference and it resulted in a large increase in student participation for this conference. We plan to offer all Quality Management Division student members free admission to the TCC Conference in Orlando (Oct 30-31, 2014) as well. This is helping us increase our student participation. However this is just the start of our student activities and with Stephanie’s help we plan to grow our student membership and increase student participation in both our Division and ASQ. Stephanie and other council members plan to develop strategic actions this July in Milwaukee to make this happen.
Doug Wood has joined us as the NEW Education Chair. Doug has a wealth of experience in this field and hopefully with his assistance we can offer more Educational courses and programs to our members around the world. Doug will be working with a group of QMD members in July in Milwaukee to help develop some new educational plans for our Division.
Quality Forum: We are on track to deliver four quality forums throughout the year on a quarterly basis. One of these forums will focus on International Authors who can help enrich the content of our Global Quest for Quality.
Eblasts: We have increased the number of e-blasts sent to members from four per year last year to as many as eight per year this year. These e-blasts will provide members with links to articles and content that they may be of interest to them.
Web Site: We continue to add content to our web site and have experience continuous growth in terms of members using this site. Our current site has video presentations and quality information that all members and nonmembers can access. (www.asq-qmd.org)
We have added Dr. Juran interviews with corporate leaders to this web site.
Local and Regional Events: We are planning to work with other Sections and Division to help with additional local and regional events around North America. We may even attempt to get involved in an International Conference.
We continue to attempt to reach out to new and existing members through facebook and Linked-in. This helps individuals and organizations work together to get their questions answered.
Let me know if you have any concerns or suggestions for improvement. I look forward to hearing from many of you.
Quality Management Division Chair