Chair’s Corner, Apr 2015                                  ASQ 1405 Greater Houston Chapter

It’s that time of the year. No, not just the allergy season, but the time when that other major annual event occurs – ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement. This event is on May 4 – 6 in Nashville, TN. With more than 2,500 attendees from around the world, the World Conference is a premier international event for quality professionals. ASQ HQ is assisting us with tips on ‘How to convince your boss that you NEED to be at this conference” - http://asq.org/wcqi/about.aspx. The theme for the conference is ‘Transforming the World through Innovation, Inspiration, and Leadership’.

Like in the past years I expect to see a large contingent from Houston attending the world conference. Several members have sent me a note asking if others from Houston are looking to car pool/ hotel share in Nashville, so as to cut down on the expenses. Others felt that we can meet up Sunday night or during the conference and share our experiences by collaborating on the various session learnings. Wonderful ideas! So send me a note if you are attending and if you wish to partner up with others from Houston. I will post this on our LinkedIn group as well.

Upcoming section events:

Our April Professional Dinner Meeting will be held on April 16th at the United Way on Waugh.  You have until 5:00 PM Tuesday, April 14th to pre-register. We have 2 tutorials and a dinner presentation planned. You can follow the link below for more details and to sign up.   Hope to see there! http://www.asqhouston.org/events/26/

ASQ 1405 Quality Regional Conference on Nov 13th in Houston, TX.

Upcoming ASQ events:

2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement on May 4-6 at Nashville, TN.

Useful links:

Learn more about your section at http://www.asqhouston.org/

Learn the benefits of being a volunteer and contact us at volunteer@asqhouston.org if you wish to join our team.

Join our ASQ Houston section 1405 group on Linkedin. The group is growing and currently has over 900 members.

For more on ‘who we are’ - Jan 2015 Chairs Corner http://www.asqhouston.org/articles/chairs-corner-jan-2015/

For more on ‘How we do it’ - Feb 2015 Chairs Corner http://www.asqhouston.org/articles/chairs-corner-feb-2015/

For more on ‘How to get involved’ - Mar 2015 Chairs Corner http://www.asqhouston.org/articles/chairs-corner-mar-2015/

Fellow allergy sufferers may find this tip useful – A list posted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has Houston ranked 49th and Nashville ranked 23rd among the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies. I found some good tips on WebMD for allergy relief at http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/how-to-survive-spring-allergies

Chair’s pick:

Don’t forget to log into the ASQ site to receive April 2015 Member Gift Bundle: ISO 9001:2015 Update

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There is a lot of useful information on ISO at the knowledge center. http://asq.org/knowledge-center/iso-9001/index.html