April Professional Development Dinner Meeting

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Keynote Speaker: Kathryn LeRoy,Phd. University of Houston

Presentation: Influencing Excellence

Key Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of employee engagement
  • Examine the role of everyone in creating an environment that promotes excellence
  • Reflect on how you can influence and engage others in creating and sustaining excellence

Many studies have shown that high levels of workforce engagement have a significant, positive impact on organizational performance. Research has indicated that engagement is characterized by performing meaningful work; having clear organizational direction and performance accountability; and having a safe, trusting, effective, and cooperative work environment. In many organizations, staff members and volunteers are drawn to and derive meaning from their work because it is aligned with their personal values.

So what does employee engagement have to do with excellence? While a key role of leadership is to engage the workforce to embrace and support organizational goals and performance excellence, the entire organization must be focused on performance excellence to succeed.  Can one person or team really accomplish this if employees do not have an emotional and intellectual commitment? Effective and sustainable change requires leaders who share the mission, vision, and goals and create an environment that brings out the best in employees across the organization.

By engaging the workforce, everyone has the potential to become a leader empowered to affect change and organizational excellence. However, leadership occurs at every level of an organization. An individual’s power to create change lies in being part of a team that knows and trusts each other. This rarely, if ever, occurs without the commitment and dedication of an engaged workforce.

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Pre-Dinner Speaker (Tutorial 1) Main Room: Holly Hutchins, Phd. University of Houston

Presentation: Understanding the Imposter Phenomenon: Implications to Work and Social Support

Dr. Hutchins will discuss her research concerning the role of imposter phenomenon (i.e. thoughts and feelings of being a fraud) among early career professionals. In her research among early career academics, she identified factors influencing imposter thoughts, connections to work outcomes (performance, burnout), coping techniques and forms of institutional support that can support individuals struggling with imposter tendencies.

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Pre-Dinner Speaker (Tutorial 2) one of the small rooms: Rowena Sano, Houston Methodist

Presentation: ASQ Certified Quality Auditor Refresher course overview

An overview of the Certified Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge to help attendees understand what is required to study for the exam and learn auditing concepts. 

Schedule:

5:00 - 7:00pm Registration

5:30 - 6:30pm Pre-dinner Presentation

6:30 - 7:00pm Dinner

7:00 - 7:15pm Announcements

7:15 - 8:30pm Keynote Dinner Presentation

Dinner Menu: 

Entrée 1: Angus Chopped Steak

Entrée 2: Pan Grilled Tilapia

Entrée 3: Spaghetti

Sides:

Seasoned Green Beans

Corn

Cookies

Coffee, iced-tea, and bottled water

As always, our monthly professional development dinner meetings are open to the public. There is no requirement to be an ASQ member to purchase a meal or to attend. Online registration closes on Tuesday at 11:45am before the event. If you choose to purchase a meal at the event, the price will be $25 and food choices may be limited.

Speaker Dr. Kathryn LeRoy
Dr. LeRoy brings a passion for innovation and excellence to every facet of her work. She has held senior leadership positions leading continuous improvement and operational efficiency initiatives. Kathryn focuses on organizational and leadership development to support embracing quality and recognizing the value of change as a critical component of ...

Dr. LeRoy brings a passion for innovation and excellence to every facet of her work. She has held senior leadership positions leading continuous improvement and operational efficiency initiatives. Kathryn focuses on organizational and leadership development to support embracing quality and recognizing the value of change as a critical component of continuous improvement. Her expertise and experience include strategic planning, process management, benchmarking, performance measurement, and organizational assessments. In addition, she has designed and delivered training in leadership development, quality management, lean six sigma, process and performance management, coaching, and team facilitation.


 


Kathryn is also as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston College of Technology teaching graduate courses in quality improvement, project management and introductory project management. In addition, she has been involved with the Quality Texas Foundation since 2002 serving as a trainer, examiner, team leader, feedback writer, and process observer for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, and vice-chair of the Board of Governors from 2007 to 2010. She has also served on the Board of Examiners for the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.


 


Kathryn received her Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees from the University of Houston and earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, focusing on quality management, from Texas A&M University. Kathryn is also a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

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Organizer Forrest Rattray

When?

Thu, April 16, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Where?

United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX - Texas 77007
United States