WCQI Countdown… #WCQI17

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Do most people get this excited about an annual conference?

Probably not.

But, I’m not “most people.” And, the peeps I know in the quality industry that will be at ASQ’s annual World Conference on Quality & Improvement next week aren’t “most people” either.

I’ve actually got quite a bit to be excited about this time around:

  • I’ve waited over 15 years for that black and gold Fellow ribbon. This is my year… Yay!
  • I’ve got two speaking sessions that allow me to communicate my passion for social responsibility. On the one hand, I get to discuss supplier social responsibility and the process of auditing for corrective actions. On the other hand, I get to spend some time talking to people about living more socially responsible in their personal lives. We’ll be creating mission statements and mind mapping our passions away. Super fun. (Sessions are both on 5/1 from 3-4pm and 5:30-6:45pm)
  • The Social Responsibility Technical Community (SRTC) will be exhibiting (#618), and I’m looking forward to spending some time there. Did I mention I’m bringing granola bars for the booth again? Sustainable energy FTW. (Join the SRTC LinkedIn Group)
  • I won’t be able to spend time working the Education Division booth, but I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the division’s leadership.  They are truly an inspiring group of individuals that are fun to boot. (Join the Education Division LinkedIn Group)
  • Last year was the first time my ASQTV appearance wasn’t a train wreck. This year is going to be even better! I’m happy to have this additional opportunity to promote my sessions and share some of what I’ve learned about social audits. And, it forces me out of my comfort zone. I like that sometimes.
  • Pro QC will also have a booth again (#607), and I’m looking forward to seeing how our new Project Coordinator does in the trenches.
  • Pro QC’s Supplier Development Manager will be visiting from China. It’s his first trip to the U.S., and I can’t wait to introduce him to the quality community here. He’s gonna really feel the love…
  • On that note, I can’t wait to be recharged and surrounded by the ASQ friends I haven’t seen since last year. Pro QC’s former VP referred to the ASQ community as a cult after attending WCQI in Dallas a few years back. I take that as a compliment in context, of course.
  • Each year, I leave energized and ready to employ new tools and strategies learned from professionals in the field. I’m never able to attend all the sessions I’d like to due to conflicts in scheduling, but I select carefully and access the presentations afterwards to catch-up. The keynote presentations always get me pumped.

I’m incredibly grateful to the quality community for making this annual event something to look forward to.

The countdown to Charlotte is on…

Past articles regarding my WCQI experiences are found here:

#WCQI16

#WCQI15

#WCQI14

#WCQI11

 

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