Brooks Carder, PhD
The 4th Annual ASQ Innovation and San Diego Section Conference will be on October 14-15 in San Diego, CA, sponsored by the Innovation Division and San Diego Section 0703. We have a dynamic and diverse slate of workshops and speakers, and you can be sure this will be an excellent opportunity to gain and share information with other Innovation/Quality professionals!
Conference workshops will be held on Friday, October 14. Each half-day workshop covers a different aspect of innovation and quality, including navigating innovation and strategy, team dynamics of innovation, sustaining your innovation environment, and cognitive models that favor innovative thinking. Our workshop presenters are skilled facilitators with deep understanding of the interplay of quality and innovation.
On Saturday, October 15, we’ll hear from two keynote speakers. Pat LaLonde, Chair of ASQ’s Board of Directors, will address the role of innovation in the future of the Quality profession. She will explore how innovation can be incorporated into organizational management systems, as well as opportunities for expanding the role of Quality in areas outside traditional quality functions. Drawing on experiences from highly successful organizations, she will challenge conference goers to apply their skills and expertise to ensure successful innovation in their organizations. Ms. LaLonde recently retired as executive from CareFusion, a large medical device company, now a BD company. She is an ASQ Fellow, and has extensive experience within ASQ having served in leadership positions for the Global Advisory Council, Strategic Planning Committee, Conference Board Chair, Body of Knowledge, Healthcare Division, Certification Board Chair, Customer Supplier Division Chair, and San Diego Section Chair.
Jeanne Liedtke, PhD, will deliver a talk on Design Thinking, how it contributes to innovation, and its parallels to the TQM story. Dr. Liedtke is Professor of Business Management at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and a former Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Throughout the day on Saturday, conference-goers will have many choices of topics and speakers in three topic areas: Tools of Innovation, Leading Innovation, and Creating Value. In these sessions, you’ll hear from colleagues and expert peers who will share their knowledge on subjects ranging from additive manufacturing and robots, to tools and methods for ensuring an environment for innovation, and bringing out the best in people for your innovation activities. There surely will be something for everyone.
Breaks between sessions allow you to chat with the presenters and other attendees to further enhance your learning experience. And don’t forget to visit with the exhibitors in the atrium, including the Standards representative from ASQ who will be sharing information on the ISO TAG 279 Innovation Standard committee. Ask her for details on the TAG information meeting to be held on Saturday from 1- 1:30 pm.
Whether you come for both days, or only for the workshops or the conference tracks, be sure to join our opening reception on Friday evening, 5-7 pm. Get to know your fellow attendees, make new friends, and reconnect with people you may not have seen in a while. One of the highest satisfaction factors from previous conferences has been the networking opportunities – the Friday night reception promises a prime time for enhancing your network.
Registration fees are only $199 for both days if you register before September 18 ($300 after September 18). Student and single day rates are also available – see the registration page link on the conference website.
We are truly excited to bring you the 4th Annual ASQ Innovation and San Diego Section Conference in beautiful San Diego! We hope to see you there – registration details and other information is available at http://asq.org/innovation-group/About/innovation-conference.