ASQ 1212 Section Meeting November 17, 2016


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The November membership meeting is at Dover Straits, 890 South Lake Street. Mundelein.

Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm Navigating the Section Website.

Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm 

Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Reserve your spot using the Eventbrite link below.

Pre-Meeting Presentation: websiteadela-headshot-cropped-1

Adela Crandell Durkee, our webmaster, will walk us through features of the website. Bring your smart-phones or tablet.  This will be an interactive section. Also bring along ideas for improvements and questions or frustrations you experience with the site.

Adela is a senior member of ASQ.  After 30 years in FDA regulated industries, Adela launched her career in a new direction.  She is a free-lance writer, consultant, and author of two indie published books.  Her debut novel A Ship of Pearl is available on Amazon and is upon request in your local bookstores. Adela hopes to have some books available for sale at the meeting.  She donates 10% of her profits to help the hungry and the homeless. Adela partners with local charities to help them raise funds. This time of the year is a good time to think about giving back and to begin holiday preparations.


Main meeting Topic: Gemba Walks

allan-glasbyGemba is a Japanese word that means the “real place.” In business it applies to where the work is done, where value is created. Gemba Walks are an activity that takes you there to see first-hand what is really happening, rather than assuming what is happening.  By engaging employees, Gemba Walks allow the line workers to communicate with managers and lets them share their point of view, which could lead to creative ideas that would help boost productivity, change processes, improve product quality and satisfy customers better. Gemba Walks are an opportunity to reinforce to employees their value and the importance of their work to the company.

Our Main Presentation by Allan Glasby will give us an opportunity to earn the value of Gemba Walks. Allan will explain how to plan and conduct them to find your own improvement opportunities.

Allan is the Quality Director at Seda North America, a $1billion global packaging company with operations in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. He has a strong manufacturing background in consumer packaged goods, implementing company-wide quality management systems and directing continuous improvement initiatives.

He has previously held Director level positions leading organization-wide initiatives for Process Development, Operational Excellence, Process Improvement, Process Engineering and Corporate Quality at Fortune 500 companies.

Allan has served as an examiner for the State of Maryland’s Malcolm Baldrige award and is a senior member of ASQ. He is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence, Certified Quality Engineer, Agile Scrum Master, Project Manager Professional and holds a Lean Knowledge Certificate from the Shingo Institute.

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