ASQ Section 1212 Membership Meeting: January 18, 2018

The January membership meeting is at Dover Straits, 890 East US Route 45, Mundelein.

Pre-Meeting Presentation

5:30 – 6:00 pmDinner

6:00-7:00 pm:  Networking              

 7:00 – 8:00 pm :  Main Presentation 

Reserve your spot using the Eventbrite link here.


Pre-Dinner Speaker, “Win-Win Negotiations”:

Bruce Vojak is a senior consultant and instructor with Illinois BIS, specializing in Innovation, Strategy, and Leadership.

Spanning a career at the intersection of business and technology, Bruce has experienced and explored innovation, strategy, and leadership purposefully and variously. Hhe understands first-hand the business need for and benefits of innovation and strategy, as well as how to effectively implement both. He followed his passion by conducting groundbreaking research on the strategic practice of breakthrough Innovation across a wide cross-section of mature companies and industries.

Bruce is co-author of Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012) as well as five book chapters and numerous publications on innovation. During his earlier technical career, he contributed to the first demonstration of the quantum well laser – now found in essentially all CD and DVD players – and explored the potential of advanced technology for defense applications. He serves on the Board of Directors of Midtronics, Inc. and the Advisory Board of JVA Partners, periodically consults on the topic of innovation for Procter & Gamble, and regularly presents to, leads workshops for, and advises various other companies.

Prior to joining Illinois BIS Bruce served as Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor in the top-ranked College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign. Earlier in his career he was Director of Advanced Technology for Motorola’s non-semiconductor components business, held research and corporate development positions of increasing responsibility at Amoco Corporation, and was on the research staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Bruce holds BS (with Highest Honors), MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Post-Dinner Speaker, “Fluid Leadership”

Make 2018 YOUR year.

We are in a new year, a new kind of national leadership, a new kind of economy and a new kind of mindset about work and life.  The nature of conversations has changed. This is a fluid environment, thanks to the fast pace of changing technology and innovative applications of it; which only seems to accelerate with time.

As a quality professional, come explore your potential to lead and live your life the way you want, both at work and at home. Discover ways to realize your dreams and goals for 2018 and beyond, and the resources and enablers that will propel you towards what you want.

Fluid leadership is a powerful new concept that allows you to be fluid like water and still maintain your values and character that define you. Included in the presentation are other emerging leadership thoughts with focus on balance, creativity, and innovation.

This is an interactive presentation that will enable you to take home some points to ponder, some interesting work to follow up, and some tools to create the life you want, with follow up support.

Kam Gupta is an executive coach, quality professional, and management consultant. He speaks extensively on personal and professional leadership related topics, integrating coaching into management and quality consulting for greater effectiveness and sustainability of outcomes.

Kam is Education chair for the northeastern section of ASQ (ASQ1212.com). He has been an active member leader of ASQ national, regional, and local chapters. Kam is certified coach and past president of International Coach Federation (ICF), Chicago. He has represented ASQ in Mexico, Brazil and other countries furthering the understanding of quality leadership.

Kam holds MS (EM) from MSOE, Milwaukee.  He has worked/ consulted with many companies, such as Eaton Corporation, Harley Davidson, Abbott, Inuit, and others.Kam Gupta”Planning for Quality in the New Year”  Kam Gupta will lead a mini-coaching session with participants during the Main Presentation. Kam will surprise and entertain you with a lively exercise that will make you think.


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