Speakers - Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW) - ASQ


Announcing the Keynote Speakers at the ASQ Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW)

The 2015 Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW) will be held in Houston Texas at the Westin Houston, Memorial City hotel on November 14-16.

We are excited to introduce you to our five very exciting and talented speakers who will bring a new light to the education conference. They will be sharing their expertise as it relates to the four focus areas for the conference (K-12, Higher Ed, Work Force Development and STEM).

Anna Lewis

Mary Ellen Weber

Dr. Mary Ellen Weber was a NASA Astronaut for ten years and a veteran of two spaceflights, including STS-101 in 2000, a Space Station construction mission, and STS-70 in 1995, a satellite deploy mission. Currently, Weber consults in strategic communications and on strategies for high-stakes operations.

Dr. Weber will be our opening keynote speaker. The title of her presentation will be “To Boldly Go.”

Anna Lewis

Richard Felder

Dr. Richard M. Felder is Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is coauthor of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2015), which has been used as the text for the introductory chemical engineering course by roughly 90% of American chemical engineering departments and at many international institutions for over three decades.

Dr. Felder will represent the area of higher education and his talk will be entitled “Higher Education in five years or sooner”

Jim Shipley

Jim Shipley

Jim Shipley is an educator with over 20 years of administrative experience, and served as a principal, area superintendent, and associate superintendent. Jim served as Executive Director of the Pinellas County Quality Academy and was responsible for the implementation and use of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria in 155 school sites as well as with all district-level administration and supporting services departments. He coordinated the strategic effort necessary to transform a school system of over 100,000 students and 17,000 employees and to apply for and be presented the prestigious Florida Sterling Quality Award.

Jim will represent the K-12 focus area. The title of his presentation will be “Lessons Learned in Systems Implementation: How to ensure that your approach is successful.”

Anna Lewis

Anna M. Lewis

Anna M. Lewis is an award-winning toy inventor, author, and creativity advocate. Author of WOMEN OF STEEL AND STONE: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers (Chicago Review Press 2014), CITY DOODLES - CHICAGO (Gibbs Smith 2013) — as well as, consulting editor and author for several children's magazines. 

Speaking at book events around the country, Anna's presentations, panels, and workshops have focused on writing nonfiction for kids and incorporating STEM. Her presentation will be titled, ”Supporting STEM: Creating the Dreamers and Builders of our Future.”

Andrew Watson

Andrew D. Watson

Andrew D. Watson is a Fellow of the Surdna Foundation and the recipient of the 2015 Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Art Education Association. He teaches Photography, Digital Arts & Design, Animation, and Game Design in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) district in Virginia. Andrew will discuss the application of quality to Workforce Development.

The title of his presentation will be “STEAM: Nurturing Students for a World that does not yet exist”.

The diverse group of world-class keynote speakers will provide an exciting tone to the conference and offer attendees an opportunity to network with individuals who have been successful in their fields. Their innovative ideas will create the mindset and ideas needed to foster improvement in education.


Enhancing Performance in Education through Innovation and Continuous Improvement
Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW)  November 14 – 16, 2015  |  Houston, TX