The Emerging Quality Leaders Program is a 13-month leadership development experience for
high-potential leaders in organizations that are focused on establishing a culture of quality
and performance excellence.

This program prepares a select group of rising professionals for high-impact leadership and
helps them emerge with a broader perspective on how to achieve performance excellence for
their own organization; stimulate creativity, risk taking, and innovation; and build the
knowledge capabilities necessary to lead in the 21st century.


     Deadline: April 1, 2016

Who Are Emerging Quality Leaders?

Aspiring high-potential professionals identified by management as having the ability to advance in their position and the organization.

These individuals have:

  • Demonstrated exemplary performance, values, and results in their current roles

  • Been identified as a potential successor for a senior-level management role

  • A passion for leadership, development, change, and continuous improvement

  • The ability to embrace engaging and thought-provoking challenges

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Program Information

The 2016-17 session marks the third year of the Emerging Quality Leaders Program. The 13-month session will launch May 16-18, 2016, at the ASQ World Conference on Quality Improvement in Milwaukee, WI, and concludes May 1-3, 2017, at the ASQ World Conference on Quality Improvement in Charlotte, NC.

The program includes four main components: virtual sessions (eight), on-site visits with face-to-face programming (five), executive mentoring, and team projects.

Through case studies, roundtable conversations, executive presentations, and Fortune 500 benchmarking visits, topics such as performance excellence, creativity, risk taking, innovation, culture transformation, customer experience, and many others are discussed. Communications and networking elements also support the program.

While many organizations have leadership development programs, very few if any, can match ASQ in providing such highly talented diverse cohorts with the breadth and depth of executive access and insights on relevant strategic thought provoking topics related to quality and improvement.

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Executive Mentoring

The mentoring program is key to the experience, and the roles and responsibilities of mentors—and their protégés in the cohort—are significant to the overall success of the program. Mentoring is a professional relationship between a more experienced person (mentor) and a less experienced person (protégé) designed to transfer business and/or professional knowledge, skills, behaviors, and values. A mentor takes an active role in the protégé’s development by offering guidance, support, and advice.


Team Projects

The team-based, problem-solving exercise—“the project”—provides the opportunity for team interaction, research, analysis, critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership to formulate and propose one or several resolutions to a problem/topical issue. Project work is meant to benefit individuals outside of the work setting, and participants are meant to use quality tools and techniques, leverage experience and expertise, and achieve real-world impact and results.

Topics are self-selected and included The Cost of Quality; The Rise, Fall, and Case for a Renowned Culture of Quality; Health Report Mania; A Case for Conflict—or Not; Waste in Government Revisited.


  • Attend (two) ASQ World Conferences on Quality and Improvement

  • Interact with ASQ Enterprise Member executives, ASQ Board of Directors, and executive mentors and speakers

  • Develop close relationships in a cohort environment with high-potential emerging executives

  • Benchmark Fortune 500 companies and participate in cross-industry pollination of best practice sharing

  • Sharpen skill-sets required to lead your organization on complex and strategic topics

  • Tap into ASQ’s vast subject matter expert resources and extensive network

  • Develop a pipeline of business-focused quality leaders

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“The program is more than just a networking opportunity, it provides a chance to develop leadership potential by working with others who are highly skilled, inspired, and are in the best in their field.”

- Heath Paukette
2015 alumnus

“The network provided unique learning opportunities, and the program was extremely thought-provoking. I expect the relationships I developed during this program will continue long after it’s over.”

-Kristin Meyers
2015 alumna
Ingersoll Rand

“When sitting across the table from a business leader, quality needs to communicate the financial benefits of process management in enabling business system stability. At the end of the day, it’s all about meeting objectives defined by the business. You’ve got to connect with your internal customer.”

-Lloyd Barker
Director of Corporate Quality

Thank You to Our Participating Companies and Sponsors