Leading authority on performance improvement added to ASQ conference line-up

Leading Authority on Performance Improvement Added to ASQ Conference Line-up

For Immediate Release

Milwaukee, Wis., April 12, 2013 — Karen Martin, a leading authority on business performance improvement who gives her audience practical takeaways, has been added as a featured speaker at ASQ’s 2013 World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

Martin joins previously announced speakers Daniel H. Pink, James Melton, Jamais Cascio and Sally Hogshead at the annual ASQ event, held this year May 6–8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The theme for the conference is “Managing Change,” and will provide attendees the tools they need to navigate today’s changing world.

Martin is the Shingo Prize winning author of “The Outstanding Organization,” which addresses how companies can reduce organizational chaos they create. Martin’s approach to business efficiency focuses on developing foundational behaviors for achieving excellence that open the door to sustainable growth, profit and a deeply engaged workforce.

Martin is the principal consultant for Karen Martin and Associates, an instructor for the University of California-San Diego’s Lean Enterprise program and an industry advisor for the University of San Diego’s Industrial and Systems Engineering program.

Martin will speak at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Daniel H. Pink, a popular author of five provocative books about the changing world of work, will speak at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, May 6.

On Tuesday, May 7, futurist Jamais Cascio, who was selected by “Foreign Policy” magazine as one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers, will speak at 8 a.m., and modern-day philosopher and nationally renowned professional speaker James Melton will speak at 1:15 p.m.

Sally Hogshead, an international author and leading expert on fascination will speak at the conference’s closing session at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

In addition to the speakers featured at the conference, ASQ will be unveiling results of its inaugural Global State of Quality Research in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. The unprecedented research will provide a comprehensive view of the current state — and future opportunities — of quality tools and techniques, and continuous improvement systems within and across regions around globe.

The first of three reports will be made available during the conference. “ASQ Global State of Quality Research: Discoveries 2013” will provide readers with data collected from more than 2,000 companies and organizations in 22 countries.

Attendees of ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement also will have access to more than 100 sessions that cover topics critical to a variety of industries including traditional manufacturing, healthcare, government, financial services, and more.

To register or learn more about ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement, visit wcqi.asq.org/index.html.

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