Six Sigma Forum News - August 2003 - ASQ

Six Sigma Forum News - August 2003


Six Sigma Month Reaches Expanding Quality Community
ASQ designated June “Six Sigma Month: Thirty Days of Variety—Without Variation.”

Throughout the month, ASQ offered networking opportunities, weekly drawings and daily specials on training programs and courses, certifications, conferences and books.

Highlights included two new events: ASQ’s Quality Institute on Six Sigma, June 9-11 in Dearborn, MI, and a free workshop and networking reception, June 19 in Milwaukee.

The Quality Institute offered daylong courses introducing the Six Sigma methodology and tools. Featured speakers included Mary Beth Soloy, corporate Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Ford Motor Co.; Bill Hathaway of; and Gershon Blumstein, Master Black Belt, Electronic Data Systems.

The two-hour free workshop and networking reception featured Steve Hoisington, vice president of quality for the Controls Group of Johnson Controls, who spoke on the importance of customer focus to improvement efforts and Six Sigma results. Paul Borawski, ASQ’s executive director, delivered an introduction to quality, Six Sigma and ASQ.

“With Six Sigma Month, we reached a wide range of professionals outside the manufacturing sector, people who otherwise might not have realized Six Sigma can apply to the kind of work they do,” said Jeanine Becker, Six Sigma Forum program manager.

The networking reception attracted legal professionals, human resources specialists, sales and insurance representatives, and other knowledge workers and service providers from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Becker added, “The Six Sigma community continues to grow more diverse.”

Sept. 11-12 Roundtable Speakers Announced
Additional speakers have been announced for the third annual Six Sigma Forum Roundtable, Sept. 11-12 in New Orleans. They include:

  • Ford Motor Co.’s design for Six Sigma deployment director, David Amos.
  • Honeywell Defense and Space Electronic Systems director of Six Sigma, Mark R. Kane.
  • John Manville’s Six Sigma executive Champion, Dick Cunningham.

Their how-to presentations will address topics such as developing metrics that can be associated with the voice of the customer, maintaining a steady supply of projects, creating effective teams, and launching and sustaining a Six Sigma program in a challenging economy.

For more details about the Round-table, see “Six Sigma Forum News” in May’s Six Sigma Forum Magazine. To register, call 800-248-1946 (United States and Canada only) or visit and click on “conferences.”

Forum Offers Book Collections
Six Sigma Forum has developed a series of Six Sigma book collections based on the needs of six different experience levels. Each collection contains four to eight books, selected by the Six Sigma Forum design team.

Created to help practitioners quickly build a library of the books most suited to their specific needs, the collections are specially priced and available to all members. For full descriptions of the collections, visit the Forum website at /sixsigma/.

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