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Lean and Six Sigma Conference

March 3 – 4, 2019  |  Phoenix, AZ   

Lean and Six Sigma in the Digital Age


About the 2019 Conference

ASQ’s Lean and Six Sigma Conference offers a variety of session formats and focus areas that allow you to customize your learning experience. Choose from a wide array of session topics that focus on one of the four focus areas outlined in the conference program. Explore these topics in a concurrent session or go more in-depth by participating in available workshop sessions. The wide range of choices allows you to engage in the conference in a way that best suits your interests and preferences.

The “How” of Lean and Six Sigma: Methods for Implementing Projects and Initiatives

In this focus area, we are looking for real-life examples from quality practitioners who have applied lean and Six Sigma tools, methodologies, and techniques. Specifically, we are looking for an examination of not only what was implemented, but also “how” it was implemented. Specific areas of focus could include (but are not limited to) topics such as:

  • Case studies and real-world solutions that focus on challenges that were faced, mistakes that were made, and how each was handled and overcome
  • Getting buy-in (selling lean and Six Sigma to the uninitiated)
  • Matching the right tool to the right problem

The Application of Lean and Six Sigma in Nonmanufacturing Environments

The disciplines of lean, Six Sigma, and quality have generally (and traditionally) been applied most readily to manufacturing organizations and environments. However, the applications of these disciplines can and should be applied well beyond these traditional environments. These sessions will examine how to apply these disciplines in industries and markets that include (but are not limited to):

  • Service settings
  • Financial settings
  • Government settings
  • Healthcare settings
  • Administrative settings

Advanced Content Masters Series

These sessions are designed particularly for conference participants who are seasoned quality and Lean Six Sigma practitioners. The ADVANCED CONTENT of these sessions is designed for an audience that has been there, done that, and seen it all. The goal of these sessions is to provide new, innovative, and unique insight and perspective to participants who have a vast amount of experience leading lean and Six Sigma projects and initiatives. The sessions of this focus area highlight ADVANCED CONTENT only! Areas of focus may include topics such as:

  • Cutting-edge application techniques of lean and Six Sigma disciplines
  • New and unique applications of lean and Six Sigma principles
  • Current trends and the future of lean and Six Sigma
  • Emerging practices
  • Advanced technical/applied/statistical tools

The Human Side of Lean and Six Sigma

The power and impact of these tools have been well documented over the years, but it takes people to implement the methodologies, effectively use the tools, and successfully advocate the merits of these approaches. How do you get buy-in? How are these methodologies best supported? How do you establish and maintain the type of culture that embraces the use and leverage of these tools?

  • Change management
  • People and processes
  • Leadership development at all levels of the organization
  • Sustaining Lean Six Sigma leadership in the organization

Lean and Six Sigma Fundamentals

There are basic and foundational tools and techniques that represent the core of lean and Six Sigma methodologies. This area of focus explores these foundational aspects through topics such as:

  • Practical application
  • Technical/Statistical tools
  • Case studies and real-world applications
  • Teaching tools with exercises
  • Sustaining results

Shawn Rhodes

Global expert in how the highest-performing individuals and organizations pivot with change

Shawn Rhodes is a global expert in how the highest-performing individuals and organizations pivot with change. He's a Tampa, FL-based TEDx speaker and his work studying organizations in more than two dozen countries has been published in news outlets around the world including CNN, Inc., Forbes, NBC, Time, and the Wall Street Journal.

His clients have included ConAgra, Deloitte, Serta-Sealy, and more. Rhodes is also a nationally syndicated columnist with The Business Journals, host of the “Warrior @ Work” podcast and author of the new book Pivot Point: Turn on a Dime Without Sacrificing Results.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Business futurist

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence, fintech, and blockchain. He is the author of “Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain”, as well as four other books, and has lectured at numerous academic institutions including Purdue and Stanford Universities. He is also a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV, founder of Trend Mastery Inc., and host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog (with over 25,000 subscribers and 5 million views on YouTube). Schwerdtfeger has spoken about business trends, technology, and digital marketing at hundreds of conferences all around the world.

His previous books include “Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker” (2016, Authority Publishing), “Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed” (2011, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), “Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed” (2009) and “Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century” (2008). Three of his books have won awards in their respective categories. He has been featured by the New York Times, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, CNN Money, NPR, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, Money Magazine, and Forbes, among many others.

Bethanne Kronick

Founder and CEO

Bethanne Kronick is an experienced speaker, productivity strategist, author and consultant. She is passionate about bringing productivity, balance and wellness to people at work and in life. In 2002, she created SIMPLIFY! with the goal of helping people make lasting, positive changes in their lives so they can have more time to pursue their passions. Bethanne teaches simple strategies that will save time, improve organization and refine systems for managing high levels of information and documentation. She is a Certified Speaking Professional™ (CSP®) and member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), and a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). When she is not working with her clients, Bethanne is a world record holder and Master’s National Champion rower and loves to eat ice cream!

Kurt Hahlbeck, Nicole Radziwill, Nathan Soderberg

Expert Panelist on Lean and Six Sigma in the Digital Age

The exponential growth of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and robotics is drastically changing the workforce, the workplace and the markets that organizations serve. This shift will inevitably have an impact on quality professionals, the role quality plays in organizations and the view of quality by the leadership within them. Join this panel of experts as they explore the challenges and opportunities that exist within this dynamic and the opportunities quality professionals have to lead their organizations through the digital transformations they will inevitably have to go through.



Lean and Six Sigma in the Digital Age

Organizations are transforming at an exponential rate! This transformation is being driven by changes to the workforce, the workplace, and the markets organizations serve. There is both challenge and opportunity that exist within this extreme rate of change, and this extends to the role quality practitioners can play within all organizations. The organizational opportunities offered through disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and the internet of things (IoT) are coupled with the challenges of cybersecurity, big data analytics, block chain, data management, and digital transformation.

Within this dynamic is an opportunity for quality professionals to evolve from members who support organizations to individuals who can lead the transformation organizations must implement. Successful organizations of the future must expand the scope of quality and IT functions so both can work together to lead the digital transformation that all organizations must achieve.

ASQ is looking for leading lean and Six Sigma practitioners who are able to share their best practices, tested solutions, and proven results that address these challenges and demonstrate their success within an ever-changing digital landscape. This search specifically seeks presentations that can integrate the conference theme with one or more of the focus areas outlined below. We invite you to share your successes and proven techniques to an audience representing an array of countries, backgrounds, and industries.

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Conference Location

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. Seventh St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020