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Women in Quality Symposium

December 9, 2020  |  Women on the Rise: The Ascent to Meaningful Leadership




Women account for nearly half of the U.S. labor force and hold approximately 50 percent of all management and professional-level jobs. However, American women lag substantially behind men in leadership positions, filling only 6 percent of the CEO roles at S&P 500 companies. The result: many professional women navigate a work environment without a female role model. Recently, however, there has been a shift: Over the past five years, the number of women in corporate senior leadership has grown, and the watershed congressional election of 2018 saw a record 117 women voted into public office. The conversation around redefining professional success and changing how corporations choose leaders is getting louder, with more women adding their voices to the discussion.

ASQ’s inaugural Women in Quality Symposium provided a unique avenue for women to establish meaningful connections, identify professional and personal development strategies, and be recognized for their unique capabilities to lead in a convenient, connected virtual space. 

This event is now closed. Please visit https://my.asq.org/wiqs for more engaging conversations, support and resources regarding women as quality professionals. 


The inaugural Women in Quality Symposium will provide an interactive, inspirational environment encouraging women to tap into their authentic selves and move past common barriers to professional and personal growth. This virtual event will bring attendees together through interactive panels discussions, collaborative breakout sessions and an impactful keynote presentation by the first U.S. woman to lead a team to Mount Everest.

Recognizing the unique characteristics women bring to the quality community, the Symposium will convene quality peers for meaningful discussions on finding inspiration through purpose, identifying management styles, crafting a personal growth strategy, negotiating effectively, and practicing inclusive leadership. The inaugural Women in Quality Symposium will be the catalyst for networking, skill refinement, and empowerment for women at all stages of their quality careers.


From Surviving to Thriving: Aligning Purpose, Passion, and Service
Discussions will focus on meaningful ways to create a mentoring network (formally or informally) and establishing work-life integration in today’s evolving employment landscape.

Identifying Leadership Attributes Inherent in Women
Recognizing leadership—and following those who exhibit its key traits—can lead to a more diverse and inclusive work culture. Attendees will examine what it means to be a trailblazer, and how to integrate key traits into ones own personal strategic planning.

Addressing Obstacles in Career Growth
Empowerment can come from many sources: Confidence, an appetite for risk-taking risks, knowing when to say ‘no’, and recognizing unconscious/implicit gender bias in the workplace. Conversations centered around this focus will support the cultivation of an authentic sense of self.



We asked leaders from ASQ and ASQE what it means to be a woman in quality.  In the montage below you will hear them share their stories, inspiration and thoughts on ascending to meaningful leadership.