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Women in Quality Symposium

December 9, 2020

Women in quality symposium



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. A diverse symposium agenda allowed attendees to tap into thought leaders, other quality colleagues, and their own experiences to nurture and enhance career growth and build a framework for a future with more women at the helm.

The Symposium featured a thought-provoking keynote from a pioneer who broke down barriers for other women in her field, interactive panel discussions among leading women in quality roles, and guided peer-to-peer discussions on topics such as work-life integration, negotiation strategies, and leadership qualities. This virtual symposium provided a unique avenue for women to make meaningful connections and pursue leadership opportunities in both career and personal paths.

ASQ provides 0.6 RUs for the series. If you attended the Symposium please keep a copy of your registration confirmation as proof of participation in this event as a Recertification Activity for inclusion in your Recertification Journal. RUs are provided to individual registrants only.


The inaugural Women in Quality Symposium offered an inspirational environment in which women tapped into their authentic selves and explored ways to move past common barriers to professional and personal growth.  

Recognizing the unique characteristics women bring to the quality community, the Symposium convened 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 became a 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
This conversation outlines 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. This panel offers a discussion of what it means to be a trailblazer, and how to integrate key traits into one's 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 supports the cultivation of an authentic sense of self.  


Comprised of a thought-provoking keynote address, panel discussions on a variety of current workforce trends, and interactive peer-to-peer discussions throughout the day, the Women in Quality Symposium will bring attendees together to make meaningful connections and pursue growth in their work, home and community.

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM       Symposium Welcome from ASQ’s Leading Women
9:05 AM – 10:20 AM      Panel & Polling: From Surviving to Thriving: Aligning Purpose, Passion, and Service
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM    Panel & Polling: Identifying Leadership Attributes Unique to Women
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM      Luncheon Keynote
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM      Panel & Polling: Addressing Obstacles in Career Growth
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM      Virtual networking 
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM      Guided Meditation and Intentions