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Women in Quality Symposium

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




9:00 AM CST – 9:15 AM CST

Symposium Welcome from ASQ’s Leading Women  

9:15 AM CST – 10:30 AM CST 

Panel 1: 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. 
  • Jd Marhevko, VP Quality and Operational Excellence, BorgWarner Aftermarket 
  • Jami Kovach, PMI Houston Endowed Professor of Project Management, University of Houston 
  • Aimee Siegler, Global Compliance Manager, Benchmark Electronics  
  • Allison Grealis, President, Women in Manufacturing 

  • 10:45 AM CST - 12:00 PM CST 

    Panel 2: Identifying Innate Leadership Attributes 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 one’s own personal strategic planning. 
  • Jd Marhevko, VP Quality and Operational Excellence, BorgWarner Aftermarket 
  • Rhonda Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, Global Innovation Strategies, LLC  
  • Liz Keim, Managing Partner, Integrated Quality Resources, LLC 

  • 12:15 PM CST – 1:00 PM CST 

    Keynote: On the Edge: The Art of High-impact Leadership  
    Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, Alison Levine makes a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today's rigorously competitive business environments. 
    Keynote Speaker:
  • Alison Levine, First American Women's Everest Expedition Team Captain 

  • 1:15 PM CST – 2:30 PM CST 

    Panel 3: 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. 
  • Kathryn K. Leonhardt, MD, MPH, CPHQ, CPPS, Principal Consultant, International Quality & Patient Safety, Joint Commission International 
  • Luciana Paulise, Founder & CEO, Biztorming - Training & Consulting 
  • Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, CADIA/Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement 
  • Peggy Milz, Aircraft Modification Programs Quality Manager, BAE Systems 

  • 2:45 PM CST - 3:30 PM CST

    Networking Salons 
    Mingle virtually with your colleagues in dedicated discussion rooms. Choose the topic – or topics – that interest you most, and share perspectives with peers and discover new connections and concepts. Moderators are on hand to guide the discussion in an interactive, welcoming environment. 
    Salon topics include: 

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  
  • Cultivating your authentic self 
  • Young Professionals 
  • Finding the right mentor  
  • Work life integration 
  • Negotiation strategies: Getting to Yes 
  • Career Development & Leadership 
  • Quality Management 
  • Energy & Environmental 
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Government & Education  
  • Service Sectors 
  • Audit, Reliability & Risk 
  • Aviation, Space and Defense 
  • Banking and Finance 
  • Lean and Six Sigma 
  • Healthcare

  • 3:30 PM CST – 4:00 PM CST

    Closing session: Guided Meditation and Intentions  
    The Symposium closes with a focus on calmness and clarity through a series of guided relaxation and mindfulness exercises.  
    Session Guide:
  • Christianna Hayes, CEO, Impact Performance Solutions