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Leading NASA Innovator and Workforce Trends Expert Added as Keynotes to ASQ’s WCQI

First Sino-U.S. Quality Summit, myASQ community platform to launch at annual event

Milwaukee, Wis., April 10, 2018 — Adam Steltzner, one of NASA’s leading innovators who helped land the Mars rover, Curiosity, on the red planet is among the keynote speakers announced for ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

The annual conference, held April 30 – May 2 in Seattle, is the world’s largest quality conference, attracting approximately 2,500 attendees from more than 45 countries. Themed “The Innovation of You,” the conference will focus on the future of quality and the growing need for quality professionals to think outside the box in increasingly disruptive business conditions.

In conjunction with WCQI, ASQ will host on April 30 the first Sino-U.S. Quality Summit bringing together quality leaders from the United States and China to explore and advance the latest thinking on quality, innovation, trends and opportunities in the digital age.

ASQ also will introduce myASQ, an online community designed to help quality professionals make meaningful connections, exchange relevant solutions, and interact with quality leaders and peers.

Steltzner and Peter Sheahan, founder and group CEO of Karrikins Group, will join previously announced keynote speakers that include author and television host Mel Robbins, recognized authority on disruptive innovation Luke Williams, and technical futurist John McElligott.

Peter Sheahan, founder and group CEO of Karrikins Group, is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in 24 cities, across nine countries, Sheahan knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in the rapidly changing marketplace. Sheahan and his firm have worked with some of the world’s leading brands, and he is the author of seven books including business best-sellers “Flip,” “Generation Y,” “Making it Happen” and “Matter.” He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.

Adam Steltzner, Ph.D., NASA, is recognized as one of NASA’s leading innovators. For nearly a decade, Steltzner led the breakthrough team that invented the sky crane landing system that landed the Mars rover, Curiosity, on the Martian surface in 2012. Next, Steltzner will lead NASA’s Mars 2020 Project that will gather core samples of Mars for scientific discovery. The author of “The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation,” Steltzner brings to life unique strategies and perspectives on collaborative leadership, breaking through the seemingly impossible, and harnessing the power of curiosity to spark innovation.

For more information about the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, visit asq.org/conferences/wcqi.

About ASQ

ASQ, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With individual and organizational members in more than 140 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.

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