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May General Meeting 🗓 🗺

Wednesday, May 10th


Victoria Banquets @ Edward Hotel
6600 N Mannheim Rd
Rosemont 60018


  • 5:30PM-6:00pm Check in and network.
  • 6:00PM –  Advance session presentation. “Decision Mapping for Better Decision Making” – Keith Poole
  • 7:00PM – Dinner
  • 8.00PM – Main presentation. “Project Management Tools – Building a Better Floor” – LaWanda C. Lacy
  • 9:00PM Adjourn


Chicken Breast Marsala
Rosemary Potato Wedges
French String Beans
Dessert: Chocolate Sundae

Dinner Cost:

  • $30 Pre-Register Online
  • $35 at the Door (Cash/Check Only)


Decision Mapping for Better Decision Making

Keith is a Leadership Advisor with Khrusallis, a company dedicated to Lean transformation in healthcare. Currently Keith is working closely with the CEO and leadership team at Franciscan St. James in south suburban Chicago, guiding the entire facility on a journey towards Lean Culture.


Project Management Tools – Building a Better Floor

Identify project management principles found in the project management body-of-knowledge and demonstrate the principles stepping the audience through a real-world example using the project management life cycle phases.

LaWanda C. Lacy is a Global Project Manager for Fresenius Kabi with a current focus on launching Serialization for over 700 products in the domestic US market. Building on a Bachelor of Science in Biology, LaWanda’s advanced education from the Keller Graduate School of Management includes the Masters in Business Administration with a specialty in Quality & Operations Management, and a Masters in Project Management. LaWanda attained certifications for Project Management Professional, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Quality Improvement Associate. LaWanda continues her training with certifications in process for the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Pharmaceutical GMP Professional. LaWanda specialized in Pharmaceutical/Life Science industry Project Management for the last 5 years. As a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and American Society of Quality (ASQ), LaWanda pursues to grow the body of knowledge that allows effective Project and Program Management for the Quality System.

Note: June is the Joe Lisy award presentation. You are invited to attend. Please, peek at our Program schedule for 2017 and plan for it.

Pre-Registration is Closed

2017 Bunny Rock Chicago 5K Run / Walk & Egg Hunt

ASQ Chicago Section is pleased to announce an upcoming 2017 charity event under the Social Responsibility (SR) program initiatives. All members and their families as well as guests are invited to register for the Bunny Rock Chicago 5K Run/Walk & Egg Hunt for the Red Door Animal Shelter Charity. Red Door Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter committed to helping animals in need. This event will take place at 9 am on April 15, 2016 at Montrose Harbor (601 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL). ASQ Chicago SR team is forming a small group of 5K Run/Walk participants to represent our section in this charitable event. Registration fee for those participants will be covered. In addition, a group of volunteers will be formed to help with various event-related tasks. Please be advised that the participants/volunteers spaces are limited and will be assigned on the ‘first-come/first-served’ basis. All participants will receive bunny ears, sunglasses, a dri-fit t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt. Please send your request for participation to by 4/12/17. Event participants/volunteers can pre-register their kids for the Egg Hunt at the charity event site. Additional event information can be found at ASQ Chicago Section Social Responsibility team is looking forward to seeing everyone at this fun-filled rewarding volunteering experience.



April General Meeting 🗓 🗺

Date: Wednesday, April 12th 2017


Mission Hills Country Club
1677 Mission Hills Rd
Northbrook 60062


  • 5:30pm – 6:00pm Check In and Networking
  • 6:00pm – Recognition and Awards
  • 7:00pm – Dinner
  • 8.00PM – Main Presentation

  • “Sustainably Grow Your Company – How better operations and teams lead to long-term prosperity.” – by Francisco Pulgar-Vidal




  • 9:00 PM – Adjourn

Dinner Menu:

  • Mushroom Barley French Style
  • Chicken Breast Limone
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Broccolli, Carrots, Cauliflower
  • Dark Chocolate Moose

Dinner Cost: $30

Pre-Registration is Closed

March Meeting/Plant Tour – March 8, 2017 🗓 🗺

March meeting/Plant tour – March 8, 2017
Limited to 35 members… First 35 to register get to attend. Sorry about that – company restriction.

Online Registration is Closed
35 Members have already pre-registered
to inquire about cancellations

This will be interesting. We will be able to observe/learn – Mechanical Testing, Metallurgical Testing, Chemistry test and, Machining Shop, EDS/SEM Room operation –  There will also be a Presentation on “Corrosion” or other topics as the company determines better.


194 Internationale Blvd
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Phone: 630-464-5173

Time: 6.00pm:

  • 5:30pm-6:00pm Check in
  • 6:00pm Dinner/snack
  • 6.30pm lab tours
  • 7:00pm- main presentation.
  • Adjourn


Registration with payment $20
(Box sandwiches)

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Online Registration is Closed
35 Members have already pre-registered
to inquire about cancellations

February General Meeting 🗓 🗺


Wednesday, February 8th 2017


DoubleTree Hotel Chicago – Oak Brook
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523


  • 5:30 PM – Doors Open
  • 6:00 PM – Pre-Dinner Session
  • 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 8:00 PM – Post-Dinner Session
  • 9:00 PM – Adjourn

Dinner Menu:

  • Soup or salad
  • Citrus Chicken
  • Grilled chicken breast, Citrus butter sauce, steamed broccoli, blended wild rice
  • Vegetable pasta
  • Penne pasta with seasonal vegetables – for our vegetarians
  • Assorted rolls
  • Freshly brewed coffee, and tea.
  • Chef’s choice of dessert


  • Registration with payment 30.00
    • Dinner only guaranteed with registration and payment
  • Any Payment at door $35.00
    • Save – Register and pay!

Registration is Closed

Pre-Dinner Session:

Simple Lean

Lean is a fabulous method to simplify and streamline all kinds of work processes. Yet many have noted that Lean is rarely applied correctly. Adopters commonly get obsessed with the Lean “tools” and some get lost in the theory. One innovative manufacturer has found a simpler way to apply Lean and his methods are being adopted worldwide. Paul Akers’ 2 Second Lean book and his hundreds of YouTube videos show that a simpler version of Lean is possible. This presentation will introduce you to Paul’s thinking and explain how his model has informed the work – and life – of the presenter.


Tony Heath is a certified Lean improvement consultant and a six sigma black belt for Optum, a business of UnitedHealth Group. He has worked leading QI within the insurance industry for 18 years. He holds a PhD in Family Therapy from Purdue University and most of an MBA from Benedictine University. He is a Certified Professional in HealthCare Quality and is the current President of the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality. Previously he was a behavioral scientist in a family practice residency, a college professor, a Best Buy salesperson, and a landscape worker. Tony is married to Nancy (36 years) and has two adult sons. He enjoys native gardening, making great coffee, driving his GTI, and drinking great beer. He is a Lean fixer of everything broken. His motto is Better, better, better.

Post-Dinner Session:

Capability Studies

A primer on the things to consider when carrying out a capability study. Understand What’s Driving the Need For A Closer Look At One or More Quality Attributes, advantages and disadvantages. You may be surprised. Come on out and hear for yourself.


Kirk Johnson is a veteran of the food and beverage industry having worked for food giant, Kraft Foods, for twenty-seven years in a variety of professional roles that include, Manufacturing, Procurement, Continuous Improvement, Supplier Quality and Engineering. Having recently retired from corporate America, he began his own independent consultancy, Insight Analysis, specializing in Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence support. Kirk attained both his Black Belt and Master Black Belt certifications from the coveted American Society for Quality. He has been a Lean Six Sigma practitioner for nearly twenty years having received his initial green belt certification back in 1998.
Kirk is also an adjunct instructor at Elgin Community College where he teaches Business Math and Business Statistics to first and second year students.

Registration is Closed

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