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February General Meeting 🗓 🗺

From your program chair, James Persaud…

My Fellow members,
Thank you for attending our January meeting despite the wonderful weather we experience that day. The meeting was well attended with higher than normal registration. Our presenter started the year with a “Go for it” presentation. It was interactive and attendees were involved. You make our meetings what they are. Please continue to participate.

February meeting information

At our February meeting, you get the opportunity to spend time with your significant other. The meeting is as usual, the 2nd Wednesday of the month. It so happens to be February 14th. Bring that special one to our meeting, have dinner with them, even a beverage. How nice of you. It will be different and memorable. Just try it. We were also reminded that it is “Ash Wednesday” we catered accordingly. Of interest at this meeting will be two most interesting topics namely:

Change Intelligence – that is, helping build the capacity of people, teams, and organizations to lead change that sticks”

Are you frustrated that no matter what you try, your improvement projects seem to either fail outright or produce gains that don’t last? The reality is that most changes do fail. As many as 70% of organizational change initiatives fall short of expectations. As a Quality professional, your career progress hinges on your ability to lead successful and sustainable change.

In this presentation, you’ll get introduced to how to get beyond the buzzwords and leverage a proven formula for change. The CQ System for Developing Change Intelligence is based on decades of change leadership in the workplace, years of conducting global research on managing change, and study into the psychology and neuroscience of change. About our presenter…

Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD is author of the best-selling book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ System for Developing Change Intelligent Leaders and Organizations. For over 25 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical change management initiatives – achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients. In 2015 she had the honor of being awarded Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals Midwest Chapter. Her blend of research, real-world expertise, and actionable strategies makes her an in-demand speaker spanning a wide range of industries across the globe. Clients served include Abbot Laboratories, BP, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, the NYPD, and United Airlines. Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Our other presenter is one of our own; Arvind Srivastava. He will be relating on “Attribute Agreement Analysis“.

Customers rarely differentiate the causals of a PPM defect at the contract table. A ppm is a ppm. Whether the feature is for a safety or critical nature vs a visual attribute nature, either can keep a company from securing the order. While product and process evaluations by humans are done daily for reasons of efficiency and cost, the effectiveness of this evaluation process can be but is rarely assessed. This leaves the organization wide open for risk of returns, ill-will, rework, and ultimately loss of business. Learn how to identify and manage this risk in a hands-on and engaging manner
About our presenter…

Arvind Srivastava is Corporate Master Black Belt/IE at Accuride Corporation. Prior to joining Accuride, he worked as a quality system and process improvement consultant, and supply chain professional at multiple organizations across various industries in the US and India. Arvind is the co-author of Lean Management: 50-50-20 and Stat-Free Six Sigma books. He is a member of U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 176 (responsible for ISO 9001 standard) and U.S. TAG to ISO/PC 302 (responsible for ISO 19011 guidelines). Arvind is the Director of ASQ Chicago Section and teaches at its Training Institute. He holds BS (ME) from IIT Roorkee (India), MS (IE) from NITIE Mumbai (India), and MBS from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL. Arvind is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (Accelper Consulting), IATF Lead Auditor (Exemplar Global) and Quality Auditor (ASQ). He is passionate about improvements in effectiveness and efficiency; reading and spreading knowledge; and Hindi old songs.

Meeting details are as follows:


Victoria Banquets – (White Eagle)
6839 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL.

Agenda: Wednesday, February 14th

5.30pm – 6.00pm registration
6.00pm – 6.15pm Welcome & Networking
6.15pm 1st presentation
7.00pm dinner
7.45pm Announcements
8.00pm Main presentation
8.50pm Surveys
8.55pm Raffle
9.00pm Adjourn

Dinner – By members’ request:

  • Baked New England Cod
  • Vegetarian – Eggplant Napoleon

Mushroom Barley French style
Broccoli Carrots & Cauliflower
Roasted red potatoes

Coffee, tea, water
Dessert – Dark Chocolate Mousse

Dinner cost – Save – Register and pre-pay!

Pre-registration with payment 30.00
Any Payment at door $35.00
Dinner only guaranteed with registration and payment

The meetings are for you, our members, only you can make these successful and beneficial. How? with your participation. What is needed of you again?

  • Register early
  • Schedule time for the meetings
  • Attend the meetings
  • Bring your boss, a coworker, a friend a colleague along to the meetings
  • Network at the meeting.
  • Share your ideas and thoughts; your feedback is critical to us improving what we do.
  • Volunteer to help on the Leadership committee (board)

You may also send your ideas, suggestions, comments or wanting to help, to me james.persaud@sbcglobal.net. Looking forward to seeing you at our meetings. Bring someone along. Meet, greet, eat, and network.

Remember, anyone can attend the meeting at no charge. There is a charge to have dinner.

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Registration is Closed

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

February General Meeting 🗓 🗺

Wednesday, February 11th

Diplomat West Banquet Hall
681 W North Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Doors Open at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM

Registration is Now Closed
Please Contact: genmtg@asqchicago.org for questions/cancellations.

Pre-Dinner – 6:00 PM:


Carrie Van Daele, MSM, Author

Carrie will present Capacity Utilization Concepts and discuss how an enterprise uses its installed productive capacity.

Post Dinner Meeting – 8:00 PM:

Carrie Van Daele, MSM, Author

On a list of executive-related business issues, your biggest company concern for 2015 is filling the skills-gap and leveraging your talent. [Forbes, Feb.11, 2014]. Quit struggling with your demand for Lean Success. One’s inability to attract, retain, develop talent will hurt supply chain.
Carrie through interactive discussion and exercises will present:

  • How to shrink the widening skills gap for Lean Success.
  • How to capitalize on and maximize your talent for Lean Success.
  • How to calculate future earnings of your talent for Lean Success.
  • How to utilize your talent for Lean Success.
  • How to qualify your Subject-Matter-Experts and Trainers for Lean Success.

Dinner Menu

$30 for Members / $35 for Non-Members


  • Beef Kabob
  • Chicken Kabob
  • Tilapia
  • Vegetarian

Potato:  Parisienne Potato
Salad:   Chef’s Tossed Green
Dessert:  Chocolate Sundae
Coffee, Tea


Carrie Van Daele, MSM, Author

Carrie has over 25 years of experience in business. Her Training Company was founded in 1996. Carrie is a published author of a book called The Fifty-Best Training Techniques published by Logical Operations. She is featured in several publications such as Business People Magazine. Her degrees from Evangel Bible College (AA), Indiana University (BS) and Indiana Wesleyan University (MSM) have provided the academic requirements to her business success. Her manufacturing experience in the automotive industry has provided the real “hands-on” bumps, bruises and wisdom to her business success. Carrie’s LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carrie-van-daele/2/b34/675