January Greetings from Chair David Gibson

Dear ASQ-0704 Members:

I want to wish all our Section members a Happy New Year and hope your holiday season has been well. To get started I would like to welcome the new team members of your section’s Executive Committee along with the committees’ returning members.  (See the Section 0704 Leadership page on our website for more details). We are planning for another year of quality initiatives to expand our knowledge.  There are still a few open chair positions; plus, some of our committees could use additional help.  Please contact me or one of our leaders, or submit your interest via the “Call for Volunteers” form on the website if you wish to participate in the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills while contributing your passion and energy to the quality community.

As we transition to 2018, let us first reflect on our past year’s accomplishments. We held a Program meeting all 12 months for the second consecutive year, with a wide range of topics and speakers. We hope there was something you were able to find of interest, and could apply to your work. The Phoenix section again supported the ASQ annual Lean Six Sigma Conference with member volunteers serving as room moderators.  We also sent at least one section Member Leader to ASQ’s World Conference on Quality & Improvement (WCQI) to gather lots of great materials for our members and identify potential speakers for our Program meetings. Your section has also provided a small scholarship for two students attending ASU – Engineering. In December we officially launched our Twitter account (@asqphoenix) to better serve our members’ needs and share content from other ASQ Sections, Divisions and allied organizations. Please “follow” @ASQPhoenix on Twitter to keep current on topical quality events and news. As a reminder, the ASQ Phoenix section also has a members-only Facebook page (ASQ Phoenix Section) and LinkedIn group (ASQ Phoenix Section 0704 “Valley of the Sun”) offering our members a content-rich social media experience. Please join us on-line and share your experiences and stories along your quality journey. Our year-end Holiday networking event / December program was fantastic; I hope you were able to attend.  The food and facilities were once again terrific, thanks to the Edward Jones training facility and their catering staff at Aramark.  It was a time to meet with colleagues, share stories and maybe pick up some educational materials to start the New Year.  And finally, the year finished financially sound with higher than budgeted income and lower than budgeted expenses.

Looking forward to 2018, while much of our agenda will be similar to previous years we also anticipate a few changes.  The Program calendar is starting to fill in, starting on January 11 with Russ Branaghan speaking on the topic of Human Factors and Usability.  This should be an interesting topic discussing how we can work together better.  ASQ National has exciting plans to continue transforming and growing the enterprise.  More on that as the year progresses.  As always we are looking for opportunities to grow our section and increase our impact, along with suggestions for presentation topics and speakers. Let us know how we can create a more delightful member experience.  Again, if you are interested in helping to grow our Quality community of practice please contact me or one of our executive leaders (contact info provided on asqphoenix section leadership page).

We are looking forward to a terrific year.  Once again Happy New Year!