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Innovation and Supply Chain Keynote Speakers at ASQ Lean Six Sigma Conference

Feb. 29–March 1, 2016, in Phoenix

Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:37

(ASQ: Milwaukee) -- An internationally renowned CEO and author on strategic business growth joins an award-winning supply chain practitioner and an experienced innovation expert as keynote speakers at the ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference, Feb. 29–March 1, 2016, in Phoenix.

Keynote speakers are Pam Henderson, CEO of NewEdge Inc. and author of a book on opportunity thinking; Dave Verduyn, president of C2C Solutions Inc., who specializes in inventive thinking to create customer value; and Patricia C. La Londe, a supply chain executive with expertise in leading teams and continuous improvement.

Attendees of the ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference will strengthen leadership skills and take away Lean Six Sigma tools and practical applications that will help drive their organization’s competitiveness.

Held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, the conference offers more than 45 expert-led sessions including:
• The Growth- Minded Leader in a Challenging Economy
• Managing with Metrics: The Implementation and Use of KPIs
• Reducing Lead Time in a High-Production Environment
• Checklists for Designing in Quality: Fundamental Tools for DFSS

Keynote speaker agenda

February 29, 8 a.m.: Pam Henderson is CEO of NewEdge Inc., a growth, strategy, and design firm that advises companies across every industry from Fortune 500 to startups and nonprofits. Henderson, formerly on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, pioneered opportunity thinking, which empowers organizations to see potential in new places across markets, technologies, business models, brands, and design. She speaks around the world on market insights, innovation, and business growth. Henderson’s book, You Can Kill an Idea, But You Can’t Kill an Opportunity (Wiley, 2014), has received recognition in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR

February 29, 4:45 p.m.: Dave Verduyn is a recognized thought leader on innovation who has trained thousands of engineers and product developers in methods including systematic innovation, voice of the customer, TRIZ, quality function deployment, cost reduction, value analysis, and other design for lean Six Sigma activities. Verduyn’s passion is the front end of product development, and he has coached more than 70 Fortune 1000 companies in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America across a diverse range of industries. He regularly lectures on systemic innovation at the University of Michigan, ASQ, and other professional organizations.

March 1, 8 a.m.: Patricia La Londe is principal of P. La Londe Consulting and a business consultant for CareFusion, a major medical device company. La Londe, an award-winning supply chain executive, effectively leads teams in all aspects of procurement and supply chain including supplier quality, global sourcing, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and integrations across diverse businesses. She has been effective in developing a global sourcing organization for a large medical device company, resulting in year-over-year cost reduction via strategic sourcing methodologies and reengineering while ensuring compliance with regulations.

The full program and session descriptions, as well as conference registration, can be found at the ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference website.

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