November Professional Development Meeting

November 14, 2017
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4727 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Systems Thinking into 2018 - Yes, we still need it!
This is a joint APICS/ASQ Meeting

John P. Lafferty - President/CEO of CellMyLight, Inc; ASQ Delaware Section Chairman

Many of us have our stake into the Quality Era of the 1980, 1990, Millenniums, and the next decade. Something we forget is that the heart of every Quality Improvement effort starts and ends with “Systems Thinking”. This presentation will be all about Systems Thinking. The basis of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Peter Scholtes, Joseph Juran, or even the world expert of Peter Senge - all start with looking at every problem as a “Solution” to improve a service or product. What would life be like without Systems Thinking? Come hear the importance of this topic from problem identification, to solution development, to controlling the decision. Most importantly, how to maintain the system once it has been changed. Everyone from your Quality Auditor to Quality Manager could learn something from sharpening their skills in “Systems Thinking”.

5:45 - 6:30  Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15  Dinner
7:15 - 8:30  Announcements and Speaker

Speaker Biography:
John has a BS from Drexel University, an MS from Cabrini College, a 20 year teacher of teenagers from Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, 12 year Children's Sunday School Teacher, and Certified Lay Minister for the Southeast District Eastern Pennsylvania Methodist Conference. Mr. Lafferty was a past Quality Engineer, Vice President of Quality, and a Senior Executive for companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. John has solved major issues in the Refinery and Chemical Industries involving developing a standardized part number system for the industry and standardizing how metals are chemically verified prior to installation at the plant level. He has had experience with major societies such as MSS, NACE, ASTM, ASQ, ASME, SME, and the ASA. He has met and dined with Dr. Deming and has been in various discussions with William Conway.

John is a father of two,Matthew (proud DelVal University parent) and Paul (Penn State graduate in Biology), is husband to Jennifer Lafferty. John's hobbies include golf, salt water fishing, chess, and horseshoe pitching. He has traveled to 40 out of 50 states in the USA, 6 out of the 13 Provinces in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central America, and Africa. His biggest  accomplishments in life has been an ex-rock star, holds the hot dog eating contest at his family reunion,witnessed birth to a Cow, crashed Bernie Parent's Birthday Party, and caught a 165 pound Mako Sharkand 3 Yellowfin 100 pound tunas in the Continental Shelf all in the same fishing trip and never got sea sick. John Lafferty's goals in life are continuous improvement and to help the needed of third world countries.

Registration Deadline:
5PM the day before the meeting  (see refund policy)


$35.00 Registration - Brandywine Valley Chapter Members (Login Required)

$35.00 Registration - APICS member but NOT a member of Brandywine Valley Chapter (no login)

$40.00 Registration - Non-member of APICS (if applicable, apply Coupon Code at checkout)

$0.00 Student Registration