Welcome to ASQ Austin

ASQ section 1414, located in Austin, TX, gives you an opportunity to

  • Network with Capitol area quality professionals
  • Participate in professional development events such as training classes and monthly meetings
  • Volunteer with the section’s initiatives within the community

Our FY 2014 year promises to be an exciting one with a fantastic line-up of guest speakers at our monthly meetings. So, we hope you will come out and join us.

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February Meeting – (02/11/15)

Wednesday – February 11, 2015


ASQ speaker Yvonne Howze

Dr. Yvonne Howze
Director Performance Excellence,
Texas Department of Transportation, Austin Texas


Leadership: Flavor of the Month


Leadership has been defined and re-defined, yet no one seems to have a clear understanding of what it really is.  This presentation will distinguish been leadership and leader, give a brief overview of leadership theories, share insights about leadership competencies, delineate the four major components of leadership, and describe how leadership fits into the overall quality effort.

Participants will complete at least one leadership tool for self-assessment, and engage in a few fun activities to ensure their own learning which they can then transfer to help develop the talents of others.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Yvonne Howze is Director the Performance Excellence Division at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  As Director, she serves as Executive Coach and Master Trainer for the agency’s Senior Executives for Engineering Operations in the areas of leadership, planning, systems thinking, and data collection and analysis.

Yvonne has received many notable awards in her 40-year career, including the Missouri Quality (Baldrige) Award.  Yvonne is a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, and travels worldwide presenting on leadership, performance excellence, and organizational effectiveness. Yvonne received her doctorate degree in Education from Vanderbilt University.  She is a long-time member of the American Society of Quality, and has served on the Excellence in Missouri Foundation’s Board of Directors and Board of Overseers. She has been a Reviewer for US grants in education and business.  She has served on many national and community boards, volunteering extensively by providing training and expertise to improve their operations.

Dr. Howze’s delivery has been described as “enthusiastic, entertaining, very, very, very informative and ‘stuff’ you can use!”  She has presented at national and international conferences, and has coached and trained executives, senior managers, and rank and file staff in governmental agencies, schools, colleges, businesses, and faith and community-based not-for-profit organizations.

She started a consulting firm in 1996, now dormant, called CYA Associates which specializes in executive coaching and leadership development training for systematic planning, program evaluation, and research.

She enjoys seeing the ‘light bulb go on’ when a participant finally understands the importance of customer to the bottom-line.  Her favorite training claim to fame is known as Teachable Moments whereby she takes advantage of teaching a new skill, tool or providing additional information at the time the need surfaces.  Her toolbox is exhaustive!


Crowne Plaza Hotel
6121 North IH 35 Austin, Texas  78752 (512) 323-5466
Crowne Plaza Hotel Directions


  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Main Speaker Presentation
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes


Appetizers are being provided to members and guests.


Please RSVP so we can better plan the food and refreshments->

Recertification Units (RUs):

Participants will acquire 0.3 RUs for attending

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Webinar – Executive Presence – (02/28/15)

JimJohnstoneTopic:  “Executive Presence: What it takes to be an effective leader and rise to the top“

Speaker: Jim  Johnstone


If you thought technical/business competence, ambition and hard work were enough to advance, think again. That is just the ante. If you want to rise up and be a leader in your business there is more to it than that. Learn the 3  secret ingredients that research shows  executives are looking for when they promote someone to senior management.

Speaker Bio:

After 40 years in Industry working his way to executive positions at IBM and Applied Materials, Jim  Johnstone started his own business as a quality consultant. His clients, faced with the  problem of filling their high level jobs with unprepared raw talent,  started  asking him for executive coaching advice and so he offered the wisdom he had gained from his experience and research as Chairman of the executive development team at Applied Materials. Jim has helped many managers, new to the executive ranks, develop their executive presence so they could be effective leaders in their new jobs. They paid thousands to hear the fundamental lessons he will share with you in this one hour seminar


Feb 28 , 2015

10 to 11 am CST

Executive Presence

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