October Meeting – (10/14/15)

Wednesday – October 14, 2015




Speaker: Conrad Soltero

Topic: The Kata





What is available? And what it can do for your Company.

​The 7 Kata Dojo is about using a systems approach to achieve organizational excellence. All applicable techniques are used. Lean, Constraint Theory, 6 Sigma, Innovation Engineering, Technology Scouting, QMS and EMS are all available for your organization to leverage. Conrad Soltero has a passion for helping open minded and agressive leaders move their organizations to the next level. If you are serious about giving your business a competitve advantage, The 7 Kata Dojo is your go to web site for assistance. Conrad has achieved economic independence and uses his time vocationally to effect economic development for the good of our city (Austin, Texas), area (Central Texas), state (Texas) and nation (Go USA!).

Speaker Bio:

Conrad Soltero attended the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering and a MS in Materials Science & Engineering.

In 1996 Mr. Soltero started working with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) where he provided the El Paso region industrial extension services for the next 19 years as a Field Engineer. He was an early adopter of Mike Rother’s Toyota Kata and has published research on the subject through the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  Conrad has published articles and research in technical literature for almost twenty years on topics as diverse as environmental management systems, quality management systems, Six Sigma, workforce development, Lean, and innovation.

In 2012, Conrad came to realize the nexus between TWI and the Toyota Kata and as a consequence, wrote the book, 7 Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI and Lean Training. The manuscript was reviewed by a team of world class Lean experts and was deemed worthy of the 2013 Shingo Prize for Professional and Technical Publications, accepted as the Pulitzer Prize of literature focused on organizational excellence.

Starting in 2013 as a Principal Engineer for TMAC and employed by San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute, he has provided technical training for the Austin Regional Manufacturing Manufacturer’s Association in value stream mapping, Lean leadership. Lean management systems, and lean performance measures. He continues work with individual organizations in diverse areas of enterprise excellence.


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


Starting in October there will be a $10 fee to attend ASQ Austin monthly meetings; the fee applies to the event expenses. The only exception will be for the first time attendees who are new ASQ Austin members.

RSVP to pay at door or RSVP if you are a New member ->

Recertification Units (RUs):

Participants will acquire 0.3 RUs for attending