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September Professional Development Dinner Meeting


Dinner Topic:  
Neuro-Axiology: A Value-Centered Foundation for Leadership

The science of axiology is mathematically based.  So we talk about the hierarchy of value and how it can be used to create the greatest net value. I can relate the 3 dimensions of value to quality and how quality adds to value. I show how to measure your valuing habits and how to shift to your strengths.

Tutorial Topic: Managing Quality-Related Data & Information: Tips and Techniques to Ease the Pain

 “Where is that information?!” 

   Have you ever been frustrated over the haystack of electronic files that seem to accumulate on our networks and computers nowadays? Is it almost impossible to figure out where exactly the correct file is, or which one is the correct version? Are you tired of the binders overstuffed with documents and records which accumulate dust on bookshelves? What about the file cabinets stuffed with reports, records and procedures from decades ago.

   The amount of company information that accumulates can be mind-boggling. As a Quality Assurance professional, access to data and ease of retrieval is essential, particularly during audits. Additionally, there are Quality Assurance files that must be maintained to show compliance to standards and regulations. And, sometimes, these exist in both paper and electronic format. This may include project files, documents and document archives, quality management records, personnel records, audit records, nonconformances, corrective and preventive action, purchasing, and personnel. All of this information has significant value. But, if you cannot find it easily or it becomes burdensome to manage, it can quickly turn into mess. There are many commercial options to managing information nowadays, but they all come with a cost, that perhaps the company is not ready or willing to bear. So, how do you manage this information in a paper-based or non-database driven environment?

   Say good-bye to this headache! This workshop will discuss best practices in the management of quality-related data with simple, cost-effective techniques. Whether it is moving from paper to electronic records or improving the organization of electronic files you already have, learn how you can set up a file management system to organize and maintain your records now and in the future.

Group(s): Corporate
Speaker Gretchen L. McAuliffe
Gretchen McAuliffe is one of the co-founders of Labtopia.  As a Principal, Gretchen oversees operations for Labtopia Staffing and is Senior Consultant for Labtopia Solutions, Labtopia Training and Labtopia Informatix.  Gretchen specializes in providing a wide range of quality support to ISO and GxP manufacturers,laboratories, and distributors.  As a QA professional, she ...

Gretchen McAuliffe is one of the co-founders of Labtopia.  As a Principal, Gretchen oversees operations for Labtopia Staffing and is Senior Consultant for Labtopia Solutions, Labtopia Training and Labtopia Informatix.  Gretchen specializes in providing a wide range of quality support to ISO and GxP manufacturers,laboratories, and distributors.  As a QA professional, she is an expert in developing integrated systems for regulated industries.  She also has extensive experience in technical writing, business process mapping andlaboratory compliance.  During her career, she has managed and conducted domestic and international audits of manufacturers, distributors and laboratories. 


   Gretchen has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston and a M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Certified Biomedical Auditor (CBA) and a Certified HACCP Auditor (CHA).  She is also one of the first GMP professionals in the world to become a ASQ Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional (CPGP). 


   In addition, Gretchen is a is also a certified ISO 9001:2008 lead auditor and trained Administrator for ThermoFisher Scientific’s SampleManager LIMS.


    When she finds time to relax, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her husband Shannon and their two daughters, Caitlin & Ciara.  She enjoys traveling, a good book and a dinner with family and friends.

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Organizer ASQ Greater Houston Section 1405

When?

Thu, Sept. 19, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) America/Chicago

Where?

United Way Nation
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007