Currently I’m a Quality Manager at Boston Scientific supporting the R&D organization primarily in areas of combination device development. However I actually started out my career as a chemist. After a number of years in the lab, I moved into project management while setting my longer term goals on management. To meet those goals, I quickly became aware of the need to supplement my formal training and on-the-job learning.
I strategized what it would take for me to move in the direction of my goals. I needed to network! So I started attending ASQ meetings & conferences and began to appreciate the broad array of industries represented by members. It allowed me to tap into other industries I knew little about. I remember attending those first meetings without knowing a single person and how some members immediately recognized me as new and personally rolled out the welcome wagon. Welcoming new members and helping them engage in the Section is my #1 Objective for the Member Services Committee.
As it turns out, an ASQ member suggested I explore a local MBA program and to make a long story short, the new skills I learned in the program prepared me for a surprising opportunity I would not otherwise have been qualified for. During this time as a Manager and Director, I became exposed to Strategic Quality Management and the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence through ASQ. I became passionate over this application of quality and began strategizing another new career path into quality. Today I sit as a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence with a MS in Manufacturing Systems working at Boston Scientific helping to develop safer, more effective products.
I credit ASQ with being a key part of my professional development, career transitions and lifelong learning. External learning has given me fresh ideas and new perspectives that truly impact the business. Let’s face it; few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.
The Membership Services Committee is ready to help you engage today!