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September 27th – General Membership Meeting

Topic: Malcolm Baldrige Award


  • Bridget Dewees, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness Claflin University, Orangeburg SC
  • Rick Bickerstaff, President and CEO, Competitive Edge Performance Solutions

Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center, 3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston SC 29405
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Join us on September 27th as we come back from our summer break with an engaging topic on the Malcolm Baldrige Award.  We will also cover important section business including nominations for next year’s Section Leadership Committee.

Please RSVP using EventBrite or by emailing

Speaker Bios:

Bridget DeweesBridget Dewees is an award winning Quality Practitioner with more than 25 years of professional experience in Business, Finance, Organizational Development and Higher Education Administration. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and an adjunct instructor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. She is responsible for managing a comprehensive university-wide assessment program to include assessment and institutional research. Bridget is a SC Champion for Excellence award recipient, Chair of the SC Quality Forum and recently served as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Bridget has a PhD in Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University. She has a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Rick Bickerstaff Headshot, 2014Rick Bickerstaff is the President, CEO, and founder of Competitive Edge Performance Solutions. Rick has over 30 years of experience in management, and over 20 years of training experience. Rick has developed highly effective training materials and models in many disciplines, and has taught these sessions all over the United States.  Rick specializes in leadership, teamwork, management systems, systematic process improvement, strategy, continuous improvement, project management, performance management, innovation, re-engineering, organizational development, auditing strategies, risk management, executive coaching, human resources management, etc. Rick has been involved in the writing of many national guidance manuals associated with organizational management, environmental management, Lean Six Sigma, continuous improvement, etc. Rick is also an adjunct professor at a Charleston college. As a professor he teaches management, strategy, communication, quality, auditing, and human resource management courses.

Lowcountry Manufacturing & Quality Expo

PrintDates: October 4-5, 2016
Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center, 3800 Paramount Dr, North Charleston, SC 29405
Keynote Speakers:

  • Ted Pitts – SC Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Balke – CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans

Please visit our LM&QE page for more information!!

Registration Link: Click here to purchase tickets!

MUSC Lean Six Sigma Symposium

Date: October 14, 2016
Location: Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

On October 14th, MUSC is hosting a Lean Six Sigma Symposium at Trident Tech in North Charleston.  Registration is now open through September 30th.  This symposium is targeting the Healthcare industry, but the workshops are applicable to all organizations striving for operational excellence.

Please visit their website for more information, and to submit your registration.

MUSC Lean Six Sigma Symposium website

ASQ Charleston to Sponsor Rohming Robots

Rohming Robots is a 4-H project club focused on the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. They have 11 team members from the 8th-12th grade, who happen to all be homeschool students. They love learning about science and math, and FIRST robotics gives them an amazing opportunity to learn more and demonstrate their knowledge. FTC teams build robots with metal pieces and use sensors and Android devices to program. They are required to keep an engineering notebook to document discoveries.

ASQ Charleston has pledged to match any donations made by ASQ Members up to $250 towards helping this group compete in the 2016-2017 season.

Please read this letter from Gray Stewart, Rohming Robots’ Outreach Division Leader for more information about this organization.  You may also review their Business Plan to learn about their organization, past accomplishments, and future vision. You may visit their website for more information as well.

If you choose to make a donation, please send a check payable to “Rohming Robots” to our Treasurer, who will then collect all donations and submit them to Rohming Robots along with the matching check from ASQ Charleston (up to $250). Our deadline to provide our contribution to Rohming Robots is October 25 2016.

ASQ Charleston – Section 1122
PO Box 60644
North Charleston, SC 29419

Thank you for your support – please email if you have any questions.

November 15th – General Membership Meeting 
Location: TBD
Time: 5:30-9pm

Service Project: Lowcountry Food Bank

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Dr Charleston SC 29405
RSVP by November 28th to

On Saturday, December 3rd, ASQ Charleston is hosting a volunteer event at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We will receive instructions on specific help needed when we arrive, but all work will serve to support their mission, vision, and guiding principles.  It will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to by November 28th so that we may give an accurate headcount to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Please note that children age 13 and above are welcome with a parent, and closed-toe shoes must be worn.

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