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ASQ Announces Compliance Conference

August 02, 2005

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) will host a two-day conference that promises to take organizations beyond mere compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley law. The event will demonstrate how to take the often costly, mandatory financial reporting to the next level by detailing ways that firms can use this data to improve their overall operations. Participants will also be exposed to quality data management systems that can help make SOX compliance more cost effective.

The two-day conference, “Beyond Compliance to Sarbanes-Oxley – Financial Benefits From Integrating Your Management Systems,” will be held September 27 – 28 at the Doubletree Hotel, 237 South Broad St., in Philadelphia, PA. More information and on-line registration is available at www.asq.org/conferences.

Both days will be filled with informative sessions, a panel discussion, plus networking opportunities. There will be two keynote addresses: Edwin Pinero, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in September 2004 to serve as the federal environmental executive, will speak at 8 a.m. on Sept. 28. In addition, Harry Hertz, Director, Baldrige National Quality Program, will speak to attendees later that same day.

“This ASQ Sarbanes-Oxley Conference will define the start of the integration process by concentrating on the relationships between quality, environmental, and financial management systems for supporting compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley,” says Paul Borawksi, ASQ executive director. “Attendees will learn about quality and environmental management systems (QMS/EMS) elements and resources that can help comply with Sarbanes-Oxley. They will also receive reference materials, and help on how to use them. Participants will leave knowing which parts of SOX can be supported by effective QMS, EMS, and other management systems.”

The conference is designed to meet the needs of executive management, risk managers, financial managers, operational managers, internal quality auditors and environmental auditors, internal financial auditors, and quality and environmental professionals. They will be shown how to use all available resources in compliance with SOX with the goals of reducing the cost and gaining continual process improvements. Participants will learn how to merge quality audits and operations with financial reporting, which will help senior management make long-term operating decisions.

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the world’s leading authority on quality. With more than 90,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. As champion of the quality movement, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools, and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners, and everyday consumers, encouraging all to Make Good GreatTM. ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the 59-year-old organization is a founding partner of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a prominent quarterly economic indicator.

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