Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Topic: Market Yourself as a Quality Professional!
Speaker: Derek Purdy
Location: Biltmore Hotel (2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054)
- 5:00 - 5:30 - Check In & Registration
- 5:30 - 6:10 - Networking: There will be no pre-dinner workhop for this meeting
- 6:15 - 6:55 - Dinner
- 6:55 - 7:10 - Section Business, Keith McDavit, Section Chair
- 7:10 - 8:25 - Derek Purdy - "Market Yourself as a Quality Professional!"
- 8:25 - 8:30 - Door Prize drawing, Membership Chair
Dinner $35; Walk-in $40; Unemployed $20; Presentation only and special guests $0
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When our parents were just starting out in life, they might have been advised: “get in with a good company, keep your head down, work hard, and in the end you’ll get your gold watch.” Those days are long since gone. In today’s business climate, you must actively manage your own career, which includes the often overlooked step of developing and projecting your personal brand-image. Come join us in this interactive session as we examine some common mistakes and better practices to follow.
About the Speaker:
Derek Purdy, CQE, CQIA (ASQ) started his career as an officer in the United States Navy wherein he completed nuclear propulsion training, then undertook a three year tour-of-duty as a division officer aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). He then served as an instructor and midshipman advisor at the Cal Berkeley NROTC Unit. After completing his service obligation, Derek exited the military at the rank of Lieutenant Commander; his service awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Medal (2 awards), and two Meritorious Unit Commendations.
After the Navy, Derek spent two years as a maintenance engineer in the glass manufacturing industry before transitioning into in the medical device industry. His main focus has been startup companies, in which he has been an R&D Engineer, a Quality Engineer, and a Quality Manager. Derek holds a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Engineering Management; he is currently working on his MBA. He is the past Membership Chair and current Section Vice-Chair of ASQ Silicon Valley Section 0613. Derek has published several articles – most notably in Quality Progress magazine – and has presented at the World Conference on Quality & Improvement. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, San Francisco Regional Mensa, and is a Senior Member of ASQ.