GRQC: Ford Motor Co. Exec Headlines GRQC Annual Showcase Event

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Mike Hardie, director of Global Quality and Productivity Planning for Ford Motor Co. will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Rochester Quality Council’s fifth annual showcase event, slated for Wednesday, Dec. 8. The topic of Hardie’s talk: “The Quality Journey of Ford.”

“We wanted a speaker for this event who would really exemplify the mission of GRQC, which is to share process improvement strategies and methods that result in performance excellence in order to accelerate economic growth and improve the quality of life in our community,” said Carol Wilke, GRQC’s board chair.

“Ford is an American icon, a company that has sustained its global success for more than 100 years through continued innovation and process improvement. I’m delighted that we are able to bring someone of Mike Hardie’s stature and expertise here to speak to our community and we’re greatly looking forward to this event.”

The event is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 S. Goodman St. The cost is $10 per person, and includes hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar is also available.

People interested in attending can register online at or by contacting Susan George at (585) 256-4612 or sending an email to

GRQC is an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, and its vision is to make Greater Rochester a national showcase for performance excellence. The organization is comprised of leaders from five sectors, including business, healthcare, government, education, and not-for-profit, and teaches Lean Six Sigma, Malcolm Baldrige, and Quality for Leaders.

GRQC shares best practices and hosts site visits across a Lean Consortium of member organizations. Lean Six Sigma black belt coaches work with teams on Rapid Cycle Projects, resulting in efficiencies that enable the agencies to provide additional service with the same or lesser resources. In 2010, GRQC Rapid Cycle Program formally joined the United Way Sustainability Consortium. Two teams of volunteers also partnered with Rochester City Schools in the PENCIL Program.

For more information on the Greater Rochester Quality Council, visit