ASQ Recognizes Members For Black History Month

ASQ is proud to recognize Black History Month and all of the black quality professionals who elevate ASQ and the field of quality. Throughout the month on our social media channels, we will be sharing some of the work of our black members and contributors. 
We are proud to share the work of both Lance B. Coleman and Elmer Corbin as part of Black History Month. 


Lance Coleman is an ASQ senior member and contributor to Quality Progress. You can read one of his recent articles, "Beyond Tried and True" on managing organizational risk through supplier audit programs here:

Lance Coleman has over 25 years of leadership experience in the areas of quality engineering, lean implementation, quality, and risk management in the medical device, aerospace, and other regulated industries. He is an ASQ Senior member, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Supplier Quality Professional, and Six Sigma Green Belt. Coleman is the author of three books: Managing Organizational Risk Using the Supplier Audit Program, Advanced Quality Auditing: An Auditor’s Review of Risk Management, Lean Improvement and Data Analysis and The Customer-Driven Organization: Employing the Kano Model. He is also the editor for the 5th Edition of the Quality Auditing Handbook to be released in 2020. Lance was the 2018 ASQ Lean Enterprise Division Chair and 2016-2018 Chair of ISO TAG 302—Auditing Management Systems. Coleman is presently a director of quality for IDEX Health and Science LLC.


Elmer Corbin is the 2018 ASQ Chairman of the Board of Directors. 

ASQ is proud to recognize our 2018 ASQ Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elmer Corbin, during #BlackHistoryMonth. 
An accomplished Corporate Executive and Board Leader, Corbin left his role as head of cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions delivery for the IBM Watson Health business unit at the end of 2019 and currently runs his own business, The Corbin Company LLC, where he offers digital transformation consulting and speaking engagement services. Throughout his career at IBM, he served in a wide variety of major technical, business, and executive leadership roles, including leading a business unit of over 700 employees responsible for the development of the IBM BlueGene/L supercomputer and the core processor technology that helped all three leading video game console companies revolutionize the home entertainment market. 
Corbin has also served as IBM’s corporate quality executive, leading enterprise transformation of the global quality management system and created an innovative analytics framework to provide insights on ways to improve the quality of the end-to-end experience customers have with IBM. Corbin’s leadership is highly sought after both inside and outside IBM. 
He was elected the 2018 chairman of the Board of Directors for ASQ where he led changes that resulted in membership gains, significant reduction in legal and compliance risk, new data and information tools, and a roadmap of new product assets to create sustainable long-term growth for the global organization. When speaking about his time as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Corbin expressed his respect for the society’s history and hope for the future. 
“This society’s historic reputation was built by generations of dedicated volunteers and professionals with a common passion for quality. Our current generation, and future generations, of ASQ members, will continue to build on that foundation and accelerate the pace of innovation for our society and for the world.” 

To nominate another quality professional for recognition during Black History Month, please contact Madeline Parshall at
Posted by Madeline Parshall on Feb 19, 2020 1:41 PM America/Chicago