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Becoming the Best In Class - Six Sigma

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Six Sigma training and certification is quickly becoming an important factor that contributes to and helps modify and shape corporate culture. WITI-RTP is proud to present Mary Reiss who is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Come and learn the benefits of Six Sigma!

About Our Speaker(s)

Mary Elizabeth Reiss is the Vice President of the Office at RTI International. She will kick off the RTP WITI Network's "Her-Story" Series. Mary Elizabeth negotiates contracts and leads the Contracts and Operational Compliance Departments. She manages a staff of approximately 80 people and nine departmental functions, including export compliance, industrial security, corporate systems and reporting and business process initiatives.

"Her-story" includes 20 years of navigating and progressing in a traditionally male environment. She started her career as a Navy buyer and spent the majority of career working on defense contracts. Still today, she frequently still enters environments and finds that she the only or one of very few females in attendance. During the years she has worked in the area of Aerospace and Defense Contracting, the career field has opened up significantly and the number of woman has increased. However, it is still apparent at the upper levels, particularly the senior management levels, that the career path is still a male dominant one.

Mary Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English. She earned her MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and completed a Graduate Certificate in International Trade Compliance. She is a Black Belt Six Sigma (Lean Six Sigma GE model) and has been trained to be an ISO 9000 auditor.

She is a member of the following organizations:

* Member of National Contract Association holding the certification of "Certified Professional Contracts Manager"

* Society of International Affairs

* National Classifications Management Society

* CFO Conference Board

She is most proud to have set up two International Licensing / Compliance Departments at two different organizations. She revamped the process at one organization from requests on "Sticky Notes" to a well organized and fully automated process using web based tools. RTI recruited Mary based on her process skills and international compliance expertise. She currently is working on an executive team focused on the institute’s organizational effectiveness and efficiency and within her own office, she is focusing on transforming the departments to activity based functions. The goal of her work with her Contracts Office team is deliver world class services to the rest of the organization and their clients, by focusing on the effectiveness and efficiency and agility.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:15pm on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at:

    Credit Suisse
    7033 Louis Stephens Drive
    Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709

Directions: From I40:
Take exit 280 for Davis Dr
Turn left at Davis Dr go approx 2.9 mi
Turn right at Kit Creek Rd go approx 1.2 mi
Turn right at Louis Stephens Drive
Turn Left at 7033 Louis Stephens Drive

From Hwy 55 West:
Take a Right at Kit Creek Road
Take first Left, which will be Louis Stephens Drive
Turn Left at 7033 Louis Stephens Drive

From Hwy 55 East:
Take a Left at Kit Creek Road
Take first Left, which will be Louis Stephens Drive
Turn Left at 7033 Louis Stephens Drive


6:15-7:00 Registration, Networking and Dinner*
7:00-8:00 Speaker
8:00-8:15 Questions and Answers
8:15-8:30 Session Evaluation and Raffle
8:30 Adjourn

(* Dinner included in registration fee).


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Credit Suisse

On July 5, 1856, the prominent politician, business leader, and pioneer Alfred Escher founded "Schweizerische Kreditanstalt". The original purpose of the new bank was to finance the expansion of the railroad network (e.g. the Nordostbahn/North-East Railway) as well as further industrialization in Switzerland. The founding of the company was a huge success: Initial stock was issued with a value of three million francs, but within just three days the total value of subscriptions amounted to 218 million francs.

This success story continued over the next century and a half, with Credit Suisse gradually evolving into a leading global provider of financial services. On the one hand, this was achieved through strong organic growth, but it was also supplemented by a series of significant mergers and acquisitions. This involved the amalgamation of very different cultures, philosophies, and spheres of specialist knowledge to create a strong integrated bank.

As a leading global financial services provider, Credit Suisse has operations spanning every continent and a presence in all of the world's major financial centers. Ours is a global business. As we continue to strengthen our position around the world, we are looking for bright, motivated individuals who will play a part in delivering tailor-made, integrated solutions, now and for the future.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become the world’s premier and most admired bank, renowned for our expertise in private banking, investment banking and asset management, and most valued for our advice, innovation and execution.

Our Mission

Our mission is to set new standards in partnering with our clients and providing them with integrated financial solutions. As a global bank serving clients in every region of the world, cultural diversity is essential to our success. We strive to create an open, respectful workplace that encourages people to work together and with our clients to deliver superior products, services and results and support the success and prosperity of all our stakeholders.

Our Principles

Three principles guide our employees in all decisions, actions and objectives:


A relentless focus on the needs of our clients. We know we can only set new standards in partnering with clients if we place them at the center of everything we do and have a complete understanding of their needs and aspirations. We believe that nothing short of excellence will suffice. Building on our tradition for innovation, we strive to develop new financial solutions and compelling value propositions to address client needs.


Teamwork must be at the heart of all we do. We are committed to working together as a team across businesses and regions to deliver added value to clients. As an integrated organization, we are well positioned to capitalize on our combined strengths and expertise to provide holistic product offerings and seamless service that set us apart from our peers. Dedication, determination and dialogue are the keys to successful teamwork at Credit Suisse.


Our reputation is everything. We are committed to maintaining, enhancing and monitoring our reputation by generating value for clients and shareholders, acting with professionalism, integrity and respect and serving as a reliable partner to all our stakeholders.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Felicia Joyner ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.