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Subject:Houston Planning Forum - December 20 Holiday Lunch
Date:Tue, 12 Dec 2000 04:12:00 -0800 (PST)

The Houston Planning Forum has extended an invitation to the Harvard Busine=
School Club of Houston to their Holiday Luncheon and Social Mixer.? Please=
come early to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and holiday beverages befo=

Date:?????? Wednesday, December 20, 2000
Place:????? The Courtyard on St. James Place, 1885 St. James Place
Time:?????? 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Speaker:? Gretchen Gemeinhardt, Ph.D., Senior Consultant at American=20
Productivity & Quality Center
Topic:????? Utilizing Best Practices and Knowledge Management for Continuou=

Using a proven approach to benchmarking, organizations can realize both=20
tangible and intangible returns from its benchmarking activities.? At the=
December presentation, Gretchen Gemeinhardt will discuss using benchmarking=
as a tool to drive strategic and operational improvement.

Gretchen Gemeinhardt, senior consultant with the American Productivity &=20
Quality Center (APQC), is responsible for planning, managing and performing=
individual and consortium studies and conducting needs assessments for=20
educational and business organizations.? APQC, a world-renowned Houston-bas=
resource for process and performance improvement, works with organizations =
improve productivity and quality by using benchmarking, best practices,=20
knowledge management, and other continuous improvement methods to adapt to=
rapidly changing environments, build new and better ways to work, and succe=
in a competitive marketplace.

Prior to joining APQC, Dr. Gemeinhardt worked as management consultant=20
serving health care and nonprofit organizations and worked closely with=20
organizations implementing new programs and identifying new market=20
opportunities.? She also managed several nonprofit organizations.? Most=20
recently, she served as executive director of a nonprofit conflict resoluti=
and mediation services organization.

Currently, Dr. Gemeinhardt is a visiting assistant professor at Texas Woman=
University in the Department of Healthcare Administration.? Gretchen has al=
been a member of the business faculty of Rice University and the University=
of Houston.? Dr. Gemeinhardt has authored numerous articles and has present=
at conferences in the United States.? Gretchen serves as an examiner for th=
Texas Quality Award.

Gretchen received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Management and M=
from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Art from Hamilton College =
Psychology and English.=20
Reservations accepted until noon on Monday, December 18, 2000.
Pre-payment by credit card is required.? Credit cards will be charged for=

Leave following information on the HPF voice mail (713/908-0211), fax to=20
281/424-4770, or e-mail dottie@kerr-solutions.com.

Member Name:
Guest Name:
Members: $25???? Guests: $35
Payment:? Credit Card Only (Visa, MC, AMEX)??????????=20
Card Number:
Exp Date:
Membership.? The Forum would like to welcome Charles Beck, Director of=20
Business Development at Brookwoods Group and Elizabeth Tobola, Strategic=20
Sourcing & Staffing at Williams Gas Pipeline-Transco as new members.? We=20
would also like to thank the following HPF members who have renewed their=
memberships for 2001:? Thomas R. Coneybeer, Ralph D'Onofrio, Gilbert A.=20
Herrera, Brian P. Laporte, Ellen M. Shannon, and Kenneth M. Williams.
Meeting Location.? The Houston Planning Forum meetings are held at The=20
Courtyard on St. James Place, located at 1885 St. James Place (off San Feli=
between Sage and Chimney Rock).? Bring a guest to the December meeting and=
experience Houston=01,s premiere establishment for great meetings and super=
food.? Free self parking available.
Upcoming Events: The Houston Planning Forum meetings are held monthly on th=
third Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.? Make plans to attend the=20
following upcoming events:

January 17, 2001 - Robert Shaw, CEO of Emerging; Topic: Strategies in=20
Creating a Successful Start-up Company - A Post-April 2000 Perspective

February 21, 2001 - Osama Mikhail, Chief Strategic Officer, St. Luke=01,s H=
Sponsorships Available.? Your firm can become a corporate sponsor for one=
year for only $500.? Sponsors are recognized at each meeting, monthly=20
newsletter and HPF website.? Call Ken Williams today at 713/652-7560 for mo=

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Dottie Kerr (dottie@kerr-solutions.com)
Administrator for Houston Planning Forum
Voice mail: 713-908-0211