31st SQA Annual Meeting and Quality College | Special Events

Opening Reception
Monday, 13 April 2015

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cruise time: 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Yacht Star Ship (docked at the Tampa Convention Center)

The Yacht Star Ship, Florida's largest dining yacht, took Annual Meeting attendees on a 45-minute cruise of the bay from 6:30 to 7:15 pm and returned to the convention center. Dinner and one complimentary drink were included.

Yacht Star Ship

Special Event
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Dinner at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Recognized as the #1 zoo in the U.S. by two national parenting magazines, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features 1,000 amazing animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats. It is the only non-profit acute care facility in the world specifically dedicated to manatee rehabilitation, and one of just three contracted and federally permitted manatee rehabilitation facilities in the state of Florida.

Guests strolled along a beautifully lit and landscaped walkway, through a tunnel that leads to the African section of the Zoo. There they enjoyed drinks and appetizers either on the outside patio or in Reilly’s Reserve, which overlooks giraffes and elephants on a savanna. Some fed the giraffes and met several other exotic animals! Dinner was served in the Safari Lodge. Two complimentary drinks were included.

Feeding giraffes at the zoo

Other Events of Note


Career Enrichment Luncheon 

The Membership Retention & Development Committee (MR&DC), along with the Mentoring Program Committee (MPC), invites you to join them for an exclusive Career Enrichment Luncheon on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, at Noon. This event will feature an interactive session on strategies for career advancement and the mutual benefits of the mentor/mentee relationship. The discussion will be led by Jennifer Stanislawski (MPC), Research QA Specialist at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Melissa Eitzen (MPC), Director Regulatory Operations at The University of Texas Medical Branch.

This is an RSVP-only event and space is limited, so reserve your spot early!  Email sqa@sqa.org by 10 April 2015 if you would like to participate.

First Time Attendee Breakfast

Attending an event like this for the first time can be overwhelming, which is why The Membership Retention & Development Committee (MRDC) would like to invite all first time attendees to the First Time Attendee Breakfast.  This breakfast will be held on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, from 7:30-8:30 am.  

This event is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, interact with seasoned attendees, and learn the best ways to take advantage of all that is offered at the Annual Meeting.  We would love to see you there!

Please RSVP to sqa@sqa.org if you are interested in attending.


April Quality College Featured Course:  QA Consulting 101

Back by popular demand, SQA is thrilled to again offer the Quality College Course QA Consulting 101!  Chaired by Robin Guy and Linda Frederick, this interactive course will provide great information for QA professionals interested in learning more about consulting.

This course will meet on Sunday, 12 April 2015, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and is $345.00 USD for members and $445.00 USD for nonmembers.  Sign up for this and other Quality College courses during registration!