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Four Consecutive Years of Collaboration: ANSI and SES Partner to Jointly Sponsor Training Programs

New York, Apr 11, 2002

The Standards Engineering Society (SES) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will, for the fourth consecutive year, jointly sponsor two one-day training programs focused on the voluntary consensus standards process. The programs are being offered in conjunction with the SES Annual Conference, "The Changing Landscape of Standardization - Challenge and Response," which will be held August 12-13, 2002. Mr. Oliver R. Smoot, chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors and president-elect of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), will deliver the keynote address.

On August 14, the Institute will present one of its newest courses, "How Your Company Can Benefit from the National and International Standards Development Process"; this session will be followed by ANSI's popular course, "Leadership Training: Managing Standards Activities Effectively" on August 15.

According to Pamela Suett, ANSI director of education and training, "How Your Company Can Benefit from the National and International Standards Development Process" instructs participants how to promote and protect their corporate interests through effective participation in standards activities. Discussions will include ways to influence the content of standards, manage the impact of standards on an organization, minimize anti-trust and product liability exposure, and enhance the public perception through standardization activities.

"Leadership Training: Managing Standards Activities Effectively" provides solutions and strategies for persons involved in standards committee or working group meeting leadership and facilitation. A key aspect of the course will be discussions and exercises to demonstrate effective mechanisms for consensus development in an environment dominated by volunteers. All aspects of the standards creation process, including group decision-making, delegation of duties, and procedures, are thoroughly explained.

Mark Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO, said, "Through cooperative efforts such as these, ANSI and SES are working to increase North American awareness of the importance of standards among business and industry executives, management, educators, government officials and the public-at-large. Our combined efforts will enable us to effectively carry out our respective organizations' joint objectives of promoting and enhancing the cause of standardization - both domestically and around the globe - and are also in direct support of the U.S. National Standards Strategy."

Course registration information is available from the SES website. For further information, please contact H. Glenn Ziegenfuss, executive director, SES, 13340 SW 96th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176; telephone: (305) 971-4798; fax: (305) 971-4799; email:

The Standards Engineering Society is a not-for-profit professional membership society whose mission is to promote the use of standards and to enhance the knowledge of standardization. It is the member body for the United States and Canada in the International Federation for Standards Users (formerly IFAN). SES members are primarily involved in the development and use of company, national, regional, and international standards.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization system. Its mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American way of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization system. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the world's leading standards bodies; the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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