Dr. Manu Vora gets Asian American Community Leadership Award
Chicago: Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, presented the second Asian American Community Leadership Award to Dr. Manu K. Vora at the eighth Annual Asian American Heritage Month Program here recently. The award was presented to him “in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to community-based organizations and citizens of Cook County and beyond.”
Honorable Ashok Kumar Attri, counsel general of India in Chicago, highlighted Dr. Vora’s contributions over a long period in the Chicagoland
area. Mr. Attri specifically acknowledged excellent work done by the Blind Foundation for India (BFI). BFI’s charter is to prevent and cure blindness and educate and rehabilitate over 15 million blind individuals in India.
Dr. Vora is the founding director and president of BFI, which has raised over $3.5 million for visually impaired people in India. For more information on BFI, Visit www.blindfoundation.org.
Dr. Vora is chairman and president of Business Excellence, Inc., a global quality management consulting firm. He has over 30 years of leadership experience guiding Fortune 500 companies with Malcolm Baldrige assessment in the areas of leadership development, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and continuous process improvement. As an adjunct professor, he teaches “Quality Management” and “Supply Chain Management” at Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. He currently teaches “Quality Assurance Project Management” at the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Dr. Vora is a past vice president of American Society for Quality (ASQ), ASQ Fellow, and Certified Quality Engineer. He served on the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee of Switching Systems Business Unit at AT&T Bell Laboratories for a number of years in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Vora gave a keynote address on “Leveraging Diversity for Organizational Excellence” at the 2008 Asian American Heritage Month Program at Alcatel-Lucent in Naperville, Illinois.
Dr. Vora has B.S., M.S. & Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA with Marketing Management. He served as a Chief Judge at Illinois Team Excellence Award Program from 1993-1999 and as a Judge on the Board of Examiners of the Asia Pacific Quality Award since 2004. He has published a chapter on “Managing Human Capital” in the book “Six Sigma for Transactions and Service” by McGraw-Hill in 2005. He has delivered over 200 presentations on business excellence and Total Quality Management (TQM) topics around the world. Dr. Vora has been recognized with numerous awards from ASQ including ASQ Grant Medal, Lancaster Medal, Testimonial Awards, and ASQ Chicago Section’s Joe Lisy & Founder’s Award. He received Professional Achievement Award and International Alumni Leadership Award from IIT, Paul Harris Fellow Medal from Rotary International and Distinguished Service Award from Save The Children Federation.