2014 Wisconsin Forward Award Recipients Announced

WFAlogoWe are pleased to announce the 2014 Wisconsin Forward Award recipients who will be honored at a ceremony and reception at the Monona Terrace Conference and Convention Center in Madison on the evening of December 10, 2014.

Four organizations are accepting public recognition for their participation in the 2014 Award program. These recipient organizations represent a combined workforce of thousands of employees and volunteers.

The American Society for Quality, Inc (ASQ) and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will be recognized at the Excellence level – the highest level of achievement possible under the Wisconsin Forward Award.  Excellence recipients demonstrate refined approaches, good-to-excellent results, and are considered industry leaders and role models for others.

American Society for Quality, Inc  is a not-for-profit membership organization and is the world’s leading community of people passionate about quality. ASQ creates better workplaces and communities worldwide by advancing learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve results. ASQ has 203 employees with 176 working at its world headquarters in Milwaukee, WI, and 27 working in the China, India, and Mexico National Service Centers (NSCs). As a champion of the quality movement, ASQ product offerings include concepts, technologies, and tools for everyone interested in learning to improve themselves and their world.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, is one of 13 hospitals in the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).  SJCP operates a 193-bed community hospital, and also provides outpatient, residential and in-home services in a variety of locations which allows the organization to meet the service needs of the communities it services across the care continuum.  SJCP three core competencies–Servant Leadership, community partnership and a passion for mission-driven services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable–are leveraged by its 550 colleagues, 135 physician members of its medical staff and hundreds of volunteers. HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is guided by an appreciation of its history, a sense of responsibility to meet community healthcare needs today, and a vision to maintain service excellence in the future.

Organizations receiving  Proficiency recognition in 2014 include:

  • Crossing Rivers HealthPrairie du Chien, is non-profit 25 bed Critical Access Hospital established in 1957 that employs more than 330 healthcare professionals. CRH provides more than 60 services to fulfill the healthcare needs of communities in across Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa, including medical, surgical, obstetrics, outpatient, rehabilitation and emergency services. CRH demonstrates the true meaning of service excellence as it strives to deliver high quality, personalized healthcare and education.
  • Holy Family Memorial, Inc. is the recognized leader and the largest provider of health care services in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  The HFM network, with more than 1,200 health care professionals, including 80 providers, is committed to providing each patient and their families with the highest level of personal care, respect, and attention to enhance his or her quality of life, including personalized spiritual care. Network services include an inpatient and outpatient medical center, Walk-In Care, more than 14 clinics, retail pharmacy, a home medical supply retail store, a medically-based wellness center, and a state-of-the-art rehab facility.

Click here for more information about the annual  awards event, or to register to attend the Gala.

Wisconsin Forward Award, Inc. was created in 1997 by the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment. The award promotes excellence in organizational management, recognizes the achievements and results of Wisconsin organizations implementing performance excellence systems, and publicizes successful performance excellence management strategies.

All types and sizes of Wisconsin organizations are eligible to apply, including manufacturers, service companies, small businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, and non-profit organizations, including trade and professional associations, government entities, and charities.

WFA is a public/private partnership modeled after the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. Visit www.wisquality.org to learn more.

2015 Wisconsin Forward Award Application Process Opens

Application materials are now available for the 2015 Wisconsin Forward Award (WFA) program.

Preliminary winter cycle intent-to-apply forms to verify eligibility are due November 15, 2014, with final applications due January 30, 2015. All application materials can be  found here. Interested applicant organizations can also call Wisconsin Forward Award at (608) 663-5300 to request materials or further information.

Applications are also being accepted for the Wisconsin Forward Award Board of Examiners through November 30, 2014. The organization seeks candidates from all sectors of Wisconsin’s economy, including business, healthcare, education, and manufacturing, not for profit, service, and government. Examiners review applications and provide feedback to Wisconsin organizations based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Wisconsin Forward program provides training and mentoring opportunities. Application materials and training dates could be found here.

Administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, the WFA application process is open to all Wisconsin business, manufacturing and service organizations, as well public and private education (PK -12 through higher ed), health care, non-profit and government entities. Organizations of any size are encouraged to apply.

Based on the internally recognized Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, WFA recognizes organizations at four levels of performance quality, with the Forward Award of Excellence representing the highest level of achievement. Additional recognition includes the Mastery, Proficiency, and Commitment awards.

Founded 1997 by the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, the Wisconsin Forward Award program was created to promote significant achievements in continuous improvement and performance excellence—business practices that ensure the economic vitality of Wisconsin organizations and the communities they serve.

Wisconsin Innovation Spark

Is innovation in your organization dependent on spontaneous breakthroughs…or is it systematic, planned and dependably ensuring your future success?


Join us September 30 and October 1 for a special 1.5 day seminar that will bring together a group of organizations ready to innovate–and a proven approach to “spark” innovation facilitated by Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT for short), an Israeli-based consulting firm.  The folks at SIT believe that given the right tools, everyone can be a producer of transformational innovation.

For more information, click here.

SOLD OUT! Two Day Leadership Seminar with Dan Oestreich September 18 & 19, 2014 – Madison

WCPE is hosting a 2 day leadership seminar which will allow participants to investigate and explore their own personal leadership style and the meaning and effectiveness of their leadership.  You can discover how reflective leadership and personal change can be the key to meaningful work and healthy relationships, in both a personal and professional context.

Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison, WI

September 18 & 19, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily
The title of the seminar is “The Arc: Living the Full Story of Your Personal Power” and will be facilitated by Dan Oestreich. Dan is an internationally known leadership consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator who for more than twenty years has helped leaders address issues of personal growth and culture change within their organizations. He is the author of two books, Driving Fear Out of the Workplace and The Courageous MessengerMore information about Dan, as well as the workshop purpose, content and benefits are provided in the attached document.
The workshop will take place on September 18 & 19 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison, WI.  Space for this workshop is limited to only 15 people. The cost for the two day event is $975 per person and includes all materials and meals.
If you are interested in registering for this event, or have any questions, please contact Becky Morgan directly (608-334-2731) or email rmorgan@wisquality.org

Register Now for the 2014 Baldrige Regional Conferences!

300x250Register now for the 2014 Baldrige Regional Conferences in Los Angeles and Minneapolis for a one-day showcase of Baldrige best-practices!  The conferences, which will each showcase current and past Baldrige Award recipients, will be held:

September 9, 2014
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

September 23, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South
Minneapolis, MN

Attend and engage in a day dedicated to improving your organization’s performance.  The dynamic conference schedules include an in-depth plenary session featuring senior executives from the 2013 Baldrige Award recipients, 15 interactive management sessions to choose from, and a closing session featuring the leader of a Baldrige Award recipient.  WCPE will be represented at the Minneapolis Regional Conference.  Wisconsinites:  Let’s make an impressive showing!

Learn how these role-model organizations achieve high performance and outstanding results in areas such as leadership, strategic planning, customer and workforce focus, operations, and much more! Network with leading practitioners who use the Baldrige Criteria on a daily basis to improve their organizations.

An optional Pre-Conference Workshop for Baldrige beginners facilitated by a Baldrige Award recipient is available the day before each conference.

Register now and book your stay at the conference hotels! To learn more, visit the Regional Conferences Webpages.

Co-sponsored by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the California Council for Excellence, the Performance Excellence Network, and the Alliance for Performance Excellence.

For questions about the conferences, contact the Baldrige Program at 301-975-2036 or baldrige@nist.gov.  For registration inquiries, contact Experient at 888-772-1888 (Domestic) or 301-694-5124 (International) or e-mail to NIS@experient-inc.com.