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.

Accelerate your performance excellence journey with a Wisconsin Fast Forward Application!

FastForward_logo_1cHow do we get started? We hear that question frequently at the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, and have developed a couple of “short form” applications in response.

For organizations that are new to a “systems” quality management approach, a Wisconsin Fast Forward application can be a valuable tool to launch a new era of performance and growth.

Wisconsin Fast Forward is the beginning-to-intermediate-level application that is focused on helping organizations tell their improvement story. With no page limits or strict formatting guidelines, the Fast Forward allows organizations to focus on what they are doing, along with key results.  Experienced examiners assess the application, and provide a written feedback report and post-feedback consultation.

Wisconsin Fast Forward applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.  Interested organizations submit an organizational profile and self assessment based on the basic and overall requirements of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.  Fast Forward applicants are recognized at the annual awards gala to showcase their achievements.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward can also be a stepping stone for organizations aspiring to complete a full 50-page written Wisconsin Forward Award application. Many Fast Forward Applicants go on to achieve higher levels of Wisconsin Forward Award recognition in subsequent years. 

The application fee for the Wisconsin Fast Forward is $1,895 ($1,695 for WCPE members), which covers all aspects of your application with the exception of an optional executive briefing following receipt of your feedback report.

Click here to download a Fast Forward application and workbook.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Menzer at (608) 441-8206 or menzer@wisquality.org.