Oh, What A Night!

Can you say WISCONSIN?  The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin marching band helped us celebrate role model organizations and our outstanding volunteers at our 20th annual Wisconsin Forward Award gala on November 16th.  More photos will be available next week.

Interested in applying for our Winter award cycle?  Contact us at for intent to apply details.

Changes in WCPE Leadership Announced

After helping elevate the performance of Wisconsin organizations for more than 15 years, Liz Menzer will be stepping down as Executive Director of Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. Liz will start the next leg of her professional career on August 1 as Senior Leader for Partner Development with Studer Education, the education division of Studer Group.
“I am so grateful for the many amazing experiences I have had because of WCPE, as well as the opportunity to work with wonderful examiners, leaders and organizations. Studer Group was a 2010 national Baldrige award recipient and is a strong advocate for Baldrige.” said Menzer.
While she is leaving her role as Executive Director, the WCPE Board of Directors has offered Menzer a board seat and asked that she continue to represent Wisconsin on the Alliance for Performance Excellence, where she currently serves as Chairperson. Her stewardship on WCPE’s Board of Directors will help guide and sustain the organization long into the future. Liz can be reached at liz.menzer@studergroup.com.
WCPE is also excited to announce that Brett Remington has accepted the role as interim Executive Director. Brett has more than 17 years of continuous experience and involvement at every level within WCPE. He is a strong advocate of performance excellence and accomplished practitioner of performance improvement in Wisconsin.
“I am extremely motivated and excited to be leading this organization. WCPE is closing in on two decades of helping build better workplaces here in Wisconsin. We’ve accomplished a lot during that time, but there are tremendous opportunities to increase our reach and impact. WCPE is truly ‘something special from Wisconsin,’ and we look forward to growing our community of excellence,” said Remington. Brett can be reached at remington@wisquality.org.

July 19 – Baldrige Goes to School with JoAnn Sternke, Pewaukee School District

Is your school system doing really good work — yet it doesn’t seem like you are maximizing your potential? Do you struggle with process? Does your current measurement system give you theinformation you and your staff need to elevate student achievement? Are you curious about Baldrige and wondering how it might work in your school or district?

Join us July 19, 2016 at Pewaukee High School for a highly interactive day led by JoAnn Sternke and the Pewaukee School District team.  Details and registration information can be found here.  The workshop offers two tracks:  one for districts new to the Baldrige framework, and the other for districts with some understanding of Baldrige basics.

Please share the informational flyer with your favorite school district and urge them to learn more about the impact of Baldrige, and accelerate their performance.


The Principles of Excellence: Baldrige 101 & 201 Workshops

Leadership, talent and a clear vision for the future will get your organization moving in the right direction, however they aren’t enough to create a lasting competitive advantage. Only when accompanied by an integrated, systematic approach will they help you to identify areas of your strategy or operations that need improvement, in order to achieve your business goals. The answer that you’re looking for is here, near you, through our Baldrige Principles of Excellence series.

Since 1987, the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence has been helping organizations who aspire to become leaders in their industry to achieve world-class performance levels across any industry. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, but aren’t sure how it could help your situation, or be applied in your industry. The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence is offering two “foundation” workshops this summer: Introduction to Performance Excellence: Baldrige 101 which will  introduce organizational leaders and interested individuals to the proven benefits of the Baldrige Framework and Criteria, and a companion workshop, Moving from Interest to Action: Baldrige 201 that will guide business leaders and individuals through preparation of an Organizational Profile/Challenger level application. Following the foundation sessions, organizations will be able to submit their Challenger application, and get a customized feedback report for use in their improvement journey – a fabulous value. Baldrige 101 will be held on June 23rd, and Baldrige 201 will be held on June 24th. Each workshop will be held in in Mequon and Eau Claire.  Download an informational flyer, and share with your colleagues.

The cost for each full day is $325 for WCPE members ($650 for non-members). Discounts are available for teams of three or more from the same organization registering at the same time, as well as for individuals or groups who want to attend both workshops. One copy of the Baldrige Framework book ($25 value) is included with each registration, as are workshop materials and meals.

3 criteria booksThe Baldrige Framework provides a systems perspective for continuous improvement and advancing performance excellence. The Baldrige “Criteria for Performance Excellence” reflects the leading edge of validated management practice, against which any organization can measure itself to identify and prioritize improvement opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a Wisconsin Forward Award Examiner, new Examiners are strongly urged to take Baldrige 101 as a prerequisite.