Throwback to November 30, 2016! Plan to join us November 16 to honor 2017 recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Wisconsin Forward Award recipients honored at our WFA Gala November 30! Click here for the press release and more details.

Mastery Recognition
Muskego-Norway School District (Muskego)
Holy Family Memorial (Manitowoc)
MetaStar, Inc. (Madison)
Commitment Recognition
Milwaukee County: Department of Administration (Milwaukee)
Challenger Recognition
Curative Care (Wauwatosa)
Department of Employee Trust Funds (Madison)
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (Milwaukee)
HSHS Western Wisconsin Division (Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls)


Baldrige 101 & 201: November 3 & 4, 2016 | Black River Falls, WI

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, facilitated by Dawn Garcia and Brett Remington.

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 to be held at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Black River Falls, Wisconsin:

  • Introduction to Performance Excellence: Baldrige 101 | November 3. This workshop will introduce organizational leaders and interested individuals to the proven benefits of the Baldrige Framework and Criteria.
  • Moving From Interest to Action: Baldrige 201 | November 4. A companion workshop to Baldrige 101, which 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.

Register now!

The 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.


Dawn Garcia
Dawn is Principal at Pursuit of Excellence LLC, based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Her independent business consulting agency specializes in helping general business and healthcare clients advance on the excellence journey.
Brett Remington
Brett is President and true blue rock star at Blue Rock WI, a Waterford, Wisconsin-based consulting firm helping people and organizations perform better, faster, through enterprise-based performance improvement methods.

2016 Lean Government Conference | Oct 28

Think you can do more better? (The alternative is doing less, worse – choose wisely.)  Then be sure to join the Community of Excellence in Wisconsin as we present the sixth annual Lean Government Conference hosted by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. This year’s conference features our best line-up ever, including:

  • Aimee Kaslik | City of Irving, Texas
  • Dawn Garcia | Pursuit of Excellence
  • Buck Rhyme | RR Consulting Group
  • Rebecca Altenhoff | Lagom Business Solutions

Keynote Speaker: Aimee Kaslik, City of Irving, Texas and 2012 Baldrige Award Winner
Invited Speaker: Governor Scott Walker

Private reception with Aimee Kaslik for WCPE Members on Thursday, October 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Erin’s Snug Pub in Madison

For more information, click here.

Application Writing Workshops | September 15 & 16

WCPE is excited to announce new writing workshops to help you write your application for the Wisconsin Forward Award. Learn how to tell your organization’s story through writing an application in response to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria. You’ll discover best practices and expert tips for writing your application from this hands-on workshop led by Dawn Garcia, a nationally certified ASQ expert in Organizational Excellence, and Principal of Pursuit of Excellence LLC; a consulting company devoted to performance excellence across industry sectors.

Foundation Application Writing Workshop – September 15

This workshop is for those developing their first application or those who have written a Challenger Profile or a Fast Forward application. Bring your previous application, or one that you’ve started; this workshop helps you determine what may be missing, and how best to tell your story. If you don’t have a previous application, there’s plenty of information to get you started in writing your first one. For more information, or to register, click here.

 Advanced Application Writing Workshop – September 16

This workshop advances your understanding of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria, to help fine tune your next application, aligning and integrating your organization’s processes to high performing results. Bring your previous application. This workshop provides a wide range of information including tips on how to tell your story through criteria responses, weaving a thread between the categories, and integrating systematic approaches to results. For more information, or to register, click here.