Congratulations! | November 30, 2016

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)


2016 Wisconsin Forward Awards Gala

The journey of performance excellence can be a long and winding road. Many organizations are content to stay in one spot and make the best of their circumstances. But Wisconsin’s Community of Excellence knows we are capable of becoming better tomorrow than we are today, so we take steps forward to become the organizations we believe we can be. 

During one very special evening each year, we take a moment to reflect on our progress and celebrate our accomplishments.  I’d like to invite you and your entire organization to be a part of this moment. Many organizations across Wisconsin have worked hard to earn this recognition, and we’d like you to hear the story of their journey and what it has meant to customers, employees, and stakeholders. 

On November 30, we will hold the 2016 Wisconsin Forward Awards Gala at Monona Terrace in Madison. We’ll be there to greet you at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature wonderful hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, great networking opportunities, remarks from members of our incredible and generous Board of Examiners and of course, stories about the journey towards excellence from our 2016 applicant organizations. Our evening is expected to conclude around 7:30 p.m. 

Show your support for Excellence in Wisconsin. We ask that all 2016 applicant organizations attend, as well as members of our 2016 Board of Examiners. WCPE alumni, excellence enthusiasts, and members of the public are warmly welcomed to join us and show their appreciation for the numerous organizations who have become measurably better. 

Click here to register


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.