Baldrige Fall Conference

Date:  October 26-27, 2017
Location: Marriott Buttes Hotel, Tempe, Arizona


Scheduled for October 27 in Tempe, AZ, the 2017 Baldrige Fall Conference is a national conference that features presentations from National and State Program Baldrige Recipients in addition to other powerful presenters from industries such as healthcare, service, education, government, and small business. Click here for flier

The conference is October 27, with pre-conference workshops October 26. The conference will be presented by the Alliance for Performance Excellence in partnership with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and hosted by the Southwest Alliance for Excellence and the Performance Excellence Network. It will be held at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes in Tempe, AZ.

Presenters will be sharing best practices that drive organizational performance. Conference topics will focus on leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, workforce engagement and capability, and operational excellence.  The schedule is now set (visit here!)

Registration Pricing                                                                                               Click here to Register for Conference

Early bird thru 9/8/2017 $445.00
Networking Reception  $25.00
Regular $495.00
Groups (5+) $395.00
Pre-conference  workshops $195.00

Click this link to make hotel reservations: Book your group rate for 2017 Baldrige Fall Conference  (hotel rate $169)

Sponsorship packages include a number of marketing opportunities for your organization including acknowledgement on the Baldrige Conference Website,, the conference program, on-site signage and verbal acknowledgement.
You can choose from any number of sponsorship opportunities or create your own creative package. Please select one or several that match your marketing approach and budget.  Please call the Baldrige Conference local host, Karen Shepard at (480) 874-5815 for more information.  To register for your sponsorship, email your completed sponsorship form to

Click here for more Sponsorship information

Sponsorship – Exhibit Registration Form

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Level 3 & 4 Application Development Workshop

Workshop Date: November 29 & 30
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – 11/29
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 11/30
Location: Phoenix Metro Area – TBD
Facilitator: John Van Gorkom
*Registration: $1200.00 for Members – Early Bird Registration by 11/3/17 is $1000.00
$1400.00 for Non-members – Early Bird Registration by 11/3/17 is $1200.00
*Includes up to three people from the same organization.  Click here to register

Southwest Alliance for Excellence is pleased to have VG Strategies LLC Management Consultant present a 1 ½ day Level 3 & 4 Application development workshop. Our goal is to make it easier for you to prepare a well-written SWAE Level 3 or 4 Application. Bring your leadership team and your application development team! More information

Submitting a Level 3 or 4 Application to Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) can lead to valuable feedback about methods to enhance your organization’s performance. However, many organizations find the Criteria questions somewhat ambiguous. In addition, very few resources are available to guide you through the meaning of Criteria questions and the development of a well-written application.

Hurry and Register – Workshop is limited to a maximum of 24 participants!

Instructor: John Van Gorkom has actively participated with Washington State Quality Award/Performance Excellence Northwest (WSQA/PENW) for 15 years as an examiner, judge, Chair of Panel of Judges, Board member, and past President of WSQA. John Van Gorkom is one of the most experienced Baldrige consultants in the Pacific Northwest. He is also a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner, currently serving his 15th year.

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The Criteria for Performance Excellence provides a seven-category framework for defining what is most important to an organization’s success.  This workshop is an introduction to the Criteria Framework including the Organizational Profile questions helping organizations set the context for the way your organization operates. It serves as an overarching guide for your performance management system. The Organizational Profile is the most appropriate starting point for self-assessment and for writing an organization level application.

It is critically important for the following reasons:

  • It helps the organization identify gaps in key information and focus on key performance requirements and results.
  • You can use it as an initial self-assessment. If you identify topics for which conflicting, little, or no information is available,  use these topics for action planning.
  • It sets the context for your responses to the Baldrige Criteria requirements in categories 1-7.

This workshop will provide the opportunity for your Leadership Team to learn the common vocabulary of the Baldrige Criteria, define your organization’s key business factors, and learn how to answer the questions in the organizational profile.

Schedule a Baldrige 101 Workshop today! 

Contact Info: Sandy Kube at or Karen Shepard at or call us at 480-874-5815.