Don’t miss this extraordinary learning opportunity!

The 2018 Baldrige Fall Conference features presentations from national and state Baldrige Award recipients in addition to other powerful presenters from healthcare, service, education, government, and small business. A full conference schedule will be released soon. 

On Tuesday, October 23, attendees can choose from a variety of pre-conference activities.  Visit our registration page for more details.  The options below are offered at an additional fee, and are not a pre-requisite for attending the conference.

Fort Collins Sharing Day
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 9 am – 4 pm**

Limited Seats Available | Reserve Early | Workshop Registration Fee: $149* 


The City of Fort Collins, a 2017 Baldrige recipient, is honored to welcome pre-conference attendees to our community to share the ingredients of our “secret sauce.” Participants will experience community tax dollars at work, as we lead you through a day in the life of local government. Elevations Credit Union, a 2014 recipient, will help sponsor the day with a lunch and learn session about their life after Baldrige experience.

**A coach bus will depart from the conference hotel at 7:45 am, and will return at approximately 5:15 pm.


Baldrige Criteria Pre-Conference Workshops
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 1 – 4 pm

Limited Seats Available | Reserve Early | Workshop Registration Fee: $99*

Workshop attendees will receive one free copy of the 2017-18 Baldrige Excellence Framework 
(choose one version: Business/Nonprofit, Education, or Health Care). 


 Workshop A: Introduction to Excellence | Baldrige 101

Presented by: JoAnn Sternke, Studer Education℠ (retired Superintendent of 2013 Baldrige recipient,
Pewaukee School District, Pewaukee, WI)

Workshop B: Roadmap to Excellence: Moving From Interest to Action

Presented by: Priscilla Nuwash, MBA, retired President and Director of Poudre Valley Performance Excellence,
Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, CO, a
2008 Baldrige recipient (now dba UCHealth)

NEW:  Synergy: Engaging Baldrige and Magnet to Accelerate Total Healthcare Excellence
Presented by Joel Ettinger (Category One) and Kristin Whitehead (HealthLinx). 
This complimentary session is included with any conference ticket purchase, but seats are limited.
We request that you register here so we can have an accurate head count. 


Conference Networking Reception $35
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 – 7: 30   Hilton Denver City Center

Our early evening reception with a western flair brings together conference speakers,
along with old and new friends for delicious appetizers, cash bar, and special treats

On Wednesday, October 24, the conference will kick off at 7 am with a networking breakfast, and will offer a variety of key notes, panels, breakouts and intensive sessions before concluding by 3:30 pm.   

Denver’s light rail system will conveniently transport attendees to DIA.  Download the conference schedule.

Networking Breakfast

Leadership Plenary featuring 2017 Baldrige Award Recipients

Networking break and exhibits

Concurrent Session Options (two rounds) or Intensive Session
Attendees choose from Baldrige Criteria-based sessions, featured former recipients, and special topic sessions.

Networking Luncheon, Recognition and Speakers

Concurrent Session Options  (two rounds) or Intensive Session

Attendees choose from Baldrige Criteria-based sessions, featured former recipients, and special topic sessions.

Networking break and exhibits

Keynote Speaker and Closing


The conference is proudly presented by the Alliance for Performance Excellence in partnership with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and hosted by Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence.

2017 Baldrige Award Recipient speakers include leaders from:

Kathy Raethel, President
Adventist Health Castle

Kailua, HA


R. Michael Browder, CEO

Bristol Tennessee Essential Services



Darrin Atteberry, City Manager

City of Fort Collins

Fort Collins, CO

Karen Caindec, Board Member 

Southcentral Foundation

Anchorage, AK


Celeste Ford, Founder and Board Chair

Stellar Solutions

Palo Alto, CA


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.  Invited breakout speakers and panelists include:

Donor Alliance
Elevations Credit Union
Communities of Excellence 2026

 Studer Education

Don Chalmers Ford 

Plus many others


Conference Venue:  The recently renovated Hilton Denver City Center is just 3 blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and steps from the 16th Street Mall. Breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and city skyline add to a memorable stay. Denver’s award-winning light rail system will whisk you from Denver International Airport to the steps of the hotel in minutes.

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Presented by the Alliance for Performance Excellence in partnership with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.