Events & Workshops

Baldrige Express
Lean / Six Sigma Certification
2014 Baldrige Regional Conferences

Baldrige for Beginners Workshop

TNCPE Application Writing Workshop

2015 Excellence Conference and Awards Banquet




Baldrige for Beginners

Have you met Baldrige?

This engaging full-day workshop provides an easy introduction to the Criteria for Performance Excellence and the seven categories of best practices used by successful organizations—including National Baldrige Award recipients like FedEx Corporation, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Caterpillar Financial Services, as well as three-time TNCPE Excellence Award winner Mountain States Health Alliance.

Come on your own or with a team to dip your toe in the performance excellence waters, gain valuable management insights, develop action plans, and learn how you can apply the Criteria to better focus your organization, link strategies with the work you do, and engage your workforce to achieve the results you want.

This workshop can also be offered on-site at your organization! Call TNCPE for group session details and rate: (800) 453-6474 or (615) 889-8323.


Cost: $295
(additional $50 discount for TNCPE members)

Upcoming Dates

Mar. 26
| Memphis

Apr. 15 | Knoxville

Sept. 18 | Nashville
Online registration coming soon!


TNCPE Application Writing Workshop

No matter where your organization is on its journey toward performance excellence, this hands-on workshop will propel you forward.

Walk through the entire TNCPE application process from start to finish and take home a better understanding of what goes into a TNCPE application and how our feedback will help align your people and resources, while keeping the whole system in mind.

Learn tips for writing an application to the Criteria, best practices for gathering internal information and feedback from others, valuable techniques for maximizing the space in your application to effectively tell your organization’s story, and how to prepare for a site visit.

Tamera Fields talks about the benefits of TNCPE's Application Workshop.


Cost: $295
(additional $50 discount for TNCPE members)

Upcoming Dates

Mar. 20 | Nashville

Mar. 27 | Memphis

Apr. 16 | Knoxville

Oct. 16 | Nashville
Online registration coming soon!



Baldrige Express

When you take steps to better your organization, you need to know if your efforts are working. But figuring that out can be easier said than done.

The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, in conjunction with the National Council for Performance Excellence, offers a high-level diagnostic tool that can help. Called Baldrige Express, it's designed to help you gauge deployment of improvement initiatives. This useful tool is available to you throughout the year. Call TNCPE for details: (800) 453-6474, (615) 889-8323.



Lean / Six Sigma Certification

Earn your LEAN Six Sigma certification with Belmont University and the Center for Executive Education.
Six Sigma will allow your organization to improve the quality of its processes by identifying causes of errors and working to reduce and correct future errors. The Center for Executive Education's new LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt programs have been redesigned from the ground up in partnership with Healthcare Performance Partners, one of the country’s leading suppliers of training and consulting in quality and performance improvement.

Under the instruction of Rick Morrow, this certification program is designed to enhance your value with national level certification.

TNCPE is proud to partner with Belmont University and the Center for Executive Education.

Call Heather Nelson for details: 615-460-5554.


2014 Baldrige Regional Conferences

Baldrige Regional Conferences September 9 & 23 - click here for more information

Register now for the 2014 Baldrige Regional Conferences in Los Angeles and Minneapolis for a one-day showcase of Baldrige best practices! The conferences, which will each showcase current and past Baldrige Award recipients, will be held:

September 9, 2014
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

September 23, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South
Minneapolis, MN

Attend and engage in a day dedicated to improving your organizationís performance. The dynamic conference schedules include an in-depth plenary session featuring senior executives from the 2013 Baldrige Award recipients, 15 interactive management sessions to choose from, and a closing session featuring the leader of a Baldrige Award recipient.

Learn how these role-model organizations achieve high performance and outstanding results in areas such as leadership, strategic planning, customer and workforce focus, operations, and much more! Network with leading practitioners who use the Baldrige Criteria on a daily basis to improve their organizations.

An optional Pre-Conference Workshop for Baldrige beginners facilitated by a Baldrige Award recipient is available the day before each conference.

Register now and book your stay at the conference hotels! To learn more, visit

Co-sponsored by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the California Council for Excellence, the Performance Excellence Network, and the Alliance for Performance Excellence.

For questions about the conferences, contact the Baldrige Program at 301-975-2036 or For registration inquiries, contact Experient at 888-772-1888 (Domestic) or 301-694-5124 (International) or e-mail


Upcoming Dates

Sept. 9 | Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 23 | Minneapolis, MN


Annual TNCPE Excellence Conference & Awards Banquet

22nd Annual Excellence in Tennessee
Conference & Awards Banquet
February 17-18, 2015 | Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

The Conference
The annual Excellence in Tennessee Conference is structured to be both inspirational and practical. You'll learn performance improvement techniques from world-class speakers who will energize you and your workforce. From Baldrige to LEAN to process management and more, the TNCPE conference is a meeting point where the performance-minded develop skills and network.

The Awards Banquet
Held in conjunction with the Excellence Conference, the Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet is a gala celebration recognizing regional organizations and individuals who have made significant achievements in the pursuit of performance excellence. Hundreds gather from across the state to honor organizations that have completed the TNCPE award application process and watch state dignitaries present Interest, Achievement, Commitment, and Excellence (the highest award level in the state) Awards based on participating organizations' level of achievement.

TNCPE also honors individuals at the banquet with the Ned R. McWherter Leadership and Champion of Excellence Awards. The Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award honors an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence, and the Champion of Excellence Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who has been a role model in the pursuit of performance excellence within his or her organization.