Events & Workshops

Baldrige Express
Lean / Six Sigma Certification

Baldrige for Beginners Workshop

TNCPE Application Writing Workshop

27th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference

  Best Practice Workshop & Tour

2016 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

Sept. 16 | Nashville


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

Oct. 15 | Nashville




27th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference

Register for the 27th annual Quest for Excellence® Conference!

Hosted by the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Quest for Excellence will showcase best practices and lessons learned from the 2014 Baldrige Award recipients, along with those from past awardees. It's all taking place on April 12-15, 2015 at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront in Baltimore, MD.

Highlights include:

  • The Baldrige Award Ceremony, which will honor the 2014 Award recipients on Sunday evening, April 12.
  • Two in-depth plenary sessions featuring the senior leaders of the 2014 recipients as they share role-model leadership practices.
  • 50 best practices sessions featuring current and former Baldrige Award recipients from all sectors sharing their proven strategies and real-world insights in strategic planning, customer focus, workforce engagement, and more!
  • Pre-conference workshops for beginner and intermediate users of the Baldrige Excellence Framework, facilitated by leaders of former Baldrige Award-winning organizations.
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from Baldrige recipients, applicants, Examiners, Alliance for Performance Excellence program members, and Baldrige experts across all industries.

Register by March 16 for the $150 early bird discount!

For more information, visit the conference website or contact the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at (301) 975-2036 or


Best Practice Workshop & Tour

Join 2014 Excellence Award winner Maury Regional Medical Center for a day of best practice sharing as you go behind the scenes of the facilities and processes that earned MRMC TNCPE's highest honor TWICE!

Attendees will experience world-class practices in leadership, strategic planning, workforce focus, and more that can be applied to improve any kind of business.

Registration includes lunch and snacks, all workshop material, and a copy of the TNCPE 2015-2016 Baldrige Excellence Framework.


Thursday, Apr. 16

Maury Regional
Medical Center
Columbia, TN

Cost: $45

Register Online

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.



Annual TNCPE Excellence Conference & Awards Banquet

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.