Performance Excellence, NW

Reach for Excellence and Improve Your Business Performance

Upcoming Workshop

Celebrating Excellence

Wednesday, Sept. 19 2018

Who we are

Performance Excellence Northwest is a group of over 200 volunteers who partner with schools, healthcare organizations, manufacturers, government agencies, small and large organizations and non-profits to help them improve overall performance using the renowned national Baldrige Excellence Framework and leading continuous improvement tools.

What we do

We educate organizations in the use of the Baldrige performance excellence framework, conduct third party assessments and administer the only regional awards and recognition program for performance excellence in the Northwest (WA, OR, ID, AK).

Why we do it

We believe strong organizations committed to performance excellence create more value for their employees, stakeholders and communities. As local citizens, we’re invested in helping these organizations achieve their objectives, become role models for other businesses and make the region a better place to learn, work and live.

Tools for Performance Improvement


We offer different types of assessments to benchmark your organization’s performance and provide actionable feedback for improvement.


Volunteer examiners gain business, management and leadership skills and training that can improve their own performance, help in their own organizations and provide a greater understanding of how organizations function.


We’re committed to sharing the best information and knowledge to help you and your organization excel.

Celebrating Excellence

Wednesday, September, 19 2018

  • Personal Development
  • Organizational Improvement
  • Innovation

Join us to hear how some of our region’s top performers in health care, government and manufacturing are navigating the performance managmenet journey. Learn best practices, expand your professional network and share your ideas on Leadership, Strategy and Customer Engagement, Workforce, Data Management and Operational Excellence.This might be an approach to improve and grow an organizational culture with open communication, high performance and an engaged workforce? Join us for the conversation. The current agenda may be viewed here; copies will also be available at the conference. Thank you again for supporting excellence in the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to a rich experience of learning and networking!

Featured Guest Speakers

2017 National Baldrige Recipients
Craig Fairlee, Stellar Solutions
Sharon Fenn, Southcentral Foundation
Including 2018 PENW Award Recipients
Norman Bodek, Internationally Recognized Quality Leader, Your Voice as Our Customer


Registration opens 7:30, Conference : 8:00– 5:00


McMenamin’s Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211


We are now organizing our ‘nuts and bolts’ team with associated workgroups focused on the Baldrige Excellence Framework. I would highly recommend this offering to anyone seeking Baldrige or even considering a journey to excellence.
– Eileen Branscome , Chief Operations Officer, Mason General Hospital

“Performance Excellence Northwest’s unique leadership approach assisted our staff in developing the framework and refining our Baldrige values as we started drafting our first Baldrige application. Their Baldrige Rapid Access approach not only accelerated our application process but improved the quality of that application.” 

Scott Hilburn, President Board of Commissioners, Mason General Hospital.

Recent News

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