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Join Baldrige Award Winners at the 2018 Quest for Excellence Conference

April 8–11, 2018, in Baltimore

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 12:00

(NIST: Gaithersburg, MD) -- If your organization is striving to achieve breakthrough performance and results, the recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award will soon be sharing their role-model best practices at the 30th Anniversary Quest for Excellence conference.

The conference, which will showcase the five 2017 Baldrige Award recipients and feature 12 former recipients, will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, April 8–11, 2018.

Quest for Excellence features 50 sessions on proven performance management practices and real-world insights in strategy, customers, workforce, and many more areas important to business success.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Walter Copan, and Baldrige Foundation Chair George Benson will honor the 2017 recipients at the Baldrige Award Ceremony on Sun., April 8.

The senior leaders of the 2017 recipients will share their leadership best practices to kick off the conference on Mon., April 9. Current and former recipient leaders will address topics of importance to leaders from all sectors in concurrent sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Special concurrent sessions will feature four organizations being recognized for Baldrige Category best practices and community leaders who are participating in the Communities of Excellence 2026 initiative.

The Baldrige Foundation Awards luncheon on Tues., April 10, will feature the presentation of the Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award to Nick Macchione, agency director for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and the presentation of the E. David Spong Lifetime Achievement Award to Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.

Seth Mattison, founder and chief movement officer of FutureSight Labs, will deliver a keynote presentation “Future Forces: Leadership Insights for Navigating Uncertainty in the Connected Age” on Wed., April 11. Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics.

The conference features Baldrige Criteria Pre-Conference Workshops on the afternoon of April 8 for beginner and intermediate users of the Baldrige Criteria.

The Baldrige Cybersecurity Pre-Conference Workshop will also be offered on Sun., April 8. This practical, interactive workshop on how to conduct a self-assessment of an organization’s cybersecurity program using the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder.

For more information about the Quest for Excellence Conference and to register, visit the conference webpage. For questions, contact the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at (301) 975–2036 or baldrige@nist.gov.

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