Welcome to the Excellence in Missouri Foundation

Annual Conference Overview

The annual Excellence In Missouri Conference is an exceptional experience for any member of your professional team, whether they are looking for networking opportunities, professional development, or education from some of the top performing organizations in the nation. Speakers at the conference include current and previous recipients of the Missouri Quality Award, the state’s top honor for demonstrating performance excellence, as well as previous recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Learn what it takes improve your companies performance to reach excellence! With workshops geared toward varying sectors and learning levels, speakers strive to deliver useful information and “take-aways” that you can use to drive performance excellence in your own organization. This conference brings together more than 200 professionals from around the state to share best practices and benchmark with other organizations like yours. We have created a one-stop shop for education, information and inspiration, and we hope you join us along your journey for performance excellence!

           November 19 & 20th

Tan-Tar-A at Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO

Ken Schrader - Pro-Racecar Driver
Ken Schrader, professional racecar driver, will be the highlight of the Missouri Quality Awards banquet as he brings his charming, witty, and genuine personality to present on the likenesses between performance excellence, processes, and innovation in the field of racing and how they closely resemble the Baldrige business model for organizational excellence.

  Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Pewaukee S.D.
Dr. JoAnn Sternke of Pewaukee School District has become somewhat of a national celebrity upon her organization’s securing the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2013.  Since then, she has made numerous appearances for conference presentations around the nation.  The Excellence in Missouri Conference is fortunate enough to have secured her for a FULL DAY of Education Sector learning as she guides Missouri educators through each of the Categories and how her school district addresses the Criteria in each. 

 Dr. Mark Blazey, Author - Baldrige Expert
Dr. Mark Blazey, author of the original and updated versions of Insights to Performance Excellence, is a nationally known performance excellence expert who will be presenting two very important ½ day workshops for those beginning in Baldrige and those who known the basics and want to learn more!  Dr. Blazey will offer Baldrige 101 workshop on the first ½ day of the conference and Baldrige 201 during the second ½ day of the conference.  Criteria knowledge on two levels of understanding, straight from a nationally-known presenter on Baldrige topics equals GREAT VALUE!

    Full-day Education Summit facilitated by MBNQA recipient Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Sternke;
    -Dr. Mark Blazey facilitating Baldrige 101 and Baldrige 201 plenary sessions;
    -MBNQA Recipient Sutter Davis Hospital facilitating plenary sessions on Building a Culture of Workforce Engagement,   Maturing Through Measurement, and Loyalty Through Customer Experience;
    -Change Management
  • -The Road to Process Improvement--It's Not a Spectator Sport
  • -Tuning Your Organization's Engine at the Baldrige Garage
  • -Baldrige: Why Do You Do This???
  • -Leadership: 10 Military Troop Leading Procedures
  • -Maintaining a Culture of Quality
  • -Social Media: Building Relationships One Click at a Time
  • -Golden Path to Success
  • -Joplin, MO Story: When the Race is With an EF5 Tornado...Guess Who Wins?
  • -Feedback Reports: Steering With the GPS
  • -Sustainable Knowledge Management: A Practical Approach to Implementation


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