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NIST Announces Baldrige Conferences

Published: Monday, August 2, 2004 - 21:00

Representatives from last year’s Baldrige Award-winning companies will address two upcoming conferences for quality professionals.

The conferences will be held in Oak Brook, Illinois, and San Antonio, Texas, on Sept. 10 and Sept. 30, respectively. Representatives from 2003 Baldrige Award winners Medrad Inc., Boeing Aerospace Support, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. U.S., Stoner Inc., Community Consolidated School District 15, Baptist Hospital Inc. and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City will provide insights into their companies’ Baldrige journeys. Recipients of previous year’s Baldrige Awards are also expected to attend.

Senior leaders of the award-winning companies will make presentations and answer questions about the seven Baldrige criteria categories. The conferences will also feature a combination of plenary, concurrent and town hall-style presentations that provide a dynamic and interactive environment where attendees can maximize learning and networking.

Attendees will receive a conference bag containing award-recipient videos, application summaries for the 2003 award recipients, presentation visuals and other Baldrige materials.

The Illinois conference will be held Sept. 10 at the Marriott Chicago Oak Brook, with a pre-conference workshop on Sept. 8. The Texas conference will be held Sept. 30 at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk, with a pre-conference workshop on Sept. 29. The pre-conference workshops are designed for those just starting or investigating the Baldrige process and will provide and opportunity to learn the basics of the Baldrige criteria, how to begin self-assessments and an overview of the resources available to help organizations in their quality efforts. Pre-registration is required and is available with or without regional conference registration.

In other Baldrige news, the 2004 Baldrige judges will soon announce the recipients of site visits for applicants for the 2004 award. According to the National Institute for Standards and Technology, 60 companies applied for Baldrige awards this year. The winners will be announced in November.

For more information, visit www.baldrige.nist.gov.

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