For Immediate Release
Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 12, 2012 — ASQ, the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts, was recently awarded 2011 Mastery Level recognition by Wisconsin Forward Award Inc. (WFA). This is the third recognition at this level for ASQ, which achieved the Mastery Level in 2006 and 2008. In 2011, the scope of ASQ’s application was expanded to include its entire operations, including volunteer member leaders worldwide.
“This feedback suggests that ASQ is a very good organization poised to advance to excellence,” said Paul Borawski, ASQ CEO. “We have the benefit of our previous feedback and improvement experience to aid us in our journey toward excellence; and we have the passion of the quality community and its expertise to support us. We have our shared commitment to excellence to fuel our efforts.”
Wisconsin Forward Award recipients will be presented with their awards in a ceremony in Madison, Wis., in August 2012. The Mastery Level is an advanced level for organizations that are working to achieve the Governor’s Award of Excellence – the highest level of recognition. Applications scoring at this level use effective and systematic approaches to achieve business and performance excellence.
Applicants for the Wisconsin Forward Award were rigorously evaluated by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results. The review is composed of three distinct processes: Independent Review, Consensus Review, and Site Visit.
Examiners review each application relative to the Forward Award Criteria and identify strengths of the organization and areas for improvement. Through the skillful practice of performance management principles, organizations that are recognized by the WFA demonstrate significant progress in expanding their capabilities through improved processes of all kinds. Achievements are demonstrated by results; are clearly linked to quality and performance management systems; and are directly attributable to a systematic, well–deployed approach.
Wisconsin Forward Award Inc. was created in 1997 by the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment to advance the competitive position and world–class status of Wisconsin organizations in the international marketplace, and to enhance learning, continuous improvement, and enterprise performance. The award promotes excellence in organizational management, recognizes the achievements and results of Wisconsin organizations implementing performance excellence systems, and publicizes successful performance of excellence management strategies.
All types and sizes of Wisconsin organizations are eligible to apply, including manufacturers, service companies, small businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, and nonprofit organizations, including trade and professional associations, government entities, and charities. Three additional organizations will be recognized at the Mastery level in 2011. They are the Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette; Central Wisconsin Center, Madison; and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin–Madison.
WFA is a public/private partnership modeled after the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The not–for–profit organization receives financial support from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce as well as other organizations across the state. Wisconsin Forward Award is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence.
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies, and training at www.asq.org.