ASAE congratulates Paul Borawski, FASAE, CAE and  Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) on receiving the 2011 Wisconsin Forward Award from the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence.

The Wisconsin Forward Award, created in 1997, is Wisconsin’s premier recognition for workplace excellence. Modeled on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the program is designed to advance the competitive position of world-class status of Wisconsin organizations in the international marketplace; and to enhance learning, continuous improvement and enterprise performance.

The Mastery Level of the Wisconsin Forward Award program is an advanced level for organizations that show, through their skillful practice of performance management principles, significant progress in expanding their capabilities through improved processes of all kinds. Their achievements are demonstrated by results, are clearly linked to quality and performance management systems, and are directly attributable to a systemic, well-deployed approach. Recipients may receive, at their option, interactive personal feedback at their location and Mastery recognition.

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.  ASQ has been awarded recognition at this level twice before, in 2006 and 2008. The scope of ASQ’s application was expanded to include its entire operations, including volunteer member leaders worldwide.

Associations like ASQ exemplify the Power of A – the  ability of associations to bring their substantial resources to bear on some of the biggest challenges facing America and the world today.