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Baldrige Executive Fellows Program

Message from the Director

Welcome and Invitation to Apply

2016–2017 Application Deadline: Closed

2017–2018 Application Now Open; Deadline: December 2017*

*The 2017–2018 deadline will be mid-December 2017. Selection decisions will be made in January 2017.

How to Apply

To apply, submit the following documents:
  1. Your resumé, including e-mail, postal address, and telephone contact information; and the name and e-mail address of an assistant or alternate contact person
  2. An organizational chart that includes names and titles showing your position within the organization
  3. A recommendation letter from your highest-ranking official showing the organization’s support of your participation in the program
  4. A list of key competitors (in order that we may avoid creating a cohort that would be unable to share effectively due to competitive situations)

Send the complete package of documents to:
Dawn Bailey
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
Bldg. 101/A600, 100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Selection Process

Selection decisions will be based on (1) sector mix, (2) appropriate level within the organization, (3) likelihood to follow through, (4) diversity, and (5) no direct competitors with participating award recipients or other Fellows. Candidates will be notified of the decision by January 29, 2016. Tuition payment of $25,000 is due by February 26, 2016. The fee covers all materials, as well as a standard hotel room and at least four meals for each session.

About Fellows | Program Benefits  | Printable PDF Version of Product Sheet

Contact Us

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Key Dates


  • April 3-5

    Program kickoff
    28th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
    Baltimore, MD
  • June 22-23

    Two-day on-site at Baldrige Award recipient-
    Freese and Nichols Inc.
    Fort Worth, TX
  • October 5-6

    Two-day on-site at Baldrige Award recipient-
    Elevations Credit Union
    Boulder, CO


  • January 10-11

    Two-day on-site at Baldrige Award recipient-
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. (now Part of Marriott International)
    Pentagon City, VA
  • April 1

    29th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
    Baltimore, MD

What Executive Fellows Are Saying

walk the talk

Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, AARP Inc.

I was able to establish invaluable connections and garner insights into how other leading organizations are developing and implementing innovative, effective strategies in support of operational excellence and leadership development. A significant insight is that the leadership and senior management must model its organization’s mission consistently, with passion and enthusiasm. They must truly ‘walk the talk’—particularly during times of change.

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