For the second year in a row, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) has received the first place award in the government and military category of the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of the world's best leadership development programs and initiatives. The honor was announced on March 31, 2015—World Leadership Day—during a dinner at the LEAD 2015 conference in Dallas, Texas.
Rounding out the top three awards in the government and military category were two Texas organizations: the City of Houston Learning and Development Center – The Center for Excellence and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Given out by Leadership Excellence Essentials magazine for more than 30 years, the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards rank the top leadership development programs in each of the following organizational types: small, midsize, large, government/military, nonprofits, international, educational, small partners/providers, midsize partners/providers, large partners/providers and international partners/providers. The judges use applications, survey responses and interviews to evaluate each candidate's programs, ranking them on seven criteria: vision/mission, involvement/participation, accountability/measurement, design/content/curriculum, presenters/presentations/delivery, take-home value and outreach.
Since 2010, BPEP has placed four times in the top 10 of the Leadership 500 Excellence Award's government/military rankings.
The Baldrige Program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessment tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit organizations about the practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.
The complete list of the 2015 Leadership 500 Excellence winners is available on the award's website. For more about the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, call (301) 975-2036 or email baldrige [at] nist.gov.