Founded in 1987, the Performance Excellence Network (formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality) is a non-profit corporation that advances improvement and performance excellence within organizations, individuals, and communities.

PEN helps leaders identify strengths and improvement opportunities and builds networks that bring information, resources, knowledge, and best practices to organizations desiring to improve.

Member Benefits

Our goal is to provide value for your contribution—to provide a return on your membership investment.

As a member, your contribution not only helps us execute our mission of helping organizations, individuals, and communities reach higher levels of excellence, but it also entitles you – and all employees that fall under your organization’s membership – to specific benefits. Our goal is to provide value for your contribution – to provide a return on your membership investment.

Current PEN memberships include the following benefits:

Access to services

  • Access to our monthly electronic newsletter, which offers announcements of PEN and partner events, improvement tips, and other helpful information
  • Access to PEN’s LinkedIn discussion group and monthly blog discussion
  • Free admission to all monthly breakfast learning forums (a $300 value per year per employee): Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, and other communities soon!
  • Access to our Consultant Referral Network (brokering experts to the organizations who seek external support)

Discounts to services

  • Discounts to PEN-sponsored workshops, seminars, and conferences (amount varies, but typical discount 50% off non-member rates and average $150-300 per event per person)
  • Discounts to livestream and Video on Demand content (for Mpls, St. Paul, and Rochester breakfast discussions)
  • A 50% discount to Roundtable problem solving cohorts
  • A 50% discount to Evaluator training for all employees in your organization
  • A 30-67% discount to all PEN assessment services (for organizational members only; this discount ranges from $1000-4000 depending on organization size and type of assessment)

Discounts to our partners’ services

  • A 10% discount to specific University of Minnesota Continuing Education courses
  • $50 off ASQ-MN Section’s annual conference
  • A $10 discount to all Association for Strategic Planning discussions (a $90 value per year per employee)
  • A 10% discount to improvement courses at St. Mary’s University
  • A $10 discount to all MN OD Network meetings (a $90 value per year per employee)
  • A 50% discount to MN Chapter of the International Society of Performance Improvement (MNISPI) meetings
  • A $5 discount to all MN Facilitators Network meetings
  • A 10% discounts to Normandale Community College improvement workshops
  • A 5% discount to all Project Management Institute (PMI) meetings

We continue to add new benefits, so watch for announcements in our monthly electronic newsletter or on our website.


Recognition

  • Certification and Letter of Recognition for your support of PEN and your commitment to continuous improvement and performance excellence
  • Public announcement of your membership support in PEN’s mission (mention on website, in newsletter, in press releases, and/or through social media).
  • For Sponsoring and Premium Members, other benefits as negotiated.

Membership Options

We offer two types of memberships: individual and organization. Organization memberships are based on size: Supporting Memberships are intended for small to mid-sized enterprises (or departments, units, divisions, or facilities within a larger enterprise), and Sponsoring Memberships are intended for larger enterprises (who enjoy a greater return as more of their employees use our resources, but whose contributions also support more affordable memberships for non-profits, public sector agencies, schools, healthcare organizations, and small businesses). Premium Memberships is intended for our largest and/or most engaged organizational members and includes a discount for bundling services into the membership.

Our current membership structure is as follows:

Membership Level

Current Benefits

Suggested Annual Contribution

Individual/Sole Proprietor

  • Recognition (certificate, press release, website listing, annual report listing)
  • Access to monthly newsletter
  • Listing in Consulting Referral Network, if appropriate
  • Evaluator training discount (50%)
  • Complimentary admission to monthly breakfast forums ($30/ea mtg.)
  • Complimentary number of livestream/video on demand viewings & discounted on all viewings
  • Discounts to partner services (varies)

$125 for sole proprietors, students, or those seeking employment

$300 for individuals who are employed by an organization of three or more employees

Supporting Organization

  • All of the benefits of Individual Membership plus
  • Organizational Assessment discount (30-67%)
  • Roundtable problem-solving forums discount (50%)

$300 (3-99 FTE)

$600 (100-499 FTE)

$1200 (500-2499 FTE)

Sponsoring Organization

  • All of the benefits of Supporting Organization Membership plus
  • Additional recognition of sponsorship on the website, newsletter, social media, and press releases

$5000 (2500-5000 FTE)

$7500 (5000-10,000 FTE)

$10,000 (over 10,000 FTE)

Premium Organization

  • All of the benefits of Sponsoring Organization Membership plus a selection of other bundled benefits, such as:
  • Seats/sponsorship of our annual PENworks conference
  • Seats to Baldrige 101 and/or Evaluator training
  • Seats to other workshops, events
  • Seats to peer Roundtables
  • Others benefits, services

$5000-30,000 depending on size of organization and number of services/benefits bundled;

contact PEN to discuss options/value


Member List

Premium Members

  • Benedictine Health System - Shoreview MN - Premium Membership
  • Cardinal of Minnesota - Rochester MN - Premium Membership
  • Hennepin County - Minneapolis MN - Premium Membership
  • LifeSource - Minneapolis MN - Premium Membership
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester, Mayo Clinic Health System - Rochester MN - Premium Membership
  • Olmsted County - Rochester MN - Premium Membership
  • Portico Benefit Services (formerly ELCA Board of Pensions) - Minneapolis MN - Premium Membership
  • Seagate - Bloomington MN - Premium Membership
  • Winona Health Services - Winona MN - Premium Membership

Sponsoring Members

  • Essentia Health - East Duluth MN - Sponsoring Membership
  • Fairview Health Services - Minneapolis MN - Sponsoring Membership
  • Hormel - Austin MN - Sponsoring Membership
  • Minneapolis Veteran's Administration (VA) Medical Center & Clinics - Minneapolis MN - Sponsoring Membership
  • The Goodman Group - Chaska MN - Sponsoring Membership

Supporting Members

  • 3M Corporate Quality Council - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • ABDO, EICK & MEYERS, LLP - Edina MN - Supporting Membership
  • Academy of Holy Angels - Richfield MN - Supporting Membership
  • AgriBank FCB Human Resources - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Allianz Life Quality Assurance Team - Golden Valley MN - Supporting Membership
  • Alvin E. Benike, Inc. - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • AMSOIL - Superior WI - Supporting Membership
  • Anagram International - Eden Prairie MN - Supporting Membership
  • Andersen Corporation, Corporate Leadership - Oak Park Heights MN - Supporting Membership
  • Arrowhead Regional Computing Consortium - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • Augustana University - Sioux Falls SD - Supporting Membership
  • Austin Public Schools - Austin MN - Supporting Membership
  • Aveda Corp - Blaine MN - Supporting Membership
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital - Yankton SD - Supporting Membership
  • Bethel Lutheran Church - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • BlueWater Capital - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • Braas Company Minnesota - Eden Prairie MN - Supporting Membership
  • Care Providers of Minnesota - Bloomington MN - Supporting Membership
  • Cargill Kitchen Solutions (formerly Sunny Fresh Foods) - Monticello MN - Supporting Membership
  • Carlton Independent School District 93 - Carlton MN - Supporting Membership
  • Centennial ISD No. 12 - Circle Pines MN - Supporting Membership
  • Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN -- Lean Resource Office - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Children's Physician Network - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Cirrus Aircraft - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • City of Minneapolis, Business Process Improvement & City Managers -Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Cretex Concrete Products - Shakopee MN - Supporting Membership
  • Dairy Strategies, LLC - Madison WI - Supporting Membership
  • Dakota County - Hastings MN - Supporting Membership
  • Deluxe Fulfillment - Shoreview MN - Supporting Membership
  • Designs for Learning - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • District One Hospital - Faribault MN - Supporting Membership
  • DuFresne Manufacturing - Vadnais Heights MN - Supporting Membership
  • Duluth Public Schools - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • Dunwoody Institute - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Ecolab - Lean Six Sigma Initiative - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Flow - Eden Prairie MN - Supporting Membership
  • Endurant Business Solutions - Eden Prairie MN - Supporting Membership
  • Express Pros - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • General Mills GBS - Golden Valley MN - Supporting Membership
  • Goodwill/Easter Seals of MN - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • H. Brooks & Co - New Brighton MN - Supporting Membership
  • Hazelden Bette Ford Foundation - Center City MN - Supporting Membership
  • HealthEast Care System Process Improvement - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • HealthPartners Quality Professionals - Bloomington MN - Supporting Membership
  • IBM Minnesota - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • Ikonics Corporation - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • ImpactLives - St. Louis Park MN - Supporting Membership
  • ISD 283 School Board & District Office - St. Louis Park MN - Supporting Membership
  • Johnson Memorial Health Services - Dawson MN - Supporting Membership
  • Lake Superior College - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • Lakeville Public Schools - Lakeville MN - Supporting Membership
  • Leading Age of Minnesota - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Liberty Diversified International - New Hope MN - Supporting Membership
  • Loram Maintenance of Way - Hamel MN - Supporting Membership
  • MACC CommonWealth - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Marshall Public Schools - Marshall MN - Supporting Membership
  • Marvin Windows and Doors, Quality Systems - Warroad MN - Supporting Membership
  • Mate Precision Tooling - Anoka MN - Supporting Membership
  • MDA Leadership - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Medtronic CRHF Division, Operational Excellence Team - Mounds View MN - Supporting Membership
  • Memorial Blood Centers - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Metropolitan State University - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Michael C Fina - Supporting Membership
  • Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato - Mankato MN - Supporting Membership
  • Minnesota VHA - Edina MN - Supporting Membership
  • MN Alliance with Youth - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • MN Governor's Council on Development Disabilities - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • MN Healthcare Quality Professionals (MHQP) - St. Louis Park MN - Supporting Membership
  • National Marrow Donor Program, Quality Systems Dept. - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • National Rural Health Resource Center - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • Normandale Community College, Research and Planning - Bloomington MN - Supporting Membership
  • Olmsted Medical Center - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • Opportunity Services, Inc. - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Osseo Area Schools District 279 - Maple Grove MN - Supporting Membership
  • Padilla CRT - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Pillsbury United Communities - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Plunkett's Pest Control - Fridley MN - Supporting Membership
  • Presbyterian Homes & Services, Management & Services - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Prime Therapeutics - Eagan MN - Supporting Membership
  • Punch Pizza - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Quantum Performance Group - Canandaigua NY - Supporting Membership
  • River's Edge Hospital & Clinic - St. Peter MN - Supporting Membership
  • Rochester Public Library - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • Rockwood Capital Management - Minneapolis MN  -Supporting Membership
  • Rolfs & Associates - Kasson MN - Supporting Membership
  • Samaritan Bethany Inc. - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • SMS Research - Eden Prairie MN - Supporting Membership
  • Solutia Consulting - Stillwater MN - Supporting Membership
  • South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) - Pierre SD - Supporting Membership
  • South Dakota Small Business Development Center - Vermillion SD - Supporting Membership
  • Sparboe Farms - Wayzata MN - Supporting Membership
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College - St. Cloud MN - Supporting Membership
  • St. David's Center - Minnetonka MN - Supporting Membership
  • St. Louis County - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • State of Minnesota, Dept of Administration Commissioner's Office - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • State of Minnesota, Dept of Health - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • State of Minnesota, Dept of Human Services - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • State of Minnesota, Management Analysis and Development - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • State of Minnesota, Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Stratis Health - Bloomington MN - Supporting Membership
  • TADS - Supporting Membership
  • Target Corporation, Food Safety & Quality Assurance - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • The Bailey Group - Golden Valley MN - Supporting Membership
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society - Sioux Falls MN - Supporting Membership
  • The Research Edge LLC - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • Travel Tags - Inver Grove Heights MN - Supporting Membership
  • United Hospital Services - Bloomington MN - Supporting Membership
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth ASSL - Duluth MN - Supporting Membership
  • University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education - St. Paul MN - Supporting Membership
  • University of Minnesota, Facilities Management - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities -- Housing & Residential Life - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout - Menomonie WI - Supporting Membership
  • Washington County - Stillwater MN - Supporting Membership
  • Wayzata Public Schools - Wayzata MN - Supporting Membership
  • Workforce Development, Inc. - Rochester MN - Supporting Membership
  • Xcel Energy, Nuclear Management Company - Minneapolis MN - Supporting Membership

Individual/Sole Proprietor Members

  • Achieve Purpose, Chris Winter - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • AgilityFirst LLC (Warwick Alcock) - Plymouth MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Amundson, Ted - Hastings MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Azurion Consulting - Champlin MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Baseline Consulting LLC - Rapid City SD - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Better Business Results LLC - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Braden, Richard - Golden Valley MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Branham, Leanne - Glenwood City WI - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • C.H. Robinson Shared Services - Eden Prairie MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Clarosys, Jim Nelson - Stillwater MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Core Values Partners - Woodbury MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Cowan, David - Mankato MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • CultureBrokers LLC - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Eggebraaten & Associates - St. Paul MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Emerald Quality Services - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Esterberg, Larry - Maplewood MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Finne, Bruce - Springfield ILIndividual/Sole Proprietor
  • Fire-Formed Consulting, Pat O'Boyle - Eagan MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Floss, Gary - New Brighton MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Glaves, William - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Glockle, Nathan - Duluth MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Goodman, Bruce - Minnetonka MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Goulet, Gerard - Rochester MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Guy, Mary - Winona MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Hermann, Cheryl - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Hillswick Group, LTD - Brooklyn Park MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Hoglund Coaching LLC - Shoreview MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Hoisington, Steve - Irving TX - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Hospital Focus 5 - Burnsville MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Huberty Performance Learning - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Innovation Process Design - Inver Grove Heights MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Integrated Consulting - Bloomington MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Johnson Brown, Jeanine - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Kanwischer, Trudy - Apple Valley MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Karayianes, George - Eden Prairie MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Kodyne, The Alternative Board (TAB) - Plymouth MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Kosharek, Kathie - St. Paul MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Lapekas & Associates - River Falls WI - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Laumeyer Human Resource Solutions - Duluth MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Laura Yoshanti - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Lim, James (Jihno) - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Link, Sue - Mounds View MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Makela Performance Inc. - Bloomington MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Mateffy & Assoc - Bloomington MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Miron, Zoe - St. Paul MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Mitchell, Robert - Maplewood MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Miyamoto, Jill - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Momentum Consulting - Rochester MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Mosaic Consulting - Detroit Lakes MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • O'Brien, D. William (Bill) - Maplewood MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Pearson, Patricia - Woodbury MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Peer Performance Solutions - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Performance Improvement and Quality Management - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Perry's Solutions, Inc. - Blaine MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Quality Culture Institute - Rochester MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Reagan, Mike - Lino Lakes MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Rendement Group - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Rich, Ken - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Robertson, Scott - Rochester MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Robinson, Craig Hallum - Edina MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Roseland Consulting LLC - Anoka MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Scanlon, Paul - St. Paul MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Schroer, Hal - Golden Valley MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Schuller, Peter - Rochester MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Schultz, Lou - Park Rapids MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Spohn, Renae - Madison SD - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC - Excelsior MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Tech Five, Inc. - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Thera Rising - Arden Hills MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Veeneman, Anna - Edina MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Wachlarowicz, Grace - Mahtomedi MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Waldof, Mark - Rosemount MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Yener, Michelle - Minneapolis MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • Zimmerman Consulting - Pine City MN - Individual/Sole Proprietor

 


The Minnesota Council for Quality, Inc., doing business as Performance Excellence Network, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, federal I.D. #41-1645157. Your donation does not confer voting rights, but is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Membership will be in force one year from the date of receipt of contribution