PENworks 2021 Annual Conference

September 24, 2021
Live Hybrid Event!

In Person at Mystic Lake Conference Center, Prior Lake MN // Streamed Online

Early Bird Ends August 15 at Midnight CT!

Experience the region’s largest, most powerful conference focused on continuous improvement and organizational excellence!

This year's conference theme is Back to the Future: Innovating Today; Imagining Tomorrow.  Times have been tough.  But leaders, teams, organizations, and communities are ready to move forward -- to build upon the resilience we've acquired the last year or so; to improve, grow, and thrive again; to innovate and reimagine a better tomorrow!

So invest in yourself, your team, and your organization!  Three reasons to attend PENworks 2021:

  • It's an an affordable, high value professional development event, packed with insights, tools, best practices to help you navigate today's challenges and to begin to position for improvement, innovation, and future growth.
  • It's a hybrid event!  For those who are eager to return to an in-person conference, with all the energy, networking and relationship building, we're ready for you!  For those who prefer to consume high power content online without the expense or hassles of travel, we're here for you too -- you can conveniently participate from your home, your office, or anywhere!  And you can switch at a later date, as circumstances or your preference changes (but limited in-person seating available, so register today!).
  • It's being recorded, so regardless if you participate in-person or online, you'll have access to all proceedings after the conference: you can view ALL sessions, not just the one you pick to see live. Or watch one a few times to catch more insights. Now PENworks has a shelf-life!



Joe Nayquonabe

CEO, Corporate Ventures and Commissioner of Corporate Affairs, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Learning from the Past; Reinventing the Future




Deb Reuben

Founder & CEO, TomorrowZone
Staying Ahead of Tomorrow: Changes that Will Shape the Future of Success





Ross Bernstein

Speaker & Sports Author
The Champion's Code: Winning Today and Tomorrow



PENworks 2021 Also Features 6 Baldrige Winners!

Hear powerful case studies from world class organizations of how they reached -- and sustained -- high performance.  Hear best practices in leadership, customer engagement, workforce effectiveness, managing change, innovating & remaining resilient, promoting inclusion & equity, and many more!

Speakers include executives from AARP (MD), Elevations Credit Union (CO), City of Germantown (TN), GBMC HealthCare Inc. (MD), Mesa (OK), and Wellstar Paulding Hospital (GA).

Click here for full schedule, including breakout sessions (and check back for final details to be added soon!)


Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting?

For sponsorship details please e-mail Brian Lassiter 

For exhibiting details please e-mail Jennifer Burmeister 


"PENworks is one of the best conferences I've attended in 30 years!"

-- Marvin Plakut, CEO, Episcopal Homes of MN, St. Paul

"PENworks is an absolute must for those driving improvement in their organizations.  The caliber of learning opportunities is outstanding, and the atmosphere is energized by a netwrk of leaders eager to share their best practices." -- Michael Ganer, Olmsted County, Rochester

"PENworks allows me to peer inside regional and national organizations who are leaders in their industry and learn from their best practices." -- Philip Zeccardi, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis

"I always look forward to the PENworks as a way to learn more about what's possible.  I have gained valuable nuggets that I have been able to take back and apply immediately to my team's work.  Content is timely, relevant, and can be used across multiple industries.  Well worth the time!" -- LaToya Bell, University of MN, Minneapolis

"This is one of the most affordable, high value conferences I've ever attended." -- Pam Helgeson-Britton, former Vice President, Strategy, Performance System and Process Excellence, Essentia Health, Duluth

PENworks 2021 Pricing

Conference rates start at $325.  Early Bird, Group, & Member discounts available.

Full pricing listed on registration page:

CEU and Clock Hours Available (including Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators)

Formats & Location

PENworks 2021 will be hosted in hybrid format: live & in person at Mystic Lake Conference Center (2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake MN 55372) and streamed online.  You choose -- either the networking & energy that an in-person event brings or the convenience and cost-effective format of online viewing. 

You may switch up until 2 weeks before the event.  And with either format all registered attendees will get access to recordings for 90 days, allowing you to (re)view content on-demand at your leisure!

For a discounted room block at Mystic Lake Casino, call 800-262-7799  and ask for the "PEN" or "PENworks" block.