PENworks 2022 Annual Conference

May 12-13, 2022
Hybrid Event! -- Mystic Lake Conference Center, Prior Lake MN & Interactive Online!

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

This year's conference theme is Charting the Course: Leading Forward.  Times have been tough these last two years.  But leaders, teams, organizations, and communities are ready to move forward -- to build upon the resilience we've acquired; 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 2022:

  • 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, offering the networking & energy of an in-person option or the convenience, efficiency & accessibility of an online option. Either way, the same great content, same great energy!
  • It's being recorded, so 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!


Mauri Friestleben

Principal, Minneapolis North High School
Love them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary




Deena Ebbert

Propellergirl -- International Speaker, Inspirational Author
Leveraging Your Values: What Propels You





John Kriesel

Purple Heart Staff Sergeant, fmr MN Representative
Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel



Powerful Speakers! Powerful Insights!

We are also pleased to feature three additional plenary keynotes from three high performing organizations: City of Germantown (TN) and Howard Community College (MD) -- both recipients of the prestitigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award -- and Adventist HealthCare (MD), recognized by Baldrige for role model pratices in leadership.  These world class organizations will share their insights & best practices for achieving and sustaining excellence.

The rest of this year's powerful program features 25+ local, regional, national speakers, each sharing best practices on visionary leadership, organizational & personal resilience, valuing people (including the power of diversity, equity & inclusion), and innovation. Discussions will focus on tools, methods, insights, and proven best practices that help you improve your processes and results.

For full agenda, including abstracts and speaker biographies, click here!

Pre-Conference Workshop -- Beyond Grit: Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performance Edge

Also -- check out this year's pre-conference workshop: Beyond Grit: Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performance Edge, facilitated by Cindra Kamphoff, award-winning keynote speaker and executive coach for leaders, professional athletes, executives and championship teams (and keynote for PENworks 2020!).  Learn 10 practical, action-oriented ways to improve your -- and your team's performance.

Information is here >>>

Thank you, Sponsors & Exhibitors!

We are grateful for organizations and individuals who support PEN's mission and the PENworks conference as sponsors or exhibitors.  There are few slots still open, so if you are interested in the value of being a sponsor and/or exhibitor, please email brian [dot] lassiter

In addition, we are pleased to honor member discounted rates for members of the following marketing partners: ASQ Sections 1203, 1214, 1216; Association of MN Counties; Center for Principled Leadership; Charities Review Council; Greater Mankato Growth; Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence (KyCPE); LeadingAge Minnesota; Mid-Atlantic Award for Performance Excellence (MAAPE); Michigan Performance Excellence (MIPEx); MN Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (MNISPI); MN OD Network (MNODN); Performance Excellence Northwest; Partners in Performance Excellence (PiPEX); Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce; Quality New Mexico; St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPAC); Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC); Tennesee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE); Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence (WCPE).

Just select "member" when registering and then in the question of "how did you hear" select "other" and enter the provided marketing partner code.  Spreading excellence throughout the region & the nation!

Hear What Others Have Said!

"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 Garner, 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, State of MN, Department of Human Services

"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 2022 Pricing

Conference rates start at $450.  Early Bird, Group, & Member discounts available. 

Full pricing listed on registration page:

CEU and Clock Hours Available

PENworks 2022 Location/Format

The conference will be a hybrid in 2022, hosted at Mystic Lake Conference Center (2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake MN 55372) -- as well as streaming live online.  You may switch your preference up to three weeks before the conference (last minute changes to in-person allowed as space is available).

Hotel room block available at Mystic Lake Casino -- call 800-262-7799 and ask for "PEN" or "PENworks" rate.

Cancellation for full refund (either format) 14 days in advance -- April 28. Substitutions allowed anytime.