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About Us

Purpose & Passion:

Our purpose is inspiring, advancing, and sustaining performance excellence.


PEN was founded as the Minnesota Council for Quality, Inc. in 1987, as a result of Minnesota Governor Perpich’s 1985-86 Commission on Minnesota’s Economic Future. Our mission then was to improve quality, productivity, and competitiveness of Minnesota businesses. Today, we serve all types and sizes of organizations – businesses, healthcare systems and facilities, education institutions, nonprofit and governmental agencies – helping them improve and sustain outcomes.

We believe that... 

  • Our socio-economic future depends largely on the effective management of organizations throughout the region. Therefore, our goal is to help organizations of all sizes, in all sectors, and in all communities improve their operations and their performance.
  • Communities within each state will be stronger if leaders work together to solve social and economic challenges that cross organizational boundaries. Therefore, part of our focus is on providing leaders the network and means to improve the communities in which they live and work.

Core Values:

PEN Believes in

  • Extraordinary Dedication
  • Deep Engagement
  • Passion for Excellence
  • Customer Focused, Results-Driven
  • Servant Leadership
  • Leading Edge Expertise

To contact the Performance, Excellence, Network click here.

The Performance Excellence Network hosts a variety of learning events to:

  • Promote professional and leadership development.
  • Share best practices and insights regarding organizational improvement and performance excellence.
  • Promote networking with other leaders and professionals interested in continuous improvement.

Learning events include short, one-hour breakfast forums; one- and two-day workshops; livestream and video-on-demand events; and conferences. All content for PEN learning events have been vetted, and all events are deeply discounted as a benefit for PEN members.

To view upcoming events click here.

Membership Type

Business Listing


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