Excellence Conference

and Awards Celebration

February 27 – 28 • Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

Join us for the Southeast’s premier performance excellence event! Gain insight and solutions from leaders who have helped shape world-class organizations, including past Baldrige Award recipients and TNCPE Excellence Award winners!

Sessions range from hands-on workshops to best practice demonstrations — all from experts in a variety of business sectors. Expand your network, find solutions, and put the pieces into place for success!



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Conference Packages

We offer a variety of packages to accommodate your schedule and budget. Experience the full two-day conference, or just book a spot in one of the intensive Tuesday workshops.



For maximum savings, we encourage you to register by February 8, 2019, before the advance registration discounts end.

Packages & Pricing


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The Awards Banquet

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6-9 p.m.
Reception from 5:15-6:00 pm

Held in conjunction with the Excellence in Tennessee Conference, this dinner and awards celebration honors regional organizations and individuals who have made significant achievements in the pursuit of performance excellence. 

Banquet Details

Book Your Hotel Room

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067

The conference and banquet will take place at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. A limited number of rooms are available at an Excellence Conference group rate until Feb. 5, 2019.

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For government employees, a limited number of rooms are available at the government per diem. Be prepared to present your government identification to receive this rate. 

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Join the performance excellence movement by sponsoring the 2019 Excellence Conference & Awards Celebration! Your sponsorship will drive improvement in regional organizations, which strengthens our economy and supports those who call Tennessee and the Southeast home.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at every level. If you are interested in sponsoring a keynote address, a reception, or a conference meal, we are happy to tailor sponsorship opportunities to fit your needs.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshops

7:30-8:00AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15AM Welcome
8:30-11:45AM W1 | Application Writing: Using Your Application to Identify Solutions that Drive Excellence (Part 1)
8:30-11:45AM W2 Workshop
8:30-11:45AM W3 | Leading Change with Kay Kendall (Part 1)
11:45-1:15PM Lunch & Keynote
1:30-4:30PM W1 | Application Writing: Using Your Application to Identify Solutions that Drive Excellence (Part 2)
1:30-4:30PM W2 Workshop (part 2)
1:30-4:30PM W3 | Execution takes a Process with Kent Vaughn (Part 2)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Breakout Sessions

7:30-8:00AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15AM Welcome
8:15-9:15AM Opening Keynote
9:15-9:30AM Networking Break
9:30-10:30AM A1 Session
9:30-10:30AM A2 Session
9:30-10:30AM A3 Session
9:30-10:30AM A4 Session
10:30-10:45AM Networking Break
10:45-11:45AM B1 Session
10:45-11:45AM B2 Session
10:45-11:45AM B3 Session
10:45-11:45AM B4 Session
11:45-1:30PM Lunch & Keynote
1:30-1:45PM Networking Break
1:45-2:45PM C1 Session
1:45-2:45PM C2 Session
1:45-2:45PM C3 Session
1:45-2:45PM C4 Session
2:45-3:00PM Networking Break
3:00-4:00PM D1 Session
3:00-4:00PM D2 Session
3:00-4:00PM D3 Session
3:00-4:00PM D4 Session
5:15-6:00PM Excellence Awards Celebration Reception
6:00-9:00PM 26th Annual Excellence Awards Celebration

Keynote Speakers

Conference Speakers

Excellence Conference Sponsors





TNCPE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

2525 Perimeter Place Drive, Suite 122. Nashville, TN 37214-3773. (800)453-6474.