Lunch Session at the 2018 Quest for Success Conference
The Ohio State University, Fawcett Event Center – Columbus, OH
September 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST

In this interactive session, you will hear a brief history of Baldrige and the Baldrige Foundation which takes the audience from the signing of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 to the present day.

The Baldrige message and approach continues to evolve to accommodate the pace of change. In the internet age of consumerism, improved message visualization and operational structure are necessary to accommodate rapid cycle transformation. To that end, the Baldrige Foundation has worked to identify key channel partners whose messaging and approach effectively aligns with the Baldrige to help address these new market requirements. SOAR Vision Group is one such partner.

Together the Baldrige Foundation and SOAR have created a LeaderDialogue website including a visual Baldrige Organizational Hierarchy of Needs diagram. An accompanying LeaderDialogue radio program effectively engages organizations of all types and sizes, delivering key Baldrige performance excellence principles and insights, thereby expanding the market reach and attraction of the Baldrige. The results to date are impressive, serving as a collaborative model for the future.

Participants will learn:

  • The impact the Baldrige program has made over the years.
  • The growth of the program in many new business verticals.
  • Strategic Imperatives of the Baldrige Foundation and outlook.
  • The Foundation‚Äôs role in promoting performance excellence.
  • Age of consumerism performance demands
  • What it takes to win in this new environment
  • Recalibrated maturity journey requirements


Al Faber
President & CEO – The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Ben Sawyer
President & CEO – SOAR Vision Group LLC

Presenter backgrounds:

On July 14th, 2014, Al Faber was named President and CEO of the Baldrige Foundation. The Mission of the Baldrige Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial growth and viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and throughout the world. Prior to joining the Foundation, Al served as President & CEO of The Partnership for Excellence (TPE).

Prior to that, Al served in federal & state government culminating in executive positions and leading more than 11,500 employees, with 65 major facilities, a 250 million dollar operating budget and real property exceeding 2.1 billion dollars. Mr. Faber graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; and holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island. He was also a National Security Fellow at the J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University and studied International Leadership & Management at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College Fellowship program and the U.S. Naval War College Command & Staff Program. Al has served on numerous Boards of Directors for the past two decades. He is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), American Mensa, several conservation organizations, and is active in his church.

Ben Sawyer launched the SOAR Vision Group to help align people with purpose to achieve exceptional results. His expansive business career has included healthcare executive leadership positions, and the successful launch and commercialization of several business enterprises. A Lean black belt, Ben has significant guided strategy deployment experience, having worked with many clients to achieve dramatic, sustainable operational performance improvement outcomes. Ben is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an avid golfer and tennis competitor, and is active in his local community and church.

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