Become a sponsor for the premier event for the promotion of excellence!
The Quest for Excellence® is the official Conference of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, brought to you by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at NIST. The Quest for Excellence® is supported by registration fees and the generous contributions of our conference sponsors. No federal funds are used to support the conference or associated events. The Baldrige Foundation offers multiple sponsorship options that yield two important outcomes—raising awareness for your organization and providing tangible support for the Baldrige Program and the Baldrige Foundation. The Baldrige Foundation and the Baldrige Program would like to thank these organizations for their support.
Official Conference of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
The Quest for Excellence® Conference will be held at the Gaylord National Harbor, in National Harbor, MD. It is the leading conference to learn best practices from Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients. The attendees are key decision-makers and influencers in their organizations, and they have demonstrated their interest in organizational improvement and personal learning. Your sponsorship of Quest will greatly enhance the conference experience for these participants.
Please contact Josh Racette, Baldrige Foundation Vice President of National Programs & Development, for more information about how your organization can become a sponsor.
2023 Conference Details
Join us at the Quest for Excellence 2023! The conference will feature some new and exciting opportunities to learn role model best practices from nationally recognized thought leaders, former Award recipients, and representatives from other high-performing organizations.
Enjoy sessions focusing on innovation and healthy, thriving communities, and take-home solutions to help your organization achieve breakthrough performance and results in all sectors in areas such as leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce; and operations.
Opening Reception | Sunday, April 2
Join us on Sunday evening April 2 for the Opening Reception. Attendees have the opportunity to network with members of the Baldrige community such as Award recipients, Examiners, Judges, Overseers, Fellows, Foundation members, and Alliance program representatives!
40 Concurrent Sessions
Monday and Tuesday Quest concurrent sessions will feature former Award recipients and other high-performing organizations speaking on relevant topics of interest, such as leadership and social responsibility, workforce issues, and customers and strategy.
Baldrige Award Recipient Innovation Session
Following the opening keynote, leaders of five former Baldrige Award Recipients will speak on the topic of innovation in a Ted-talk style format and participate in an interactive panel discussion.
Communities of Excellence 2026 Session
Following the closing keynote, there will be a session showcasing the Communities of Excellence 2026.
Meet our Keynote Speakers
Expected Audience: 1,000
CEOs, c-suite executives, senior managers, directors, heads of operating units, and quality/performance improvement leaders/practitioners are expected.
We will be targeting a broad audience with massive email and social media campaigns.
Presenters from all sectors will be sharing their best practices, insights, tools, and success stories to further enhance organizational performance and personal professional development. There will also be numerous networking opportunities for attendees and sponsors.
Sectors of the Economy Represented
By becoming a sponsor of the Quest for Excellence® Conference you are supporting a leader in performance excellence and quality:
established during the Reagan administration
for over 30+ years and 7 different Presidents, Baldrige has demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of organizational excellence
aligning your brand with the nations ONLY award for performance excellence that carries the seal of the President of the United States
Our sponsorships are true collaborations and we always look to benefit our sponsors as much as possible to maximize your ROI. Custom Packages are available. We are excited to meet your needs and goals as it relates to your sponsorship investment.
Leading conference to learn best practices from Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients
High level of visibility as a supporter of the Baldrige Program and Award recipients
Access to thousands of industry leaders in a variety of sectors impacting the U.S. and World economy
Our attendees are key decision makers and influencers in their organizations
You will be connecting with the next generation of organizational leaders looking for success in today’s global and competitive marketplace
Great opportunity to showcase your brand and products alongside of a leader in excellence
Various sponsorship levels also include additional opportunities for promotion through social media and email marketing campaigns pre, during, and post event.
What are attendees saying?
Highest Quality Conference
"This conference was of the highest quality that I’ve ever attended. What a standard! The information was delivered by people passionately working on meaningful improvements within their organization through their passion in Baldrige."
"Excellent conference. Great to know what best practices are happening around the US."
Sharing of information not duplicated in other events
"This free sharing of information and genuine interest and energy is not duplicated in any other professional event I attend."
Great to hear different industry leaders
"It was great to hear from different industry leaders on their journey and things they put into place to improve along the way."
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Thank you, Past Sponsors!
Become a Quest Sponsor Today
Review the Quest for Excellence® Conference sponsorship options to best determine the appropriate selection for your organization. Don't see what you are looking for? Not a problem! We have the ability to customize specially designed sponsorship programs to meet the needs of your organization. To learn more about sponsorship, please email Josh Racette, Vice President of National Programs & Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an organization is involved as a current-year Baldrige Award Applicant or a current-year Baldrige Award Recipient and would like to purchase a sponsorship opportunity, sponsorships are limited to $25k. Prospective sponsors are required to disclose their status as either a current-year Baldrige Award Applicant or a current-year Baldrige Award Recipient prior to sponsorship conversations beginning. If, after sponsorship has been finalized, the status of an organization should change to be included in one of the beforementioned categories then the Baldrige Foundation will work with you to lower your sponsorship level accordingly.
MALCOLM BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD®, THE QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE®, BALDRIGE PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM®, PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE®, and CRITERIA FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE® are federally registered trademarks and service marks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. The unauthorized use of these trademarks and service marks is prohibited.
IMPORTANT: The Baldrige Foundation does not manage, oversee, or influence the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award administered by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, nor any Baldrige-based State Program Award. Further, your donation or sponsorship has not/will not give you any advantage in any awards process to include the Baldrige Foundation Individual Leadership Awards.
Acceptance of sponsorships does not constitute an endorsement of any organization, product, or service by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The names and logos of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Department of Commerce shall not be used in any manner that implies an endorsement of any organization, product, or service.