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  • PENWorks, Baldrige, and Leadership

    By Kruse Scholar Shelby Crespi After allowing the dust to settle following the whirlwind of my first semester as a Kruse Scholar, my thoughts about leadership and creating change have evolved. So much of my ... more

  • Enthusiasm for Baldrige

    By Kruse Scholar Jasmin Fosheim This spring I attended my second PENWorks conference in Minneapolis as a Kruse Scholar. The first conference I attended was largely overwhelming. My understanding of Baldrige and Communities of Excellence ... more

  • Communities of Excellence 2026 Update

    There’s certainly been a lot of activity lately.  So much so that I’ve been a bit delinquent in my blog postings.  Here’s an update on the exciting progress we’ve made: Quest for Excellence/CCE/PENWorks Presentations Over ... more

  • Creating a Culture that Solves Community Problems

    By Kruse Scholar Shelby Crespi It’s the word at the heart of so many conversations today especially as they pertain to the rising discussion surrounding health and social well-being. We ask: how do we promote ... more

  • Collaborative Progress!

    As you may know, the Communities of Excellence 2026 staff, board and our many wonderful supporters and volunteers have been focusing much of our attention lately on developing a National Learning Collaborative of communities to ... more

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