People attending a PEN event

Helping individuals, organizations, and communities improve performance and achieve excellence.

A community focused on achieving excellence together

Any organization, community, or professional can — and should — improve. After all, in today’s complex & ever-changing world, if you’re not moving forward, you’re slipping backward.

The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) helps you improve your results. We help leaders identify & prioritize improvement opportunities using evidence-based, validated assessments. And we broker resources, information and best practices through a portfolio of learning events and other service offerings. We work with all sizes & types of organizations and communities in the Upper Midwest. And we would love to help you and your team reach higher performance.


Identify and Prioritize
Improvement Opportunities


Events, Video Library, Blog,
Networking, & Benchmarking

Become a Member

PEN Members have access to many resources to help them & their organization improve — free webinars, free on-demand digital library, discounted online & in-person workshops and conferences, and other services to explore best practices that improve outcomes. Most PEN members claim an ROI of 2-3 times the value of the small investment!


From workshops and roundtables, to conferences and retreats, or peer-to-peer learning groups, PEN hosts events that help individuals, organizations, and communities identify & explore ways to improve leadership, strategy development & execution, customer service, workforce engagement, data-based decision making, operational & financial performance. Come learn ways to improve your processes and your outcomes!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Tom Henry

Marvin Plakutt

“PEN sessions keep us in the solution and on the path of excellence.”

-Mark Krupski, Director Olmsted County Property Records & Licensing

ready to learn more?

Want to learn more about PEN, our events, assessments, or membership in our network?
We’d love the chance to chat and answer any questions you might have.