Invitation to Powerful PEN Leader Roundtables!

January 15, 2024

The Performance Excellence Network & our partner the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence are pleased to launch two new leader roundtables in February 2024.

  • The Performance Excellence Executive Roundtable Program provides a confidential, facilitated environment for C-suite executives to share best practices and resolve strategic challenges related to their performance excellence journey. Members can expect to fill the “lonely at the top” void while networking with peers to make better business decisions.  It is an energetic place to problem solve in a confidential, collaborative setting.
    This roundtable will meet from 8:30 – 10:30 central on the dates below.
  • The Emerging Leaders Roundtable Program is a structured, confidential place for constructive conversation for emerging leaders—managers, supervisors, directors—as they explore best practices, build their leadership tool kit and a grow their professional network.
    This roundtable will meet from 11 – 1 central (bring your lunch) on the dates below.

PEN also still hosts a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Roundtable (which meets roughly every six weeks for two hours, in person in the Twin Cities).  All three groups are welcoming new participants!

Roundtable Format

Virtual meetings will be held monthly and be approximately 90 minutes in length.  We will anchor the meeting with in-person meetings at the beginning and end of the year. We aim for a cohort of 8-12 peers in non-competing businesses.  A typical roundtable agenda will include an ice breaker, sharing of a best practice, in-depth discussion of a member pre-identified problem of practice, and learning a leader tool to address the problem of practice.  Problems of practice will be identified by the group in advance but may include subjects like employee retention, encouraging two-way communication, measuring customer satisfaction, or key performance indicators.

The Roundtables are facilitated so it does not become a social occasion, a place for unhealthy venting, or a sales platform.  We want it to be a place where you go to for learning and networking — and grow your leadership from the experience!

Your Investment

$3000 per person per year for PEN members ($6000 per person per year for nonmembers). This will cover one year of roundtables, held once per month.  We ask that you make a one-year commitment to attain full benefit. At only $250/month investment, this is a HUGE ROI! 

Your Facilitator

​Dr. JoAnn Sternke, founder of Leader Excellence LLC, loves what she does and finds joy in helping leaders “get better at getting better.” She enjoys working with leaders and teams throughout the country who are looking to be more intentional in how they pursue improvement. She loves speaking to groups nationally and internationally and strives to make the complex work of systems improvement simpler to understand and achieve. She works with teams to develop strategic plans, improve employee engagement, and attain results.

From 2001 to 2017, JoAnn served as Pewaukee School District Superintendent of Schools, a district just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2013, the Pewaukee School District was honored to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a presidential honor few organizations have attained. Under her leadership, student achievement saw a dramatic increase. Despite having one of the most rigorous public school graduation requirements in the state, PSD achieved a 97% graduation rate. For six years, the Pewaukee School District was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With passion for the mission of opening the door to each child’s future, Pewaukee saw a dramatic increase in the percent of students pursuing two- and four-year college.

Dr. Sternke earned her doctoral degree at Cardinal Stritch University where she also served as a professor in the doctoral/superintendent licensure program. Dr. Sternke’s dissertation focused on Jim Collins’ work Good to Great. That focus on helping organizations go from good to great drives JoAnn to this day. How systematic is YOUR organization at “getting better at getting better?”


To learn more or to secure your seat, please contact Brian Lassiter at

These cohorts WILL fill, so act today!

2024 Roundtable Dates
February 6 September 24
March 26 October 29
April 30 November 19
May 28 December 17
June 25 January 28, 2025
July 30
August 27