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November 7-11: Transformation Journeys, Supplier Diversity, and Applied Blockchain


If you’ve worked in procurement for a while, you have probably experienced a sourcing project where there are multiple decision-making stakeholders. These projects are not easy by any stretch of the imagination, with so many competing priorities and interests. In this week’s episode of Dial P, I looked at how NATO is attempting to use this approach to “standardize” their weapons purchases. Not an easy effort to be sure! Listen to NATO Discovers a Classic Strategic Sourcing Dilemma.

If you are planning your virtual procurement event schedule beyond this week, I recommend ‘Answers to the 3 Hardest Questions from Finance’ on November 16th at 1pm. ProPurchaser President Rod Sherkin is presenting, but I’ll be fielding audience questions – so join us and say hello!

And now for this week’s recommendations…


Transformation is a Journey, Not a Destination (Art of Procurement & Corcentric)

November 8th, 11am ET

Anyone who has experienced a transformation knows that it comes with as many growing pains as it does successes. As a result, it is critical to keep a long-range point of view – one that puts the highs and the lows into perspective. In this AOP Live session, Christopher Kane, Senior Director of Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing at Sarepta Therapeutics, and Jennifer Ulrich, VP, Advisory from Corcentric, will talk about Sarepta procurement’s evolutionary journey, including the successes and challenges they experienced along the way.


Supplier Diversity Program Best Practices with The Container Store (Supplier.IO & The Container Store)

November 8th, 12n ET

For how popular supplier diversity is, I feel like we hear surprisingly few first-person testimonials of how these corporate programs work. This webinar presents an opportunity to hear from LaTisha Brandon, Vice President of DE&I, Culture, and Corporate Giving at The Container Store, as she speaks with Daniel Dorr, VP of Marketing at, about real world best practices.


Blockchain Technologies for Partnerships and Outcomes-based Approaches (World Commerce & Contracting)

November 11th, 9:30am ET

Funny… blockchain was everywhere – until it wasn’t. I feel like we haven’t discussed this particular emerging technology in a long time. In this webinar, Tim Cummins (World Commerce & Contracting), Houman Haddad (World Food Programme (WFP)), and Areti Kampyli (Alice) will share their knowledge and experience with applied blockchain.




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