A New Procurement Podcast Discussing ISM2018 Agenda

2/20 – New Podcast Series: ISM2018 Session Insights

Source One Announces New Podcast Series: ISM2018 Session Insights

ISM2018 Session Insights Podcast Series


Willow Grove, PA (February 16, 2018) – Source One Management Services, the leading Procurement Services Provider, announces the launch of a new podcast series titled ISM2018 Session Insights. In anticipation of the Institute for Supply Management’s Annual Conference, the procurement podcast will take a deep dive into some of the topics to be covered during the the premier supply chain event of the year.

Taking place May 6-9 in Nashville, ISM2018 will attract Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, and Supply Management professionals for three days of learning and networking sessions. Source One Management Services returns to the Annual Conference as exhibitors, speakers, and exclusive sponsors of ISM2018’s ExecIn forum. ExecIn is a private leadership event, reserved for Supply Management executives representing organizations with over $1B in annual revenue. This year’s procurement leadership forum will feature expert-led discussions, networking opportunities, and private sessions with ISM2018 speakers Mitt Romney, Arianna Huffington, and John Rossman.

The ISM2018 Session Insights series will feature Procurement and Strategic Sourcing experts from Source One’s industry-recognized team. The cost reduction specialists will explore the supply management topics that promise to dominate the discussion at ISM2018, including Procurement Transformation, Category Management, training programs, and risk mitigation across the supply chain.  Calling on their decades of procurement success, they’ll offer supply management insights and anecdotes aimed at promoting effective and efficient strategic sourcing practices.

Check in each week for a new episode leading up to ISM2018:

  • Episode 1 – Amazon’s HQ2 RFP: A Case Study in Sourcing Excellence: More than ever, Jeff Bezos’ e-Commerce giant is all over the news. ISM2018’s agenda proves that Procurement and Supply Management are particularly interested in Amazon’s next move. Source One Senior Project Analyst Jennifer Engel joins ISM2018 Session Insights to take a closer look at the company’s hunt for a new North American headquarters. The project’s RFP, she suggests, presents a case study in effective Procurement. She shares some Procurement best practices observed in the document.
  • Episode 2 – Bringing Marketing and Procurement Together: In recent years, Procurement’s reputation has come a long way. Once derided as  a cost-slashing adversary, the department is now widely respected as a valuable, strategic business partner. Some teams still run into problems, however, when attempting to work in the Marketing space. One look at ISM2018’s agenda will confirm that Procurement and Marketing don’t get along within every company. In her years with Source One, Senior Consultant Megan Connell has proven uncommonly successful in building effective relationships with Marketing teams. She joins ISM Session Insights to provide her strategies for communicating Procurement’s value and promoting teamwork.
  • Episode 3 – Can Millennials Drive Procurement’s Future: An entire section of ISM2018’s agenda focuses on the importance of effectively managing Procurement’s people. As conversations surrounding the industry’s ‘talent gap’ intensify, its no surprise that a number of these sessions pay particular attention to leveraging millennial talent. More Supply Management veterans retire every day. As a result, it’s increasingly essential that organizations recruit young professionals and prepare them to accept leadership positions. Senior Analyst Dejana Dosen joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss the unique appeal of millennial Procurement leaders.
  • Episode 4 – Developing Procurement Training Programs: Take one look at ISM2018’s agenda. You’ll likely notice a pattern. Procurement Transformation is initiatives are more popular and essential than ever. As companies look to evolve their Procurement function, many are disappointed to find their training apparatus is ill-suited to developing Procurement talent. A number of these organizations still rely on outdated programs and materials. More still have never taken the time to create Procurement-specific training programs in the first place. Senior Consultant Megan Connell, a veteran of Procurement Transformation endeavors, joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss her methods for establishing and implementing Procurement training programs.

Waiting for next week’s installment?  Take a trip down memory lane with the Countdown to ISM2017 series.

To connect with the Procurement experts in person, ISM2018 attendees are invited to visit Source One’s Booth #729 to learn more about the firm’s unique approach to Procurement and Strategic Sourcing.  Additionally, conference guests are encouraged to attend the learning sessions hosted by Source One Director Diego De la Garza and Sourcing Analyst Kaitlyn Krigbaum.

On Day 2 of ISM2018, Krigbaum will present Orchestrating a Successful Procurement Transformation: A Symphony of Recruiting, Branding, and Leading.  She’ll discuss techniques for establishing a fully-strategic, best-in-class Procurement unit and aligning it to meet enterprise-wide goals.  On Day 4, De la Garza will lead a presentation titled Overcoming Procurement’s Internal Image Problem.  He will leverage his expertise and provide tips for communicating Procurement’s value internally to achieve executive buy-in.  Both discussions will present the forward-thinking insight that characterizes Source One, its team members, and its procurement service offerings.

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