March 2021 The Value of Procurement Professionals and Teams During the Pandemic

    March 09, 2021
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    The Value of Procurement Professionals and Teams During the Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched even the very best procurement professionals and teams to the limit. Never have they been asked to play such a leading role in safeguarding their company’s financial viability and protecting a severely disrupted supply base, all while pivoting to a fundamentally different way of working. Procurement professionals have had to navigate the present supply-side storm and plot a course for reshaping their organizations for the post-crisis world.

    During this presentation, we’ll share some supply chain lessons learned during this trying time and how future procurement teams will likely change because of it.


    John Dickson, Spokane County COO, is leading significant operational improvement activities within
    county government and across the region focused on more efficient, effective and affordable
    processes. In his role, he’s overseen 500 improvement projects initiated and run by county staff. Prior
    to government, John worked for the military side of Boeing for over 20 years on the Sea Launch, B-2
    bomber, and F-22 Raptor programs. He left Boeing to become Berg Integrated System’s General
    Manager, a start-up company in Plummer, ID that fabricated large fuel bladders and expandable
    shelters for the US Army. His government career began in 2010 when he became WA State
    Employment Security Department’s Regional Area Director overseeing the WorkSource Spokane
    Employment Center. John has also been a Dale Carnegie leadership trainer since 2003 and has been
    ranked as high as their #2 trainer worldwide.


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