Author Archives: Morgan Zombolas

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Maria Prince on equity and taking a seat at the table

Whether it be in procurement, supply chain or any other field today, diversity, equity and inclusion (or DEI) are immensely important. Of those three components, many in the procurement field are focusing on equity.

“Equity” and “equality” may sound very similar to some. However, there is a clear distinction between the two — one that Maria Prince, the Vice President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), detailed in a recent Women in Procurement interview.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Sarah Nelson on embracing the human element of procurement and making them tell you ‘no’

After growing up in a family of entrepreneurs who were ingrained in their hometown in Maine, Sarah Nelson was accustomed to being involved in her community and helping to change it. She learned to work and have ownership in her roles — whether it be at the family-owned gas station, laundromat or pizza place.

Now as a manager at Velocity Procurement, Nelson’s primary role is project management for the implementation of procurement solutions. She spoke with Spend Matters about her journey to procurement and being a woman in the industry.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Jamie Crump on diversity, gender and knowing what you won’t accept

While Jamie Crump’s typical day may look like that of many others’ in today’s pandemic world — virtual meetings, remote speaking engagements, and so forth — her journey to get her where she is today certainly took a scenic route. As the author of “Backstage Pass: Pulling the Curtain Back on the Business of Supplier Diversity,” Crump has over 25 years of experience in supply chain and supplier diversity.

In this "Women in Procurement on Wednesday" interview, Crump shares her journey through the procurement industry and her experience as a woman in the industry.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Sylvie Noel on proving procurement value and recognizing one another in the industry

“My daily job and what I’m trying to do with my team is to prove the value — with a big V — of what procurement is,” said Sylvie Noel, the Chief Procurement Officer at Covea Group. “For me, the best value we can have is to be involved as soon as possible in the goals and the KPIs the business might have. … You have to know really well in advance what you are going to buy and how you are going to buy it.”

We met with Sylvie Noel to discuss value in procurement as part of our "Women in Procurement Wednesday" series.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Joanna Martinez on seizing the day and becoming a disruptor

As the world continues to deal with the tumultuous environment of today’s COVID-19 pandemic, it can be useful to understand that while a pandemic itself is unique, disruption is not. A lot of the tools people have used to successfully deal with and thrive in disruptive environments in the past can also be put into place now.

“I wake up every day so excited about what the day’s going to bring. … Carpe the heck out of that diem,” said Joanna Martinez.

Joanna Martinez is a speaker and educator on digitization, innovation and managing change. She’s the author of “A Guide to Positive Disruption” and the founder of Supply Chain Advisors. She’s also the woman featured in this week’s installment of the “Women in Procurement Wednesday” series. Martinez talked with Spend Matters about seizing the day and causing disruption in the procurement industry.

Spend Matters and CIPS announce global partnership for procurement knowledge and technology

Today, Spend Matters has announced a global collaboration with CIPS — the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply — for the advancement of procurement knowledge and technology among their respective readers and members.

CIPS’ 70,000 members will have access to select Spend Matters premium content and also discounts on Spend Matters PRO membership and tech selection services.

Spend Matters readers will have access to an introductory offer to CIPS membership.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Amanda Prochaska and Jessica Walther on supporting other women, giving grace and learning to say ‘no’

Procurement is about numbers, figures and cost savings. But equally as important is the human side of procurement. In this Women in Procurement Wednesday series, Amanda Prochaska and Jessica Walther share the importance of nurturing relationships in procurement — the ones with your suppliers and the ones with yourself.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Lisa Reisman advocates for women to stand up for their careers, especially when facing challenges

If you’ve been following our social media channels recently, you might have noticed a new weekly feature called “Women in Procurement Wednesday.”

We met with Lisa Reisman to discuss how women can advocate for themselves in the workplace, especially as women face heightened challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. Reisman is the first of many empowering women to share her expertise as a woman in procurement with our audience.

2020’s Future 5 start-ups: Spend Matters announces standout newcomers in procurement technology

Spend Matters has always been committed to covering the bleeding edge of procurement technology, highlighting not only the established market contenders at the table but also some of the most exciting procurement technology start-up companies in the world. We’re thrilled to announce the second annual “Future 5” today.

SIG Summit discusses why diversity and inclusion matter in the contingent workforce

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in 2017 that 55 million people in the U.S. are gig workers, compromising about 34% of the workforce. That number is expected to become 43% in 2020, and probably higher with COVID-19 placing pressure on traditional work environments.

These numbers show the need to take a critical examination of the contingent workforce and its diversity/inclusion practices. A SIG Global Executive Summit discussion aimed to provide procurement professionals with tangible information and tips for increasing diversity and inclusion within the contingent workforce.

SIG Summit discusses sustainability and storytelling in procurement

The Sourcing Industry Group continued with its 59th Global Executive Summit on Wednesday with discussions about how procurement professionals can help their organizations by using the latest ideas and technology.

Topics discussed in the Summit’s second day included procurement transformation, ROI, adventures of procurement in the year 2020, and automating taxes.

But we’re going to focus on two of the day’s topics that may not come to mind when thinking about procurement: sustainability and storytelling.

SIG Summit opens with talk of CPOs, shareholder value, spend analytics

The Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) kicked off its 59th Global Executive Summit on Tuesday with conversations covering procurement, finance, sourcing, cost savings, artificial intelligence, category management, workforce, data analytics and more. The Summit continues on Wednesday and Thursday.