A Conference of Peers
In one of the very best sessions I’ve seen at ProcureCon, the speaker argued that the best way to break through barriers in the procurement organization is to disregard people’s titles. The point wasn’t to disregard them in an unprofessional manner, but rather to recognize that when two people are connecting face to face, the titles don’t really matter as much as the personal connection. ProcureCon does a great job of getting people of all different titles and levels in the same room at the same time. While we’re here, everybody is a peer and everybody gets to be a part of the flow of ideas and make connections outside of the typical silos.
I don’t have any other procurement executives within my organization that I can bounce ideas off, so I find the networking aspect of ProcureCon to be extremely helpful. It is valuable to have this strong network of peers who have overcome similar challenges and who are open to discussing ways in which they have approached certain situations or give feedback on negotiation strategies.
Another reason I come to ProcureCon is to learn about new ways of using creative resource management and technology to maximize impact with a small footprint. What is unique about this event is that the organizers always keep the topics extremely relevant and very timely. At ProcureCon we are always having conversations about emerging technology and how we can integrate that technology into our individual procurement situation.