The 10th PASA CPO Exchange on 15th & 16th August 2019 will provide CPO/Procurement Leader attendees with two days of insightful keynote presentations, relevant peer-to-peer round-table discussions and relaxed networking.
Our opening keynote speaker on the first morning will address the newest procurement methodology coming out of Europe – Lean-agile procurement.
In a change to previous years, our second keynote speaker will conclude the first day with a thought-provoking presentation on communication, before running an extended masterclass that builds on the subject early the second morning.
However, the majority of your time at the CPO Exchange will be spent in round-table discussions. The main aim with these round-tables are:
• To make them as relevant as possible by soliciting topics, issues, challenges and questions from attending CPO’s in the two weeks leading up to the event
• To keep them as relaxed as possible, so that all participants feel comfortable to speak up and share what they know
As with previous CPO Exchanges, I will liaise with attendees prior to the event to develop the agenda for the discussions. This provides you with the opportunity to ensure that your key challenges are included in the program, enabling you to draw on the wisdom, insights and experience of your peers in the search for answers.
Of course, the exchange format dictates that CPOs attending must commit to a minimum of six half-hour meetings with sponsoring supplier partners. Our previous experience with this has revealed that CPOs actually find the opportunity to meet with suppliers who they may not usually meet, a valuable experience. Conducted in a very relaxed and informal way, the meetings provide an opportunity for both parties to learn more about each other explore whether or not there might be value in working together.
The final element of the event, and one that always receives extremely positive feedback, is the opportunity for informal networking throughout the event. Whether it be with fellow CPOs or participating speakers, facilitators or suppliers, there is plenty of time scheduled within the programme to build real connections that deliver real value.
I trust you find this of interest and look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast,