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The 9th PASA CPO Exchange on 9th & 10th August 2018 will provide CPO/Procurement Leader attendees with two days of insightful keynote presentations, relevant peer-to-peer round-table discussions and relaxed networking.

The first of our keynote sessions – ‘How do you show up?’ will be an interactive leadership experience that will reveal how you show up as an authentic leader. Leading companies such as Google, Harvard Business School and Linked In are realising that modern leadership is all about how we use our minds and the quality of relationships we have with others.

Our second keynote, at the end of day one, – ‘Making procurement sexy: Attracting and retaining the new generation’ will be presented by a smart, tech-savvy millennial supply chain professional who will share her forthright views on how you can attract the best of the best new talent into your procurement team, and then what strategies work best for maintaining engagement with this younger workforce to extract the maximum value from them.

Our final keynote, early on day two is yet to be finalised. We are in discussions with one or two parties on topics that will be relevant and challenging to all business leaders, not just procurement leaders.

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,

Nigel Wardropper
Managing Director