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The 11th PASA CPO Exchange on 19th & 20th March 2020 will provide CPO/Procurement Leader attendees with two days of insightful keynote presentations, relevant peer-to-peer round-table discussions and relaxed networking.

With the theme ‘Procurement Reimagined’ our speakers will focus on topics that challenge procurement to work in new ways and successfully drive change.

The opening address entitled ‘Procurement’s Future Reimagined’ will examine how procurement is changing, what it looks like in the future, and what you need to do to prepare for that change. This will be followed by a presentation on ‘agile’ and how it is reinventing the way many business’ operate.

Our third keynote speaker, Odelle Bell of 8 Consulting, will conclude the first day with a thought-provoking case study presentation demonstrating how they used the behavioural expertise of The Predictive Index to assess partners for a long-term collaborative partnership.

Odelle will also lead a mini-workshop to kick of day two addressing how you drive organisational change. Very relevant,  given the previous topics.

However, the majority of your time at the CPO Exchange will be spent in round-table discussions. The main aim with these round-tables has always been:

  • To make them as relevant as possible
  • To keep them as relaxed as possible, so that all participants feel comfortable to speak up and share what they know

In the past we have done this by soliciting topics, issues, challenges and questions from attending CPO’s in the two weeks leading up to the event. These have then been organised into the eight available round-table slots in the programme.

However it is time to REIMAGINE how we do this!

Instead of one topic available for discussion at any one time, there will be two to three. In the month before the conference we will ask you to nominate topics for round-table discussion. We will then publish these for you to select which ones you want to participate in. Once we see where there is demand (and where there isn’t) we will publish the final programme. This may see people participating in round-table discussions in smaller groups, but will enable them to be focussed specifically on those issues that are most relevant to them.

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 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 and 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