WORLD CONGRESS 2013 SESSION WRAP-UPS
Did you miss a keynote presentation or general session panel? Are you not at World Congress? Check out our session wrap-ups, which provide you with a takeaway from each of the general sessions! Check back as they will be added below each day.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
World Congress 2013 began on Sunday with an enthusiastic welcome from World Congress Chair Rodney Matsushima and NCMA President Russ Blaine. Following their introduction, Thomas Chester "Chet" Edwards, a former US Representative, kicked off the event with an honest look at the factors that have led us to the troubled budgetary conditions that contract managers face today. Rep. Edwards saluted procurement professionals, reminding attendees that "you doing your jobs well has a direct impact on the quality of life of millions of Americans".
In the first clip below, Rep. Edwards discusses the effects of the current political climate. In the second clip, Rep. Edwards extends his appreciation to the contracting community for their hard work and dedication.
THOMAS CHESTER "CHET" EDWARDS PART 1
THOMAS CHESTER "CHET" EDWARDS PART 2
MONDAY, JULY 22
The second day of the conference began with a thoughtful presentation by Hon. Michele Flournoy, former under secretary of defense for policy. Flournoy emphasized the importance of solving our budget crisis while preserving our military readiness and outlined some potential solutions. Following Flournoy, Steven Schooner led a discussion on international procurement with experienced industry leaders. The executive panel offered an honest look at the challenges of international contracting and tips for those interested in pursuing these contracts abroad.
Finally, Julien Patterson ended the day's general session with a personal look at the struggles he faced as he started out as a contractor and how he overcame challenges to lead a successful firm that employs approximately 3,500 employees. Below, you will find some of the highlights from today's presentations.
HON. MICHELE ANGELIQUE FLOURNOY
EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: COLLABORATING ACROSS BORDERS
JULIEN G. PATTERSON
TUESDAY, JULY 23
Day three of World Congress featured a keynote presentation from OFPP Administrator Joseph G. Jordan and a panel discussion with five former OFPP administrators. Both presentations touched on the importance of innovation in contract management and how we can best encourage our acquisition professionals to bring their creativity to the table. Additionally, both Mr. Jordan and the executive panel discussed the problem of an aging contract management workforce and the challenges that come with recruiting, training and retaining new professionals.
These topics are discussed in the clips below:
JOSEPH G. JORDAN PART 1
JOSEPH G. JORDAN PART 2
EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: LEADING FORWARD: PERSPECTIVES FROM PAST OFPP ADMINISTRATORS PART 1
EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: LEADING FORWARD: PERSPECTIVES FROM PAST OFPP ADMINISTRATORS PART 2
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
World Congress 2013 ended on Wednesday with a spirited keynote presentation and a thought-provoking executive panel. In his keynote pressentation, Peter Ricchiuti used his exciting blend of humor and expertise to paint a positive portrait of our economic outlook, predicting energy independence, upcoming mergers and acquisitions, an increasingly competitive American industry, and a bottoming out of the housing market.
During the Closing Executive Panel Discussion led by Charlie E. Williams, Jr., the panelists discussed their experience in contract management. Below, listen to Bill McNally, Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Office at NASA discuss the changes his agency has made to adapt to these austere times.
CLOSING EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: INSIGHTS FROM ACQUISITION & PROCUREMENT LEADERS