Acquisition Leader Perspectives Series

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Acquisition Leader Perspectives 

A New Member-Only Benefit!

NCMA is excited to bring you this new benefit! This series will highlight the views of high-level government and industry professionals to capture their perspective on acquisition. Each session, we will feature someone in a unique leadership capacity who can offer their views on where the industry is headed. More specifically, presenters will offer views on leadership style as it relates to their professional responsibilities, forecasting the future or lessons learned from the past.

These are live online events, available to NCMA members and are limited to the first 200 people who register.


Our next Acquisition Leader Perspectives session:

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

Tuesday, May 26th, 12 noon (Eastern)

NCMA invites you to join Louisa Jaffe of TAPE, LLC for a free, members-only presentation! “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It” is the story of Louisa Long Jaffe’s adventure starting in the Women’s Army Corps and progressing through to CEO/President of Technical and Project Engineering, LLC, and to being honored in 2014 by the National Association of Veteran Business Owners as the “First Woman Vetrapreneur of the Year”.  Her message is whether in industry or government, we can each achieve our goals, whatever they are, by keeping a vision before us of the desired destination.  She doesn’t say the journey will be easy, she is saying only that you can do it.

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Louisa Jaffe, President and CEO, TAPE, LLC

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As co-founder and CEO/president of TAPE, Louisa Jaffe manages TAPE’s business affairs, client and corporate relations, and marketing outreach. She served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for 28 years, and in the Pentagon as a media relations and public affairs officer for the secretary of the Army for more than 12 years, including service during the first Gulf War. She also provided public affairs support for the Army Materiel Command, the U.S. Readiness Command, TRADOC, the Army CIO, and the deputy chief of staff for intelligence. She has more than 30 years of experience in business ownership and management, public affairs, and IT.

She holds a BA in English from the University of Florida (Gainesville) and a BS in citrus management from Florida Southern College (Lakeland). In 2014, she was selected by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association as the “First Annual Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year” and honored by the White House as a veteran “Champion of Change.” She is a member of Women in Defense, Women in Technology, Women Impacting Public Policy, Retired Military Officers Association, National Defense Industrial Association, Renaissance Executive Forum and several women’s and executive groups. She is also a member of the NCMA Executive Advisory Council and is on the Army Women's Foundation Planning Committee


Register online! Registration is free for NCMA members!

Past Acquisition Leader Perspectives sessions: 

The Contracts Crunch

NCMA invites you to join Jenn Eastman of Deltek and Melissa Amdahl of Compusearch for a free, members-only presentation! Have organizational change, short staffing on contracts, tedious data calls, and multiple storage locations left you in a "contracts crunch"?

Insufficient contract attention allows primary risks to fester into severe enterprise risks. Don't ignore these risks. Register for this webinar to learn how to mitigate these risks and improve your contract management processes. Highlights include:


Jennifer Eastman, Senior Product Marketing Specialist, Deltek

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Melissa Amdahl, Product Manager, Compusearch

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Hiring, Developing, and Retaining our Millennial Teammates

Join Jeff Birch, acting director of the Federal Acquisition Institute and Donna Jenkins, assistant commissioner of acquisition management at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service for their leadership perspectives on recruiting, developing, and retaining the millennial generation.  After this one-hour webinar attendees will be able to:       


Donna Jenkins, Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition, General Services Administration

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Jeffrey Birch, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Institute

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Successfully Managing Your Career

Join NCMA and Nick Nayak for an informative presentation on careers in federal acquisitions. In one hour, participants will:


Nick Nayak, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security

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Creating a Positive Professional Image

Join NCMA's Bill Kaplan for an illuminating discussion of image, professional culture, and audience, and how to best manage these factors to present yourself in the best possible way. In this thirty-minute presentation, participants will:


Bill Kaplan, CPCM, NCMA Fellow, NCMA Board of Directors

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