During the first day of the conference, I was chairperson, Johanne was keynote speaker after wining several CPO of the year awards, and Jackie presented a personal career story and was a insightful panel member. It was an invigorating day - all the presentations were on topic, the presenters brilliant and authentic, the panel sessions diverse in their views, the networking breaks full of genuine conversations and the champagne roundtables, well, lets just say that they became more and more energetic!
It is amazing the engagement and empowerment that can come from so many successful and supportive women who simply want to learn, share and connect.
It was at this conference that Johanne, Jackie and I decided we needed to continue having broader networking events for women in procurement to network and support each other. Once a year was awesome, but we wanted more contact and connection through the year. The Ladies in Procurement (LIPs) network was founded, as a no-cost forum for women to create authentic connections. Our initial few events have been met with more interest and success than we could have thought possible.
LIPs is based on the adage that all three of us truly believe in - "behind every successful woman there is a tribe of women who have her back".
This is one of the reasons why I am so excited to be chairing the first day of the conference in May. Not only are Jackie and Johanne going to be presenting, but also many other ladies that have had a part to play with LIPs - both as speakers and as attendees, including our own millennial Chontelle Kelly.
Looking at the list of presenters there are many women that I have found inspiring, credible and even a little intimidating given their careers - Visna Wrightman(Lampasi), Victoria Bergmann, Sarah Cook, Janice Johnstone and Karen Lay-Brew to list just a few. There is also workshops from two brilliant intelligent and passionate women who are experts in their fields - Sarah Collins and Kate Nicholl.
This is my fourth year being associated with this Quest conference and as the premier women in procurement conference across Australia, it has continually grown and become more fabulous every year. This year, it is recognised the blurring of the lines between Procurement and Supply Chain, so we are expanding it to become more inclusive across these functions which have the same requirements for skills to combat the same challenges.
Women in Procurement & Supply Chain 2018 is being held on 01 - 03 May 2018 at the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour. This is the first time in Sydney!!!
Hoping to see many friends, colleagues and new contacts there! #WiPSC2018