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From the President: Great Ideas—Do We Always Recognize Them?

Posted By NAEP Admin, Friday, June 9, 2017

Rosey Murton - NAEP President 2017-2018
Chief Procurement Officer
Wake Forest University

Years ago, a struggling, young, tennis player was in my town playing in a tournament. I agreed to provide housing and we struck up a friendship. I remember discussions about whether or not he should focus on doubles. I wasn’t sure how to answer or even that this was a good idea, but this was a young gentleman who had a vision of what he wanted to achieve and an idea how to get there. This past January, he and his partner won the men’s doubles at the Australian Open. It reminded me that, sometimes, what may not sound like a great idea in the short term may be able to pay dividends in the long run.

So many of the young professionals coming into procurement need our support and encouragement to develop great ideas to better position procurement for future success. They also need the support and tools. It is up to us to help equip future professionals for success. As mentioned in my previous article, consider professional development opportunities with NAEP, as well as offering mentoring programs. NAEP will be piloting some mentorship opportunities with the goal of rolling out a more comprehensive program within the next year or so. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to NAEP staff and National and Regional Board Members.  And, no matter what—engage in the conversation to support an environment that fosters the development of Great Ideas.

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