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Discover the power beyond purchasing.

The 2019 California Community Colleges Purchasing Conference, held March 20-22 in San Diego, California was well attended by procurement professionals from colleges and districts throughout the state. Sessions focused on topics trending throughout the system were presented by inspirational speakers. Please review the conference presentations to discover the power beyond purchasing. 

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2019 California Community Colleges Purchasing Conference


  • Ethics: Black and White or Shades of Grey?
    Presenter: Tammy Rimes
    Procurement can involve a lot of rules, regulations, and policies to follow. However, what happens when something falls outside – or between – those rules? Where do you draw the line? Is your line the same as your peers? What if the situation changes, does the line get drawn again? Discover the three key areas where procurement ethics can be challenged, hear stories of where things could go really right or really wrong, and test yourself on where to draw the line for yourself and your procurement team.
  • Legislative Update on Community College Facilities and Procurement
    Presenter: Rebekah Cearley
    Rebekah Cearley will provide a review of the 2019 legislative cycle as it pertains to the California community college system. Topics include Proposition 51 and capital outlay funding, bills related to community college contracting and procurement, and prospects for a 2020 school bond.
  • Legal Updates
    Presenter: Hugh W. Lee
    This presentation will highlight new legislation and its implications on California community college districts and review other recent changes in the law.
  • Cost Savings and Avoidance
    Presenters: David Gee, Erin Riley
    This presentation will focus on establishing and maintaining a robust cost savings and avoidance program. It will highlight best practices in savings methodology, data collection, reporting, and promoting this often overlooked aspect of Procurement’s value proposition.
  • The California Community Colleges Purchasing Best Practices Guide
    Presenters: Sue Harrison, Mina Hernandez
    This session will provide background on how and why the California Community Colleges Purchasing Best Practices Guide was created and provide an update on committee activities over the last year, and updates, additions, and edits to the handbook.
  • The Art and Science of Changing Minds and Making Progress
    Presenters: Cheryl Broom
    You have great ideas, but the big challenge is convincing your boss, your colleagues, the faculty, and all those committees across campus how to embrace them. It’s not enough to just showcase your brilliant thinking and work. You need to be able to sell it. Join Cheryl Broom, President of Interact Communications and a 15-year veteran of community college marketing, recruitment, and retention, for a lively workshop on how to make your case.
  • Roundtable Discussion and Conference Wrap-Up
    Presenter: Sue Harrison, Alan Moloney
    Join the discussion on enhancing collaboration in purchasing issues and developing solutions for crucial procurement topics that affect California’s Community Colleges.

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