20 episodes

Epic stories of beating the odds and rising up in procurement.

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Epic stories of beating the odds and rising up in procurement.

    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 20: Transformational Change with Mrs. Fix-It

    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 20: Transformational Change with Mrs. Fix-It

    Amanda Prochaska spent years in corporate America leading large-scale transformations. She was doing her thing with MNA integration, technology deployments, and process improvements. She was trying to build and transform procurement into something better. She learned that she loves working with people and helping them expand their horizons. She loves helping businesses with change management and transformation. So in this episode of The Sourcing Hero, Amanda talks about the world of change management, the future of procurement and supply chain, and her mission and vision with Global Women Procurement Professionals (GWPP). 

    • 26 min
    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 19: Women Shaping Procurement Live Panel Session #2

    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 19: Women Shaping Procurement Live Panel Session #2

    In today’s Women Shaping Procurement panel we’re talking about personal branding, gender diversity in the workplace, and how to be an ally for women. We’re here to prepare a place for the women coming behind us. These conversations need to be had so we can cultivate awareness and understand the reality of gender disparity. It’s so we can give people actionable things to do moving forward.

    • 54 min
    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 18: Women Shaping Procurement Live Panel Session #1

    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 18: Women Shaping Procurement Live Panel Session #1

    Una sent out a survey asking 100+ women in procurement about the impact women had on the industry in 2020. One answer is the ‘why’ behind this panel. Samantha Stryker responded and said, “For centuries, women fought for equal footing. In the last century, we saw women gain speed and accessibility to achieve ever higher than before….Those who have powered through all the change while painfully embracing the new normal of their chaotic schedules are armed to the teeth to continue expanding women’s presence in leadership, in navigating transformational efforts.” 


    This session is about celebrating women in procurement, sourcing, and supply chain. But celebration isn’t enough. The industry needs to bring awareness to the gender pay gap, to diversity within the workplace, and to all of the challenges that women are facing. It’s time to take action. Una has a privilege, responsibility, and a platform to do so. The goal of this panel is to prepare listeners to be an ally for women in this industry.

    • 53 min
    The Sourcing Hero | Episode 17: A Lesson in Perseverance with the Classification Guru

    The Sourcing Hero | Episode 17: A Lesson in Perseverance with the Classification Guru

    Now—more than ever—data is becoming a focus in the procurement and supply chain industry. The global pandemic led to every business tightening their spending and attempting to track every penny and every piece of data. That’s where Susan Walsh i.e. The Classification Guru steps in. We’ve never had anyone on this show that specializes in data like Susan Walsh. Listen to this episode of The Sourcing Hero to hear why a focus on data is so important.

    • 19 min
    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 16: Putting the Human Back into Hiring feat. Naseem Malik

    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 16: Putting the Human Back into Hiring feat. Naseem Malik

    According to Naseem Malik, sourcing talent is just as important as sourcing goods and services. After 15+ years in the procurement space, Naseem has been with MRA Global—an executive search firm that focuses on supply chain, procurement, and operations—for 8 years. 


    Whenever someone says “We need to save money. We need to foster better supplier collaboration. We need to become better negotiators.” they stress that it’s all about the people. Everything is related to talent. It should be focus #1 for any sourcing organization looking to achieve its objectives. 


    How does MRA Global do it? What do they look for in candidates? How do they put the human back into hiring? Learn more in this episode of The Sourcing Hero!

    • 27 min
    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 15: Stepping Out into the Fog feat. Dawn Tiura

    The Sourcing Hero | Ep 15: Stepping Out into the Fog feat. Dawn Tiura

    Dawn Tiura—the President and CEO of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)—firmly believes that we are in a world that is constantly changing. Sourcing and procurement must change and adapt with the world. If you can’t adapt—retire. Because things won’t slow down. 


    How has Dawn embraced the never-ending change? How does SIG help the sourcing industry embrace the uncomfortable and continue to innovate? How does Dawn stay on top of what’s happening in the world? Listen to this episode of The Sourcing Hero for her insight. 

    • 26 min

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