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Headed to India for reviews

Hi all! Things in my world have been very busy. We had the official kickoff of our Operations Academies a while ago.
Britta Lietke

Advises clients globally on indirect procurement issues, including procurement capability building, advanced sourcing methodologies, demand management, contracts, and procurement policy optimization

Hi all! Things in my world have been very busy. 

We had the official kickoff of our Operations Academies a while ago. Procurement Academy is one of the many programs, but there is a broader effort right now to bring all of our operations service lines to a consistent best-in-class standard when it comes to capability building. We are developing c-level communications and competency grids for different kinds of operations skills, learning journeys, and more. And we are continuing to develop more digital learning modules as well, like the one I wrote about in a prior post. This has been a fun project to contribute to, with a lot of leadership guidance and a lot of excitement around it.

In other news, I am writing this on the plane to India for semi-annual reviews. I spent a lot of time over the past couple of months preparing for this. I serve on our Supply Chain Management review committee and will sit in on reviews for everyone. I’ll also present the reviews for my two “DGL-ees”, colleagues from our global sourcing and procurement team for whose professional development I am responsible. This is my second year on the committee, so it will be nice to see how people have progressed. This is the first time I will actually attend the review session in-person in India, so I am very excited to finally meet many of the people with whom I work closely but have never met!

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At the Chicago Fall Half Marathon

On the personal side, I ran the Chicago Fall Half Marathon, and beat my personal record, which was very exciting! Finally, a few weeks ago, I participated in a great beach cleanup event organized by the MWWI (Midwest Women’s Initiative) through Adopt-a-Beach, an initiative run through the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Our team collected 30+ pounds of waste and recycled materials off of North Avenue beach—see our photo above!

Until next time,