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The Midwest Executive Women's Forum

This will be my last post for a while, as I’ve just headed out for maternity leave. I’ll share a baby update when I return!
Britta Lietke
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Advises clients globally on indirect procurement issues, including procurement capability building, advanced sourcing methodologies, demand management, contracts, and procurement policy optimization

Hi again readers,

This will be my last post for a while, as I’ve just headed out for maternity leave. I’ll share a baby update when I return!

The last few weeks before maternity leave were busy in a different way. I stopped flying in mid/late October and have been focused on work that I can do locally. A big part of this was contract reviews, which had been picking up quite a bit. I reviewed a major agreement for a European client, which included walking them through the contract review results and then conducting two (virtual!) workshops with them. I’m very used to being in the room with the clients, but advanced technology has helped these virtual sessions improve a ton in the last few years.

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Chicago-based partner Kelli speaking at the Midwest Executive Women's Forum

The second project I was really focused on was an event that we co-sponsored with Kellogg School of Management called the Midwest Executive Women’s Forum. This was modeled after a number of similar events we’ve held in other cities, with the aim of convening dozens of senior executive women from Chicagoland for a day of discussions, learning, and networking.

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Chocolate is always welcome at events

Two of the main topics we discussed were how to get more women on boards (including tactical tips for getting oneself onto a board), and women investing in women. It was a lot of fun working with internal and external speakers (including our fabulous Midwest Office managing partner Virginia, pictured at the top of the page, and partner Kelli) and ironing out the details of the agenda and seeing the level of support we got from office leadership. It’s always energizing to get so many talented women together in one room, so the event itself was really inspirational and helped me depart on a high note!

Finally, I’ve co-authored a new article about facilities management sourcing, in case you’d like to take a look at it.

I’ll be back in the spring!

Britta