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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Webinar- The Virtualized Procurement Process: Are You Ready?

Start Date: 6/9/2020 10:30 AM EDT
End Date: 6/9/2020 12:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Virtual Event

Organization Name: SECAF

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Tuesday June 9, 2020
Webinar: The Virtualized Procurement Process: Are You Ready?

Join government procurement executives and industry proposal experts in a discussion about the COVID-19-accelerated virtual future of the government procurement process. From virtual industry days to oral presentations, contractors need a new set of skills and strategies to reflect the virtualization of nearly every aspect of the government procurement process. This webinar will help you get a leg up in the future of government contracting with insights from experts in the field.

Expected topics include:

  • How COVID-19 has forced the contracting community to quickly embrace and adapt to connecting with customers digitally
  • How the Government will leverage technology to conduct the procurement process virtually – even after the current COVID-19 pandemic passes
  • How the Government anticipates the procurement process will work in the future
  • Best practices for navigating virtual events, such as industry days, online tech challenges, and oral proposal presentations.

Speakers include:
  • Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Procurement Executive, DHS
  • Jim Ghiloni, Director and Orals Coach, Wolf Den Associates
  • Corey Nickens, Acquisition Quality Director, FEDSIM
  • More TBA

This timely topic will help your company understand the new ways the Government will buy products and services.

No cost. Register in advance.

Soraya Correa was appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer in January 2015. In her capacity as the Senior Procurement Executive, Ms. Correa oversees the work of nine Heads of Contracting Activity that provide operational procurement services to DHS components, directorates, and offices.  She has initiated and led several key efforts designed to improve how the 1,400 member DHS procurement workforce focuses as a team on finding the right solutions to enable and support the DHS mission. These efforts include the Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM) framework, including the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), and the Education, Development, Growth, and Excellence (EDGE) mentoring program. Additionally, Ms. Correa has continued to grow and enhance efforts including the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute, the Acquisition Professional Career Program, the Strategic Sourcing Program Office, and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

Jim Ghiloni is a Director in the Strategy and Management Consulting practice at Wolf Den Associates, LLC and a federal market thought leader with more than 17 years of experience in the federal government managing large-scale, complex programs and acquisitions. Jim began his government career in GSA’s FEDSIM organization, starting as a Project Manager and later becoming Group Manager for Navy/Marine Corps Programs. In this capacity, he oversaw IT projects for customers such as NASA, USAID, and the US Army Reserves and participated in dozens of technical evaluations, primarily using oral presentations. 

Jim also served as the Program Manager for the Alliant GWAC and the Program Executive Officer for OASIS, GSA’s innovative professional services IDIQ. Jim shepherded the OASIS vehicles from requirements definition through evaluation and award, developing an innovative procurement methodology which has since been adopted by numerous other acquisition vehicles. As Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Common Acquisition Platform, Jim oversaw the development and implementation of an IT system modernization strategy designed to upgrade the systems portfolio of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) within GSA.

At Wolf Den, Jim supports both industry clients and government agencies and leads Wolf Den’s Orals Coaching practice, drawing on his years of experience as a government evaluator to ensure clients convey winning messages effectively. Jim leverages the experience he gained managing programs like Alliant and OASIS to help drive better solutions for both government and industry partners, advising on acquisition strategies and program management issues. 

Beyond these positions, Jim has supported or led numerous activities within the FAS including the GWAC Program Office, the Assisted Acquisition Service, and the Global Supplies and Services portfolio. In 2015, he was selected for a fellowship in the inaugural cohort of the White House Leadership Development program.

Jim earned a M.A. in Russian and Soviet History from Indiana University and a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University. 

Corey Nickens joined the Federal Government
in 2004 to work for the General Services Administration (GSA). Besides a brief stay at the Treasury Department, he has spent most of his career at GSA supporting DoD and Civilian agencies, spanning IT and professional services requirements including warfighter, agriculture, finance, energy, education, and housing domains.  

Corey currently serves as the Acquisition Quality Director at GSA FEDSIM. In this role, Corey is responsible for Project Managers that facilitate FEDSIM’s pre-award processes, consisting of market research and acquisition planning, solicitation package development, technical evaluations and award documentation. Corey is also a member of the FEDSIM leadership team focused on operational process improvement, templates and lessons learned.  

Corey earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  

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