by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2004
Beginning this month, a position paper on procurement will be available free to members of Meeting Professionals International. The paper was compiled by the group’s revitalized Global Corporate Circle of Excellence panel. 
    “Some people have embraced procurement; others haven’t reached out yet,” said panel co-chair Betsy Bondurant, CMP, CMM, associate director of meeting planning and trade shows for Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen Corp. “We’ve outlined what that relationship looks like and how to make it a positive experience for everyone within the corporation and through supplier relationships.”
    The original Corporate Circle of Excellence was born in 1999 to give senior corporate meeting professionals an opportunity to discuss issues they were encountering. After lying dormant for about a year, Dallas-based MPI restructured the committee and added “global” to the name.
    The new group met for the first time at MPI’s World Education Congress in Denver this past July, with Luca Favetta, EMEA global events director for SAP in Satigny, Switzerland, serving as co-chair with Bondurant.
    The 17-member panel also assists in creating sessions for MPI’s conferences. “We are helping develop programs that will be driven out to the chapter level,” said Bondurant. “Our goal is to provide tools to help corporate meeting planners become more strategic within their organizations.”