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Tuesday, October 22 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Anchors, Growth and Equity

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“Eds and meds” anchors in the city of Philadelphia are coordinating efforts to aggregate local procurement in order to generate substantial local economic benefit. This workshop will be a panel focused on discussing the concept/strategy of local anchor institutions working together to increase purchasing to help grow local businesses, strengthen the economy, create jobs, and build wealth. The panel will break down the challenges Universities, Hospitals and inclusion advocacy groups have when driving purchasing and hiring initiatives. Institutions will also share their procurement success stories as they relate to local spend and hiring. A local advocacy group, The Economy League, will discuss their journey on coordinating a collaborative, the challenges of gathering data from multiple organizations and dealing with decision makers to achieve intuitional buy in.

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Jennifer Britton

Director, Communications & Special Projects, Office of University & Community Partnerships


Robert Burkholder

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
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Mariya Khandros

Director of Shared Solutions, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Mariya Khandros is the Director of Shared Solutions at the Economy League. Her primary responsibility is to oversee the development and implementation of Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity, a project focused on increasing local purchasing by Philadelphia’s hospitals, universities... Read More →
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Julie Jones

Assistant Vice President, Procurement Services
Julie Ann Jones is a Project Management and Procurement Strategist who partners with executives, cross-divisional teams, and external entities to strategically source and manage contractual engagements to the financial and product benefit of her sponsor. Julie has a history of transforming... Read More →
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Mark Mills

Executive Director and CPO, University of Pennsylvania
As the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Director of Purchasing Services, Mark oversees approximately $1 billion in University spend. Mark’s team performs a variety of services on behalf of Penn, ranging from strategic sourcing, supplier management, procure-to-pay systems... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Commonwealth A2