Unlocking Excellence 2019:
A Blueprint for NYC Procurement Leadership

The Mayor's Office of Contract Services' (MOCS) inaugural Unlocking Excellence Conference was a success! On Wednesday May 15, MOCS invited Agency Procurement Professionals to the National Museum of the American Indian for a day of Inspiration, Information, Training and Networking, to help improve shared practices citywide.

The conference featured inspirational speakers and breakout training sessions to partake in grounded discussions about our future practices and the impact we have on our clients.

For more details, check back on this page for updates or submit an inquiry to the MOCS Service Desk.

2019 Featured Programming

Adam Vane

Negotiation Results: Overcoming Communication Roadblocks

Featuring Adam Vane, Paragon Global and Columbia University Instructor.

Adam Vane is a preferred vendor for the United Nations and coaches UN country leaders on negotiating with rebel factions around the globe. A master negotiator, Adam recognizes that negotiation is one of the soft skills central to the future of citywide procurement. Learn more about Adam.

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New Tools for Fixers

Featuring NYC Opportunity's Service Design Studio, Gary Zamchick of Cornell Tech and Edgar Landas of MOCS.

Design tools and techniques are increasingly embraced by leaders committed to fixing tough problems. NYC Opportunity, with Gary Zamchick (who uses strategy, and rapid ideation to create digital and spatial experiences) Edgar Landas, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at MOCS, will work with you to explore how to incorporate new tools into your procurement toolbox. Learn more about the Service Design Studio.

Andrew Bartolini

Leading Procurement in Today's Organizations

Featuring Andrew Bartolini, Founder & Chief Research Officer at Ardent Partners.

Andrew Bartolini is a globally recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, accounts payable, and supply management. Andrew will share relevant information from his experiences in the private sector, presenting current trends and future scenarios that directly impact organizations similar to the City. Learn more about Andrew here.


Building High Performance Operations Using Data

Featuring Adrienne Schmoeker, Deputy Chief Analytics Officer at the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA) and Marcus Cerroni of MOCS.

MODA, New York City's civic intelligence center, allows the City to aggregate and analyze data from across City agencies. Together with MOCS Enterprise Data Services, this team wants to help your Agency harness available data to build strong procurement operations. Learn more about the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics.

Mike Cook

eProcurement: Possibilities and Promising Practices

A thought-provoking panel. Featuring Mike Cook of Ivalua, alongside Erin N. Villari of the Department of Social Services, Jenne Russo Renne of MOCS, Marc Marin of Accenture and Ryan A. Murray of MOCS.

As we get closer to Release 3 of PASSPort, what does digitalization mean in the procurement space? What are the industry trends and how is the City staying ahead of them? Our panel addresses these questions during the breakout. Learn more about Mike Cook here.

Dan Symon

Pursuing Procurement Excellence in NYC

A lively fireside chat. Featuring the current MOCS Director, Dan Symon, alongside former Directors Joel Copperman, Marla Simpson, Andrea Glick, Lisette Camilo and Michael Owh.

If you thought that PASSPort was all there is to changing citywide procurement, think again! Our panel of former Directors will take you through the past, present and future steps involved in this meteoric shift. Learn more about the MOCS vision here.