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Episode 2: Transforming Purchasing Culture & Technology

Lauralea Edwards on Transforming Purchasing Culture & Technology

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LauraleaEdwardsUniversities are continually looking for ways to improve processes and reduce costs. Today, Lauralea Edwards of Washington State University joins us to share her experience helping to transform the institution by instituting change her constituents buy into. She uncovers the major obstacles they’ve addressed, from transitioning away from paper, to developing new technological systems that departments embrace. And the major insight that started it all? The epiphany that her department should serve as vanguards to support faculty in their work delivering quality service to students.

On My Desk Right Now:
Women in Big Data Water Bottle, Python for Data Analysis by Wes McKinney, Zen Doodles
What I do when I'm not at work:
Sew Kofi Hats, do Bayesian Machine Learning excercises and entertain cats
My Media Mix:
NPR, Vogue, the Wire, The Talking Machines podcast, Doomtree
Favorite Quote:
"Never do just one thing." Colonel Charles (Gus) Stafford, Chief of Staff, United States Military Academy

Lauralea Edwards
Strategic Sourcing Specialist
Washington State University

Biography: Lauralea Edwards is a management analyst who works at the intersection of business and technology at Washington State University. She works to manage communications between university administration and academic departments in order to save university and public money. She has received awards and public recognition for securing resources in austere environments to integrate people and systems.

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