Chief Procurement Officer of the State of Minnesota
Betsy Hayes is the Chief Procurement Officer of the State of Minnesota. Betsy has 19 years of public procurement experience with the state’s Department of Administration, Materials Management Division. In her role, Betsy is responsible for directing the state’s central procurement office that acquires goods and services in excess of $4 billion annually. This includes state executive branch purchasing, as well as cooperative purchasing managed on behalf of Minnesota’s local units of government and customers from government organizations across the country. Betsy is a graduate of Cornell College in Iowa and received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Betsy is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is its 2015 recipient of the Public Attorney Award of Excellence for In-House Agency Counsel.
Because of their limited bandwidth, small and medium enterprises (SME’s) sometimes struggle to respond to the environmental and social sustainability expectations set by large customers. Purchasing organizations committed to supplier diversity and local economic development are proactively helping SMEs get ahead of the many sustainability requests and requirements coming from themselves and other customers by … read more >>
Policies are an important tool for institutionalizing sustainable purchasing programs, but they come with challenges. For example, they can require significant time and energy to develop, end up under-implemented, and be difficult to keep up to date. In this session, SPLC will present its guidance for sustainable purchasing policy development. Then the audience will hear … read more >>