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Educational Procurement’s Emerging Frontier — NAEP’s Krista Ferrell embraces community and change

NAEP executive director Krista Ferrell hasn’t been on the job long. But she’s already helping to guide the institution in bold new directions in educational procurement leadership. In just a few months, the association will ring in their 98th annual meeting in Kansas City under the theme, Engage! They’re latching onto the values of the vaunted 50-year-old science fiction franchise Star Trek as a means to reinforce the values they share so deeply with the 24th century: creativity, mission, and inclusion.

Howard had the opportunity to talk with Ferrell this week to discuss her vision as a leader of the institution, and about the closing keynote that he’ll be delivering at this year’s annual meeting. It anchors an important shared effort for NAEP, as well: how do we work together toward authentic transformation when we’re so deeply accustomed to incremental change?

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