Pinnacle Award Finalist Miyanda Hanson: ‘By no means Cease Studying And Make investments In Your self’
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Pinnacle Award Finalist Miyanda Hanson: ‘By no means Cease Studying And Make investments In Your self’

Miyanda Hanson, Buchanan & Edwards

The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Pinnacle Awards have been introduced Oct. 11, and we’ll be highlighting a few of them till the occasion takes place dwell, in-person Nov. 30.

Subsequent is Contracts Trade Government of the 12 months (Personal Firm) finalist Miyanda Hanson, director of contracts and procurement at Buchanan & Edwards. Right here, she talks key achievements, success in her present position, profession recommendation and extra.

What key achievements did you’ve in 2021/2022?

I’m targeted on fostering sturdy working relationships with each inner and exterior clients, and at all times on the lookout for alternatives for us to enhance our assist and processes. Since COVID started, my division has been working in a hybrid surroundings, and I’ve efficiently led my group to reimagine our contracts and procurement processes and instruments ⏤ leveraging expertise to convey effectivity whereas concurrently enhancing productiveness inside a digital surroundings.

I’m proud to say we’ve rolled out three-process enhancements which have streamlined our service supply to clients. Moreover, I’ve prioritized early involvement of the contracts and procurement group within the pre-award course of to instantly align with BE’s development and strategic objectives.

Over the past 12 months, my group has seamlessly supported over $550 million in new enterprise proposal actions and the profitable acquisition and integration of RenXTech.

What has made you profitable in your present position?

My adaptability, resourcefulness and collaborative nature has supported my achievements whereas serving as BE’s director of contracts and procurement. Being versatile and prepared to enterprise into uncharted territory, has enabled me to efficiently lead lots of the firm’s strategic initiatives, to incorporate acquiring DCMA approval of our Contractor Buying System.

This was a comparatively new topic to me and required initiative to garner experience in federal rules, legal guidelines, and enterprise operational necessities. Though it was difficult and required that I step out of my consolation zone, acquiring the information was rewarding and fostered development and improvement in my management position.

Moreover, this expertise afforded me a chance to work with trade leaders, to craft a profitable implementation plan, and tackle a key firm aim.

What was a turning level or inflection level in your profession?

Over a decade in the past, I transitioned from a person contributor right into a managerial position. This pivotal turning level in my profession pressured me to develop professionally by sharpening my organizational management and strategic pondering expertise. I needed to broaden my focus from easy process completion to incorporate elevating processes, group improvement and accountability.

What’s your finest profession recommendation for individuals who need to observe in your footsteps?

By no means cease studying and put money into your self by staying present on trade modifications, attending coaching classes and pursuing steady schooling. Make the most of alternatives to community with different professionals because it yields priceless dividends for reaching one’s objectives and goals. Treasure the teachings realized and finest practices you’ve acquired and share them with others.

Get entangled in skilled organizations, as such alternatives place budding professionals to fulfill and study from seasoned leaders with invaluable insights and views ⏤ from each trade and authorities.

Lastly, tutelage from a mentor and serving as a mentor are equally as necessary.

Wanting again at your profession, what are you most pleased with?

Over the course of my profession, I’ve benefited from management {and professional} improvement packages in addition to having mentors who inspired my skilled development. With a powerful foundational assist, I’ve acquired a better diploma of emotional intelligence that enables me to move alongside my mental information and expertise to these whom I mentor personally and professionally.

Thus far, I’m pleased with my mentees whom I’ve guided of their careers along with the highschool college students I mentor in my volunteer group. Moreover, as I look again over my profession, I’m particularly grateful that I’ve been in a position to assist missions with a social influence. From homelessness and meals insecurity, to modernizing IT for our front-line emergency service staff, I’ve been very proud managing contracts of varied varieties to handle problems with nationwide and international significance.

Meet the opposite Pinnacle Awards finalists right here.