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AbilityOne -- Myth Busters: Demystifying the AbilityOne Program

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  • Date:  29 February 2024

    Time:  1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT)

    CLPs:  2.0

    We value your feedback! Please take a moment to complete a survey at the link below. Once done, you can enter your email to receive a certificate you can use to request CLPs for attending today. https://eval.dau.edu/jfe/form/SV_ePOtI66PnOCGn2K?EventID=1528

     

    Who Should Attend:  Government, military, industry, and academia

    Description:  Description:  During this 90-minute training session AbilityOne subject matter experts will share truths and dispel myths about the AbilityOne Program with acquisition and contracting professionals, requirements owners, and suppliers.

    Presentation topics include:

    • AbilityOne Program Overview

    • Why AbilityOne:  Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF)

    • Dispelling Myths about AbilityOne

    • Sharing the Facts

    Speakers: Carla Goulart, Senior Director AbiltyOne Strategic Business Development, SourceAmerica,  Matt Buchanan, AbilityOne Program Representative (ABOR) Business Development Manager, National Industries for the Blind; and Rosa Criggedorn, ABOR Program Manager, U.S. AbilityOne Commission

    We look forward to having you attend the event!"  Thank you. 

    Speakers
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    Carla Goulart

    Carla Goulart

    Carla Goulart is the Senior Director, Strategic Business Development.  In this role she is the POC for SourceAmerica for all AbilityOne Representatives (ABORS) in partnership with the AbilityOne Commission and NIB to support the 24 CFO Act Agencies as they work to meet their pledges to the AbilityOne Program.  Carla is also responsible  for the development of new strategies, including the development of  new lines of business that will drive growth in the AbilityOne Program. Carla been with SourceAmerica for over 8 years, prior experience includes working at multiple marketing and advertising firms.  Her last employment position, prior to SourceAmerica, was at an organization called Sentinels of Freedom which has a 4-year program to support severely wounded members of the Armed Forces.

    Matthew Buchanan

    Matthew Buchanan works for the National Industries for the Blind (NIB), as part of the AbilityOne Program.  His role on the Business Development Team encompasses being the lead AbilityOne Representative (ABOR) specialist for NIB.  After graduating from Framingham State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Matt held the position of Contracting Officer for the Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division (ACC-APG-Natick).  In that role, he was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts, ranging from the development and production of COVID Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) masks, to the rollout of the new Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU).  During his time as a civilian with the Army, Matt frequently utilized the AbilityOne Program to successfully deliver quality garments, on time and at a reasonable price.  While at NIB, Matt works directly with Federal appointed ABORs, alongside NIB non-profit agencies, to increase knowledge, and usage of the AbilityOne Program.


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